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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill W
    Funny part is when talking to friends, they didn't blink at the cost of the bike, but when I mentioned the lens and its cost....the expressions and comments were of incredulous disbelief.

    Same thing with me! "Yeah, I just dropped $2600 for that MacBook Pro". "Oh, me? I bought some camera lenses". "What?!""


    It's all about priorities. My friends will spend >$1800 for computers, iPods, clothing... etc. But when I tell them about a lens that costs $1800, they think I'm nuts.


    Maybe I should show them the 1200 f/5.6 L. That'll show them. []

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith B



    I sold my 24-105 and am on the fence about selling my fisheye.
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    <p style="CLEAR:both;"]I seem to recall you saying before that you've only taken about 100 pictures using your fisheye but it seems like such a fun lens (to use on occasion). I bet you'd miss it at times. When I get a full frame body that lens will be added to my wish list



    <p style="CLEAR:both;"]On the other hand, its sale could probably finance your Hensel Porty



    Well I actually did sell it on eBay but the buyer bailed out and I'm thinking it may have been a sign to keep it. I used it a lot more on my 40D, on my 5DII it is fun but I find I can get a similar less distorted effect with the 16-35.





    Quote Originally Posted by alexniedra


    Same thing with me! "Yeah, I just dropped $2600 for that MacBook Pro". "Oh, me? I bought some camera lenses". "What?!""


    It's all about priorities. My friends will spend &gt;$1800 for computers, iPods, clothing... etc. But when I tell them about a lens that costs $1800, they think I'm nuts.


    Maybe I should show them the 1200 f/5.6 L. That'll show them.[img]/emoticons/emotion-2.gif[/img]



    This is where I know I have a problem, I use to upgrade my Macs every 2 years. Now that I have cameras to occupy my need to blow money I keep my computers longer. I'll put a new body or a lens or two in front of a new computer.


    Well played Canon.



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    Quote Originally Posted by alexniedra


    It's all about priorities. My friends will spend &gt;$1800 for computers, iPods, clothing... etc. But when I tell them about a lens that costs $1800, they think I'm nuts.
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    <p style="CLEAR: both"]I don't even discuss my purchases with anyone who's not into photography. They just don't get it! You're so right though. I have a friend who buys a new $500 driver (golf) every season but if he knew it would take two of them to pay for my EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS he would call me crazy!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexniedra


    I'm always saying - We'll I do have some money... Maybe I'll buy that new bike - I was seriously looking at an Opus road bike for a while.


    And then I would go up the street to the camera shop, and I would ask to try the 24-70 L or the 70-200 L, and then I'd take back everything I had said about the bike.


    Thankfully I "finished" equipping my bike last year - Garmin Edge 705 and the Quarq Cinqo powermeter crankset. If I had a surplus of money, I'd get new wheels to replace the factory set, but they're good enough so I'm safe.


    Lately, I just struggle trying to sort the wishlist to determine what's on top. I think the answer is a second "good" body - Rebel XTi backing up a 1D Mark III is just too much of a mismatch. But, I want a set of the new PocketWizard goodies...and in the lens department I can't decide whether to get the 24-70, 35L, or 24L2 next.
    We're a Canon/Profoto family: five cameras, sixteen lenses, fifteen Profoto lights, too many modifiers.

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    All I know is that I wasplanning on a new snowboard deck for this summer. Not gonna happen. haha. Strobe kit and lens took that place. My parents were astonished when I said I'd rather save up for some lenses than a car. Afterall, a car means: up front price + insurance + gas. Why pay that when I can take their car?


    Being content is a hard lesson in the first place. Canon makes it no easier.

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    Anyhobby, if taken seriously, costs money. So if you're serious about photography it's nothing wrongwhen dropping thousand of bucks on equipments.


    I often don't understand why my friend spends 2 grands on rims for their car while the stock ones would do justfine.On the other handhe justdoesn'tunderstand why Ispend the same amount of money ona big old camera with a gigantic lens.

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    I always do the justification thing and say I can make money with my stuff. But I find that every time I make a $500 on gigs I turn around and spend $1000. So I'm still a little upside-down.


    Sickness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinh Nhut Nguyen


    Anyhobby, if taken it seriously, costs money. So if you're serious about photography it's nothing wrongwhen dropping thousand of bucks on equipments.


    I often don't understand why my friend spends 2 grands on rims for their car while the stock ones would do justfine.


    Well said, and don't get me started on cars. Others spend $75,000 on a car, that's fine. I spend $2000 for a lens and I'm an irresponsible freak madman crazyhead.


    When I got my first job, I spent $10,000 on a telescope. It was so big I needed a truck to haul it around... an $800 truck. Crazy crazy crazy, right? If I had spent $10,800 on a truck to commute in (and never hauled anything with it) I would have been considered reasonable.



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    Every time I look at Canon L lens and read the reviews, I want it. Latest is 70-200 2.8 L IS $l600. Not just yet!!!!


    It's a sickness OK, but a good one, when you see the results..............

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    I went even further; Selling items from the last hobby to pay for this hobby; selling two pistols to buy the Tokina 12-24, and a 100 year old Savage 99 in the scariest of avaible calibers for the 100-400.


    Oh Well. I shoot more with the new lens, than with the old guns.


    Guess it is nothing new, I have 4 Canon film camera too.

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