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    "Expensive" becomes relative to a serious camera buff...



    So, I just caught myself recent doing something I've been denying for a year or so (after I relized I was doing it).


    $1500 for a new bike I want? Nah, too expensive to jusitify to myself.


    $1800 spent on my (first ever needed repair) car. Damn that was a lot!


    ...and so on...


    But $1400 for a new lens... not that much compared to what some of the lenses cost. [^o)]


    How many of you find that when you take something that you think is "too much" and a lens that costs roughly the same amount... you find yourself justifying the lens purchase much easier?


    It's a sickness we have.

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    Sickness/Passion/Obsession...





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    Yeah, it is...

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    I surely suffer from that sickness.... Have been thinking of changing my car but every time I end with with a decent amount in the bank, I end up buying a camera or a lens or film.






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    I suffer from it too. I know exactly what you're talking about.

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    Yep - Me three.


    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.



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    I've got it really bad! I just put the finishing touches on my glass kit, for now [:P] with my most recent purchase of the venerableEF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS and all I can think about is getting a couple more Speedlites and maybe even put together a studio lighting kit...AlienBees anyone?

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    Yeah I went over the top real quick. I finally feel content with my lens line up 16-35 2.8 II, 24 1.4, 50 1.4, 70-200 2.8 IS and 100-400. I sold my 24-105 and am on the fence about selling my fisheye. I have a 430EX and 2 580EXII and am thinking about getting one more 580EXII. Then my next thing will be a Hensel Porty and a couple heads. But I'm going to wait a bit on that and try to replenish my savings account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith B


    I sold my 24-105 and am on the fence about selling my fisheye.
    <p style="CLEAR: both"]
    <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

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    I opted for the new bike last year....custom Ti roadie that cost more than my new '74 TR6. I just didn't feel comfortable about spending that much on the 500 f4 IS.


    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.


    I put 3k on the bike in the first season......I wonder how many photos I'd have w/the 500 in the same time frame?


    Hmm, 70-200 f4 IS or 70-200 f2.8 IS?


    It is a disease with expensive cures that aren't permanent.


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    We all probably suffer with the "L" disease. Not curable, but is put in remission with the purchase of more glass.[*-)]

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