« on: February 06, 2015, 11:57:54 PM »
Many of us had humble beginnings... only to be addicted to L glass and full frame camera later down the road. But I was looking at my pile of gear... and I was thinking that my umbrellas alone (I haven't ventured into softboxes yet) cost more than my first SLR, which was the more than adequate Canon XS.
So I decided to do the math...
I purchased the XS with the kit lens and a medicore 75-300mm lens. I sold the 75-300 for a $100 and the kit lens is worth $75... so that makes my XS initial cost $237.88.
And I'm looking through my purchases... and it was mostly lenses... I even upgraded the body before I picked up accessories. I'm actually surprising myself. I bought my first speedlite, a used 430ex ii for $112... but that seems more like a necessity than an accessory...
But if we count the speedlite, it would have been in September of 2013 when I went nuts and bought additional tripods, umbrellas, brackets, etc... The body was purchase in December of 09... so almost four years.
So in the last 1.5 years... I've gone nuts... monopod, tripod, backdrops and frame, wireless shutter release, umbrellas, bags upon bags upon bags, 3 600ex-rt and the st-e3-rt, a white balance card... it is all quite overwhelming. So maybe I throttle back a little it... but it is interesting to look back and take stock of what I used to have... and what I have picked up along the way.