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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« Reply #30 on: March 30, 2013, 12:42:33 AM »
I've heard this syndrome can cause those afflicted to feel incredible guilt.  I've also heard that the best way to be relieved of this guilt is to unburden yourself by giving all that added equipment to others.  I'm available if you feel the need.
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Seriously, unless it is interfering with your ability to care for yourself and family, why not?
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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« Reply #30 on: March 30, 2013, 12:42:33 AM »

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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« Reply #31 on: March 30, 2013, 01:19:06 AM »
Another thing that I've thought about is the exchange rate and how prices have gone up.  I bought a Canon 500mm F4 supertel for $6140 a couple of years ago and within a few months the new ones were announced and nearly all over $10,000.  That is quite a price increase.  In fact all my Canon glass has gone up in price.  Not that used equipment can command the same price as new, but if I had to buy it again, I wouldn't want to pay that much.  I can rationalize too you know.....

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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« Reply #32 on: March 30, 2013, 02:13:47 AM »
I may have the cure to the camera gear buying addiction.  I just started photography and already have a full collection.  After my last purchase, the 16-35II, I took on another hobby of traveling and backpacking.  That seem to have cured my lens buying addiction...

except it got replaced by something else.  Now I'm spending more and more money on figuring out how to best carry what I need.  I just purchased a $400 Kata backpack, and I'm now looking at a much larger F-Stop Satori EXP.  I just spent almost $4000 on backpacking gear and clothing just from the beginning of the year and I'm just barely starting.  See, that my great cure, move on to something else. lol

I still need to get the 17 and 24 TSE but maybe after Canon released a high mega pixel camera and I got better using my current gear.
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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« Reply #33 on: March 30, 2013, 02:25:27 AM »
Bottom line..... THERE IS NO CURE.

Keep Calm...and Canon On  ;)

and then I found Nikon and was additionally afflected with NAS (Nikon Acquisition Syndrome).  In one year I bought as much as it took me 5 years buying Canon stuff.  I was slow to start....  My Canon 24-70L II will ship once my dealer (B&H) is back to dealing again.

oi... Ditto. 2012 was at least $15k in new Nikon and  a bit of Pentax gear.  Offset by only a few $k return from selling off some Canon bodies that had been annoying me, a couple unused lenses, and less than a $k in print sales.
I'm certainly not cured of anything either but now that I have what I like, I've really slowed down. 2013 is only likely to trade/upgrade one or 2 Nikon bodies and add one more Pentax, 2 if they bring out a FF body.

Sorry Canon, you didn't get one penny from me last year and it's not looking too good this year unless I see a really good sale price on a 6D/kit.  Actually, this year's looking good for me selling off more glass.  Will likely have a net inflow from liquidating inventory.

Oh, and thanks, OP, for starting this thread. (my most enjoyable expenditures in a long time)
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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« Reply #34 on: March 30, 2013, 03:18:56 AM »
3 bodies, 6 lenses, 2 leather rolling camera bags in just over 12 months- is there any help out there? Already plotting my next body and lens purchases....

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I just got my 17/18th lens and 4th camera last night, in the last 6 months.
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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« Reply #35 on: March 30, 2013, 05:17:34 AM »
3 bodies, 6 lenses, 2 leather rolling camera bags in just over 12 months- is there any help out there? Already plotting my next body and lens purchases....

Can I send you my BankAccount number so you can send me the money you don't need?
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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« Reply #36 on: March 30, 2013, 07:15:34 AM »
Bottom line..... THERE IS NO CURE.

Keep Calm...and Canon On  ;)

Now that is a T-shirt I would buy!!!

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« Reply #36 on: March 30, 2013, 07:15:34 AM »

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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« Reply #37 on: March 30, 2013, 07:20:56 AM »
Sometimes I buy new gear to push my creativity. I must admit I've taken some really great photographs when on a 'testshoot' that I would otherwise have missed. New kit inspires me!  8)  Latest acquisition was the Sony NEX, opening up a whole new world of possibilities :-\

So it looks like I've made a habit of my bad habit too...  :o
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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« Reply #38 on: March 30, 2013, 08:05:37 AM »
I think the huge majority, at least the frequent posters, have a bad case of Canonitis requiring a 12 step program... I am looking at us neuroanatomist, bdunbar and me actually...

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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« Reply #39 on: March 30, 2013, 09:52:49 AM »
I'm not a frequent poster, but I do browse this site almost every day. I was thoroughly entertained reading all the posts in this thread, probably because I can relate so well to the posts!! I got into photography 3 years ago & when that bug bit me it bit me HARD! I used to have a motorcycle that I just rode for pleasure....... USED to being the operative words! I sold the motorcycle to afford more & better photog gear! I could have bought a small house with the $$$ I've spent on photo gear in the las few years!  It is SO addicting!!
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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« Reply #40 on: March 30, 2013, 11:10:25 AM »
lol, most of you better hope it ends with camera and lens. if you have a wide open space with high ceilings, lots of outlets and have a strange urge to build a wall with a little curve on the bottom....seek help. the studio acquisitions are about to start...

some of you know what im talking about.
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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« Reply #41 on: March 30, 2013, 11:31:47 AM »
I have a great solution.  I'm broke.  I can't afford much new gear!  The last lens I bought was a 17-40L and it took me 8 months of saving to get it.  I know not everyone is blesses with this condition that makes it so easy to resist buying new gear. But there is help out there. 

No matter how much disposable income I have or how inexpensive the item I want, I don't allow myself to buy it if I haven't truly mastered the last piece of equipment I bought.  With the case of my last lens, (the 17-40L) I took it to Oahu and spent a couple of days shooting sunsets on the north shore. I did well, but far from perfection.  So I can't justify spending another $2K on a 70-200 F2.8L II IS (next on my wish list) until I know I'm getting the best shots possible out of my 17-40

I can do better than this.  When I do, I'll move on to my next purchase.

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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« Reply #42 on: March 30, 2013, 01:00:08 PM »
All Canon bodies and L lenses, has inspired mr to see what I cando now :-), so more shooting with more buying....

They are your paintbrushes.... paint on.

Thing about 'Glass (<<<--- like that? it makes me sound so badass!) is that its a sound investment, almost an heirloom...  Yeah we can get the markii versions and I'm sure future mark iii editions of lens that will make even just holding your camera obsolete with their anti gravity stabilization and mind controlled focus.  But your current lens still works and still takes the great images that made you fall in luv with it... Especially if you are an artist.  As a business, you can earn to make up the cost of the mark V anti gravity 1-10,000 mm L macro that fits in your shirt pocket. At that point, canon ditched fluorite and UD elements in favor of using singularities to bend the light.... And the rumors of that factory just suddenly disappearing into a black hole are exactly that: rumors...  jsut don't go near that location...  ;D

I luv looking into my bag and thinking of the possibilities... what can you do today....

Its also a great time to invest because besides N. Korea threatening to bomb the US, Russia getting trigger happy, the stories of the dollar imploding, Cyprus becoming insolvent, europe hating germans, germans hating any euro dollar besides their own, (INHALE) Canon is offering great rebates on now all of their lenes.. including the new 24-70 mm.  Yeah even with the rebate they still feel overpriced... but they are something optically. Plus there's a slew of Mark ii version of key lenses... the holy trinity of 16-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200.  Possible 100-400mm update.  Organ-selling 200-400mm. 

Its also a bit of a perfect storm where you have this boom in photo education.. not just in how to shoot but how to make money in it.  I think its a reflection of how people are realizing that more and more they are going to have to rely on a local economy to make money and build a business..  Dunno about you but my industry has been gutted by outsourcing, globalization .. all euphemisms for how corporate america is being a DICK toward their workers. With no boarders or country to be loyal to and this false definition of personhood,  the corps just take take take ...  The tools to make a living and build a life... a steady job, a career, an affordable education....  Gone.  Good thing Canon makes some great tools for folks to make their living!!!!

ooook..that was a DETOUR down debbi downer lane!!! 

like I said, the lenses are your paintbrushes... paint away!

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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« Reply #43 on: March 30, 2013, 03:21:08 PM »
It is very easy to be dragged in addiction of buying gear  :) In 2012 I spent appr. USD 9,000 on my gear. However, in 2013 I have intention to upgrade my camera from 7D to 5D Mark III, which is a bit costly. Also, thinking about good tripod and ballhead, which are really not cheapest things :)

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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« Reply #44 on: March 30, 2013, 05:07:38 PM »
Bottom line..... THERE IS NO CURE.

Keep Calm...and Canon On  ;)

Now that is a T-shirt I would buy!!!

LOL...I was thinking the same thing. I've seen lots of "Keep calm and ..." items including "Keep calm and camera on" but not this one. I thought of it when posting here several months ago (I'm probably not the first or only one). ;D
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Re: Think I need a 12 step program
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