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What do you Splurge on?
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:12:03 AM »
As promised, the counter-thread:

What do you splurge on - not just a little, but a lot.  Things that you know you could do with lesser versions of, but either you have to have the best, or you just love the item so much you have to have it.

My list:

1. L lenses - I just love 'em

2. 1D- and 5-series bodies - tough full frame bodies - gotta have 'em

3. The 50L - related to #1 and the 50 f/1.4 is nearly as good, but I love the build quality, f/1.2 aperture, and taking portraits with the lens

4. B+W Kaesemann XS-Pro circular polarizer - I have a 82mm of this and can't really tell much difference between it and my 77mm Hoya HD C-PL that costs half as much, but it's one of the best, so why not...or maybe why did I spend so much on a C-PL?

5. RRS support gear - many cheaper ballheads are as good or better than my BH-55 and a generic camera plate would probably be reasonable, but custom-fitting RRS gear is sweet

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What do you Splurge on?
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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2014, 10:40:39 AM »
I bought the 200mm f2 because I couldn't 'make do' with lesser lens :) isn't that the point of GAS?

If the results of a lens can be described as 'magic' - then I'm sold :D

I'm sucker for fast primes :)
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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2014, 10:56:15 AM »
I bought the 200mm f2 because I couldn't 'make do' with lesser lens :) isn't that the point of GAS?

If the results of a lens can be described as 'magic' - then I'm sold :D

I'm sucker for fast primes :)
I have a self-imposed ban on ever being in the same room with the 200 f/2. I'm sure it would suddenly become a necessity if I ever saw or touched the lens, let alone used it ;) :o ;)

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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2014, 10:59:14 AM »
See my signature. .
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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2014, 11:55:24 AM »
I use the 60D camera, and I have splurged on a Gitzo tripod and B+W filters. They are a pleasure to use and will still be top quality when I've upgraded to the 120D.
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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2014, 12:09:47 PM »
grip.  I like being able to mount my cameras in unusual ways, i do a lot of video, so I've full size track and dolly, table dolly, fig rig, cowboy slinger, slider, gimbal stabiliser, timelpase motion tripod, mini-jib, video monopod, video tripods, superclamp and snake, magic arms, c clamps, 'the pod', suction cups..  not exciting, but practical.

I do rather find these threads a kind of shower-room excercise of who has the biggest... wallet.  Ok, it's a gear forum, but I'd rather talk about what folk do with their kit...

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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2014, 12:11:09 PM »
2 of them
1 - 85mm 1.2; I just wanted the bokeh, the 70-200 I owned back then did the job but I really, really, wanted the bokeh.
2 - zoom handy voice recorder. I have already the H4N but needed a back up. Bought the H6N because it is a newer model, without really an obvious advantage for me (it's a better one but not for my usage - the H4N would do just fine).

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Re: What do you Splurge on?
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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2014, 12:14:03 PM »
Addendum:

6. Having two expensive bodies.  Yes, I need a 2nd as a backup, but I have yet to have a catastrophic failure with any Canon DSLR.  I'm sure a SL1 as a backup would make a lot more sense than carting around a 1D X and 5DIII, and would have saved me a lot of cash.

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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2014, 12:15:08 PM »
That's the problem with G.A.S. You get interested in quality photography, and this equipment goes from being tools to toys to objects of desire ...

I'll "splurge" on anything for which I believe the value over the period I plan to own it exceeds the price. So I tell myself I'm actually saving money. (I do try to buy smart, and watch / wait for sales, rebates, closeouts, estate sales, etc. That way, if I got it wrong, I don't lose too much when I sell.)
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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2014, 12:20:16 PM »
grip.  I like being able to mount my cameras in unusual ways, i do a lot of video, so I've full size track and dolly, table dolly, fig rig, cowboy slinger, slider, gimbal stabiliser, timelpase motion tripod, mini-jib, video monopod, video tripods, superclamp and snake, magic arms, c clamps, 'the pod', suction cups..  not exciting, but practical.

I do rather find these threads a kind of shower-room excercise of who has the biggest... wallet.  Ok, it's a gear forum, but I'd rather talk about what folk do with their kit...
I was about to ask you what do you do with all that?
I do video too (not professional yet), but tripod, monopod, 2.5feet slider, table dolly and a viewfinder are enough. It must be heavy your bag.

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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2014, 12:22:07 PM »
I had done with it and fitted carry handles to my car.

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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2014, 12:26:59 PM »
Speedlites ... The more the merrier!
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I come here to learn something new, not to learn how bad my gear is - I know that already ;-)!

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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2014, 12:59:40 PM »
grip.  I like being able to mount my cameras in unusual ways, i do a lot of video, so I've full size track and dolly, table dolly, fig rig, cowboy slinger, slider, gimbal stabiliser, timelpase motion tripod, mini-jib, video monopod, video tripods, superclamp and snake, magic arms, c clamps, 'the pod', suction cups..  not exciting, but practical.

I do rather find these threads a kind of shower-room excercise of who has the biggest... wallet.  Ok, it's a gear forum, but I'd rather talk about what folk do with their kit...
pablo, did you miss my other threads - as in what do you spend very little money on and what goes unused?

Also, these threads are just meant to be fun, not comparisons of anything as you suggest.  I like to see what other people spend money on - we can't all own everything....and while I love lenses, others love flashes, etc.

I think gear is cool, but certainly not everything.  Many of the best photos I've taken were with a Rebel and the 50 f/1.4.

I think a good forum has plenty of room for a variety of topics.  Check out the Technique and Advice area of the forum for lots of talk about using gear along with amazing examples of the work members produce with their gear.

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Re: What do you Splurge on?
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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2014, 01:05:57 PM »
Pretty much everything from here on out as I have purged all my cheap gear and really pared down my list of bodies and glass. It'a either Sigma Art or Canon L for glass and as for bodies I'm set and have no g.a.s.
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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2014, 03:07:14 PM »
These days I splurge on agriculture and real estate...

I buy groceries and pay my mortgage.  :(
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Re: What do you Splurge on?
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2014, 03:07:14 PM »