Oh, man, Daggers through the heart when I saw this thread. I've read all the posts up to now and so sad and the regrets...always that one or two that you wish you never got rid of or had to sell and wish'd you kept -- not only photog gear but other things as well. Your babies!! Not literally but ya know what I mean.
Mine is *sigh* till this day...great sorrow of sorts because of deep love of photography. Only hobby I've ever had where everything was left behind, work pressures, etc., when I'm out shooting. And all that mattered at that moment is what I'm seeing through viewfinder and how beautiful it may be and capturing it. Long story short, my tale is massive family crisis 3 years ago....long story...but started selling off equipment for son's med bills piling up, doctors coming out of wood work, etc. 5dMII, many L series lenses that took long time to get...started with lenses didn't use all that much such as fisheye, ultra wide angles, then telephotos, then two macro lens 100 and the 180L, then speedlite, then twin lite for macro shots, then filters and....Every one broke my heart but had to. My last to go was the 24-70 f2.8L and at that time my fave lens and then my 5dmii. Couldn't part with my 5dmii so the 24-70 went first. Told myself that I would not sell my 5dmii unless I absolutely had to. Love the cam. But sadly, day came when I had to sell it too. Wouldn't even touch it and had friend come over to clean it up a bit, get box, manuals, etc., and out the door it went and he sold it for me. Really sucky time all the way around but I have to admit, although my deep love for photography, there was a deeper love and that was my son. Although great sorrow on many levels then but in regards to photography very much so and still pains me to this day but it was well worth it because it helped give me my son back, my family back, and normalcy once again which he is doing absolutely wonderful now!!!!!! (gotta walk away from this one now for just a bit
So my smugmug account has been sitting idle for 2 years, still paying every year and reminder that one day soon....not sure when but one day soon will come back to it....love reunited!!!! Determined and photog bug constantly biting me in the butt, workin' butt off. I bought the 24-70L in September/October of this year with a flash card but no cam body to put it on so it sat in box starin' me down everyday. Then bought the 100 f2.8L macro a few weeks later but still no cam body to put it on and now a growing display of lenses starin' me down. But pushing me that much harder. As a friend giggled at me and said, "You're building a museum of lenses." And still no cam body to put them on. LOL Yeah, yeah, I know, I know. I'm gettin' there. slowly but surely.
I was waiting for the 5dmiii but all the delays and no announcements which I understand. The announcement for the 1Dx beautiful cam but ticked me off a little because I was hoping for the 5dmiii announcement but nadda. So 2 weeks later the day finally came and bought my 5DMII with extra battery and a grip !!!!!!!!!!
OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!!!! Finally, 2 years or so without anything and determined to get it back and did!!!!!! So now, still workin' butt off and making list of getting back what I gave up and which to get first. First, telephoto lens, then speedlite, then mp-e 65mm, then fisheye and sigh...the list will continue to grow but don't mind at all. I got my cam back!!!!! and 2 lenses to keep me good for a bit and it's ALL GOOD!!!!!! As I get more time, I can finally get back to cleaning up my site, organizing it, taking stuff down and adding NEW STUFF soon hoping!!!!! YaY, YaY, YaY!!!!!!
Not sure if this will be appropriate to say or not but will go ahead and say it......Don't live life in regret, it's too short because today may be your last. If it's not, do your damndest to get back what you love -- lost, gave up!!!!! With great sorrow always comes great happiness!!!! Makes you that much more stronger!!!!