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martinelliminimo

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I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« on: January 21, 2012, 10:34:03 PM »
So I just purchased the 85L ii a couple days ago from BH and it came out to a total of $1860.  And while I'm anticipating it's arrival, I'm like... "man, that's really expensive."  Could have bought a Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly, 85 1.8 and a 135L w/ that money.  Theses stupid mind games big companies use against you.... I have an L addiction.

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I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« on: January 21, 2012, 10:34:03 PM »

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Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2012, 10:38:29 PM »
Nah, I recently got the TS-E 17mm.  An manual focus prime for more than that!  But I think I know how you feel.  The TS-E was the first lens I bought where I had more trepidation than excitement after pressing the 'buy' button.  I just knew I had to have it though.

So I actually have the Sigma 1.4, and while I'm keeping it, it's 50/50 whether the 1.2L would have been worth the extra.

It's $2000 for a reason which you will know about when you shoot it.  You'll forget about the money, but always feel amazed at the shots!

There are some lenses that almost no-one ever regrets buying, and the 1.2L is pretty much in than league.
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Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2012, 11:05:52 PM »
$2K is a lot of $$$.  For some it will bring foods/clothes/etc.... I too feel guilty spending sooo much money on camera equipment but when I see those "beautiful" pictures of my kids and people asking questions I forget how I much I've spent$$$.  After all I only live once..... ;)
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Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2012, 11:28:46 PM »
I find that the only lenses I regret buying are the ones that go to the back of the shelf in a year or so after I’ve upgraded.  Sigma 70-300mm F/4-5.6 DG OS anyone?

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Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2012, 12:18:02 AM »
You will get over the buyer's remorse quickly when you see what you can create with it, I am sure.

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Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2012, 12:30:06 AM »
The Canon 85L ii has caused heartbreak for those who have to return it.  Thankfully, I snagged one and while I don't use it as much right now, it is a lens that will last for more than a few body upgrades.
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Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2012, 12:59:43 AM »
Congrats on the purchase, I'm sure you won't regret it once you've used it a few times :)

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Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2012, 08:17:54 AM »
In another world where the fast aperatures do not exist, where there is only the 85mm 1.8. We are all drooling over the sharpness of this lens. Damn canon, damn technology and damn to be living in this age!

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Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2012, 09:48:39 AM »
wait till you go for the 200 f2IS.... this feeling is like 10 times more :)

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Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2012, 10:30:36 AM »
Shop around a bit for a Leica... I bought my 85L after *almost* convincing myself that I needed an M9 and a couple lenses.  Man, I saved a ton of cash by getting that 85L and 35L.  Besides, you can always return it for 30 days, and they're going for $1600 on eBay... so really, you only paid $260 for that lens...   (at least that's what I keep telling myself :)
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Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2012, 10:35:09 AM »
Dont worry Martin you will not regret it!  I got mine a little over a year ago and never regret it (except for a few hours after I actually paid for it but that regret was all gone as soon as I started shooting with that lens).  Seriously I have lived for over a year with only the 85 1.2L II and the 50 1.2L and was quite happy.  Even now that I have picked up a few more L prime (I guess I have the same L addiction you have  ;)) I still find the 85L quite special.

You will see it is well worthed.  Enjoy!

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Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2012, 10:56:15 AM »
It is a big chunk of cash for a glass. But it really does perform. I think dollies and sliders are way too overpriced, but thats just me. Just think of it this way. You can get years of good great photos with this lens and then if you want, you can sell it without much loss. These lenses hold their value quite well.
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Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2012, 11:10:20 AM »
I've been pretty good about factoring possible future regret into my purchases.  When I'm uncertain about whether or not I'll want to keep a lens long term, I buy it used (some advocate renting, but I'm not inclined as I think it's a waste of funds).  I did that with the 200/2.8 II, 300/4 IS, and 70-300 DO, all of which I subsequently sold (and careful buying meant I actually made a profit overall, much better than the loss from renting, and I got to try them out very thoroughly).

About the 85L - bought new and NO regrets.
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Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
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Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2012, 11:27:51 AM »
I am going through the same thing right now trying to decide to get the 17mm TS-E or not.

The one thing that I purchased and haven't gotten my money's worth is the 580 flash.  It is my fault though because I haven't spent the time to learn how it works.
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Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2012, 11:51:29 AM »
totally understand that feeling my friend, after recently buying the canon 5dMk2, 70-200Mk2, 100mm macro and the 24-70 all in one go! i kept talking to myself saying, "what the hell are you doing, how can you spend that much on talking a photo" lol. My wife was more like, go for it.
Anyway 3 months on and the pain is over but the pleasure still remainds. Just got to be careful to only spend what you can afford, and dont get sucked into the "i must have it" habit.
Selling images funds my habit, so that was my only justification.

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Re: I can't believe I bought a $2000 prime.
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