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Nassen0f

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How do you pay for your lenses?
« on: January 28, 2012, 09:47:09 AM »
Well as the topic says, how do you afford the lenses you have?

Ofcourse, there are those of you that take photos for a profession, but what about us hobbyists, with middle of the range wallets?

And do you have a funny story about coming up with the money for a lens you REALY wanted?

Personaly, i just got my first L, 70-200 f/4L and im afraid I've been bit by the L-glass bug already  ::)

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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2012, 10:29:53 AM »
I don't smoke, therefore I can afford some decent lenses ;D
But if I stop eating and drinking, then perhaps I'll be able to buy all the L glass available. :)
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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2012, 10:51:02 AM »
I stop eating chocolate for 6 months (that is my maximum), save the money (yeah I like to eat a lot) and add money I got for selling a lens.
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2012, 11:06:24 AM »
I'm a broke student..so uh.. Eat less for a few months and work more hours in my parttime job.

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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2012, 11:42:53 AM »
I buy and sell things to finance my lenses. For instance, the HTC Flyer had a price error middle of last year and I pocketed 600 dollars in about 30 minutes which put me in range for the 70-200 IS II.
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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2012, 12:19:14 PM »
With an arm here and a leg there. I always tell myself one more lens.. then I just put it on the good o' credit card and worry about it later.  ;)

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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2012, 12:44:11 PM »
I try to let my clients pay for my lenses. That is, I use fees from previous engagements to pay for lenses I'll use in the future.

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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2012, 01:10:43 PM »
Owning people playing poker, paid cash for every lens in my sig +
2 different 24-70L
1 other copy of 35L
100 MacroL
70-200 f/2.8IS
50 1.4, 85 1.8

And up until November 2010 all I had was a T2i/18-55. 
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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2012, 01:30:57 PM »
Cash!  Sometime this means I don't eat for weeks at a time  ;).  Maybe this is why I struggle to carry my 70-200 2.8: I need to eat more to get more strength!  hihihi

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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2012, 01:45:53 PM »
It's boring but I have a few different savings accounts for various things and I have one for photography gear; so bi-weekly I automatically transfer money into that account.  Then when I either save up the entire amount for what I want or 80-90% of it, I'll pull the trigger. 

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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2012, 01:59:20 PM »
I have a decent pension and no debts ....

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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2012, 02:04:28 PM »
I DONT HAVE a GIRLFRIEND............ that's explain everything??

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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2012, 02:08:56 PM »
I set aside money until I have enough.  Then, I use my CC.  The bill is automatically deducted in full each month, I never carry a balance. 

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« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2012, 02:57:02 PM »
Well as the topic says, how do you afford the lenses you have?

Ofcourse, there are those of you that take photos for a profession, but what about us hobbyists, with middle of the range wallets?

And do you have a funny story about coming up with the money for a lens you REALY wanted?

Personaly, i just got my first L, 70-200 f/4L and im afraid I've been bit by the L-glass bug already  ::)

I'm not afraid to buy used when the price is right - and picked up a 1.4x III teleconverter for $325 on craigslist, basically brand new.  Other than that, I believe patience is key.  I wait for things to go on sale/rebate - my 70-200 f/2.8 IS II was about $2075 after rebate from B&H, and when I bought my 7D ($1600 after $100 instant rebate), I picked up a Pro9500 Mark II printer for $200 net (combo rebate of $500 when purchased with the camera body).  I also recently bought a Samyang 35mm f/1.4 for $375 (usually $470-500) from an Amazon lighting deal a few weeks ago.  Pretty sure my 100L Macro was on rebate, too.

Another option is rentals - when I backpacked Sequoia National Park last summer, I rented a 24mm f/1.4L II.  It was great to have, as it was smaller, lighter, faster, and wider than anything I owned at the time.  I was able to get a few interesting astrophotography shots at the higher elevations, some nice landscapes, a few HDRs, and several handheld panos - none of which would have been possible without the lens, and renting it for two weeks was much cheaper than buying.

I've also done some semi-professional work - family portraits, engagement photos, pets - easy, low-pressure stuff.  My clients (if you can call them that) are almost always family/friends, family friends or friends of friends - I let them decide the what my time is worth based on the results, and honestly I don't really care if I get paid at all.  But it's fun, and whatever I do make supports the hobby.

While I'm on a rant, I really should talk up the Samyang.  If you can deal with a full manual lens and don't mind a bit of barrel distortion (as much as you'd find in any wide and fast prime), I highly recommend the Samyang 35mm f/1.4.  Wide open, I think contrast/sharpness could be better (I'm thoroughly spoiled by the wide open performance of the 100L and 70-200 2.8L IS II), but the lens behaves very well from f/2.0 and beyond.  Stopped down to f/5.6 it feels sharper than both the 100L and 70-200 IS II.  Given the low price, I was impressed with the build quality - not an L, but definitely a step above the non-L canon primes - it feels close to a non-weathersealed 100L.
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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2012, 03:17:09 PM »
okay... looks like my comment got deleted due to mentioning procreation...  :o
5DmkII   |  50 f/1.4  |  24-105L f/4  |  135L f/2  |  70-200L f/2.8 IS II  |  430exII

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