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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #30 on: January 30, 2012, 05:00:38 PM »
My ability to convince my wife that my lens purchases were vital took a huge positive step when my son and daughter-in-law got married (I was #2 photographer for the event) and then ESPECIALLY when they announced a year later that they were expecting grandkid #1.  Grandchildren are perhaps the greatest excuse to invest in good lens or upgrade what you've got.  I highly recommend them.  Since the happy arrival, I've jumped from the 70-200mm F4L IS to the F2.8L IS Mk II and added the 100mm F2.8 IS.  The wife (and family) see the photos and then they ask me what I need for my birthday.  I LOVE my grandson!

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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #31 on: January 30, 2012, 05:18:51 PM »
My daily meal is pasta with tomato sauce :D
But seriously, isn't that what everybody eats at college? I'm studying mining and drilling engineering and usually get a decent amount of cash when I do internships :P
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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #32 on: January 30, 2012, 07:12:34 PM »
My ability to convince my wife that my lens purchases were vital took a huge positive step when my son and daughter-in-law got married (I was #2 photographer for the event) and then ESPECIALLY when they announced a year later that they were expecting grandkid #1.  Grandchildren are perhaps the greatest excuse to invest in good lens or upgrade what you've got.  I highly recommend them.

I second this.  And even though i'm too young to even have children yet, I tell my wife that I need to buy new lens well in advance of any children to practice and get my skill level up so that i can take those shots when she's pregnant.  Also taking lots of photos of the new nephew in law and any family event helps a bunch too.

On the money side, I put away $100 bucks for "big ticket items" every month and that plus any extra money from my budget i use to buy a lens.  Though after buying 4 new lens (1 being an L) in the last 3 months , going forward I'm going to try to limit myself to only 1 a year.

Just make sure you take lots of pictures of the significant other and make sure they are good helps a long way.
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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #33 on: January 30, 2012, 07:31:30 PM »
American Express so that I can earn Frequent Flier Miles to use to go places to use the lenses. I'm a work aholic so that is how I pay the American Express off ever month.

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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #34 on: January 30, 2012, 08:42:32 PM »
Grandchildren are perhaps the greatest excuse to invest in good lens or upgrade what you've got.  I highly recommend them.
Great shot.  I love the quote!  I will look into these grandsons, as they sound pretty cool.   ;)
They're great!  Unlike your own kids (highly over-rated, trust me), you get to return them when they're dirty and loud.  Our model sleeps well, eats everything we give him, and knows when Pop-Pop has the camera ready.  When he learns to speak, if he calls me "7D" I won't be surprised.

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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #35 on: January 30, 2012, 08:49:09 PM »
I second this.  And even though i'm too young to even have children yet, I tell my wife that I need to buy new lens well in advance of any children to practice and get my skill level up so that i can take those shots when she's pregnant.  Also taking lots of photos of the new nephew in law and any family event helps a bunch too.

Just make sure you take lots of pictures of the significant other and make sure they are good helps a long way.
All excellent ploys.  One great picture of grandma&grandson is easily worth an L lens.  I just can't wait for him to start playing sports so I can jump to some outrageous super-telephoto.

Another advantage is that MANY family members, including maternal grandma live in different time-zones, so they love the shots, the secure website for sharing, etc.

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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #36 on: January 30, 2012, 08:49:24 PM »
I trade my lenses of equal value when I want to mix it up and try different focal lengths.
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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #37 on: January 30, 2012, 08:51:56 PM »

My neighbor a couple of doors down works at the U.S. Mint. He's always bringing home used money, and he likes to spread it around.
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« Reply #38 on: January 31, 2012, 03:29:12 AM »

My neighbor a couple of doors down works at the U.S. Mint. He's always bringing home used money, and he likes to spread it around.

Sounds realy handy having a neighbor like that  ::)

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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #39 on: January 31, 2012, 04:48:13 AM »
I bought a 7D, 70-200 f/2.8 IS II and numerous other accesories in a splurge literally using loose change a few years back. Total amount was close to $7K in coins and while I didn't have a way to measure the weight accurately put the last few boxes on a scale before taking them to the bank and estimate in total it must have been close to 100Kg of coins.

Considering the local bank is almost impossible to park right outside it was quite a bit of effort I spread over a week or so, especially when after the first batch I found they charge a fee (2% from memory) if you cash over $1000 at a time. Anyway for anyone that complains about the weight of a 70-200 f/2.8 I can tell you it's a lot less than the weight of coins you need to buy one ;D.

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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #40 on: January 31, 2012, 05:19:10 AM »
2 words... RAMEN NOODLES! We got well acquainted with each other in the last few months.

I hope you're joking.....

What's wrong with Ramen? You know in some countries, such as Japan (where I currently live) Ramen is a staple diet food. People here eat Ramen all the time, and these folk are among the world's longest living people... I'd say they're doing something right...


Tonight I had the luxury of adding a boiled egg and some cilantro.

That looks quite good.

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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #41 on: January 31, 2012, 05:44:35 AM »
2 words... RAMEN NOODLES! We got well acquainted with each other in the last few months.

I hope you're joking.....
Tonight I had the luxury of adding a boiled egg and some cilantro.

If you hadn't bought that DualShock 3 you'd be ~$50 closer to your next lens!

Personally, my poisons of choice are tuna sandwiches and turkey cold cuts. Mmm. Never skimp on the orange juice though; not from concentrate or bust!

...Then I take the money I save and put it in my college account. I can get lenses after I graduate  :(

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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #42 on: January 31, 2012, 05:55:20 AM »
im 16 and got a job milking cows to pay for this expensive hobby :D

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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #43 on: January 31, 2012, 06:32:53 AM »
Divorce settlement ;)

No seriously, hard saving and being willing to sell off the lenses and gear that I don't use much to fund new gear.

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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #44 on: January 31, 2012, 06:45:04 AM »
Up until May last year I was an electrical engineer in The Netherlands, monthly salary was about a 5D2 + 24-70 prices. 1/3 of my salary went to rent, a lot got saved, and I managed to not buy too much expensive gear (mostly Soviet MF primes off ebay), but when I left there I bought myself a 70-300L present (and got nice 19% duty-free too).
Then for the next 6 months I was in Australia, living on the pittance they call unemployment benefits (which they wouldn't even pay me for the first 12 weeks, said I had too much in savings, I almost bought a Leica M9 out of spite).
In that time, thankyou Australian Taxpayer, I managed to get the Samyang 35/1.4, EF 85/1.8, EF 100/2.0, 430EX, Takumar 50/1.4, a set of 3x Zeiss Pentacon Six primes (for about $300), a CPL for each size-lens (B+W Käsemann, Hoya HRT, Heliopan) instead of the junky Fujiyama i picked up in hong kong with step-rings, and a Lowepro 450AW.

Only 3 weeks ago I finally got a job, monthly salary in the order of a 1D4 with a 100L macro, and i've already celebrated by spending about $900 on a nice Vanguard tripod, A-S ballhead, Kirk L-bracket and plates for a few lenses.
But now I'm trying to save for a house deposit, and the missus is getting a bit suspicious about the still-growing pile (yes, a literal pile) of lenses after I promised I'd stop buying them and save for our house...
Too much gear, too little space.
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Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« Reply #44 on: January 31, 2012, 06:45:04 AM »