The greed for photography equipment

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  • The camera (& its equipment) does not make the photographer… πŸ˜›

    Well, waiting for the review of the lens (I’m lost among the mm & the Fs). & I hope you’ve got a cure for your eBay addiction. πŸ˜‰

  • Chidi

    Tell me about it .. especially when your a student and cant afford anything you might need, and mother refuses to get it for you.

  • @Carrot : Yeah sure, and More megapixels do not make better photos… I agree.
    Oh, don’t worry, I will explain that mm and Fs in the next post then πŸ˜‰
    I was kindda lost too at first.
    An ebay cure? Buy everything you need, then you won’t have to check ebay every second πŸ˜›
    lol, at least, I will be away from ebay for the next months, I hope…

  • @Chidi : As a student, I don’t think one can really afford anything expensive. Mobiles can be an exception since parents may be willing to buy one cool for their grown up kids. But I don’t think that they will see photography as something worthy. Correct me if I am wrong.
    But things may be different if your parents did actually like photography.

    Unfortunately, I think that you might have to wait for the end of your studies, work a few months and buy what you really want. All the best!

  • Yudz

    having mixed feelings.. tempted by photography n turned off by the cost :S

  • curiousEngine

    My cousin had also invested ‘greedily’ on equipment for Aerial Photography, stuff bought via carte bleue online of course.

    With z great quality of pics coming, z retrn frm investment was positive and wiz no eBay addiction πŸ˜‰

  • Yes yes, I do agree! And eBay addiction is far more addictive than drugs :S
    there aren’t any great gadget available for my semi pro, I prefer not invest in that, rather i’v bought my second rc helicopter and a wireless camera to integrate with it. The real pain however remains the delivery time… 3 weeks is long time πŸ™

  • Kunal

    lol Yashvin, it indeed is very very addicting!! Last week i blew up $2399 on a 100-400mm f2.8L lens πŸ™

  • yurit0s

    hey we need same, a 35 or 50mm lens and a flash gun πŸ˜‰

  • Avishna

    how much is postage from Ebay?

  • @Avishna : It depends on various things :
    – Country
    – Size of Package
    – Shipping chosen
    – etc

    And some items have free shipping too, but it will take loads of time to come.

  • Avishna

    Nikon – At the heart of image

  • Inf

    I was tempted with photography too. But still I am a student, the cost is too high for me at the moment.

    I can’t afford the equipment, so for the moment, I am stuck with a small point-and-shoot! πŸ™‚

  • David

    Man! how i do understand your craze rite now! since last month i did buy 1 new lens (the no1 on ur list ^^) as well as a new flash (no2 on ur list! hehe ) and now as if it was not enough, i cant get the Nikon 18-200mm Vr zoom out of my mind!!

  • I understand how u feel. you always feel that u never have enuf

    for the time being i have a Nikon D80 + a Nikon D60

    The following lenses:

    Nikkor 50mm f1.8
    Nikkor 18 – 70
    Nikkor 18 – 105
    Nikkor 28 mm f2.8
    Sigma 28 – 105
    Tamron 70 – 300

    The following flashes :

    Sb 600
    Sb 900

    Additional equipment :
    Speedlight prokit 6
    Speedlight Beauty dish
    Gary fong whale tail
    Silver reflector

    I still feel i dont have enuf…

    next step, hopefully, Nikon D700 πŸ˜€

  • @Doorgesh : lol **$hy**

  • Raj K-B

    As a photo enthusiast with little initially to spare, one of the first things that I did was to read and read and read reviews and consult with friends re which gear would be more suitable to my needs and so on. It doesn’t mean that the frenzy for gear abates, obviously πŸ˜€
    But after some time, you realise that there are things in your camera bag that you will rarely use and some that you will always reach out for. For instance, it’s amazing how handy a polarizer filter or an ND filter is, whereas I bought a remote trigger that I only use for tripod shots indoors (which I dont do often…
    I guess when you start with this hobby, you find that you get what you pay for… you start feeling that if you invest a lot in “good” lenses or “good” camera, you will get better returns from the investment. I’m starting to find that it’s not really the gear which makes the picture but rather patience, skill and knowing one’s gear and technique. That has curbed my ebay purchases somewhat. But it doesnt mean that I have stopped completely. I do look out for a cheap (but good) deal out there for miscellaneous equipment. But I foresee a time not too far in the future where I’ll be selling some of my lenses…

  • There’s a word for this for us guitarists, it’s called GAS : Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Many guitarists think that having a better guitar, better amp or nicest pedals will improve their playing but the real thing is to learn and practice a lot. GAS usually gets people to kill their personal budget and I even know some broke people who have concert quality gear but only play in their lounge πŸ˜€ .

  • @Sachin : lol! I don’t know for guitars and accessories, but to some extent it can be said to be true here too. However, there are things which might be different different lenses = different situations/conditions etc…

    You know how we call them? “Artistes en herbe” πŸ˜›

    Thanks for ur visit here once more πŸ™‚

  • Raj K-B

    @ Sachin: It’s called by the same name on many photography forums: G.A.S :p

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  • Great tips dude..thanks for the advice.

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  • And i came to realise the addiction of ebay, dpreview, photography blog, instagram, @7f8a234d8f5d0ed9a468e455b0357cad:disqus pictures πŸ˜› and technology XD

    Seriously, ebay sometimes makes you wanna get every single stuffs which you probably only thought about.

    Was thinking about a google nexus 5 , now feeling like getting a dslr πŸ˜›