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    "anything that has not been used in the last 6 months will be sold"
    you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fudgecakes
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    Light weight, no point having stuff that is too heavy to bring out.

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    Anything not used in 3 mths, for me, will be put up for sale. Buys are based on wants that i have convinced myself as needs hence i usually buy second hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eawtan View Post
    Light weight, no point having stuff that is too heavy to bring out.
    Like Laozi said:

    "Camera must get light weight,
    Wife must marry heavy weight."


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    good buy best buy must buy

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    for all hobbyists that don't earn from photography... how do you convince yourself about what is a "need"?

    technically everything is a want.

    unless you will convulse and have seizures when your camera is taken from you

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanhan
    for all hobbyists that don't earn from photography... how do you convince yourself about what is a "need"?

    technically everything is a want.

    unless you will convulse and have seizures when your camera is taken from you
    "but mooooooom, I need it for my homeworkkkkkkkk"
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonrya View Post
    "but mooooooom, I need it for my homeworkkkkkkkk"
    sounds legit

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    I buy what I think I will use.

    I was looking at a Sigma 4.5mm circular fisheye for the longest time. Then I thought about how I'd only probably use it sparingly during travels and maybe only in Gardens by the Bay and Raffles Place and maybeee Marina Bay area. Then I didn't buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanhan View Post
    for all hobbyists that don't earn from photography... how do you convince yourself about what is a "need"?

    technically everything is a want.

    unless you will convulse and have seizures when your camera is taken from you
    E.g. I have a 24-85 for occasional travel and general purpose lens as I mainly use primes. Do I need the 24-70? No.

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    for me, old is gold .

    my newest lens is a 50 mm 1.8 secondhand, the oldest is older than me . . . 1970s Pentacon 135 mm .

    i am done acquiring lens and flashes. . . time to use them and have fun shooting
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanhan
    for all hobbyists that don't earn from photography... how do you convince yourself about what is a "need"?

    technically everything is a want.

    unless you will convulse and have seizures when your camera is taken from you
    Nothing is a need if my living doesn't depend on it. So it is a matter of choice of definition of what you want to achieve. If you define that as achieving good images that can win you awards, of course, certain lenses will become a need. Then again, for me, i believe all of my wants are just wants. Just want to having tried and used the lens just for the sake of having used them, so it is indeed really wants than needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanhan View Post
    for all hobbyists that don't earn from photography... how do you convince yourself about what is a "need"?

    technically everything is a want.
    One method:
    - have sufficient "extra" $$$
    - justify to yourself what are you missing out without that piece of equipment or what else u can achieve
    - calc weight, to ensure total weight of outfit does not exceed the pre-determined max weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanhan View Post
    for all hobbyists that don't earn from photography... how do you convince yourself about what is a "need"?

    technically everything is a want.

    unless you will convulse and have seizures when your camera is taken from you
    From a hobbyist:

    1. I identify what I like (or "want") to shoot (not the gear I like or I want to get )
    2. Then based on no. 1, I'll try to find the gears I NEED.

    As for my case: I like to shoot candid, street, event, and portrait.
    That translates into: 1 crop body (Canon 60D), 1 UWA (Tamron 10-24), 2 primes (Canon 28mm 1.8 & 85mm 1.8), and 1 telezoom (Canon 70-200 2.8 IS mk1). All bought second hand except the body.

    I don't have any speedlight (at least for now), because - well you don't really use flash for street (prefer to stay discreet), and most likely won't be allowed to use one during events (think something like night music gig, small concert, etc). And so far my primes handles low light conditions well.

    Of course I won't be able to achieve something like this -> http://pixelcurse.com/wp-content/upl...02/jump_23.jpg but oh well..

    (* Attached picture credit: Jump! by Lénárt Gábor)

    My 2 cents.
    Last edited by SilentSeth; 30th December 2012 at 09:44 AM.

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    I feel like it
    It is the camera, not the photographer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamadam View Post
    I feel like it
    I think "feel good" factor cannot be underestimated.

    If you don't feel good about carrying a tin box with a hole in it, you won't be shooting much.

    If you get the latest Nikon dslr please get a camera belt with the model on it in gold and announce it to the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos- View Post
    I buy what I think I will use.

    I was looking at a Sigma 4.5mm circular fisheye for the longest time. Then I thought about how I'd only probably use it sparingly during travels and maybe only in Gardens by the Bay and Raffles Place and maybeee Marina Bay area. Then I didn't buy it.
    Persuade leong to buy so that you can borrow it.

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    fill up the space available in the signature first........

    once filled up, upgrade to more awesome tok kong no horse run gears......






    har take picture? take what picture?
    sala bo? where got time?
    can show off camera can liao la...
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    fill up the space available in the signature first........

    once filled up, upgrade to more awesome tok kong no horse run gears......






    har take picture? take what picture?
    sala bo? where got time?
    can show off camera can liao la...
    what you buy last week har? come out lim kopi leh poison poison abit.
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