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    About $18,500 or thereabouts for myself, though this is since 2007.

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    IMO, is good to know how much you spend on photography, but as a hobbyist, the joy and satisfaction of creating photos, it can't be quantify by the amount of money you had spent. So as long you are happy with the outcome, does it really matter you've spent $1000 or $100000?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post

    I sold half of my kidney to keep my hobby in photography.
    Haha!

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    most important is to get wife's consent, once it's a green light everything is worth it! Haha

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    I buy and sell my photographic assets, so I won't consider any purchase an outright expense, since I am able to recover a good amount when I sell it subsequently.

    So, right now, I have about S$6,000 tied down to my photographic equipment. I probably made a loss of about $800 max selling my older stuff? So I spent less than S$7,000 thus far. Not bad for a journey that began in 2005.

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    A wise man once told me that money is yours only when you spend it. Since then I had been following his teaching without looking back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbonetics View Post

    can u share what smaller system?
    i may consider.
    went over to fuji. xpro1/xe1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exposure View Post
    i guess most hobbyists after 3-4 years should have spend at least 5k on gears, plus the shoots and maintenance etc..
    10 Years at least $45K !
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    IMO, is good to know how much you spend on photography, but as a hobbyist, the joy and satisfaction of creating photos, it can't be quantify by the amount of money you had spent. So as long you are happy with the outcome, does it really matter you've spent $1000 or $100000?
    Yeah, after all in the end... 人在天堂, 钱在银行.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    IMO, is good to know how much you spend on photography, but as a hobbyist, the joy and satisfaction of creating photos, it can't be quantify by the amount of money you had spent. So as long you are happy with the outcome, does it really matter you've spent $1000 or $100000?
    Well said, Sir!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xie Zhichun View Post
    most important is to get wife's consent, once it's a green light everything is worth it! Haha
    people always like to use this as an excuse. Is it really true?
    WHY must our only enjoyment be limited by such constraint? if we were to spent within our means?
    When they go facial, saloon, manicure, shopping, blah, blah and blah..... do they need our consent????

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowc View Post
    A wise man once told me that money is yours only when you spend it. Since then I had been following his teaching without looking back
    SO TRUE!
    word of wisdom indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d2xpeter View Post
    SO TRUE!
    word of wisdom indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d2xpeter View Post
    people always like to use this as an excuse. Is it really true?
    WHY must our only enjoyment be limited by such constraint? if we were to spent within our means?
    When they go facial, saloon, manicure, shopping, blah, blah and blah..... do they need our consent????
    they don't spend 25k for those

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    This is my philosophy for photography. It is a hobby which I derive great joy from. It has also improved me as a person in many ways, while relieving some of the work stresses that everyone faces. It is very hard to quantify how much one has spent on photography. You can count in all the camera bodies and lenses and tripods - quantifiable assets which are visible. What of the money spent in indulging in the hobby? If I get to Changi Beach on a Saturday morning, the movement of myself and my equipment to the place costs money, whether it is by taxi, car or sleep loss/walking to the location. Even if you are not a landscape photographer, unless you sit at home and take pictures of yourself and your home, you will spend money on models, make-up artist (portraiture), transportation (street, cat, bird, blah blah blah other genres). There's also associated gear not directly linked to the hobby but necessary: insect repellent, maintenance time, hats to keep off the heat, etc.

    So what's the point of counting? Just make sure every decision made is truly justifiable to yourself. If you slept at 10 pm and are getting to Gardens by the Bay on a Saturday morning, the first trains depending on where you are will allow you to make it on time without having to spend excess money on a cab. If you slept at 1 am processing photographs and wish to hit a remote place which you have no hope of getting to even with waking up early, then a cab is justifiable. Do you really need that new tripod or are you just buying in the hopes of "getting better" through spending? How about that new camera - are you making the best of your current equipment?

    This way, you will enjoy maximum benefit for perhaps not the minimal cost, but you are well aware that every decision made was a conscious and measured one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanzohattori View Post
    they don't spend 25k for those
    no? for 8+ yrs cumulative? you sure?
    maybe more. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos- View Post
    This is my philosophy for photography. It is a hobby which I derive great joy from. It has also improved me as a person in many ways, while relieving some of the work stresses that everyone faces. It is very hard to quantify how much one has spent on photography. You can count in all the camera bodies and lenses and tripods - quantifiable assets which are visible. What of the money spent in indulging in the hobby? If I get to Changi Beach on a Saturday morning, the movement of myself and my equipment to the place costs money, whether it is by taxi, car or sleep loss/walking to the location. Even if you are not a landscape photographer, unless you sit at home and take pictures of yourself and your home, you will spend money on models, make-up artist (portraiture), transportation (street, cat, bird, blah blah blah other genres). There's also associated gear not directly linked to the hobby but necessary: insect repellent, maintenance time, hats to keep off the heat, etc.

    So what's the point of counting? Just make sure every decision made is truly justifiable to yourself. If you slept at 10 pm and are getting to Gardens by the Bay on a Saturday morning, the first trains depending on where you are will allow you to make it on time without having to spend excess money on a cab. If you slept at 1 am processing photographs and wish to hit a remote place which you have no hope of getting to even with waking up early, then a cab is justifiable. Do you really need that new tripod or are you just buying in the hopes of "getting better" through spending? How about that new camera - are you making the best of your current equipment?

    This way, you will enjoy maximum benefit for perhaps not the minimal cost, but you are well aware that every decision made was a conscious and measured one.
    OT, like your cats gallery in Pbase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos- View Post
    This is my philosophy for photography. It is a hobby which I derive great joy from. It has also improved me as a person in many ways, while relieving some of the work stresses that everyone faces. It is very hard to quantify how much one has spent on photography. You can count in all the camera bodies and lenses and tripods - quantifiable assets which are visible. What of the money spent in indulging in the hobby? If I get to Changi Beach on a Saturday morning, the movement of myself and my equipment to the place costs money, whether it is by taxi, car or sleep loss/walking to the location. Even if you are not a landscape photographer, unless you sit at home and take pictures of yourself and your home, you will spend money on models, make-up artist (portraiture), transportation (street, cat, bird, blah blah blah other genres). There's also associated gear not directly linked to the hobby but necessary: insect repellent, maintenance time, hats to keep off the heat, etc.

    So what's the point of counting? Just make sure every decision made is truly justifiable to yourself. If you slept at 10 pm and are getting to Gardens by the Bay on a Saturday morning, the first trains depending on where you are will allow you to make it on time without having to spend excess money on a cab. If you slept at 1 am processing photographs and wish to hit a remote place which you have no hope of getting to even with waking up early, then a cab is justifiable. Do you really need that new tripod or are you just buying in the hopes of "getting better" through spending? How about that new camera - are you making the best of your current equipment?

    This way, you will enjoy maximum benefit for perhaps not the minimal cost, but you are well aware that every decision made was a conscious and measured one.

    "We photograph to drive things out of our minds."
    "More than a pastime to me. It is a great teacher - imparting patience, maturity and an appreciation of the smaller things in life"
    "one to be present at the beach looking at the last rays of the sun with the waves lapping at my feet, or to be standing at a high place looking out at the city lights in the middle of the night."

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos- View Post
    This is my philosophy for photography. It is a hobby which I derive great joy from. It has also improved me as a person in many ways, while relieving some of the work stresses that everyone faces. It is very hard to quantify how much one has spent on photography. You can count in all the camera bodies and lenses and tripods - quantifiable assets which are visible. What of the money spent in indulging in the hobby? If I get to Changi Beach on a Saturday morning, the movement of myself and my equipment to the place costs money, whether it is by taxi, car or sleep loss/walking to the location. Even if you are not a landscape photographer, unless you sit at home and take pictures of yourself and your home, you will spend money on models, make-up artist (portraiture), transportation (street, cat, bird, blah blah blah other genres). There's also associated gear not directly linked to the hobby but necessary: insect repellent, maintenance time, hats to keep off the heat, etc.

    So what's the point of counting? Just make sure every decision made is truly justifiable to yourself. If you slept at 10 pm and are getting to Gardens by the Bay on a Saturday morning, the first trains depending on where you are will allow you to make it on time without having to spend excess money on a cab. If you slept at 1 am processing photographs and wish to hit a remote place which you have no hope of getting to even with waking up early, then a cab is justifiable. Do you really need that new tripod or are you just buying in the hopes of "getting better" through spending? How about that new camera - are you making the best of your current equipment?

    This way, you will enjoy maximum benefit for perhaps not the minimal cost, but you are well aware that every decision made was a conscious and measured one.
    I would say this pic already worth all the amount you hv spent. It is beautiful!


    Edutilos

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    Quote Originally Posted by d2xpeter View Post
    OT, like your cats gallery in Pbase.
    Thanks, I like cats a lot, spend more time playing and stroking rather than taking photos actually.

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