Am reasonably new to photography, and am looking to start upgrading my lenses. But everytime I look at a lens and think of buying it, I do a double take and think of my finances.
Just a little background - I'm a university student with little income of my own except my allowance - which means you wouldn't expect me to be splashing out the cash on L lenses. But everytime I see an ad in the marketplace, my hands feel damn itchy to just go and buy it, only to be held back by my brain. More often than not I can afford the lens, but at the expense of depleting my bank account.
So my question to all you out there is: how do you justify spending $1k+ on a lens? Especially for people who do photog as a hobby rather than as a means of earning money. I'm still a long way from earning money from this hobby as I don't quite have the technical skills or know-how with PP yet, so I don't foresee myself taking on any big jobs apart from the occasional small event for like $50-$100 (done one before, going to do another soon).
Right now I'm surviving on my kit lens and my 50 F/1.8. I have a passion for sports and so I'm oh-so-tempted to spend on a 70-200 F/2.8, and also on a replacement for my kit.
Your input more than welcome...