Right or Wrong


Jun 23, 2011
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Hi fellow CSers,

I have had a DSLR for over a year and half and realize that i had GAS (Gadget acquisition syndrome :embrass: ) it was just buy buy buy..

only until recently i actually started going out and taking pictures did i realize i knew nothing about DSLRS and how best to use them.

So i made a conscious decision to get rid of all lenses and extra stuff i had brought (lost around 250$ v/s cost price which i feel is not that bad) and keep just one lens, a tripod and a flash. The lens i choose is a 50mm 1.4d for my D7000. Figured the fewer things i have better will my understanding of photography be, limitations are the mother of inventions one photog friend told me.


Would like to hear on views if that was the right approach or big blunder.
 

#2
Hmmm....retail therapy I think. We've all gone through it. Buy because it makes you feel good.

Having less number of items means you reduce the variables, meaning you focus on the few, learn faster and probably understand your limits better. :)

Selling off your excess stuff was probably good from the learning point of view, but I'm not so sure about the financials (the alternative I guess is to keep it in a box until you are read).. But that's your call. LoL!

Anyway, 50mm f/1.8 is a decent lens though maybe a little too up close for my liking. Some here love the range though.
 

#3
Just to add. No I don't think you made a blunder. I agree with your reasons.

But even if I didn't, there is no real right or wrong. There is only perspective!
 

catchlights

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#4
Hi fellow CSers,

I have had a DSLR for over a year and half and realize that i had GAS (Gadget acquisition syndrome :embrass: ) it was just buy buy buy..

only until recently i actually started going out and taking pictures did i realize i knew nothing about DSLRS and how best to use them.

So i made a conscious decision to get rid of all lenses and extra stuff i had brought (lost around 250$ v/s cost price which i feel is not that bad) and keep just one lens, a tripod and a flash. The lens i choose is a 50mm 1.4d for my D7000. Figured the fewer things i have better will my understanding of photography be, limitations are the mother of inventions one photog friend told me.


Would like to hear on views if that was the right approach or big blunder.
whenever you hear all the right things and do it, that is right.

whenever you hear all the right things and do noting about it, that is wrong.


so, go out. and make full use of what you have now. this is the right thing to do now.
 

rhino123

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#5
If you find that 50mm is enough for the type of photography that you did most of the time, then yes... it is correct.

Although I would like to tell you that it is always the photographer behind the camera that make the difference, no matter what equipment you are using... But sadly that is not always the case. Sometime without the correct equipment you just cannot get the picture... a good example is shooting a bird that is very far away with a 50mm lens, and there are too many restriction between yourself and the bird that make it impossible for you to walk over to the bird.

Anyway, what your friends said is true to a certain sense... sometime it cannot work.
 

sjackal

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#6
At least half of clubsnap members are gear freaks and many of those are very conceited ones.

If you can break out of that mentality of my camera is bigger than your camera or canon vs nikon, then you give your inner creative talents a chance to be developed.
 

Jun 23, 2011
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At least half of clubsnap members are gear freaks and many of those are very conceited ones.

If you can break out of that mentality of my camera is bigger than your camera or canon vs nikon, then you give your inner creative talents a chance to be developed.
that was exactly my mindset before. already broke out of it. I had realized that i was taking better pictures before the dslr with my Olympus sp-uz500 for 6 odd years and it was 6megapixel yet more than what i wanted. With the DSLR i became a collector/gadget freak Rather than taking pictures. and thought the only way is to bailout before i reach the point of no return, and start over which i am doing right now.
 

Jun 23, 2011
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If you find that 50mm is enough for the type of photography that you did most of the time, then yes... it is correct.

Although I would like to tell you that it is always the photographer behind the camera that make the difference, no matter what equipment you are using... But sadly that is not always the case. Sometime without the correct equipment you just cannot get the picture... a good example is shooting a bird that is very far away with a 50mm lens, and there are too many restriction between yourself and the bird that make it impossible for you to walk over to the bird.

Anyway, what your friends said is true to a certain sense... sometime it cannot work.

well lets put it this way. start at normal field of view like a 35mm or a 50mm and work my way till i understand stuff better, then i can know if a 200mm f2.8 or a f4 would have been better for the shot. Right now mindset was if far away bird.... umm go buy a 80-200..
 

robinlxz

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Hi, I do appreciate your braveness. I am also a new comer on D300s, with 3 lenses.
I agree with you that after using 50mm 1.4D I almost do not touch the other two lenses (16-85 and 80-200). Both the weight and color are better in my eyes, compare with zoom lenses. However, when shooting birds or architectures, I do feel the necessary for the other two.
Good luck anyway:)
 

Shizuma

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don't worry right or wrong. go enjoy your camera and shoot lots of beautiful photos.have a great weekend
 

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