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Offline Markulous

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Re: How Much, Honestly?
« Reply #30 on: September 01, 2011, 06:58:30 AM »
and as for getting lazy with better gear, don't judge others by your own standards ;), I find quite the opposite as I want to go out and push the gear and my skills and thereby become a better photographer.

Which is why I used the word "Personally" rather than the word "Generally"!  ;)

Fieldcraft isn't much good if you are one side of a valley and the target is on the other. By the time you get over there it's gone.  :o

LOL! If it's the other side of the valley, you're not going to be close enough whatever you've got!  ;D
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Re: How Much, Honestly?
« Reply #31 on: September 01, 2011, 07:02:18 AM »
Good af is certainly a must for things like swallows and swifts - not sure if it's faster glass though as I think my most successful shots have been with a D90 and 70-300vr - not the most expensive combination. A willingness to patiently stand and track birds swooping across the sky for a long period is probably more the key here  ;) I'm constantly amazed by the casual chat about 500mm and 600mm on Birdforum and the amounts some people spend on bird photography. I recently picked up a book aimed at amateur bird photographers in the 70s/80s when we used film. It was assumed that as as amateur your longest lens would probably be 300mm at most unless you used a mirror lens and there was a lot of concentration on fieldcraft and getting closer. Unfortunately I always seem to find that there's a river or lake in between me and the bird which does'nt help!

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Re: How Much, Honestly?
« Reply #32 on: September 01, 2011, 09:00:49 AM »

To answer Alan's original question.

This year:
  • Less than the wife spends on shoes. :doh:
  • Less than the kids spend on activities.  ???
  • Less than I spend on Beer and Gin. :beer:
Although I haven't spent much this year. I can't think of any additional equipment that I either want, need or would take me to the next level. To me, it's strictly a hobby and the current set of equipment is adequate for purpose (adequate being a personal judgement call).

In the previous years I have spent ~100-200 € on courses (on at Doorhof's studio, and one with Tim Wallace). Both were very interesting and provided me with greater insight into how they work and techniques - well worth the money and more valuable than a new lens. (It would be very interesting to go on one of JR's courses, but sadly Kent is not a normal destination).

So, most expenditure now is down to consumables, which for digital are quite quite low (compared to film), or courses.

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Re: How Much, Honestly?
« Reply #33 on: September 01, 2011, 10:23:00 AM »
As they say ' Its not what you've got its how you use it ' ,  but then recently my wife came across a Canon 100-300 lens in perfect condition which a few years ago I would of been very proud of but compared to my Canon L lenses it was a none starter so I sold it immediately.

To put an actual  figure to what I spend  could be a bit difficult as now that I have my photographic business money is always prioritised to the unusual and unexpected things that crop up so new ( or secondhand ) kit is bought when cash flow allows.

My wife has always been very supportive with my photography and knows that if I order something new I would of tried all other options first. I am pleased to say that I no longer own kit that is never used but temptation is always there.

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Re: How Much, Honestly?
« Reply #34 on: September 01, 2011, 10:54:54 AM »
As they say ' Its not what you've got its how you use it ' ,  but then recently my wife came across a Canon 100-300 lens in perfect condition which a few years ago I would of been very proud of but compared to my Canon L lenses it was a none starter so I sold it immediately.

To put an actual  figure to what I spend  could be a bit difficult as now that I have my photographic business money is always prioritised to the unusual and unexpected things that crop up so new ( or secondhand ) kit is bought when cash flow allows.

My wife has always been very supportive with my photography and knows that if I order something new I would of tried all other options first. I am pleased to say that I no longer own kit that is never used but temptation is always there.

   Dave. I fear you used the word which is key to the whole issue... TEMPTATION.... The only thing I find impossible to resist!  :2funny:
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Re: How Much, Honestly?
« Reply #35 on: September 01, 2011, 11:10:22 AM »
Temptation? but I thought you visited Grays of Westminster and came away empty handed  ::)

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Re: How Much, Honestly?
« Reply #36 on: September 01, 2011, 11:18:11 AM »
Temptation? but I thought you visited Grays of Westminster and came away empty handed  ::)

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Re: How Much, Honestly?
« Reply #37 on: September 01, 2011, 11:36:39 AM »
 Dave. I fear you used the word which is key to the whole issue... TEMPTATION.... The only thing I find impossible to resist! 


Graham.  One way to beat temptation is to find a bit of kit your interested in on e.bay. Put in a ridiculously low bid then when your out bid you won't be disappointed and the urge to buy will go away ( for a while )
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Re: How Much, Honestly?
« Reply #38 on: September 01, 2011, 05:15:14 PM »
Thinking of the exam question - not a lot.
I had a bit of a spending spree 3 years ago and now I've got everything I need (though, not everything I want  ;) )
Current expenditure is probably about a fiver a month for a magazine...

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Re: How Much, Honestly?
« Reply #39 on: September 01, 2011, 10:22:15 PM »
Fieldcraft isn't much good if you are one side of a valley and the target is on the other. By the time you get over there it's gone.  :o

LOL! If it's the other side of the valley, you're not going to be close enough whatever you've got!  ;D

Wouldn't be a problem with this lens!  :-*

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Re: How Much, Honestly?
« Reply #40 on: September 02, 2011, 08:08:01 AM »
Love the second shot JR.  :tup:

Not sure about the panning on the third!  ???

Thanks.  Doesn't surprise me you don't like the third shot.  I'm pretty sure when I do my count up at the end of the year it will be in my top 10 favourites.  That's why it's fun to shoot for myself now and again.
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