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    Evolution in a camera kit

    Do you think Im nuts - this is in a four 1/2 year cycle :

    The reason Id like to help is to shortcut my own experience :-)

    D40
    18-55
    55-200
    + 18-200 - 18-55 - 55-200
    + 300 F/4
    -18-200 + tamron 28-75
    + tokina 12-24
    + sigma 50-150 2.8
    + nikon 50 1.8
    - tokina 12-24
    - 300 f/4
    + D2H - D40
    + nikon 85 1.4
    - sigma 50-150
    + sigma 120-300 2.8
    + sigma 180 macro
    + d300
    - sigma 180 macro
    + nikon 105 micro
    - sigma 120-300
    + nikon 70-200
    + nikon 300 2.8
    - tamron 28-75
    - nikon 85 1.4
    + D3
    -nikon 300 2.8
    + nikon 400 2.8
    - d300
    +d2hs
    -dshs
    +d300s
    + nikon 20 2.8
    + nikon 24-70
    - nikon 50 1.8
    + nikon 50 1.4

    Now, see what trouble I am saving you with advice about what lens to buy - and to buy well once !!
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    Ah , but as wiseman say. One mans trash is another mans treasure. I think I said it here a while ago that photography is a bit like fishing or golf. You think that the upgrade will land you that Big one or magically give you a perfect swing. But most times it dont.
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    "Do you think Im nuts - this is in a four 1/2 year cycle"

    You will be nuts if the misses go nuts while you are out & trashes the lot
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    So I think this is my current camera and lens kit, and I havent added anything for over a year now

    D3
    D300s
    20 2.8
    50 1.4
    105 micro
    24-70 2.8
    70-200 2.8
    400 2.8

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    Do you find enough difference between the 50mm f1.8 and f1.4. This seemed an unusual trade.
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    Also, you haven't got a real wideangle.

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    Since 2005 when I moved to a DSLR (I have owned digital cameras since 2002), I've owned three DSLRs and 14 lenses.

    Two of those lenses were leftovers from my film SLR -- long gone.

    I currently own seven lenses, excluding tele-converters.

    I haven't bought a lens since 2008, and I'm doing well to maintain my abstinence. :-)

    I have more than what I need, and while it's fun to buy new gear, one gets to a point where gear is not a missing ingredient in one's photography. For me, the challenge is outdoor lighting conditions highly favourable to landscape/seascape/cityscape photography.

    My last purchase was a new tripod rig, as my old tripod has severe corrosion. My new tripod is taller and heavier, and much more convenient to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmer_rob View Post
    Do you find enough difference between the 50mm f1.8 and f1.4. This seemed an unusual trade.
    Yes, better build, 1.4 is nice to have, focus is quicker

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmer_rob View Post
    Also, you haven't got a real wideangle.
    This is true, I sold the tokina after I used it for 20 frames in a year. The 20mm on d3 is plenty wide enough for when I need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi View Post
    Yes, better build, 1.4 is nice to have, focus is quicker
    It seems that the strategy of the major DSLR/lens manufacturers is to offer a cheap 50/1.8 which lacks the better build, AF, aperture and optical qualities of the f/1.4 offering.

    I suppose it's a good way to get a fast prime into people's hands, and then later gouge them again when they decide they want the f/1.4 version (or f/1.2 version in Canon land). ;-)
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    I think there are a few of us around here who would have quite similar 'evolution' lists Darren. I certainly would if I was game enough to write it all down.

    I'm reviewing my gear at the moment and thinking of shedding a couple of lenses that don't see much use. I think I need to spend more time with fewer lenses and do more actual shooting as a result.
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    Great idea, it's made me wonder what my gear would look like if I were to put it in a similar way. Something for me to do tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jules View Post
    I'm reviewing my gear at the moment and thinking of shedding a couple of lenses that don't see much use. I think I need to spend more time with fewer lenses and do more actual shooting as a result.
    Often, being concerned less with gear and more with the image produces better results.

    Sometimes having too much gear can be a hindrance.

    It's like cable television: 60 channels and there's still nothing on.

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    you started with a d40 darren?
    supprised!

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    Yip, in November 2006 I believe. Not that long after it was released.

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    Yes, you are nuts!

    Way too much mucking about for me to do that trade. The clear message is don't buy 3rd party lenses (I never have and never will).
    I have done quite a bit of buy/sell Nikkor lenses to now have all that I need, with the only problem being how to carry it all easily. I just got a Guragear Kiboko bag to manage that as it will swallow the 400/2.8 with hood and D3/700 attached in one side and most all the other glass in the other.

    I guess I'm lucky in that I researched many many hours before buying the gear I have bought.
    My list looks like this;

    +D300
    +Nikkor 18-200
    -D300
    -18-200
    +D3
    +Nikon 70-300VR
    +Nikkor 17-35/2.8
    +Nikkor 70-200/2.8 VR1
    +TC20EII
    +Nikon 50/1.8
    +D700
    +Nikkor 135DC
    -Nikon 50/1.8
    +Nikon 50/1.4D
    -Nikkor 135DC
    +Nikkor 200/2VR
    -TC20EII
    +TC14EII
    +Nikkor 24-70/2.8
    +Nikkor 200-400VR
    +TC17EII
    -Nikkor 200-400VR
    +Nikkor 85/1.4D
    -Nikkor 200/2VR
    +Nikkor 24/1.4G
    +Nikkor 400/2.8VR
    +TC20EIII
    -Nikkor 24/1.4G

    I'm pretty happy with my current lens line up and find I never get caught needing something I don't have. Never had but still want a macro, looking now for the Nikkor 200/4. I haven't had much chance to give the 400/2.8 and TC20EIII a run yet, but if I find I want more, then maybe will add 600/4 as well.
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    You enjoy yourself and I bet you've had a ball buying and using all that gear and upgrading your kit and always improving along the way.
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    I have no clue what the purpose of this thread is.

    But that's never stopped me before, so why start worrying now?

    20D
    100-400
    +18-55
    +10-22
    +20D
    +60/2.8 macro
    +50/1,8
    +500/4
    +MT-24ex
    +24-105/4
    +TS-E 24
    +400D
    +1D III
    -20D
    -18-55
    +40D
    +18-55 IS
    -400D
    +40D
    +580EX II
    +50D
    +Tokina 10-17 fish
    -40D
    +580EX II
    +7D
    +Tokina 35mm macro
    -18-55 IS
    +100 IS macro

    There are some sort of temporary minuses in there for lenses too - Belinda has my good 40D, plus whatever lens(es) we negotiate at the time. Right now, she has the 60 macro and the 24-105, so I don't have a normal zoom and am making do with the crappy plastic 50/1.8 and the Tokina 35 macro. If I need longer than 35mm, I use the 100-400 on the 1D III, which is about equal to 80mm on a normal camera if you zoom all the way out.
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    Not sure there's a point other than showing how one might start small start cheap but usually end up with on brand gear :-)

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    too much gear in this thread

    this happened in a frighteningly short period of time. The biggest mistake I made was buying my first few bodies new.
    +1000D
    +18-55mm Is
    +75-300
    +60mm macro
    +10-22mm
    +18-200mm
    +24-70 2.8 sigma
    -24-70 2.8 sigma
    -75-300
    +50D
    +100-400
    -60mm macro
    +mpe65mm
    -18-55mm IS
    -1000D
    -18-200
    +7D
    +50mm 1.8
    -50D
    +35L
    -50mm 1.8
    +1Dmk 3
    + 17-40mm
    -100-400
    + 300 2.8
    -10-22mm
    -7D
    +135L
    +5Dmk 2
    +15mm fisheye
    +400 2.8
    Last edited by fabian628; 10-06-2011 at 8:32pm.
    1DIII, 5DII, 15mm fish, 24mm ts-e, 35L,135L,200L,400L,mpe-65mm
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