Camera Gear That I Don’t Really Need

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve toned down on the spending.  I think spending any more than I already have really crosses the line from photography being a hobby into something that really only professionals would be spending their money on.

70-200 f/2.8L IS.  I still keep a craigslist feed hoping some ridiculous deal for a Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS shows up, but seriously, how often would I really use that?  The only times I forsee myself using that lens is at weddings and at the zoo.  Probably doesn’t warrant the $2000+ price tag that that lens commands.  If we go on some African Safari someday, maybe I’ll pick one up.

Pocketwizards.  The new ones came out this week, but how often would I really use them?  I got some cheapo remote triggers from Amazon and I haven’t even used those yet!  For some reason the built-in wireless trigger on the 7D suffices for me.

Full Frame.  This is probably the only item I’d consider if a huge sum of cash were to appear in my bank account out of nowhere.  I’ve still got the 7D on my 3-year no interest from Best Buy, haha.  I pay like 40 bucks a month for it.  Once that’s paid off, I suppose I’ll consider the next step.

Now, I sorta lied.  We’ve spent some money on camera stuff within the past few months, but I think it’s been worth it.

T2i.  This deal showed up online for a T2i body for $400.  Kristine has had a T1i for a while and I was able to get rid of that for $360.  I felt that a $40 cost to get 24/1080p video was worth it.  The T1i could only do 30p/720 and 20p/1800p or something crappy like that.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5.  I really felt like I needed a good decent camera for those times when the DSLR was just not appropriate, lol.  i.e. a lot of casual outings.  Plus, Kristine doesn’t even like to use her DSLR and would rather carry around this thing now.  It was on sale at Amazon for like $265 so we jumped on it.  It’s been pretty awesome and we’re happy with it.  Especially the fact that you can shoot in RAW with it.  What really attracted me though was the f/2.0 on it. The other option would’ve been the S100, but that probably wouldn’t come under $400 bucks for a long time.

Panasonic DMC-LX5. 13 seconds. f/8.0.

Panasonic DMC-LX5. 1/1250 second. f/3.3.