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p.4 #1 · p.4 #1 · your photography gear journey

Started ~25 years ago with a Yashica FX-D quartz and 35-70mm kit zoom. Short time later I bought a Tokina 60-300 zoom. And a Manfrotto 055 tripod with ball head - this tripod is still my main tripod. I even bought a second copy I store at my parents home.

After these I started to buy used gear, except very few lenses.
Because of the start with Yashica I bought and still have a Zeiss Contax 50/1.7, 85/1.4 and 135/2.8. Bought some cheap M42 lenses.

About ~7 years ago I started my big update: I bought a Canon EOS 350D / Rebel XT.
Canon because there was the EOS 5D as 24x36 camera, which I know I would like. And because I could adapt my manual lenses too Canon.
I bought and used a EF 50/1.4 and EF 28-135 IS USM. After I bought a second EOS 350D I wanted to converted one of these camera as a infrared camera. Cause I still want to use it as a backup camera, and canīt decide which filter to use, I "invented" a system to haveinterchangable IR filters inside the camera.
Never need the camera as backup, but it was a good feeling to have it in case the main camera would have a problem during a photo session with nude model.

Some years later I got my first EOS 5D, and then I started to use more and more different manual lenses. And I bought a second EOS 5D, as backup.
On the newer one the mirror fell of. I replace it with a 100% reflective SLR mirrorthat was a bit shorter too.

Cause I like to tinker, and cause I like cheap lenses, I loved to buy defective lenses, or lenses with mounts that need mount conversion and such.
I work as optics engineer in the R&D department of an camera manufacturer, and this tinkering with old lenses is a good recreation from the job.

At the moment I own a lot of lenses - some in bad condition:

Zeiss Contax
18/4 modified for adaption

FD 24/1.4L converted and fungus cleaned
85/1.2L converted
100/4 Macro repaired and converted
300/2.8L converted and fungus cleaned - but fungus has etched the glass
800/5.6 SSC DIY adapted and cleaned internal - quality not good
28/2.8 freelensing optimized
50/1.8 and 50/1.4 "invented" simple DIY tilt mechanics

35/1.8 converted - find this lens boring
58/1.2 converted - one of my most loved lenses. Works on both 5D at infinity (even before mirror surgery).
28/2.0 and 100/4 Macro - adapted with homemade Minolta Canon lens adapter. 50/1.4 and 135/2.8 waiting to be modified for the "adaption". Afterwards they still can be used on old Minolta cameras - without automatic iris.

Nikon AI-S
ED 180/2.8

And other lenses from Soligor, Tokina, Sigma, Zeiss Jena, Tamron, Isco, Enna, Mamyia, Konica, Steinheil, Olympus, Novoflex, Ilex, Taylor-Hobson, Porst, Pentax, Kiev,..

Parallel to my hunt for big bokeh quantity lenses - all those fast lenses - I started to search for a better bokeh quality. The Meyer Goerlitz Trioplan 100/2.8 was the beginning. With its soap bubble bokeh I made many images I love - and others seem to love them too. I found a sibling of this lens as a cheap backup.
To get in contrary a very smooth bokeh I found a way to make a ~ Gaussian blur - with apodization filtering with different lenses, for example the Helios 44. So no need for the Sony STF lens :-)
The Nikon DC lenses where very tempting as well. As a substitute I found an old Sigma YS 135mm/2.8 lens, which allows spherical aberration bokeh control. This is current work.

Furthermore I try to get better macro images.
For this I make first experiments with three lenses (Rokkor 45/2, Vivitar 28/2.8 and a nearly defective Rodenstock Apo 75/4) with automated Canon EF aperture in manual lenses.
For macro/micro I use additional to the lenses mentioned before:
Kiron 105/2.8 converted
Nikon EL Nikkor 50mm/2.8 (fungus cleaned)
Rodenstock Apo 50/2.8 (fungus cleaned)
Mitutoyo Apo 20x (front lens chipped)
Nikon CF Plan 10x
further enlarger and microfilm lenses.

The Samyang 14 is not only one of the ~5 lenses I bought new during these 25 years, but also the lens with the shortest lifespan. Average age of my lenses is most likely more than 30 years.

Nov 07, 2012 at 11:16 PM
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p.4 #2 · p.4 #2 · your photography gear journey

Started with Lumix which led to canon 400d and macro 100mm 70-200L and eventually 85L. Sold it all and "upgraded" to 30D and Sony Nex-3 with lots of different lenses bought and sold:
Contax SLR,
Canon FD L series,
Leica R,
I have currently stopped at Contax G and testing waters with Zeiss ZM. Trying to sell what is left of other lenses. Have also developed liking for old medium format folders.

Nov 08, 2012 at 12:06 AM
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p.4 #3 · p.4 #3 · your photography gear journey

Canon 7, 7N, 30D then for 5 years a 5D.
I've had Canon, Olympus, Nikon, C/Y Zeiss, and Tamron lenses all on the 5D -- then last month decided to sell everything I had and change over to a Nikon D600. I now have but 2 lenses, a 50 1.8G and 85 1.8G. Its been unexpectedly exciting to start over from scratch after 10+ years in one system.

Nov 08, 2012 at 12:38 AM
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p.4 #4 · p.4 #4 · your photography gear journey

Oh Boy ... this is like taking a stroll down memory lane for me, but it brings back some fond old memories. My camera association/history goes something like this ... Yashica Electro 35 (circa 1970) ➤ Olympus 35 SP ➤ Exakta RTL 1000 (my first SLR) ➤ Olympus OM-10 ➤ Fuji GW690 (briefly) ➤ Contax 139Q ➤ Contax RTS II ➤ Contax RX ➤ Canon 10D ➤ Canon 20D ➤ Canon 5D ➤ Canon 5D II ➤ Olympus OM-D.

Nov 08, 2012 at 01:01 AM
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p.4 #5 · p.4 #5 · your photography gear journey

High School (1997ish)
Pentax K1000 w/ 55mm f2.0 (Still have)

Nikon N65 w/28-80
Nikon 70-300G

Nikon D70 w/18-70
Nikon 50mm f1.8D
Nikon SB-600

Nikon 180mm f2.8

Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
Nikon D200
Nikon SB-800

Tokina 12-24mm f/4
Tokina 50-135 f2.8
Nikon 50mm f1.4G

Sold ALL Nikon equipment / sold Canon 85mm f1.8 after purchasing 70-200 (see below)
Canon EOS 7D w/ 85mm f1.8
Sigma 30mm f1.4
Canon 24-105 f/4
Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II
Canon 580exII
Canon EOS Elan II

Canon 40mm f2.8
Fujifilm X-Pro 1
Fuji 35mm f1.4

I am supposed to sell some of my Canon gear...that's difficult to do. I am thinking that I will sell the Sigma go and wait till next year to get both the fuji 23mm f1.4 and 56mm f1.4.

Nov 08, 2012 at 02:04 AM

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p.4 #6 · p.4 #6 · your photography gear journey

First digital cameras were various Canon Elph's, followed by various Canon and Panasonic P&S super zooms.

Early 2000's:
Canon Digital Rebel (300d) + assorted Canon lenses

Upgraded to Canon 700d

Olympus EPL1 + Pansonic 20mm F1.7 + kit lens

Sony Nex5n + Contax G 21,28,45,90 and Contax 100-300

Sold (or in process of selling) everything except:

Sony Nex 5n + Contax G 45,90
Sigma DP2m

For ALL outdoors photography between WA to 45mm, I will use the DP2m (stitching for wide angle shots).

For ALL outdoors photography from 45mm to telephoto, all indoors shooting, and almost all people/snapshot shoorting I will use the NEX 5n with Contax G whenever possible, and an autofocus zoom for all other cases.

I would like to see a lightweight high quality zoom lens available for NEX, but have low hopes.
Might change the NEX to micro 4/3 or even something like an rx100, but only if I can get a high quality AF zoom that is not too expensive and not too heavy.

The Sigma DP2M will cover 95%+ of my creative photography needs.

Nov 08, 2012 at 03:37 AM
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p.4 #7 · p.4 #7 · your photography gear journey

Honeywell Pentax H1a (1965) to a Sony NEX 7 (2012) with a bunch of Nikons and Canons in between.

Nov 08, 2012 at 05:04 AM
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p.4 #8 · p.4 #8 · your photography gear journey

sky_barker wrote:
Honeywell Pentax H1a (1965) to a Sony NEX 7 (2012) with a bunch of Nikons and Canons in between.

Well said!

Nov 08, 2012 at 05:18 AM
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p.4 #9 · p.4 #9 · your photography gear journey

Very interesting reading everyone's trip down the equipment road!

Here are my bodies as best I can recall, from 1979 (A-1) to present (1Ds Mark III). Although it looks like I took sidelines, I've was consistently shooting Canon the whole way through, and 4x5 from 1980 to about 2000.

It would take an awful lot of work to list all the lenses of all the systems -- perhaps at another time.

*Canon A-1
Kodak Corona 4x5
*Toyo 45G
*F1N (AE prism)
Tachihara 4x5
Nikon FE2
YashicaMat 124G
*T90 (3)
A2 (2)
Pentax 6x7 (2)
Pentax 67
*Pentax 67II
Zeiss Ikonta B 6x6
Zeiss Ikonta 6x9
Zeiss Ikon 6x6
*Bessa I 6x9 (2)
*Franka 6x6 and 6x9
Mamiya RB67 Pro S (2)
*Mamiya RB67 Pro SD (2)
Nikon D1X
Fuji S5
Nikon D7000
*1D Mark II (2)
AE-1 Program
*1Ds Mark II
*Olympus E-PL1
Olympus E-P2
*5D Mark II
*1Ds Mark III

* indicates personal favorites

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Nov 08, 2012 at 06:25 AM
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p.4 #10 · p.4 #10 · your photography gear journey

OM-1/2 -> Canon 40D -> Leica M2 & Sinar F

other stuff I've had along the way:
Nikon Nikkormat FT2
Minolta SRT-101
Konica Auto S2
Bronica SQ-a
Rolleiflex 2.8e
Mamiya 7
Fuji GW690

my favorite lenses along the way:
Zeiss ZM Planar 50/2.0
Olympus Zuiko Macro 50/3.5
Minolta MC Rokkor 58/1.2
Mamiya 7 80/4.0

Nov 08, 2012 at 06:36 AM

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p.4 #11 · p.4 #11 · your photography gear journey

Not sure how some of you can remember the timeframes for some of your stuff.
My list is longer than some and shorter than most. I can tell you where I started and where I am now and list what was inbetween but don't expect chronological order.

Nikon 995
Canon G2
Canon 300D with kit lens

in no particular order
Canon Rebel XT with grip
Canon 30D with grip
Caon 20D
Canon 50 1.8 (2)
Canon 50 1.4
Canon 85 1.8
Canon 100 2.0
Canon 24 2.8
Canon 35 2.0
Canon 135 2.8 SF
Sigma 28 1.8
Canon 17-40 4.0 (2)
Tamron 17-50 2.8 (2)
Tamron 28-75 2.8 (3)
Canon 28-135 3.5-5.6
Canon 28-105 3.5-4.5 (2)
Canon 70-200 4.0
Sigma 50-150 2.8
Sigma 70-200 2.8
Canon 100-400 4.5-5.6
Canon 75-300 4.0-5.6 (2)

Some of those I definitely wish I still had

7D with grip
Tokina 17 3.5 Pro
Sigma 30 1.4
Canon 50 1.8
Tokina 12-24 4.0
Tamron 28-75 2.8
Canon 70-200 2.8 IS L II
Canon 430 EX

Like what I have, looking to add a couple pieces including full frame.
But there are dedinitely a couple of those old lenses I wish were still mine.

Nov 08, 2012 at 06:47 AM
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p.4 #12 · p.4 #12 · your photography gear journey

hmmm, most of you guys keep much better track than me.

i think it went roughly something like this:
as a kid i got some sort of harmonica shaped camera that shot 126 cartridge film.
in junior high my father gave me his old minolta XE-5.
when i went to college i got some variant of a canon elph shooting APS film and put the XE-5 in the closet.
i wore out a few elphs and kept replacing them.
a couple years after college i got some sort of konica minolta digital p&s as a gift and dusted off the XE-5 for b&w film.
a year or two after that i started playing around with a nikon D1x from work, which got me back into birding.
a year or two after that i got a olympus e520 for birding and some general use.
the XE-5 finally died so i replaced it with a minolta XD-11
2 years after that i got a sony NEX-3 for taking videos of my daughter and stills of everything except birds.
1 year later i sold the e520 and got a sony a55 for birding.
1 year after that, when my NEX-3 shutter wore out, i got a NEX-7 for everything and sold the a55.
and that's where i'm at now. i left out a bunch of film cameras that i have or continue to dabble with.

Nov 08, 2012 at 07:23 AM
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I started photography 4 years ago. I went with Canon from the start. Nikon surely has great sensor in their FF, but 5D and 5DII are what make me stay with Canon. AF is crappy but i use MF lenses anyway. For me those 2 cams are some of the best value DSLR in the market.

Canon 40D (first camera. sold it after upgrading to 5D)
Canon 1D2 (didn't really like the color and noise. prefer the 5D)
Canon T2i (bought it for my wife. sold it for fuji X100)
Canon G11 (bought it just for fun. sold it few months later)
Panasonic GF1 with 20 1.7 (the color is not what i expected. really liked the size though)
Olympus EPL-1 wth 14-42 (bought cheaply from someone in Craigslist. sold it with a higher price)
Canon EF-S 17-85 (first lens with the nifty-fifty. this lens is tooo slooooow for my taste)
Canon EF-S 10-22 (my first UWA lens. my composition skill was not very good, so i'm bored with this lens quickly)
Tamron 17-50 (bought it for my wife, with T2i combo. sold it for X100)
Tamron 28-75 (my first 2.8 zoom. image quality is quite good for the price)
Canon 35L (sold it but regret it. might get sigma 35 1.4 next time)
Zeiss 35mm F2 ZF (i really liked it, but sometimes needed the 1.4 aperture. sold it and get 1.4/35 ZE)
Canon 50 1.8 II (my first lens, the one that made me fall in love with primes)
Canon 50 1.4 (bought 3 times, sold 3 times. build quality is poor)
Canon 85 1.8 (sold it for 85L. contrast is not that great compared to the L counterpart)
Canon 100 2.8 Macro USM (sold it because too long and lack of use)
Canon 135L (the first lens that made my jaw drop. sold it for 70-200 f2.8 L IS)
Canon 24-105 L IS (bought it cheap in craigslist. sold it and got profit)
Canon 28-70L (did not get the expected image quality, so sold it. the new 24-70 II seems great, maybe i should get one)
Canon 70-200 F4 L IS (sold it with 135L for the 2.8 L IS II)

Canon 5D (my first FF. really love this cam. i'll use it until it dies)
Canon 5D II (have 2)
Fuji X100 (sold once but bought it again. so far this is my most fun small camera i ever had)
Canon 85 L (AF is acurate, has lovely smooth bokeh)
Canon 70-200 2.8 L IS II (so versatile!)
Sigma 50 1.4 (i have a love & hate relationship with this glass. the image looks flat and characterless. my worst lens in my current lens line up )
Zeiss 2.8/21 ZE (great landscape lens)
Zeiss 2.0/28 ZE (been thinking of selling this for 2/25 ZE, but the price is too different)
Zeiss 1.4/35 ZE (one of my fav lens so far. focusing could be hard sometime)
Zeiss 1.4/50 P ZE (bought it for its unique rendering)
Zeiss 2.0/50 MP ZE (my best 50mm lens so far)
Zeiss 2.0100 MP ZE (very sharp! bokeh is also very smooth)

Sigma 35mm F1.4 (for walkaround lens, replacing 50 1.4 sigma)

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Nov 08, 2012 at 07:55 AM
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p.4 #14 · p.4 #14 · your photography gear journey

Wow some of you folks really have been through some gear!

1977 or there about. I had some kind of 35mmm SLR with three lenses. I cannot remember what it was. all I know it came a from a Russian that escaped in 1917 and was a dear friend of my grand parents, they passed it on to me. (long gone unfortunately)
1983 Ricoh K5+50mm (sold)
1984 Canon AE1-P 28, 50, 35-105 & 100-300 zoom lenses. I still have this kit.
1997 some kind of Sony digicam that looked kinda like the Millennium Falcon from the Star Wars movies
2006 (I think) Canon Rebel xt (sold)
2008 Canon 40D
2009 Canon 5DII
2010 Canon 7D
2010 Canon G11
2012 (sept)Preordered a Fuji XE-1 18-5656mmm kit that I will hopefully see next week

I still have the all my canon gear except the rebel XT

Lenses Canon 28-135, 17-40, 24-105, 100macro, 70-200 f2.8 IS, 300f/4, 400 f5.6, 85 f1.8, 35 f2, 200 f2.8, EFS 60 macro, 24 1.4L II

Zeiss 1.4, 50 P

I have my eye on a 100MP ZE and 21 ZE. But who knows? I may go on a alt kick with the Fuji.

Nov 08, 2012 at 10:57 AM
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In university shot film with a couple of friends, but go married right after university had kids right away and went to graduate school which didn't leave much room for photography for many years. Then in 2006 started in digital as something to do with my then teenage daughter.

2006 - bought Canon 350D; 50 f/1.8 and 28-70 f/3.5-4.5
2007 - upgraded to 20D added 10-22 f/3.5-4.5, 85 f/1.8, and 70-200 f/4L IS
2008 - added Canon 35mm f/2, then got first alt lenses Minolta Rokkor 58 f/1.2 and Olympus OM 24 f/2.8
2009 - upgraded to Canon 50D added Canon 300 f/4L, Leica R 90 f/2 (second version); Carl Zeiss Jena 135 f/3.5; Olympus OM 28 f/3.5, Minolta Rokkor 35 f/1.8; sold Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5, 70-200 f/4L IS, 85 f/1.8. Bought a film kit for my daughter with a Minolta SR 200, MD 24 f/2.8, MC 45 f/2; MC 50 f/1.4, MD 100 f/2.5, and MD 200 f/4
2010 - upgraded to Canon 5D switched to an all alt kit selling everything else. My kit was now 5D with C/Y Zeiss 28 f/2.8; Leica R 35 f/2 (second version); C/Y Zeiss 50 f/1.4; Leica R 50 f/2 (second edition); Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1.2; Leica R 90 f/2.8 (second edition); Nikon 105 f/2.5; Minolta Rokkor 400 f/5.6 APO. Got my daughter a 5D with an Olympus OM 21 f/3.5; 28 f/3.5; 50 f/1.8; 100 f/2.8 and an autofocus Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 in addition to her film kit.
2011 - added a Minolta Rokkor 28 f/2; sold C/Y Zeiss 50 f/1.4; Leica R 35 f/2
2012 - added Canon 5D MKII ZE 21 f/2.8; ZE 35 f/1.4, sold Rokkor 28 f/2; C/Y Zeiss 28 f/2.8; Leica R 50 f/2, and Leica R 90 f/2.8

Nov 08, 2012 at 12:47 PM
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-Minolta STR 100, 101, 102 (mainly 50 1.4)
-Nikon FE (24, 28, 35, 50, 55, 105, 135)
-Olympus XA (great meter for night exposures in Europe cities)
-Rollei 35s (six of them! Yeah really.)

-Nikon F3
-Minota TLR
-Hassleblad 500cm (80)
-Speed Graphic
-Wisner 4x5 (110, 150, 210)

-Canon G1
-Canon 40D-wife's
-Canon 5DII (Zeiss 21, Samyang 35, 17-40, 24-105, 70-200)


Nov 09, 2012 at 03:36 AM
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p.4 #17 · p.4 #17 · your photography gear journey

Wish I could get some back.

Minolta Weathermatic 110

Nikon N4004s

Fuji MX-1200 (First digital)

Canon XSi

Canon 7D w/ 50mm f/1.2L

Leica IIIf

Fuji X100

Sony NEX-5 (Wife's camera)

Nikon D700 w/ 24mm f/1.4G, 85mm f/1.4D, 300mm f/4, 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S

Olympus OM-D w/ 12mm f/2, 25mm f/1.4, 45mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4 Takumar SMC

Fuji X-E1 w/ 35mm f/1.4

Pentax Spotmatic w/ 50mm f/1.4 Takumar SMC, 55mm f/1.8 Takumar SMC

Nov 09, 2012 at 05:05 AM
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In mostly chronological order, ones marked with * I still own. Also have been through a bunch of cheaper cameras (folders, russian rangefinders etc) but they are too many to list.

Pentax ZX-M with 50/2 (my first "real" camera)

Mamiya M645E with rapid winder and 80/2.8 (was offered a half off coupon from a Mamiya pro shooter who got it as a promotion) -- awesome, awesome medium format camera and I kind of miss it. Eventually got an Arsat fisheye for it too.

Super Graphic 4x5 with 135mm Kodak something lens

Sony DSC-F707 (first digital for me)

Canon 300D / Digital Rebel with 18-55

Canon 10D with 70-200/4L

Then got tired of digital...

Mamiya RB67 with 90/3.5 and 250/6.3

Voigtlander Bessa-L with 25/4(?)

*Fuji GA645

*Leica IIf with 50/2 Summar

Leica IIIc

*Sinar F1 with 135mm lens

then back to digital...

Samsung GX1S with 18-55

Pentax K20D with 16-45, 21 Limited, bunch of adapted M42 glass -- really nice camera in every way and I would happily shoot with one today too. So-so AF but everything else was great.

*Canon 1Ds II with 35/2. They were going for around 2500 USD and I scored this one with 24k clicks for 2k even; could not pass that deal up.

Canon 10D as a backup / more compact DSLR

Canon 20D, replaced the 10D

Canon 50D, replaced the 20D

*Canon 7D, replaced the 50D

(Along the line I bought and sold a variety of Canon lenses (400/5.6, 35/2, 50/1.4, 85/1.8, Sigma 15-30, Samyang 14, 24-105L etc etc) and finally ended up with: 500/4L, Zeiss 50/1.4 Planar, Zeiss 35/2 Distagon, Tokina 35/2.8 macro.)

*Leica M3 with Summicron 50/2 DR

Then picked up an m43 system:

GF1 with 20/1.7
*OM-D E-M5 with 20/1.7, 14/2.5, and 45/1.8

Now considering a Sony NEX-F3 since they are dirt cheap here right now and I have always wanted to check out the NEX...

Nov 09, 2012 at 01:37 PM
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p.4 #19 · p.4 #19 · your photography gear journey

cogitech wrote:
How any of you remember all of this is beyond me...


Nov 09, 2012 at 02:12 PM
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jcolwell wrote:

Yes, and a fantastic spreadsheet it is that you have (and offer to others).

The time and effort required for something like that is... well, the fact that you are the only one who has one (AFAIK) says it all. Some of us (ie. me) couldn't even give a complete list of camera gear we presently own without taking hours to go through everything...

Thinking about all this makes me want to do a dramatic sell-off of unused crap.

Nov 09, 2012 at 02:56 PM
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