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p.3 #1 · p.3 #1 · Anyone else done buying gear??


Will,

I totally understand what you are saying. I am in that boat also. Hubby is retiring in two months and we hope to travel. I am blessed with a D850, D500 x 2, and a Z6ii. I have all the lens that I always wanted and I am ready to just travel and enjoy. I just went through a very long and frustrating search for my second D500 which I will not go into, but suffice it to say, I hit the jackpot a few weeks ago and me happy camper. I never thought i would own another crop camera after my (ahem) "experience" with the Canon 7D first edition, but the trip to YE and Tetons for our 30th anniversary back in May and June was incredible and changed my mind. Cold, rainy, snowy, and absolutely incredible wildlife. D500's are built for that and I had bought a refurb specifically for the trip. The Z6ii was a great match for it with the Z 24-120 attache. So I have no GAS at the moment...

Well, actually, if the Zf comes out or a Z equivalent of the D500 with no "slide" show black out, I suppose I could be tempted....

Mary



Oct 15, 2022 at 03:54 PM
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p.3 #2 · p.3 #2 · Anyone else done buying gear??


If Iwas smart I would be done, still waiting on the 800PF. I think that might be it for lenses though. Maybe another Z body eventually, like a D850 replacement. Mostly it depends if I get back into regular photography once I retire. These days the gear mostly sits as work gets in the way far too much.


Oct 15, 2022 at 10:53 PM
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p.3 #3 · p.3 #3 · Anyone else done buying gear??


Sounds like this question was directed mainly at pro photogs & not me, but I'll bite.

I've always been a 'less is more' type of person, so with any hobby - like photography - I made it a concious choice to not accumulate equipment I did not really need or was actually using..

Plus, now retired, I have 1 camera body , 2 lenses and as much as I hate to say this ---- 1 phone with a decent camera...

IF something truly ground breaking came along in an ILC at a decent price, I may update. Not holding my breath for that...

Otherwise, yes, I am done...



Oct 16, 2022 at 06:37 AM
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p.3 #4 · p.3 #4 · Anyone else done buying gear??


No way. I'm eyeing up all of the D4, D4S bargains.


Oct 16, 2022 at 10:43 PM
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p.3 #5 · p.3 #5 · Anyone else done buying gear??


trenchmonkey wrote:
I'm set. Content to live out my remaining years with the gears on hand.

Last count 16 lenses for 8 bodies. Told the Mrs at this point in my cough "hobby"

I'll be redirecting my disposable income in pursuit of exotic Scotch/Tequila and of
course microbrews. I'll continue to post, I'll just be a bit more focused than normal.



I still use my D2Hs. Why buy more gear?
I still love single malt...I will buy more scotch.



Oct 17, 2022 at 02:40 AM
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p.3 #6 · p.3 #6 · Anyone else done buying gear??


Mister-Mr wrote:
Plus, now retired, I have 1 camera body , 2 lenses and as much as I hate to say this ---- 1 phone with a decent camera...


Why, thats cool. But personally I prefer having backups. Even if I'm only an amateur.



Oct 17, 2022 at 05:19 PM
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p.3 #7 · p.3 #7 · Anyone else done buying gear??


I havenít bought any serious gear for 10 years with the exception of a V Series Hasselblad kit just as the pandemic was getting ramped up.


Oct 17, 2022 at 05:30 PM
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p.3 #8 · p.3 #8 · Anyone else done buying gear??


Late 2017 to late 2019 was our time period to update/upgrade Nikon camers and lenses, starting with replacing my wifeís D7000 cameras that had been ruined during Hurricane Harvey, with a pair of new D500 cameras. Then, starting in 2018, taking advantage of a modest financial windfall, post-retirement, we added my new D5, her new D850, my new D850, and her new Z6, in that order. We added a few lenses, ending with a pre-owned 500/4E in late 2019. With these numerous upgrades and updates, we have largely stopped buying Nikon gear, and seem quite well-set.

Canon EOS EF was my original primary system, and remains important for macro/close range. I have not purchased anything significant for this system, since 2018. I recently noticed how much dust had settled my my newest Canon camera, a 5D Mark IV. (I tend to shoot macro with a 7D Mark II.)

I added the Leica M system, in early 2018. I had scuttled plans to add a Nikkor 600/4 or 400/2.8, because a left shoulder injury still needed to finish rehabilitation, so, I would not be wanting to heft long lenses, for a while. I bought a pre-owned Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH lens, a new M10 camera, and, a Zeiss Otus 85mm ZF.2, with the funds I would have used to buy the Nikkor super-tele.

Thus far, I have not missed having a Nikkor 600/4 or 400/2.8 lens. The lighter-weight 500/4E, which I tend to use hand-held, suffices quite well, and I am glad that it weighs less than a 600/4 or 400/2.8! (The lighter-weight 500/5.6 PF is not very tempting, as so much of our bird shooting is done in fading light.)

I contemplated adding a newer Leica camera, in early 2022, but decided to hold, at the 24MP level, with that system. I can do my high-resolution shooting with a D850. One can go broke trying to build multiple ďcompleteĒ systems.

Cameras and lenses do not pay our bills. Each of us used cameras, in our public service careers, for evidentiary/forensic/crime scene photography, but, we are now retired. She is seriously involved in volunteer work, that sometimes involves the need for serious images of things, but our current gear suffices.

Z9? Nice to have, eventually. No hurry. The first Z9 would probably be for Her. (She is the more-senior photographer, by far, the mentor who guided my early path into serious photography.)



Oct 23, 2022 at 10:47 AM
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p.3 #9 · p.3 #9 · Anyone else done buying gear??


From what I see.. it seems like the buying has drastically slowed down. Even heavily discounted, I barely managed to sell my Nikon Z 24-70 2.8 S. It's funny that 90% of the cameras/lenses in the FM Buy & Sell are Nikon. Rarely do you see Canon or Sony listed in there. As for me, I am downsizing to what I absolutely need, which is a 24-70, 50mm, and a zoom.


Oct 23, 2022 at 04:47 PM
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ArizonaImage wrote:
From what I see.. it seems like the buying has drastically slowed down. Even heavily discounted, I barely managed to sell my Nikon Z 24-70 2.8 S. It's funny that 90% of the cameras/lenses in the FM Buy & Sell are Nikon. Rarely do you see Canon or Sony listed in there. As for me, I am downsizing to what I absolutely need, which is a 24-70, 50mm, and a zoom.


Don't you have filter set for Nikon on B&S?
I just took a look to first 50 items , or so, your statement about 90% isn't even close, there are tones of Sony and Canon gear over there.



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p.3 #11 · p.3 #11 · Anyone else done buying gear??


Done? For the moment yes. I have the best DSLR wildlife kit money can buy.

Nikon is on the ropes at the moment. They canít seem to get new bodies out and all the new stuff is impossible to get. And repairs are taking months due to a lack of parts.

On the flip side, I havenít seen anything else I like as much as the 500mm pf. So Iím on pause until all of the lines are flushed out for Sony, Canon and Nikon. At this point, if I switched it would be to Canon. Personally, Iím hoping Nikon gets its act together but Iím not overly optimistic.



Oct 23, 2022 at 06:46 PM
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Wow! At lease there is someone else with former PJ experience having similar opinions of choosing Canon over Nikon if we ever have to go mirrorless.
For me is the poor Nikon quality and the extremely poor after sales service especially these past years after good and experience staff retired and retrenched leaving corporate parrots keep repeating meeting factory specs even though they are obviously defective.
Can you imagine that they are still having rubber coming off their mirrorless after all these years since the D200 to D800? While Canon only took 2 generations to fix it. Also Canon has better ID than Nikon copying Sony with edgy, ugly classical look.
What attention Z9 is getting now is only temporary because I am sure Canon will out do it with their next release in a very short time.
Done with Nikon? A definite Yes!

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Oct 23, 2022 at 08:41 PM
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p.3 #13 · p.3 #13 · Anyone else done buying gear??


Canon can barely figure out how to correctly place the power switch on mirrorless. Their design language is all over the place and they clearly donít have a unified vision for their various models.

It probably is true that CPS is better than NPS.

hans98ko wrote:
Wow! At lease there is someone else with former PJ experience having similar opinions of choosing Canon over Nikon if we ever have to go mirrorless.
For me is the poor Nikon quality and the extremely poor after sales service especially these past years after good and experience staff retired and retrenched leaving corporate parrots keep repeating meeting factory specs even though they are obviously defective.
Can you imagine that they are still having rubber coming off their mirrorless after all these years since the D200 to D800? While Canon only took 2 generations to fix it. Also Canon has better ID
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Oct 23, 2022 at 09:01 PM
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p.3 #14 · p.3 #14 · Anyone else done buying gear??


Having been using both systems for quite sometime so I am sure I knew what I like. The position of the power button is definitely not a major issue because one only uses it when we power the system on and off. Also I had never accidentally knocked the power button position off while using.


Oct 23, 2022 at 09:10 PM
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hans98ko wrote:
Having been using both systems for quite sometime so I am sure I knew what I like. The position of the power button is definitely not a major issue because one only uses it when we power the system on and off. Also I had never accidentally knocked the power button position off while using.


To some people (like me), powering the camera on requiring two hands is a total non starter. Depends on your needs.



Oct 23, 2022 at 10:02 PM
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p.3 #16 · p.3 #16 · Anyone else done buying gear??


Now I will say Iím a Nikon guy. And I love the ergo.

But Iíve played with all of the Canon mirrorless and none of them required two hands to turn on. I thought the R5 was really well laid out.

RoamingScott wrote:
To some people (like me), powering the camera on requiring two hands is a total non starter. Depends on your needs.




Oct 23, 2022 at 10:07 PM
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jwolfe wrote:
Now I will say Iím a Nikon guy. And I love the ergo.

But Iíve played with all of the Canon mirrorless and none of them required two hands to turn on. I thought the R5 was really well laid out.



Please explain your superhuman ability to use that power switch while holding the camera grip.



Unrelated, this shot reminded me of the absolutely atrocious mode dial operation and extremely laggy top screen. Putrid.



Oct 23, 2022 at 10:15 PM
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p.3 #18 · p.3 #18 · Anyone else done buying gear??


I donít know about you, but when Iím shooting I donít turn my camera on and off. I let it go to sleep and wake it if Iím anticipating a moment. But with a modern camera, thereís no need to be flipping the power on and off while youíre shooting. So for me, itís a non-issue.

You think Canon has bad ergo? You must really hate Sony then.

RoamingScott wrote:



Please explain your superhuman ability to use that power switch while holding the camera grip.

https://photographylife.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Canon-EOS-R5-Top.jpg


Unrelated, this shot reminded me of the absolutely atrocious mode dial operation and extremely laggy top screen. Putrid.




Oct 23, 2022 at 10:19 PM
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p.3 #19 · p.3 #19 · Anyone else done buying gear??


jwolfe wrote:
Nikon is on the ropes at the moment. They canít seem to get new bodies out and all the new stuff is impossible to get. And repairs are taking months due to a lack of parts.


Nikon financial reports suggest otherwise. The parts issue is a worldwide problem throughout most industries. I needed to order a small set of metal stairs at work the other day; mfg webpage said 5 day leadtime but actual quote I received was 8 weeks. Many large industrial sellers have suspended orders for products such as this that I could normally get in a few days that would not normally be higher niche/luxury products such as supertelephotos.

I won't make any apologies for Nikon corporate or heir repair side. Fortunately my repair experiences have been far between and always very positive. I definitely understand where this is a huge drag if you are a working pro having issues.



Oct 23, 2022 at 10:38 PM
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p.3 #20 · p.3 #20 · Anyone else done buying gear??


All you had to do was say you were wrong

And Sony controls are worlds better than Canon to my hands. At least things are reachable and discernible at a touch.

jwolfe wrote:
I donít know about you, but when Iím shooting I donít turn my camera on and off. I let it go to sleep and wake it if Iím anticipating a moment. But with a modern camera, thereís no need to be flipping the power on and off while youíre shooting. So for me, itís a non-issue.

You think Canon has bad ergo? You must really hate Sony then.





Oct 23, 2022 at 10:42 PM
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