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The Photography Purchase Confessional Thread (GAS)

Discussion in 'photo' started by Mr Perceptive, Apr 22, 2020.

  1. Mr Perceptive

    Mr Perceptive Perceptive Member

    Now, nearly all of us suffer from some form of photography GAS, I don't know a photographer who doesn't! I thought it might be 'interesting' to have a thread for all those lovely photography related purchases we make - some of them might be useful to others.

    In the last week I have 'sinned' and bought the following:-

    The Last Stand - By Marc Wilson https://www.marcwilson.co.uk/book-print-sales/the-last-stand-book


    Set of 13 issues of Black+White Photography 2013 (eBay), I need 6 of these issues to complete my collection of every issue. What is it about the male collecting gene that forces this?


    The Militarisation of Dartmoor by Nicholas White https://anotherplacepress.bigcartel.com/product/the-militarisation-of-dartmoor-nicholas-j-r-white


    Portra Orginal Preset Pack from Mastin Labs


    Myrkvifiörd by John Irvine https://anotherplacepress.bigcartel.com/product/john-irvine-myrkvifiord


    The positive thing is that I've not actually succumbed to any cameras/lenses/tripods/etc but I'm not sure this staying at home is good for my wallet - I will try to do better next week :D
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  2. Rico

    Rico Bloody Colonials

    I'm about to photograph surplus kit - as a result of strategic upgrades - over the last six months. To prepare for sale. They're all rational responses to what I shoot, and am consequently firmly in denial about suffering GAS!

    The coming sale list - with back story of 'why are you quitting that? Oh I see, you bought some carefully considered equipment. Right, not GAS then'.

    Nikon D3s. I shoot sports, and have had three D3 bodies since 2015, and sold sold my D700 (a gripped D700 is heavier than a D3, and handles worse). I'd also sold one D3, so a D3s bought at reasonable price and then thoroughly serviced, seemed a good opportunity for more buffer and the better performance. I sold my best D3 (reasoning that three bodies - although nice - was uncalled for), while I dispatched the D3s for service. Not a favourable outcome; the D3s had been dropped, it was uneconomic to repair. Value slashed, replacement needed (see below). Your Honour, I chanced it and was caught off guard; not GAS, it was all strategic. You'll note I sold kit to balance out the inventory almost immediately.

    Nikon D3. I acquired a well-used D4 from a pro, after the D3s wrong-turn (above). The cost of D4 service was higher than I expected/estimated (though within the service agent's final quote). Result is I have a very fresh D4 fully serviced, new shutter, rubbers, should be great for years. I like it very much. Then soon after paying for the service, I found a D4s for a little less than what I was into the D4 for (and 1/5 of the use). Oh well, sell my D3, end up with (effectively) a pair of D4 bodies for handling consistency (I often shoot with a body on each shoulder; I errr may have recently acquired a Black Rapid double harness to aid ergonomics. Again I underscore this isn't GAS, it's to avoid injury! The D4s is lovely, BTW. No your Honour, it's not about the extra four megapixels; it's about the improved colour, focussing, and the self-cleaning sensor significantly reducing post-processing time.

    Nikon SB-700 Flash. I have two, that I run from the SU-800 commander. And an SB-900. And then suddenly a pair of SB-900's came up at a reasonable price. Boom. A man doesn't need five flashes, though I'll keep one SB700 for when I need to carry flash but need light weight. I'll be trying more multi-speedlight shooting soon. (I admit, the acquisition of the second and third SB900's may look a little bit like GAS, esp when you consider the below...) Err yes your Honour, one does need a number of speedlights when photographing in warehouses and storage facilities.

    250w/s Studio Flash. Bought this years ago, and have produced decent portrais and real estate shoots with it, as well as product photography. I no longer need it, as an opportunity arose last year to pick up a Bowens Gemini 400 w/s twin kit for buttons (you know, that price you can't walk past, a third of the new price?). It came with stands, dual soft boxes, and the remote controller module. Oh wow. Now I can speedily shoot two-light portraits, and as it came in a handy case, much easier to carry to another location than stuffing umbrellas, light, cables, reflector etc into a sports bag. I'd been keeping an eye out for an Elinchrom 500 w/s kit, though never saw them at a price I found compelling. Yes your honour, I did have my eye firmly on budget. No your Honour, I don't usually carry quite that much in my wallet as an everyday practice.

    AF-Nikkor 20mm f2.8D. Again, had it for years, love that it's compact, and it's very good. Though I found a 16-35 f4 VR at a great price, earlier last year. The zoom is sharp, AF is better... it's more useful, though the downside (of the zoom) is it's heavier and takes up more space. f2.8 vs f4 - negligible when working wide... so the 20mm has to go. Was the zoom GAS? I think not. Carrying a 20mm and 35 mm prime, and changing between them - shot missed. With respect, your Honour, I suggest this is the sacrifice of a loyal pawn to gain a powerful bishop?

    Rain Cape. Used this in the wet a couple of times, found it a bloody hassle. Better than a bin bag and gaffer tape, but not much. I bought what I should've gotten in the first place: Think Tank Hydrophobia Rain Cover and eyepiece to suit. Yes they're pricey, but cheaper than losing your kit to water damage when shooting in inclement weather. An investment in protecting gear from a rainy day, your Honour?

    Filter Wallet. It was cheap, seemed a good idea, but in practice turned out to be difficult to use in the field. I replaced it with the MindShift filter nest - much better! Top loading, compact. Ahhh. If it pleases your Honour, I throw myself upon the mercy of the court.

    My sentence? A couple of handbags and some shoes? Yes your honour. Thank you, your Honour.
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  3. Rico

    Rico Bloody Colonials

    Wow!! I watched the demos. Dammit, I think they're a must-have. Thankfully I have an excuse for not leaping on this; I need to get my NAS sorted, export my Aperture libraries, get them into Lr, update Lr (I'm still on 6.x), and upgrade from Mojave. But I'm sold! Thanks for the link
  4. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    That Nikon 200mm f2 in the for sale/wanted is very tempting...

  5. Derek Wright

    Derek Wright pfm Member

  6. Rico

    Rico Bloody Colonials

    Derek that's brilliant! I stopped using Aperture about four years ago, transitioned to Lr with a great workflow by taking a Mark Galer course. I'll have a look at Retroactive, though I think it's time to rip off the band aid. As BB King sang, The Thrill is Gone (when Apple stopped developing Aperture)!
  7. Rico

    Rico Bloody Colonials

    I've always fancied one. Pete, if you don't yet have a Nikon 24-70 2.8G, snap that one up at 400 quid!
  8. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    Deffo a drool worthy lens that 200/f2.

    I have a 24-70 f2.8, and it cost me more than that!

  9. Rico

    Rico Bloody Colonials

    Bought mine brand spanking new after hiring one for a weekend, I'm constantly amazed some 3.5 years later.
  10. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    My Sigma Art 35mm f1.4 seeme to be welded to the front of my D850 these days.

  11. Goldenmouse

    Goldenmouse pfm Member

    I snapped up the 24-70mm f2.8 for £400 earlier this week.:D

    Don’t have a body to put it on yet.:eek:
  12. Rico

    Rico Bloody Colonials

    Great score! You won't regret it, particularly once you have a body to use it with @Goldenmouse
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  13. Goldenmouse

    Goldenmouse pfm Member

    Bought a nice D700 body yesterday.

    Will be a big heavy lump with the 24-70mm attached, hope my arms can cope.:p
  14. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    Get a grip, a battery grip it adds weight but gives you more to hold onto.

  15. Colinb

    Colinb pfm Member

    Not bought anything for quite a long time now, but soon to buy a D850. Been resisting it since last summer. Still have my old D300 and a D500 so don't really need another body, but what the hell.
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  16. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    Go for it! The D850 is a fantastic camera.

  17. Colinb

    Colinb pfm Member

    Yes, I will, but mbp have none in stock at the moment and several other dealers are waiting for stock.
  18. Mr Perceptive

    Mr Perceptive Perceptive Member

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  19. Lefty

    Lefty Trade: Amar Sood Photo

    I am thinking of getting myself a new tripod as my old Manfrotto MT190 CX Pro 4 has fallen apart on me :( Plan A should be to get it repaired but I've lost a little faith in it. Plus it would be nice to have something a bit lighter for big days out with lots climbing. I like the look of the Benro TMA18c but can't find it for sale anywhere!

  20. Mr Perceptive

    Mr Perceptive Perceptive Member

    Camerapricebuster show it as a discontinued tripod - https://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk...ro-Mach3-TMA18C-Carbon-Fibre-4-Section-Tripod

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