I never thought I would buy XXXXXXX, but.....

spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,089Moderator
edited July 2013 in General Discussions
I made a big mistake on Friday, a friend of mine needed to buy a new tripod as his was an absolute joke. I advised him to try before he bought. He said why don't we make a trip of it and I said sure, sounds like fun. We tried all the stuff in his budget and then we tried the stuff I had said he would end up buying and he ended up buying one. The deal he got on an ex-Jessops bankrupt stock Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 CF with Q90 column shocked me and made me remember the hot night we walked 8 miles in London when I was carrying my SLIK Pro 700DX. Next thing I knew I had bought a set of the same legs to put my Slick head on. Very similar performance, but has the neat Q90 macro column and is a kilogram lighter. £179 - bargain or what!

I kept my Slik ball head as it uses the circular QD plate which makes panoramas a piece of cake.

I'm not taking him shopping again! Could have been worse though, I was handling a D800 for a while, but I stopped myself....

Always learning.

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  • scoobysmakscoobysmak Posts: 214Member
    Like you said it could have been worse, at least it takes dragging a friend along to motivate you to purchase something you didn't intend to, sometimes I am my own worst best friend in this case; lol.
  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    The same sort of thing happened to me but it was not any camera gear...it ended up being a new car. #-o
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • shawninoshawnino Posts: 453Member
    Enjoy your new gear!

    I never thought I'd buy a Black Rapid strap. $70 for a strap, are you nuts? Then my misses bought one for herself and I saw how they worked day after day.

    Perhaps the best $70 I've ever spent.
  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,089Moderator
    "are you nuts?" LOL - you sound just like me Shawnino!
    Always learning.
  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 4,605Member
    I never thought I would spend over $1,000 for a digital camera. That D300 has been a terrific camera and a work horse. Well worth the money. I waited 4 weeks for the local dealer to get one in stock. I never buy unless I have felt it..ergonomics is important to me.
    D750 & D7100 | 24-70 F2.8 G AF-S ED, 70-200 F2.8 AF VR, TC-14E III, TC-1.7EII, 35 F2 AF D, 50mm F1.8G, 105mm G AF-S VR | Backup & Wife's Gear: D5500 & Sony HX50V | 18-140 AF-S ED VR DX, 55-300 AF-S G VR DX |
    |SB-800, Amaran Halo LED Ring light | MB-D16 grip| Gitzo GT3541 + RRS BH-55LR, Gitzo GM2942 + Sirui L-10 | RRS gear | Lowepro, ThinkTank, & Hoodman gear | BosStrap | Vello Freewave Plus wireless Remote, Leica Lens Cleaning Cloth |
  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,089Moderator
    @Photobug: That made me think - my first digital camera was an Olympus E10. Including the accessories I bought for it, the cost was about £1200 ($1800). That was back in 2001!

    That makes a D800 quite a bargain.
    Always learning.
  • PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 4,006Member
    I also never though I would spend over 1k on camera equipment. I guess I have, with around 10k worth now.
    If I take a good photo it's not my camera's fault.
  • proudgeekproudgeek Posts: 1,422Member
    This thread applies to half the stuff in my camera bag at any given moment.
  • kyoshinikonkyoshinikon Posts: 410Member
    My second 300mm f/2.8, My D200, my monopod, and my 2nd 17-35mm. I am porrer than dirt but I have probably $12,000-$20,000 of gear between my bodies, Lenses, Flashes, Stands , and hotlamps...
    “To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” - Bresson
  • AdeAde Posts: 1,071Member
    Flashes. I remember shelling out an outrageous $300 for an SB-800.

    Then I started buying Profoto gear. :O
  • GarethGareth Posts: 159Member
  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 4,605Member
    Five years ago I could not believe how much I spent for a tripod and a ball head. Then the cost to buy lens plates and brackets for two DSLR's. That was a small fortune.

    Got to admit, the investment in Gitzo and the terrific ball head was worth the money. Wish I had done it long ago.
    D750 & D7100 | 24-70 F2.8 G AF-S ED, 70-200 F2.8 AF VR, TC-14E III, TC-1.7EII, 35 F2 AF D, 50mm F1.8G, 105mm G AF-S VR | Backup & Wife's Gear: D5500 & Sony HX50V | 18-140 AF-S ED VR DX, 55-300 AF-S G VR DX |
    |SB-800, Amaran Halo LED Ring light | MB-D16 grip| Gitzo GT3541 + RRS BH-55LR, Gitzo GM2942 + Sirui L-10 | RRS gear | Lowepro, ThinkTank, & Hoodman gear | BosStrap | Vello Freewave Plus wireless Remote, Leica Lens Cleaning Cloth |
  • KillerbobKillerbob Posts: 732Member
    I always knew I needed bags for my gear, but since I upgraded to professional gear I have found myself spending 4-5 times more on bags and carrying systems than I even thought possible:)

    My original Tamrac bag was too small to fit D800 with grip, 14-24mm and 24-70mm, so I got the LowePro Flipside AW500.

    I needed something for walking around and got a bunch of LowePro lens bags as well as a Toploader. These of course warranted getting the LowePro S&F Utility Belt with the Technical Harness.

    For travelling I got the Peli 1510 Photographer with the TrekPak insert.

    Hello, my name is Bo and I am a gear addict:)
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