Canon 400mm f/2.8 $7000+ "not out of reach!!"

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  1. ottor

    ottor No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I always thought I'd never get a relatively expensive lens like that, but my wife, over the weekend, said while we were discussing hobbies and interests, mentioned that I could get a Harley if I wanted... Woah - got me thinking..... How about other guys' hobbies....

    Camping - $15 - 20K for a camp trailer - 5th wheel
    Dirt Bikes - $6-7k for a good one
    Motorcycling - Harley is about $20k
    Hunting - don't even ask...


    Now, thinking like that, makes the purchase of a lens like this a lot more realistic.... It may be expensive, but it still puts me way on the low end of "Guy Toys".... :thumbup:

    For right now, I' m still saving up for a UV filter... A really good one !!
     
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    myfotoguy TPF Noob!

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    huh, now that you put it that way! ;)
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yah its always the case - people looked shocked when you tell them the price of a lens, but then you compare it to say their car, gun, boat, etc.... Even fairly cheap hobbies can rank up costs very quickly - consider with a modest SLR and 50mm lens you could spend a small fortune in film over time, even if you processed B&W at home.
     
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    Yeah, I was actually thinking of that a few days ago. My dream lens is about the same price (the Canon 500mm f/4) and I am the sort that buys a cheap car and drives it into the ground rather than blowing $$ on an expensive car or buying new cars on a regular basis.

    In the interim, my used 400/5.6 should be shipped today and I should see it by the end of the week :)
     
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    Forget the Harley get a GS BMW
     
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    The S1000RR BMW is more my taste :)
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Won't keep up with a GS on bumpy back roads GS can do everything ;)
     
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    I think about this all the time... My hunting takes up a few thousand dollars a year, and that is only in a 4 month window. And none of that I even bat an eye at. But then my wife and I get into an argument over a $300 car set for my son. :lmao:
     
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    I spent about $50k on hookers and blow last year. Talk about an expenssive hobby

    :D

    My motos are cheap. I picked up an '06 Daytona 675 with 4100 miles for $5150.
     
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    Yeah, funny how an honest financial discussion with the missus can sometime bring unexpected responses. A Harley is more expensive than the Canon 400/2.8, so, hey, maybe you ought to consider a 500mm lens, if you want it for birding/nature work.
     
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    If you looking at the 500 you may as well get the 600 whilst you are at it.
     
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    Can't you get a 1200mm?
     

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