If you could do it all over again...

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  1. McQueen278

    McQueen278 TPF Noob!

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    ...what equipment would you buy and how does it compare to what you have/had?

    I would have never bought an Olympus outfit. $4k less

    I wouldn't have bought a 40D either. $1.1k less

    I would have bought a 135L instead of the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS $800 less

    I would have bought a 14L instead of the 17-40L $400 more

    Basically, I'd have two 5Ds, a 14L, 24L, 50L, 85L and a 135L.

    I have one 5D and can't seem to find another, a 40D that died 15 days out of warranty, 17-40L, 50mm f/1.4, 100mm f/2.8 and a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS. $900 less

    I've sold a Canon 10-22, 28-135mm IS, 50mm f/1.8 $900 Less

    I easily could afford my dream kit had I never wasted any money on stuff I didn't need. That is a sad realization, but at least I understand what I need much better now. I probably could have squeezed in a 400mm f/2.8 IS for not too much more money.
     
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    woulda coulda shoulda... hind sight is always 20-20, no need to dwell on mistakes so I won't go there.
     
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    I've been pretty happy so far with my purchases..

    Next one is probably going to be a 50mm afs and another SB-600 with a stand/bracket.

    I think 3 SB-600's and a 50mm would be a dynamite full body portrait/low light combination with my D700.


    (keeps wishing Nikon made a 24mm f/1.4L)
     
  4. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    With hindsight I would probably have not got most of my kit and gone for the 300mm f2.8 first! Course then I would never have discovered macro - so its probably a good thing I didn't do that.

    Really - at the moment - the only things that I am unsure about in my setup is my tripod - 055XPROB - I still don'y like the manfrotto design for going low down and if I could go back I might have spent more on something like a Gitzo - however at the time Gitzo just seemed to cost (and still do) way too much!
     
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    I would have done a little more research and gotten the D90 to start. I had NO idea there were SO many different makes and models of DSLR. That being said, I think the only other not so great purchase I have made has been the Sigma 70-300. It is really soft throughout the focal range, not to mention at 300mm. I think I got one of those notorious "bad copies."

    As it is, I'll have the D90 in a couple weeks; I have a great 50mm, a great 100mm, and two good kit zooms (18-55, 55-200). After making my initial purchase, joining this forum, and having nightmares where JerryPH chews me out about "research" :lol:, I've gotten a lot better at making purchases. Now if I could only apply that to my photography...
     
  6. mrodgers

    mrodgers No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I wouldn't have done anything different because it's all I could have afforded at the time (or now even).

    If I could have afforded more at the time, I would have gotten a dSLR, probably a D40 with my then limited knowledge.

    If I had the money now and was starting, I would go with a D90
     
  7. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I would have spent that first $2k or so on lighting on a Travel-lite kit.
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If I would do it all over again ...

    Well ... I wish I started this hobby when I was still single. :lmao:
     
  9. elemental

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    I just did it again. I sold all my digital equipment (K-mount) and started over with a D200 body and a 50mm f/1.8. I am now looking for cheap manual strobes, a 35mm f/1.8, and a wideangle. I got tired of asking the question and just did it.
     
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    I'd have kept my Program-A SLR and thus had gear I have effectively had to re-buy.
     
  11. inTempus

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    Me too!

    LOL, that would change everything.
     
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    I would not have done a single thing differently. You see, doing your homework BEFORE means never having buyer's remorse, never having what you don't need and never making a bad purchase. Therefore, you will never have to cry about something in the future. ;)
     

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