After looking through this forum for a while ... I am surprised at the amount of equipment is being purchased. I understand that those of you that make money (Professional) through photography would naturally be upgrading or obtaining new equipment to increase your business ... but I am wondering about those that do not make money from it. How much have your spent on your photographic hobby ? Is purchasing a 400mm f/2.8 justified ? I see many threads about purchasing Canon L, Sony G, Zeiss, or Nikkor ED or saving up for those ... Is that how much people are spending these days ? Over the past 20+ years I have spent much money on this hobby of mine ... though I have never spent more than $2000.00 on a single item (Bronica SQ-A, back + 80mm lens).