Overbought Equipment?

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  1. Russell

    Russell TPF Noob!

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    Hello Everyone,

    I thought it might be useful to everyone to talk about... that little secret... that one little piece of equipment that you spent a lot of money on...

    ** - Which you don't use very often

    OR

    ** - Which didn't live up your expectations.

    So what is that piece of equipment for you?

    Thanks,

    Russell Schutte
    www.russellschutte.com
     
  2. Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS L... used it three times, just not my style of shooting.

    Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro... great lens, I just never shoot macro
     
  3. Ockie

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    Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX HSM

    on about 80% of the shots I keep thinking it should be sharper... bought a monopod, I thought it was because of hand shaking.. but still... oh well, great lens anyhow
     
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    Polariser. When I need it it's at home and when I have it it's an overcast day.

    /Edit: Sorry didn't see about the bit that said spent lots of money on. :er: I guess the battery grip comes close because technically I didn't need it, and couldn't afford it, but now I have it and use it always so I don't feel guilty about buying it.
     
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    Canon 70-200m f/2.8L IS USM - Wonderful zoom that I love and hated. This is claimed to be one of Canon's best zooms and a staple in the wedding photographer's work. I purchased this expensive lens brand new based on those reviews and samples. Used just a handful of times till I realized that I was miserable carrying the weight and that it didn't fit my style. I was sad the day I sold it but I have no regrets.

    Lesson learned... reviews should be taken as a opinion and photography (and the equipment we use) is a very personal choice.

    Other equipment that didn't meet my expectations... Canon IX lite APS SLR. Boy.. what in the world was I thinking.... lol
     
  6. Oh, and the Leica Digilux 1. What a P.O.S!!!!
     
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    Wow... Iron.. never heard you say P.O.S and Leica in the same breath.. hehe lol
     
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    Tokina 80/200 f2.8 that I got for some of the same reasons usayit gave. Turns out I'd rather walk a mile than carry that thing around my neck 3 blocks. I still use it on occasion but I've got a Nice example of a Nikon 70-210 that's a third of the weight.
     
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    The Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 EX DG was a total bust for me. Got decent reviews and was 1/3 the price of the Canon equivalent, so I said "What the hell, I'll try it." Great build and finish, but that's about it. Slow AF, no HSM motor, so-so optics.

    My upgrade to the EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS was with regret because I parted with my f/4. Thought I could use the larger aperature and IS more, especially with the 1.4X TC, but honestly, I thought my pictures with the f/4 were sharper and more consistent. I never had to worry about image quality or "fuzziness" with my f/4 all the way down to 1/30. My f/2.8 was a crap-shoot until I got past the learning curve of how to use it. Just had to get a feel for it and it's nuances. Took me about 3 months though! Now the only thing that bothers me is the weight. Its like an albatross hanging around my neck. I wince when I have to use it over my EF 300 f/4 L IS. Time to drag out the cinder block!!! Great for working out your neck muscles though. :)
     
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    bought a Canon EF 75-300 (mkI) in my early Canon days. Not an expensive lens for me today, but it was at the time I bought it (lower income ;) ).

    Well, often I did not have the lens with me when I would have needed it, or it was in my backpack when I had a great wildlife shooting chance, but then by the time I got it out ... those animals were gone ;)

    I did use it 4 times in over 10 years or so and in those 4 times I was not impressed with image quality at all. So I sold it at ebay recently, for quite a lot of money considering it that old but not a collectible yet ;)

    Apart from that, I had a few pieces of equipment which I thought useless soon after I bought them, but often, a couple of months later I started using them and got happier and happier with them and now could not live without them anymore ;)
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    Either my kit lens or a crappy 10 dollar UV filter. Both just sit in my bag...I know 10 bucks isn't a lot....but I mean...I'm a student. 10 bucks is 10 bucks I can't save for stuff I need lol.
     
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    Ebay is your friend ... sell the filter for 15 ;)
     

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