photography is so expensive

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  1. Jus7 A Phas3

    Jus7 A Phas3 TPF Noob!

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    you cant get anything for under 100$ and not anything truly good for under 200$ its crazy
     
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    Sideburns TPF Noob!

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    hey. welcome to reality...lol

    Photography is cheaper than lots of things.
    You can't get a good car for under 200 bucks either...
     
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    m1a1fan TPF Noob!

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    Ya, this is an expensive hobby for me as well. I've learned the same thing, nothing's cheap and you get what you pay for.

    I could justify the cost of some equipment if my livelihood depended on it but since I'm in it as a hobby it's tough to spend several thousand on a lens.

    Most hobbies are expensive though. I was big into Reef Aquariums for almost 15 years and my last tank set me back almost 30,000 dollars by the time it was done. Things add up fast.
     
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    Not as expensive as heroin
     
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    It isn't too bad compared to cars. I earn minimum wage and I saved up for my camera over 3-4 weeks. I stopped eating out, saved every penny I could, and before I knew it, I had $160.

    RD
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Bah even cars are cheap compared to high-end Audio.
     
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    and?
     
  8. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I started this thought process on another thread and considered it best to put it off to the side and let it simmer for a while. Ha, then I see this one and it is just too serendipitious. Someone can call BS if they want and I won't have any problems, but here was my thoughts.

    I am just amazed at how many people want to take photography "seriously" but want it on the cheap. Sorry to say it folks but PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT A CHEAP HOBBY. If someone aspires to have those eye-popping, awe-inspiring and how-the-hell-did-they-do-that images, you can best be assured an investment in time, networking, research, dedication and capital was spent.

    Someone will come up behind me and say they could take a $150 P&S camera and produce those eye-popping, awe-inspiring and how-the-hell-did-they-do-that images. Certainly that is possible. Unless they are extremely gifted or lucky and their history can be proven otherwise, I would lay good money on that they have already invested and sacrificed a great deal of time, networking, research, dedication and capital to be in the position to take those shots with a simple P&S.

    I put myself in the spotlight. I have spent quite a fair amount of money on gear, read many books, googled my ass off, asked loads of question and still, I take crap photos. Oh yeah, I get the good ones every once in a while, but my percentages are abysmal and far from where I want to be. However, it is those one or two that keep me coming back, knowing that it is within me to have a stellar moment. It’s the same feeling I had when I was really into golf, hitting that sweet spot is so satisfying that all those duffs are inconsequential. Consistency is what I am after, not the spikes. However, it is going to take even more time, networking, research and dedication.

    Someone please give an argument of why this is not correct.
     
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    You gotta' spend money to make money! But seriously, it is very expensive. The body is only a small part of the expense.
     
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    rlcphotos TPF Noob!

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    I started with a lil ole p&s,,,ended up buying a Canon Elan 7 then the Canon Elan 7NE brand new, then on to digies with the Kodak P850, not bad got another itch bought a Canon Rebel dslr,,,oh boy what a change that was,,,used of course stretching the buc,,,then the itch came badck bought a New Canon XT dslr,,,nowe have over 1500.00 wrapped up and doing some portrait work along with a few weddings throwed in, wasnt supposed to be this way,,it just happened.


    Keep shootin enjoy and have fun,,cause when yu are addicted,,,yu are addicted
     
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    Photography is cheaper than computers so far for me...
    Though, it could be different if I had a job at the moment.

    I used to spend about 200 a week on my computer (average).
    600 dollar monitor, 500 dollar video card, 400 dollar processor, 300 dollar ram, 200 dollar power supply...and on and on
    Then by the time you get all new parts, the first part you bought isn't the best any more so you start over again.

    At least in photography, I know I won't have to buy my L lenses too many times.
     
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    Photography is cheaper than modifying my car! Its all in priorities!
     

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