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    Posted: 15 October 2021 at 14:09
My biggest regret is buying zoom lenses in the mid to telephoto range (i.e. excluding 16-35 and anything that reaches beyond 300mm). As I see video reviews cropping up of the new FE 70-200 2.8 II, with reviewer waxing lyrical about the amazing close-up portraits and great background separation, I'm reminded of how easy it is to be sucked into this. But ultimately they're advocating for the 135 1.8. Personally, primes make me a better photographer. I guess you could argue that I'm therefore a bad photographer if I need constraints to do my best work (and you're probably right) but it's the paradox of choice - the more choice we have, the harder it is to make the right one!

Until only the last year or so, I've always felt I needed zooms in the bag to make sure I had every possibility covered. In the early days I'd shoot a wedding with 24-70 and 70-200 because I was told these were 'wedding essentials'. But now with the confidence to do things my own way, I love running with 35, 85 and 135 primes. The difference from 35 to 85 to 135 is small enough as to be negligible, and I simply love the 90% of images from these three - versus the 90% mediocre I get from 24-70 and 70-200.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Idleidolidyll Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 September 2021 at 03:42
I regret a lot of things and losing a lot of digital images on a failed hard drive is right up there.

In terms of equipment, I REALLY regret ever having sold my magnificent Cambo Wide with it's 47mm Super Angulon lens!


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My regrets:
- no backup, so I lost about 75.000 digital pictures on one event
- selling camera's to get newer ones. Why didn't I keep my Dynax 5D, Sony A350, A77, A7i, A7Rii?
- not yet starting a course to improve my skills...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Aavo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 December 2014 at 09:17
My biggest regret is, that in former SU the great negative and positive films were hugely expensive for me and I finally decided to use not expensive positive films made in former DDR (East-Germany). What is the result now? I have only few good pictures from a very long period about my family, friends, trips. The colors and contures are week now, despite these slides have been in stabil normal for holding conditions and not much warmed up for looking on the wall screen. Scanning these slides helps not much too - scanned files show better pics on the LCD screen, but really not much.

So, what to learn?

Keep going with better quality even you are feeling, that you are not good in photography. Every-body can record his/her own memories and learn step by step, as here in Dyxum. The most important pics are family pics, where one must try the best out of gear.

Arguable, but shooting with smartphones is probably not (still) the right way to be happy after years IMO.

Edited by Aavo - 24 December 2014 at 09:55
a6500 & some nice e-mount af lenses 20/24/56/17-70/18-135 mm
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ABDurbs Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 December 2014 at 07:02
Not buying the Zeiss 24-70, 16-35, 85 and the 70-200G when they were still affordable
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Panza Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 December 2014 at 05:37
I purchased a DSLR and spent two years not knowing what "35mm equivalence" meant. To know that I had a crop sensor camera. I spent 2+ years shooting landscapes with a 35mm thinking that I had a "wide angle" but I kept on using my 18-55 kit lens because I thought it was ultra wide. *face palms*.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Harriej Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 December 2014 at 16:49
The worst investments I've done were buying a second hand KM 7D which broke way to quickly.
I was lucky to get some money back on the investment but the cash I spend on it was way too much and the camera was way more then I needed as a beginner.
Was used to my dad's 5D and got lost beyond believe. I had a good time with it but it had the common issue and I sold all my gear. To my luck I found a great set of lenses on a flee-market later that lead me to buy a Sony alpha 580 which worked way easier to start with :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kaishi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 October 2014 at 16:07
I regret not shooting much for a couple years. My ex wasn't into it, and didn't want to, or couldn't take time to, go on trips to shoot with me. I stopped doing it to spend more free time with her. Big mistake.

I regret waiting so long to get myself faster glass. F2.8 lenses have changed my life.

I regret waiting so long to get on the full-frame bandwagon.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote brian33 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 October 2014 at 15:46
Originally posted by overeema overeema wrote:

Selling my MC 2,8/135 decades ago after purchasing a MC 1,7/85 to make room in my bag (and purse) for a MD 4/200. The MD 4/200 has never disappointed me, but in retrospect I would rather have kept my 2,8/135 and bought a MD 4,5/300 instead.


I don't know about the 4.5/300 (though I think I've seen them around) but the 135/2.8 is pretty easy to find. When I picked one up last year I had the choice between at least 3 including 1 MC version and 2 MDs. The one I bought only cost me 80 euros. I have an 85/2 that cost me I think 200 and saw an 85/1.7 in a store that was going for over 400 euros.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jkkyler Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 October 2014 at 14:25
I know it is nothing new or special but my regret is waiting so long to take up the hobby. I squandered so much money (and time) on other stuff over the years that could have been spent preserving memories. Although digital has made it much easier to experiment and learn without spending a fortune on film. I wish I had been taking photos when I lived by the ocean and was an avid scuba diver. Also could have recorded much more of my child growing up - the time just passes you by.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Idyllic Pics Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 October 2014 at 15:28
Not getting in touch with a seller quick enough to pick up the final few lenses I wanted. Still managed to score the CZ 24-70 and the A99 for less than half price, but the 16-35 and a few of the other lenses he had would have fitted right into my kit.

Ah well :D
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Originally posted by whiteheat whiteheat wrote:

From experience, I took some good photos with a Sony 50mm and 18-70mm kit lens that I bought with my first A mount. Don't discount the abilities of these cheaper lenses. Sure, they won't give you top line lens results but you can get 80 to 90% of what top line lens gives you and get it 90% of the time.


I somewhat agree. Composition and timing do not depend on what glass you have except for focal length. Contrast, sharpness, flare, aberrations, bokeh and luminosity do. There are limits on what you can do retrospectively to enhance a picture when the basic qualities are absent. That said, the Sony 50 mm is a great lens according to all reviews, the 18-70 kit lens is not.

I have sometimes been in situations where I didn't have the right lens. Either because the lenses I had where not capable for the job I envisioned, or because I simply chose the wrong lens or had no time to change. In low light it can make a lot of difference whether you have maximum aperture at F/5,6 or at F/1,8. In the first case steady shot may not help you out.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote overeema Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 October 2014 at 14:20
Selling my MC 2,8/135 decades ago after purchasing a MC 1,7/85 to make room in my bag (and purse) for a MD 4/200. The MD 4/200 has never disappointed me, but in retrospect I would rather have kept my 2,8/135 and bought a MD 4,5/300 instead.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote whiteheat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 February 2013 at 11:16
I don't have any regrets period - not just none in photography. However, there is one great lesson to learn in photography.

Do not succumb to lens lust - as another thread in this forum is about. The reason is that whilst most people appreciate higher tier glass (G and Zeiss stuff), they rarely appreciate that great photo images are as much if not more about great composition. Take a look at a lot of the photos by some of the past masters who did not have access to the latest and greatest glass. Yet they still produced outstanding images because of their composition and they achieved them with modest or mediocre lenses. So, the lesson for most newbies would be to learn to take good photos with basic, low end and kit lenses, because you can still take great photos even with these lenses. From experience, I took some good photos with a Sony 50mm and 18-70mm kit lens that I bought with my first A mount. Don't discount the abilities of these cheaper lenses. Sure, they won't give you top line lens results but you can get 80 to 90% of what top line lens gives you and get it 90% of the time.
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