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Post Options Post Options   Quote newworlddude Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 January 2012 at 12:24
My biggest regret is not joining Dyxum sooner!! I have been shooting for about 2 years and was lucky enough to be able to afford good equipment when i started shooting. My first camera was my a900 (which is my favorite possession) which i bought with the SAL70200 G and a nice Tamron 28-75 2.8.
I'm one of those "trial and error" learning kind of guys, and my pictures were mediocre at best. Joining the forum and learning from all of you has helped my picture quality (thanks!!!!). Should have done it sooner!!!!!!
a900|a580|a300| Happy shooting!
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jocelynne Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 January 2012 at 16:33
Re newworlddude: +1

Dyxum has been one of the finest photographic influences upon me. I am grateful for it and for the efforts which Dyxumites of all nations, persuasions, abilities etc. have contributed and performed. Dyxum has become a treasured addition to my support system, Freundschaft and family.

Thank you, everyone.

Respectfully,

Jocelynne Littlebear
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pureaxis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 January 2012 at 13:09
My biggest regret is not getting into photography earlier back when I had the time to travel (which is hard now that I started working). Also rather than spending money on zooms I should have invested in more prime lenses.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Stormvogel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 January 2012 at 19:22
1.To be to long alone in my fotografic hobby for the last ten years, with no feedback, and lost foto interest for several years in my life. (no internet).
And always on a ship is the reason off it. On land only for a day/hollyday or a few hours. Only bad for my fotolife.
Water is my soul and real life.

2.When they ask me, take a foto off my best side. I never said, you sit on it.

3.A trip to the white world off Antarctica, took one thousand foto's, and left the lenscap on my lens.

But a year later, I used the foto's succesfully in a documentary off a coalmine in the dark.

Greetings Captain Willem.
All ways in a good mood here.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ryansholl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 January 2012 at 19:31
My only regret is the lost moments resulting from my not wanting to be "that guy" lugging around a camera.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Saber Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 June 2012 at 22:31
Ok, I felt compelled to dust off this thread and post something more current.

I regret not entering this hobby earlier than I did. I'm still learning some pretty basic stuff and I enjoy it just like I always imagined. It does take time and money to do it right and I've made some pretty big mistakes! I bought into Leica; hook, line and sinker, and that was the worst hobby experience of my life! Still, I recovered and now I have fresh eyes while I spend less money on the 'really right stuff' and I'm now happy.
 



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how did you like the jump from Leica to A-mount?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Saber Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 June 2012 at 22:55
The difference was like' night and day! I had four super Leica primes in silver/chrome and they were the best lenses I have ever used. When I nailed it I nailed it, but my keepers were few. Still, soon after switching to the A900 and ZA 135/1,8 I was pleasantly shocked! I instantly saw better images with a lot more keepers.

I bought my A900 gear just before they stopped production and I have no regrets! I only wish that I bought more ZA glass before the last price hike, but it still pales in comparison to Leica.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dqniel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 June 2012 at 22:57
I regret any time I take a bunch of shots while traveling, get overwhelmed at the prospect of processing them, and then keep pushing it off until I forget about them. I have so many shots that have never been seen by any eyes except my own, and I wish I would have processed and shared them with others sooner.
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The magic of good glass rewards the price payed.

None is perfect.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Saber Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 July 2012 at 22:22
My biggest regret is waiting soOoo long before finally learning the basics. Up until the last couple years I was still a shoot n' pray sort of guy. I knew enough to be confused, but when I purchased the A900 I really wanted to learn. As an otherwise career novice I was impressed with the simple menu system combined with an excellent user manual. Seemingly, I've always had a knack for composition but everything else was just garbage.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote utcreeper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 July 2012 at 04:39
I blew my greatest photographic opportunity to date by trusting the camera instead of myself. I knew what I needed to do. It didn't look right on the back of the camera, so I changed it. I'm unlikely to ever get the chance to fix that mistake.

But I'm young (ish) and it will be a valuable lesson to not rely on technology when I already know what I need to do. (Which is kinda funny for a professional computer guy.      )
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Post Options Post Options   Quote FineArt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 July 2012 at 05:32
That is an easy one for me. Not having a camera or not having it ready when the shot presented itself.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dash66 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 February 2013 at 05:05
This may not be the most popular answer on this site, but my biggest regret is in not realizing earlier that every so often, I should just put down the camera and enjoy the moment. One example is when I was in Redwoods National Park; I came across an area where the forest ended at a cliff that was overlooking the ocean. When I realized that I was never going to be able to catch the image I wanted, I put my camera back in my bag and just stood and watched the sunset over the ocean framed by those mighty redwoods. Just a few years earlier, I would have been trying so hard to get the impossible shot that I missed the moment. Instead, even though I never got the shot, my memory contains so much more that the camera could have never captured. The smell of the woods mixed with the salt air, the sound of the waves crashing and the birds crying mixed with the almost deafening silence of the forest. To this day, it is probably my favorite memory from that trip, and it is made all the more special because it is NOT recorded, and just lives in my memories.

Sometimes it is better to have the memories than the photographs.
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