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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tricky01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post 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 Silver Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 February 2022 at 12:50
Biggest regret is probably not taking photos for a long time.
Also not taking more photos of family members wich have since past away.

I will try to remedy the first part in 2022.
Sony dividing the market having two mounts might have
contributed a little bit to me not spending on A-mount.
Im now thinking of going E-mount.
Better late than never I suppose.
I also like the idea of a smaller lighter camera than the A77.



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Originally posted by stripestripe stripestripe wrote:



My motto: You Buy Cheap - You Buy Twice


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Originally posted by ABDurbs ABDurbs wrote:

Not buying the Zeiss 24-70, 16-35, 85 and the 70-200G when they were still affordable

More Dyxumer, less photographer.
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Originally posted by skm.sa100 skm.sa100 wrote:

Originally posted by ABDurbs ABDurbs wrote:

Not buying the Zeiss 24-70, 16-35, 85 and the 70-200G when they were still affordable



Not getting out enough to take pictures. (BTW I've just ordered a Zeiss 16-35 and I'm awaiting delivery - Might get me out more!)
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