Lens Buying Strategy?


Lubbyman

Link Posted 25/07/2022 - 14:54
Many years ago I found that there was a nasty affliction which seemed to spread via the internet. It was called LBA. There being no vaccination or treatment for it, I decided to strengthen my immunity by adopting a Rational Lens Acquisition Strategy. It had 4 parts, which included my Golden Rule For Everything:
1. For general use, have some decent, easy to carry zooms covering ultra-wide angle to telepohoto.
2. Acquire other lenses only for special purposes.
3. Get them all before retirement (i.e. before having to live off a pension).
4. The Golden Rule For Everything: Never dispose of it because it might come in useful one day, even if you can't currently think of why or how.
Part 1 has been applied successfully (currently Tamron 10-24mm, Pentax 16-85mm, Pentax 55-300mm).
Part 2 has been successful if you interpret 'special purposes' creatively.
Part 3 has been a miserable failure.
Part 4 has been applied rigorously and is responsible for the 'camera cupboard' being at bursting point.

So... how have you dealt with the threat of catching LBA? Do you have a lens acquisition strategy? If so, do you stick to it?

Looking forward to some interesting answers!

Steve

takuman

Link Posted 25/07/2022 - 15:09
There are no answers Steve, despite my lengthy discussion with you regarding the F 135 etc, and having decided that I didn't really need one, I cracked and bought one 'from the other place' following your promotion of the virtues of said F. So I believe that LBA is triggered by other people. Nothing else...simple, no cure.
Just passing thru

womble

Link Posted 25/07/2022 - 15:24
My main affliction is my addiction to K-series primes. I have almost cured that by buying the lot apart from the last two I haven't managed to source yet (the K100 macro and the K1000/. Apart from those, the only things on my wish list are a good standard zoom for the K-3iii (I have my eye on the new 16-50 but don't have the spare cash) and the 08 lens for the Q (rarer than unicorn droppings). I mainly spend what little spare cash I have these days on film/developing.
Kris Lockyear
It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. Henri Cartier-Bresson
Lots of film bodies, a couple of digital ones, too many lenses (mainly older glass) and a Horseman LE 5x4.

My website

takuman

Link Posted 25/07/2022 - 15:28
On second thoughts, if I was in government I could set up a Department to deal with this problem. Answers on a postcard please.
Just passing thru

rickhanson

Link Posted 25/07/2022 - 15:31
Buy initial lens > sell to fund next lens > new lens arrives > sell to buy back the original lens - Repeat as and when you don't have the lens you need

Positive you don't have cupboard full of lenses, negative it's costly!

rickhanson

Link Posted 25/07/2022 - 15:38
Another strategy is keep buying cheaper lenses thinking they'll deliver the same IQ as the best, until you eventually buy the best and costs you twice as much to get there!

MHOL190246

Link Posted 25/07/2022 - 15:47
Or you could go for the really bizarre - talking of which I came across this on the WEX site - https://www.wexphotovideo.com/laowa-24mm-f14-2x-macro-probe-lens-for-pentax-k-17... Any takers???

Pwynnej

Link Posted 25/07/2022 - 15:58
1. For general use, have some decent, easy to carry zooms covering ultra-wide angle to telepohoto. Had a set of full-frame zooms, then swapped to DA/DA* when there was no K-1 and swapped straight back when I just had my K-1. The D-FA lenses are also used on the P50 and Z-1p

2. Acquire other lenses only for special purposes. The FA* 85 for portraiture, but not done that for a long time.
3. Get them all before retirement (i.e. before having to live off a pension). My primes and the limiteds...
4. The Golden Rule For Everything: Never dispose of it because it might come in useful one day, even if you can't currently think of why or how. See 2

I think I have actually done well since getting the K-1 in reducing the amount of zooms I have and letting go of those items such as the macro lens and extreme wideangle which were seldom used. others are vanity purchases but will not be sold or replaced...
Z-1p, K-1, P50
F50 1.7. FAs 24, 35, 50 1.4, 85, 135. DFA15-30, DFA24-70, D-FA*70-200. D-FA 100 (gone now!). The SMC-FA Limited Trinity.
Metz 45 CL-4, AF500FTZ. AF540FGZ.
Some Mamiya and some Nikon

Defragged

Link Posted 25/07/2022 - 16:28
I rarely part with any lenses so as my lens collection expands I acquire yet another lens safe to store them in. They're expensive too but... hey-ho. At least they keep the six letter 'F' word at bay.
C.O.L.B.A.S victim
(Compulsive Obsessive Lens Buying Addiction Syndrome)

What you need are lenses, more lenses, bigger lenses, better lenses, faster lenses, and when you have these, your pictures will be perfect!

Urbanmeister

Link Posted 25/07/2022 - 16:40
Er, em, ah, well... I don't think there's a vaccine yet against LBA. Good ideas, plans and strategies above for sure, but, er, em, ah, well... (I speak from experiencing GAS - the guitar version. If you want to know why, look up Emerald Guitars in Ireland. I have many of them including the first harp ukulele.) So, to repeat, er...

P.S. I just follow Defragged's strapline re. needing lenses... He makes great sense and is my hero.
Be well, stay safe.
Last Edited by Urbanmeister on 25/07/2022 - 16:52

pentaxian450

Link Posted 25/07/2022 - 18:27
MHOL190246 wrote:
Or you could go for the really bizarre - talking of which I came across this on the WEX site - https://www.wexphotovideo.com/laowa-24mm-f14-2x-macro-probe-lens-for-pentax-k-17... Any takers???

I don't need one, but I sure do want one. Unfortunately, my wife saw the invoice for the 150-450, and she said: "Take a break for a while". Hopefully, the "while" will be short.

pentaxian450

Link Posted 25/07/2022 - 18:30
womble wrote:
I have my eye on the new 16-50 but don't have the spare cash).

Go for it. It is really worth the "sacrifices" you'll do to get it.
Yves (another one of those crazy Canucks)
Last Edited by pentaxian450 on 25/07/2022 - 18:30

GrumpyGrandPa

Link Posted 25/07/2022 - 19:35
4. The Golden Rule For Everything: Never dispose of it because it might come in useful one day, even if you can't currently think of why or how.

Aha. P'raps that's why my wife is still married to me
Grumpy GrandPa, Recently Retired.
Gotta K-3 iii now, had a K-S2 and so suffering from a relapse and buying digital camera kit.
Previous addiction has resulted in using Zeniths, Yashicamat, Chinons, Minoltas, Samsungs, Fujis, Cosina, Kodak, Lumix, Canon, Nikon and Pentax etc etc - have tried most makes in the past 40 years. Love cameras - love taking photos even more

Lubbyman

Link Posted 25/07/2022 - 21:27
GrumpyGrandPa wrote:
4. The Golden Rule For Everything: Never dispose of it because it might come in useful one day, even if you can't currently think of why or how.

Aha. P'raps that's why my wife is still married to me

Now, which way round would that be...??

MHOL190246 wrote:
Or you could go for the really bizarre - talking of which I came across this on the WEX site - https://www.wexphotovideo.com/laowa-24mm-f14-2x-macro-probe-lens-for-pentax-k-17... Any takers???

That looks distinctly medical... .

Keep the lens acquisition strategies coming, folks, confession is good for the soul!

Steve

davidwozhere

Link Posted 26/07/2022 - 00:07
As you might have noticed, I like to try things out on the assumption that if you don't like them you can sell them on. So I'm presently looking at a Meyer 300mm, a Tair 300mm an Pentax 300mm a DA*300mm and an F*300mm - Oh and a Pentax 400-600mm mirror and a Tamron 500mm mirror. I actually use a motley crew of Takumars and a Pentax 100mm macro and that's not mentioning the five shelves of things I've tried and never got round to sell on yet !

No. I have no strategy for acquisition or disposal - but I do come up with some marvelous combinations of this and that
Both the *istDS and the K5 are incurably addicted to old glass

My page on Photocrowd - link
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