Making Tough Decisions (Mostly About Gear)

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on the Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 (Canon) lens for quite some time.

I went to Adorama and B&H to check out the price differential and scoured the web to find the cheapest one.

Well, There’s an international version that’s priced at $799 on Amazon right now.

I’ve had that baby in my shopping cart for well over a month now. With accessories like a lens hood and a UV filter, it’s just around the $830 mark.

A lens will last you a long time; a body, well, that’s something you can always upgrade in a couple of years.

My friends have said that I should pull the trigger on it. After all, it’s the experience that I’ll be capturing with it. So it’s definitely going to be worthwhile.

I agree with that completely. But it’s $800 I could be putting into my savings.

Anyway, I gave myself a deadline. If I still want it by the end of the week, I’ll get it.

But that’s when I saw this video by Mango Street.


This video helped me realize that I should focus more on building up my style before jumping into the world of expensive lenses.

Composition, experimentation with light, poses, and whatever — I need to become better with the lenses I have to be able to move forward (in leaps and bounds)!

After all, it’s the photographer’s eye the camera is capturing. The camera and the lens are just a tool.

It means that I need to hone my eye first. This is what ultimately convinced me to stick with what I have right now before moving on to the 6D and a 24-70mm.

But a full-frame camera would be nice. It would. And that means I’d be spending about $1300 for it.

One step at a time, right?


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