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Old 05-06-2012   #1
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Is there a lens you are scared to use?

I recently obtained an Olympus OM 24 Shift lens with a massive, bulbous front element and a cap that rocks back and forth (by design, apparently). It's a gorgeous lens and I took it out for the first time today - mounted on a Nex because I wanted to get a feel for the whole shift technique. I was never *not* afraid of damaging the thing because of the weight, front element, and cost. Having it on the Nex seemed like an accident waiting to happen.



But this is not a thread about bagging on camera ergonomics. It's about irrational fear for lenses. And I can't be alone in this.

What lens are you afraid for?
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Old 05-06-2012   #2
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I was a bit afraid that the EF 600 would hurt my back actually..

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holy moly. You need a weapons permit for that.
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Old 05-06-2012   #4
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Did you try to count spider-eggs on the opposed wall...?

No, I am not scared to use any lens. Two day ago I got my brand new 35mm Summilux, for which I waited 3 months and saved much longer... Since yesterday it's on my M9 while I ride my bicycle in the city. The lens is made for use. That's how you should handle it.

If you are scared all the time, chances are, that you do not use it, and then what is the point of having it anyway...?
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Summicron DR. For all the obvious reasons. It was not that expensive, but trying to replace it with one in the same condition would cost me likely three times as much. It's very old, very heavy and very beautiful, And also the sharpest lens I have ever used.

Edit: I could not find any similar Summicron DR on eBay below $1200. That's still not modern Leica glass money, but it is more than 4 times than what I paid for it 4 years ago. Damn.
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Not so much the lens, but the finder ... having said that it has survived two falls, one on to limestone paving that I then kicked about 20ft ... and I can confirm it makes exactly the noise one would expect

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Old 05-06-2012   #7
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50mm f/2 Summicron. They're evil, especially the older ones. Oh, they look all sweet and innocent with their smooth chrome and scalloped focus ring, but drop your guard just once and they'll have you.

A Summicron killed my pa.
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Old 05-06-2012   #8
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My worry is less with the lens, more with the lens hood..
A concern with losing the OLLUX for my Summilux v1 35mm has restricted it's oversea's travel
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Lenses: no. But I couldn't bring myself to use a mint, boxed, all-paperwork-present IIIg when I knew I'd be happier with an M. So it went.

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Old 05-06-2012   #10
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I don't like to take the Arsat 30mm out. Same reason: large piece of glass, no way to mount a protective filter and the cover barely holds.
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I was shooting a theater job with a friend once. He put his 50 Summi on the floor in among the seats, and walked away to shoot. I followed him in the dark and kicked his lens 20 feet. Not a scratch on it. I don't know why he put it there. He's dead now, but I don't think the Summicron killed him--whiskey did it, more likely.

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50mm f/2 Summicron. They're evil, especially the older ones. Oh, they look all sweet and innocent with their smooth chrome and scalloped focus ring, but drop your guard just once and they'll have you.

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Old 05-06-2012   #12
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I've held off buying an Olympus 7-14mm. No Filter threads so I think I'd be too paranoid to use it. I put a filter on everything I use.
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Old 05-06-2012   #13
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Gotta admit I'm scared of having a lens used on me: that thing they keep at the airport and that can see through the suit...



Now that I come to think of it, I don't look too good in a picture while fully dressed either...
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I bought a Rolleiflex 3.5F whiteface that looks almost new. Now I'm scared to use it. I'd rather use my beat up other 3.5F instead.

Also, just received an Agfa Super Isolette that it immaculate (just back from overhaul by Clarence Gass). I'm also a bit scared to use it - it's just too beautiful!

Somehow, I don't have this fear about 35mm gear - only my medium format babies.
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Gotta admit I'm scared of having a lens used on me: that thing they keep at the airport and that can see through the suit...



Now that I come to think of it, I don't look too good in a picture while fully dressed either...
It's not the lens you have to fear - it's the hairy-knuckled hand in the elbow-length latex glove.
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I find myself worrying when carrying the Nikkor 14-24.
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No... if I'm scared to use it, I won't own it. I find it silly to own expensive lenses (gear) just to keep them on a shelf (unless you are a collector and not a photographer). It's just equipment. Then again, I don't use hoods or protective filters either.

Are you guys that are scared that clumsy?
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Old 05-07-2012   #19
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I find myself worrying when carrying the Nikkor 14-24.
+1 on that. If I owned one, I might be scared of a f .95 Noctilux too. Otherwise, I figure that they are there to be used.
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Old 05-07-2012   #20
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No... if I'm scared to use it, I won't own it. I find it silly to own expensive lenses (gear) just to keep them on a shelf (unless you are a collector and not a photographer). It's just equipment. Then again, I don't use hoods or protective filters either.

Are you guys that are scared that clumsy?
I sneezed onto my new EF 85 1.2 L ten minutes into my first photoshoot with it... And I was always scared to use the 70-200 2.8 IS because of the weird grinding sounds when the IS engaged or disengaged...
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+1 on that. If I owned one, I might be scared of a f .95 Noctilux too. Otherwise, I figure that they are there to be used.
That's the weird thing. I have more expensive lenses - the pricey hexanons all - but I'm not afraid to use them. It's the form factor, shiftiness, yada yada that kill me on the shift lens. I *will* use it, if only to overcome.
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I used to have a mint M6, bought it with the box and all the shabang, it was my first rangefinder.

But I would sometimes not go to places with it because i'd fear i'd get mugged, and I was getting overly cautious with it.

I sold it and got a good user M4. I'm glad I did it! Fear of using things lead to not using them, and not using them lead to them being sold.
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I used to have a mint M6, bought it with the box and all the shabang, it was my first rangefinder.

But I would sometimes not go to places with it because i'd fear i'd get mugged, and I was getting overly cautious with it.

I sold it and got a good user M4. I'm glad I did it! Fear of using things lead to not using them, and not using them lead to them being sold.
But what made you think a M4 is safer than a M6?
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The only piece of equipment I am afraid to use is the hood from the Nikon 50 1.4 lens that came with the re-issued Nikon S3 I bought recently.
And that is only because the attachment mechanism for the hood is so flimsy, that it is a certainty that I'll lose it the first time I put it on.
So the Nikon shade sits in a drawer, and I use a a cheap, collapsible screw-on rubber hood instead which works very well.
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Pretty much any that cost a ton of money.
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I don't know about "scared" but I get twitches when I use a focal length over about 135mm.
I hear these little voices saying "shakes", "motion blur", "why are you doing this without a tripod?"
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But what made you think a M4 is safer than a M6?
Because most muggers are also antiquarians and can spot expensive Leica gear from a mile away

"Oh dear Johnny, isn't that black M3 a jolly good specimen?"
"Indeed James, let us go and forcibly misappropriate that fine piece of photographic history at once!"
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No... if I'm scared to use it, I won't own it. I find it silly to own expensive lenses (gear) just to keep them on a shelf (unless you are a collector and not a photographer). It's just equipment. Then again, I don't use hoods or protective filters either.

Are you guys that are scared that clumsy?
I am that clumsy, but it doesn't deter me - equipment is made to be used. The only time I've been hesitant to use something is if it's something I intend to sell. But even then, I want to test it first.
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But what made you think a M4 is safer than a M6?
i know that for a mugger it'd be the same, really. somebody that wants to steal a camera won't check the model (unless it's an educated rangemugger!)... but somehow i just (irrationally) feel more at ease with a beat up camera. but the key reason was not so much because of safety, but because of being overly cautious with the camera really. it didn't have a single scratch on it and i wanted to keep it that way. the M4 has plenty, so one more won't hurt. I wish I cared less about that kind of thing...
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I get scared using my 50 for the blad. Im just not great at using it.
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Because most muggers are also antiquarians and can spot expensive Leica gear from a mile away

"Oh dear Johnny, isn't that black M3 a jolly good specimen?"
"Indeed James, let us go and forcibly misappropriate that fine piece of photographic history at once!"
"Bloody hell, James, the serial won't match the black production period. Perhaps a Shintaro repaint, but the stakes are too high. Abort mission, shall we?"

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My M8 plus (2nd hand) 35mm Cron ASPH a few years ago (before M9). It was my 1st serious camera plus lens, did all my research and figured this was the best quality plus shooting style for me. The most expensive thing I have ever bought. I was too careful with it, so I sold it. Got a CLE plus Rokkor (went traveling and kept some of the returns), and that is where my real photography life started.

Sad thing is that when I look back at the m8 photos, it is obvious how little I knew about basic photography/focal lenghts/shutterspeed, and rangefinders.

NOW an M8 plus cron would probably be a great match for me, even have the money, but don't want to spend it. Feel sorry I sold it though, but it is a path I had to walk in order to grow.

Still walking...
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Not scared, but cautious when I use my Nikon 200mm f/2 AFS. I'm always making sure everything is tight before I go out and use it. I shoot alot with either 1.4 or 2.0 TCs when shooting my daughter's softball team. I'm constantly reminding myself of my surroundings so I don't bang the lens into something. BTW, the hood for that lens cost $600 to replace. Another thing to think about.
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Well, I use 'em, but I'm always afeared that my Leica lenses might get smacked up. Replacing them would cause wallet hemorrhage.
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I never bought a lens I was afraid to use afterwards. Whats wrong with you people? Its a just a lens.
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The only lens I'm afraid of is the one's in camera stores, because I know once I touch one of them, I'll end up wanting it and crying all the way home because I can't afford it.
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Lenses? Not really, but then I subconsciously do not buy lenses that cost more than I am comfortable with. Cameras definitely not, but then have gotten into the habit of buying used (film or digital), and also do not buy outside my comfort range. I guess my cut-off is something that could not be bought with a single months paycheck, after that I get nervous, and even if I could afford something like an M9, would be terrified or rather quite conscious and cautious walking around with that much camera.

These days the only thing that would make me nervous using is anything hotshoe-related that does not firmly lock into the hotshoe, and know I would lose things like external viewfinders/ hotshoe spirit level at some point, so avoid using them.
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