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What do you MOST regret buying?
Old 01-22-2016   #1
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What do you MOST regret buying?

What were your must have photo dreams,

that got you wishing for your money back?
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Old 01-22-2016   #2
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Old 01-22-2016   #3
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An Olympus em5 - don't like the UI, and after 4 years, it's still driving me nuts!
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Old 01-22-2016   #4
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Old 01-22-2016   #5
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My Leica Monochrom.

Turned out I am not as much of a digital B&W fan as I thought I would be.
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Old 01-22-2016   #6
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Old 01-22-2016   #7
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I don't think I've ever regretted a purchase. Even the pieces-of-sh*t were enjoyable in their own ways.
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Old 01-22-2016   #8
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Contax RTS then RTS2. Dreamt of them when I was a kid. Bought what seemed like really nice examples used. Both became dead electronic bricks in short order.
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Old 01-22-2016   #9
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A Tokina 500mm mirror lens in Olympus OM mount, at a camera show in 2001. I didn't have an OM mount camera, but assumed the mount was interchangeable. I was soon disabused of that and found an OM-G body, compounding the error even further with 50 and 135mm lenses. Not that it's a bad kit, I just did not need another mount system.
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more like out of control
Old 01-22-2016   #10
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more like out of control

My regrets are based on buying more cameras than I can possibly use. One inherited Canon L1 led to 3 more Canon rangefinders ,2 Leicas, 1 Contax G1 kit , Epson RD1 another Nikon F (my first SLR) and 2 Canon eos 1, Canon 30d, Canon 1Ds and Mirrorless Eos m.HELP!!!!
I must be turning into a collector
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Old 01-22-2016   #11
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That's easy, a Sony A7R.
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Old 01-22-2016   #12
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a de vere 4x5 enlarger. it's just taking up space, having given up trying to find the accessories i need to use it.
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Old 01-22-2016   #13
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Yashica T4, because it almost never focused where I wanted it to.

Nikon D200. Sure, I used it hard for years, but the sensor was mediocre when it came out and downright obsolete soon after. Also the auto focus did not agree with me.

Sigma 18-55 el-cheapo DX lens. A true dog, terrible in the corners.
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Old 01-22-2016   #14
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Digital, Canon G1X first version. Good large sensor and nice lens, but horribly slow autofocus. At the time I was watching Fuji improving their firmware gradually and providing updates while Canon did absolutely nothing.

Film, mid-range Canon FD bodies. Plastic parts flimsy and overall feel of camera unconvincing. FD-mount is awkward if compared to Nikon, no wonder Canon dismissed it in favour of EF-mount. Bought those out of curiosity and sold soon after.
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Old 01-22-2016   #15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CameraQuest View Post
"What do you MOST regret buying?"

"What were your must have photo dreams,

that got you wishing for your money back?"
I would love to get my money back for my first SLR, a Miranda Sensorex, because it was not dependable. However, I do not regret buying it because it formed my appreciation for more dependable photographic equipment.

I would love to get my money back for my first zoom lens, a Nikon 43-86mm f/3.5, because it had horrible image quality. However, I do not regret buying it because it formed my appreciation for the much improved zooms that came decades later.

I most regret selling, not buying, my two dream Nikon F2 Titanium bodies.
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Old 01-22-2016   #16
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Canon 5DmkIII, as an upgrade to my 5DmkII. Just a couple of months later, they come up with the 6D, that has better ISO performance and built-in WiFi and GPS. In any case, with hindsight I should have ditched Canon then, since they are clearly resting on their laurels and uninterested in improving their increasingly uncompetitive sensors.
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Old 01-22-2016   #17
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Old 01-22-2016   #18
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Several Nikon lenses that turned out to be just blah..., Nokton 50/1.1 from the head bartender before anyone actually reviewed it, Pen F half frame cameras, Leica R bodies.
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Old 01-22-2016   #19
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A Pentax MX. I enjoyed shooting the first couple of films but it developed a problem with the mirror and eventually - after a couple of trips for repair - i ended up selling it. It was nice while it worked though...
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Old 01-23-2016   #20
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color temp meter... only because the seller tried to stick me with a non-functioning meter... regardless of the resolution I came away a bad taste.
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Old 01-23-2016   #21
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Fuji X100s. Nice camera, and maybe I'll fall in love with it again one day. But it's really not as useful for how I'd intended to employ it as my DSLR is, and for what it is good at, I prefer using my M6.
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Old 01-23-2016   #22
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X-Pro1. Can't imagine it is made by the same company that made the GX680, G690 or G617.
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Old 01-23-2016   #23
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Mamiya Universal... It's too big, so I never use it...
I should've saved up a bit more for a hasselblad...
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Old 01-23-2016   #24
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No contest --> Sony A7R


I was using an M8+M6 at the time and hated the ISO performance of the M8. I thought it'd be easier to add a Sony A7R instead of upgrade the M8. In theory this was OK as lenses could be swapped between all three and the A7R has great low light performance.

The camera lasted a week. It was awful. Image quality is very good but I genuinely question whether any actual photographers were involved with designing the interface of the A7. Every single little button and digital option gets in the way of picture taking with that thing. It's like a bad PC with a lens on it.

In the end I've sold the M6+M8 and bought an M-E which gets the marginal ISO performance I wanted for general photography. Some of the cash from the A7 sale went to buy a Ricoh GR. Great camera which will do the high-iso stuff just fine and doubles as an amazingly compact pocket camera.

These modern cameras are awful in terms of user-interface. Now I understand why I always see photographers constantly checking the back of their cameras and adjusting things. Not for me thanks - just give me the shutter dial, aperture ring, and manual focus, thanks!
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Old 01-23-2016   #25
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Old 01-23-2016   #26
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None, because I learned from all. And the cheap ones I didn't like like the Argus brick, cost less than a roll of film and developing it. The expensive ones like the Canon VT can be resold for what I have in them, mostly. I don't mind learning what I don't like, if it doesn't cost money. I knew not to buy the used M9 I was offered, when their prices were going down, and I don't buy brand new cameras when they are first out. Either way, if you don't like them, you wasted money.
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Old 01-23-2016   #27
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Leica M8. With the funky IR-issues and ditto filters. Slow mechanical shutter re-cocking compared to a DSLR. Limited DR. Had it for four months and traded it away for an 0.85 M6 and cash.

Sold a perfectly fine Nikon D300 kit with great lenses to fund that M8, what a mistake.
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Leica M-E.

Great camera, but FAR too expensive for what I was using it for.
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Old 01-23-2016   #29
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My drama is with Elmar-m 50 E39. Purchased to realize what I don't need 50mm anymore.
Can't sell it even under lowest price...
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Old 01-23-2016   #30
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A Rolleiflex 2.8e. On the plus side it made me realise that I just don't like using a TLR. On the down side it was an expensive lesson -- I should have started out by buying a cheap Yashicamat.
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Old 01-23-2016   #31
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Sony A7ii on release date. It felt like I was bringing a small computer to my eye and not a photographic tool.
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Old 01-23-2016   #32
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I cant think of a (working) camera i didn't love, if i could afford all of them (and not feel guilty they are not used enough) I would have kept all I tried, even the ones I didn't connect to as much as I do to my "main users". I never bought a digital camera though.
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Old 01-23-2016   #33
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All the M4/3 stuff I bought.

The IQ was just not there (at that that time) and the aspect ratio reminds me of old-fashioned TVs from my mis-spent youth.
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Old 01-23-2016   #34
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Sony RX1 i did not think i would missed a viewfinder and did not want to spend more for the EVF
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Old 01-23-2016   #35
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Hasselblad 500CM. Spent way too much money on that camera and lenses and accessories to finally realize that I just don't shoot that way.

And my FM2n. Whenever I use it without the MD-12, it's too small for my hands and hits on one of my knuckles.
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Old 01-23-2016   #36
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Nothing comes to mind, although I have had my share of disappointing purchases. None of it made me regret to the extent that I can remember it now.
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Omega cold light head for my D6 enlarger. I know lots of people who really love them, but the look just wasn't for me. However -- it wasn't too expensive. When you don't spend much money, it's hard to be very disappointed.
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Old 01-23-2016   #39
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Nothing, really.

If I bought something and found out that I did not like it, I sold it again. Often with a small but never with debastating loss. Sometimes I even made a small profit.

Those cams and lenses which were kind of disappointing were rather cheap:

- The Nikon D1 was partly broken, but I paid almost nothing for it.
- The Sigma SD9 and SD10 were not really thrilling, but I sold them for about the same I paid for them.

I have never regretted buying the more expensive items.
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