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    When I could afford it I had no problem accumulating all sorts of gear, including multiple bodies of one model that I really enjoy using. Especially when they're going for fire-sale prices. Now that money is more of an issue for me I've been selling off gear that I don't use, with further whittling down to come. I've decided there are some EOS bodies I simply can NOT do without (RT, 7NE, 1V), the Contax gear is staying with me come hell or high water, and the FD gear will never go on the block because I have so many really fine lenses.

    I can't bring myself to sell off the Minolta gear because I really love the XD-11, though I haven't used any of it for a few years. I've shot one roll through my RB in the last year, and it should go, but I really want to give it a good workout first. I haven't used the Pro TL for quite a while, though I don't know why not; it's a great system, and if I had to keep only one system I'm afraid that'd be the one.

    I did manage to sell my Nikon gear a few years ago, but reacquired an N80 recently because I missed it and I really LIKE that camera. I also managed to donate about 2/3 of my P&S collection, but have kept far too many and need to do some further weeding.

    But I've sure enjoyed trying out all the different gear, even if it has cost me more than it's been worth.
    Fred Latchaw
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    Depending on how the F performs when it arrives next week, I may not be buying any more in the way of bodies. I've a decent condition F5, a pretty nice F4 that's coming back to roost, a real clean F3P, and a decent condition F2AS. A year or two ago, I started rotating bodies. Shoot one for a week or two, then go to the next one, do the same, and just keep going that way. Prevents each body from sitting on a shelf for too long. I've also come to the realization that I don't need to spend cash on Nikkormats (as good of a camera as they are - I just don't need a bunch of them for $60) or other lower end bodies, now that I have pretty much what I want. I will, however, continue to work on the glass arsenal, picking up deals along the way (like the 35/2 Nikkor-O that I got for $40 shipped, or the 300/4.5 EDIF AIS that I'm picking up for $58, etc)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Nikon_F View Post
    Depending on how the F performs when it arrives next week, I may not be buying any more in the way of bodies.

    -J
    John:
    Shall we keep track, and quote this back to you in the future ?
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    I have some wonderful gear but over the years I have accumulated too much. Except for my Pentax K1000 and Minolta SRT 102, if it doesn't say Zeiss, Ansco, Agfa or Voigtlander on it somewhere it is going. That Pentax and Minolta, along with two or three select lenses, have too much history to go.

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    Matt, of course. I will give prior warning to any mention, as well. ;-P

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    Originally Posted by John_Nikon_F Depending on how the F performs when it arrives next week, I may not be buying any more in the way of bodies.


    -J
    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    John:
    Shall we keep track, and quote this back to you in the future ?
    I'm thinking of using it as my sig here.
    Fred Latchaw
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    Quote Originally Posted by flatulent1 View Post
    I'm thinking of using it as my sig here.
    Go for it. ;-P

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    Are you looking to take pictures or looking to play with different camera bodies. Although they aren't mutually exclusive, it definitely is cheaper to pic one or the other. I currently own 7 cameras after playing with probably close to 30. At this point though, I just want to take pictures and be consistent, so I've settled on what I have and am focusing on my images more than gear. It's quite liberating and I spend a lot less time on the web play shopping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klainmeister View Post
    Are you looking to take pictures or looking to play with different camera bodies. Although they aren't mutually exclusive, it definitely is cheaper to pic one or the other. I currently own 7 cameras after playing with probably close to 30. At this point though, I just want to take pictures and be consistent, so I've settled on what I have and am focusing on my images more than gear. It's quite liberating and I spend a lot less time on the web play shopping.

    Both. At least that's the answer for me. Adjusting from system to system can be tough at times but it has the advantage that it makes you slow down and think about what you're doing. I love playing with cameras that are "new" to me. And I love photography. If I'm going for a must have shot, I'll grab one of my Nikons -- most times an F4S or an F3 or an...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    When pigs fly. We heard that from you before.
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