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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    Just an obsession with me for the last sixty years.
    That is great! Shooting for that long. Most people would have given into digital completely by now. All my friends that shot analog has gone that route. I've been shooting for about 30 years and hope to keep up my obsession for another 30.
    “We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness.
    We are monkeys with money and guns.”

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    Most people I know spend more at the bar than my partner and I spend on film and development; she shoots Polaroid, and we both do 35mm. Hell—we've spend more feeding our two cats than I've ever spent on photography stuff. (;

    I'll also note that I find ways to spend less. Rodinal at 1+100 is a little cheaper than other development methods. I scan film at my university instead of spending money on a scanner. I also shoot very slowly, so I don't use that much film. I also don't like G.A.S.—all of the time I've spent looking for a camera to buy is time I could've spent taking pictures, processing and scanning film, etc.

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    I can buy pretty much what I want, however I have no time to use it... working Mon-Fri and with kids that do sport 6-7 days/nights a week means time is scarce. One day they'll leave home and I'll have lots of time! Well, that's what I dream :-)

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    Started out as a freelance photographer with computers as a hobby but the economic realities made me switch that around. Now I work in IT with photography as a hobby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nige View Post
    I can buy pretty much what I want, however I have no time to use it... working Mon-Fri and with kids that do sport 6-7 days/nights a week means time is scarce. One day they'll leave home and I'll have lots of time! Well, that's what I dream :-)
    I can buy pretty much what I want too, so long as it's bills, tax, insurance, gas, and 1 meal a day whether I need it or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nige View Post
    I can buy pretty much what I want, however I have no time to use it... working Mon-Fri and with kids that do sport 6-7 days/nights a week means time is scarce. One day they'll leave home and I'll have lots of time! Well, that's what I dream :-)
    That sounds like the BEST time to take pictures. Get some long lenses and get to it.

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    I'm a crazy SOB who is leaving a day job to pursue some scraps in photography. After some schooling first.

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    When I had a full-time job in financial services, I bought pretty much whatever I wanted (not that I was rolling in cash, mind you - didn't buy a Leica; but I was on that semi-annual upgrade cycle of Nikon DSLRs...). Of course, this was 2003-2007, when I thought film was mostly a thing of the past and my purchases revolved around digital. Looking back, that would have been a great time to buy film gear. For a couple years during and after grad school, I did some freelance work as a commercial photographer, and that was mainly digital too; the work drove me nuts, it was very assembly-line and ... I got out of that. Now, I on a teacher's salary I finance my gear purchases by selling other gear - it's sort of a revolving door, with the occasional monetary loss when I can't make my money back. But I don't own nearly as much camera gear as I once did and I'm much better off for it. Film and chemistry I buy as needed, it's a few dozen dollars a month typically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keyofnight View Post
    That sounds like the BEST time to take pictures. Get some long lenses and get to it.
    Ohh, I take 1000's of kids sport pics... all digital though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac View Post
    That is great! Shooting for that long. Most people would have given into digital completely by now. All my friends that shot analog has gone that route. I've been shooting for about 30 years and hope to keep up my obsession for another 30.
    Photography has been my life since I was thirteen, my family indulge my passion , my wife knows it's who I am and has always encouraged me. It's taken me a lifetime to try and learn, understand and practice the wonders of film photography, and although I'm in a financial position to be able to afford any digital equipment I want, I don't feel inclined to have to learn photography all over again .
    Ben

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