All of us love gear. Even those that say they do not love gear, love gear. However my want to create the distinctive has lead me to make some questionable purchases. How about you?

I lately wrote an article a few lens I might by no means convey myself to promote, and it sparked a energetic debate. This acquired me enthusiastic about the purchases I believe have labored out to be one of the best investments. The Canon 135mm f/2 L talked about in that article is definitely one. My Sony a7 III is arguably an in depth second. In all honesty, the remainder mix collectively and I turn into too bored to think about a 3rd. So, I began asking a extra entertaining query: what are the worst purchases I’ve ever made?

It is not straightforward for me to select one. I have been stung a couple of occasions by errors of my very own doing. Nonetheless, one stands out for me. It was a classic Russian 300mm prime lens I discovered in an vintage retailer. It was lovely. The entire thing was made from metallic and weighed a ton, it had no fungus or clouding contained in the glass, and it had nearly no scuffs on the barrel what so ever. It was just a little dear and I could not discover a lot on-line about it, and none had been on the market. That may put some folks off (properly), however I heard the phrase “uncommon” whispered by an ethereal voice and parted with extra cash than I ought to have for one thing I could not establish. Its mount was fairly normal and so getting an adapter to put it on my Canon 6D on the time was easy. As soon as it arrived, it fitted to my DSLR with a satisfying click on and I used to be prepared.

I gathered my issues and with all due pomp and ceremony, I did not take a photograph till I had reached a location I preferred throughout a fiery sundown. In a prophetic flip of fortune, there was no wildlife anyplace to be seen and my topics had been restricted. Undeterred I began taking footage of leaves and something close to me. As soon as I loaded the pictures in to Lightroom, I shortly realized the pictures had been tender. Not slight motion tender, they had been softer than blowdried kittens in a silk quilt. The bokeh was fairly good although.


Outdoors of that there have been innumerous devices which have accomplished poorly, to not point out different lighting options. I as soon as purchased some steady lights off eBay on the advice of a buddy. With all of them on full blast, regardless of producing sufficient warmth to soften their approach off the continent, they shared the lumen output with a moist security match. My colleagues have had related disasters, with Jack Alexander utilizing lights that blew the ability in each venue he used them, and Alex Cooke ordering a graphical pill so giant (underneath the notion that larger was higher) that it rendered itself unusable. You reside and study!

So let’s have it. What is the worst buy you’ve got made as a photographer? Share within the feedback under.

Photograph by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash


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