Being married to a professional photographer, I know how much camera gear costs – and how alluring and pretty a new camera or lens can be.
And of course one is never enough – you always need the phone with the decent camera for photo-emergencies when you’re walking the dog, or out shopping (is it just me who photographs products in shops that I like to remember to research and check for best prices when I’m home?).
And you’ll probably want a really cool small camera for when you’re travelling or on a day out – good enough for some great photography, but not so cumbersome and awkward to heft around and get in your way.
And there’s the big boys – the all-powerful DSLR’s that cost you your right hand just for the body… and then woo you with their array of beautiful lenses.
I am a camera widow – and I resigned myself to this fact a long time ago. Which is why I frequently see screens left casually open on places such as Clifton Cameras; at least he usually has the sense to be in the pre-owned section. All used cameras are given a full technical check by fully trained, in-house staff so your shiny new pretties will arrive in full working order, and with a warranty too. And there’s usually huge savings on the ‘new’ price tag. Which can only be a good thing.
I mean seriously – how many lenses does one boy need (‘Just a couple more than he has now’ is apparently the correct response to that question)