by Mike McNamee Published 01/08/2013
We buy additional lenses for our systems for a variety of reasons, some backed by hard-nosed business sense, others on the basis of a whim, some because a not-to-be-missed opportunity arises. For the newcomer to the profession the question is even more pressing but at least when starting from nothing (which is actually rather rare) you have a clean canvas. We are not going to talk about camera bodies here. The best way to describe that choice is to start with the first one you can afford two of, and work upwards from there!
Your editor's recent acquisitions have all been replacements of similar lenses. They were purchased for all three reasons listed above but it started at the Convention when his D700 threw itself off its tripod (twice), a scene from which some witnesses are still undergoing therapy. The rig bounced the first time but certainly not the second which left the mid-range zoom banana-shaped and a little bit noisy (think tinkling glass and twanging springs). Park Cameras came to the rescue delivering a new lens the same afternoon and so the job was completed.
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