Over the last eight years or so I’ve owned perhaps 100 lenses.
Which is a conservative estimate, given when I start to think more I realise I’ve had at least five Takumar 55mm, five Pentax-M 50s, maybe eight different Pentacon 50/1.8s, and at least a dozen Helios 44s.
Too often I’ve reached a point where I’ve just had too many, so purged.
Then looked back and wished I’d held on to certain lenses, and not been so hasty. And more than once bought the same lens again!
Going forward I want to have a lens arsenal that is still relatively small, but offers variety and unique character.
I’d like to avoid duplication, and not just different variations of the same lens, but lenses of similar focal length that don’t distinguish themselves enough between each other.
I’d also like to evolve this set of lenses more slowly, and not fall back into the binge/purge cycle I’ve gone through too often previously.
Put a different way, I want to find lenses for the long term, not just a brief fling.
How about you? What dictates which lenses you choose to buy – and keep? Do you have a lens wish list?
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