You love photography. The journey began when you picked up a camera casually & slowly as time progressed, you were engulfed by its charm. As time progressed you became familiar with the ins & even outs of photography.
From a small point & shoot camera, you graduate to a prosumer one. Now you could do more creative photographs. As time passed, you got serious with photography & decided to pursue it as a serious hobby or with a view of prospective professional photographer. So you sell off or in rare instances keep your current camera and jump onto the DSLR bandwagon.
Your new DSLR is a serious machine with just the controls which any serious photographer will savor with a burp! You are able to shoot in low light, shoot RAW, shoot fast & even shoot as per your creative imagination. You’re happy that you can now expand your creative boundaries with a number of accessories for your DSLR viz Lenses, Flashguns, Filters etc.
After playing with the kit lens for a while you feel the need for a secondary lens to fulfill your telephoto demands. So you get either the 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 or the 70-300mm f/3.5-5.6. Now you are happy that you can cover any genre of photography except for low light. So on recommendations you get the nifty fifty i.e. 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. You even buy cheap closeup filters/reversal rings for macro photography. Now you feel you’re complete & won’t be needing anything more.
As time passes, you learn more about photography, about chromatic aberrations, barrel/pincushion distortion, sweet spot & more technical mumbo-jumbo. For time, you’re now lost into gear comparison & gear lust instead of shooting with your current set of gear. Seeing the pro’s, you decide to ditch your consumer zoom lenses for the professional f/2.8 zoom lenses. You sell off your kit lens alongwith the 55-250mm telephoto zoom and get the 17-55 f/2.8 & 70-200mm f/2.8 or even the 70-200mm f/4(in-case you cannot afford the f/2.8). You even sell your closeup filters & get a dedicated macro lens. Ohh wait, you also get an flashgun, a better tripod, reflectors, diffusers, flash soft-box, studio strobe, umbrellas, remote triggers, flash gels, flash beamer, better camera strap, vertical grip, lens hood & more & more stuff.
Soon you’ve a room packed to every iota of space with photography gear. You look back and notice you spent a great amount of money on your photography needs & feel the guilt of overspending. You begin to believe & preach to others that “Photography is a costly affair”. Frankly speaking, Photography is not a costly hobby as many believe. One can save a lot with photography with Do-It-Yourself(DIY) projects. Try workarounds to get the shot you need with the equipment you have at your disposal. Getting second hand gear(after thorough inspection) at times is not a bad idea as it is almost as good as new. Also buy gear only & only if its an absolute requirement. If you feel you cannot accomplish a certain assignment, in that case only buy new gear & not because your peers have it. Eventually weigh your returns out of investment in photo gear. A good photograph doesn’t conveys the equipment used, it conveys the interesting melody of light. When you’ll think deeper, you’ll realize that “Photography need NOT be a costly affair”.