What is photography to you?

I stopped by the city on Friday evening. There is a camera shop there that I’ve been meaning to visit. I’ve been using the lens that came with my canon 350D slr camera for a while and I thought that it would be nice to get a set of prime lens. I’ve been taking lovely pictures so far:

pic of Fazilla in the studio shot

pic of man reading paper in a cloth shop in bugis

pic of Hindu temple in Jurong East, Singapore

pic of a woman sewing beads into a pair of slippers in Chinatown, Singapore

pic of a macro shot of a caterpillar, Alexander Hospital, Singapore

But I think it would be good to upgrade my camera lens. I couldn’t bear to pay for a brand new one, which usually costs too much. The Canon EF 70-200mm lenses for example, though a fantastic lens, costs roughly $2,600 dollars! So I thought I’d see the second hand ones, which is just as good.

Unfortunately for me, mother nature decided to rain, which contributed to the crawlingly slow traffic and extremely bad tempered motorists and in the end, I only managed to catch the shop keeper, just as he was about to close his shop for the day. I didn’t have the time to look at their lenses. However I did manage to ask him about the newer canon 400D which interested me.

me: Hi, do you do trade ins?

him: Yes, we do.

me: How much is the Canon 400D?

him: It costs about $1,200 dollars

me: How much is my camera worth?

him: About $500 dollars


My eyes bulged out of their sockets. Mum loaned me some money to buy my camera which I bought somewhere in April 2005. It was top of the line then, and it cost $1.5k at the time. Under $2k in total with the accessories.

From $2,000 to $500? To hear my camera depreciated in value that much was extremely shocking to me.

Photography is such an expensive hobby. I’ve yet to reach my aim of having my own studio. Maybe I should take up knitting instead.

But then again, John Cosgrove, the editor of PhotoI did tell me once that it is the photographer, not the equipment that is important. Different people have different stories to tell. And good photographers usually make the person stop a while to look at the pictures.

What do you think?

My all time fave pic - a kitten i stumbled on while walking at where my old house used to be

3 Replies to “What is photography to you?”

  1. These photos are fantastic Marina! I definitely spent time on each and everyone of the photos you have posted here. I think you have a real talent and I love looking at all your shots.

    It’s such a shame isn’t it that all our treasured worldly goods that we save and fork out so much of our hard earned cash on loses its resale value so quickly. I reckon you’re best to do a separate private sale or to list it on an auction site with your reserve price on it to get a fair price for it…

    Anyway, good luck, hope you get the trade-in you’re looking for!

  2. Gypsy Girl

    Wow, thanks for the nice comments! *hugs* Maybe I could do a private sale, but I think it might fetch an even lesser value? I dont know actually. And thanks for the good luck 🙂 I do hope I get a good deal.

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