Buying a new lens is like Christmas and my birthday fell onto the same day. Since all of my families birthdays are around Christmas time anyway this means it’s also like someone robbed my bank account. Which is why I can’t really buy a new lens as often as I’d like to. But a new lens doesn’t have to be new. And it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
I have started buying used older lenses. And I am saving quite a lot of money in doing so. They won’t have the newest features but lots of older lenses are built way better. My 50mm 1.4 is more than 6 years old and it’s still the best lens I have. I even own a manual 28mm 2.8. and whilst it’s not going to work for shooting a wedding I can use it perfectly fine for landscapes. No landscape cares that you may need a few seconds longer to focus manually. And the quality of this lens is outstanding. My bank manager agrees with me and he has no clue about photography.
Next time you want to buy a new lens have a look on ebay or your local photography shop – some good things don’t have to cost the world.