Getting into photography can be pretty expensive. You desire to have the best possible quality you can from your camera that you have already invested so much money into. You then realize that it takes MORE to get BETTER shots. It can be frustrating, trust me...I've been there....recently. A remote for those who despise the built in timer, a speedlite for better flash photographs, a tripod, MORE lenses because you always need another one that delivers the results you are wanting...and so on and so forth. If you're like me who is not made of money, who does not desire to put things on credit, and who would rather keep the peace with the hubs....
Hubs: "You bought ANOTHER LENS!? What was wrong with the other one!?"
Me: "That one is a 50mm! I needed a macro lens to get awesome close ups!"
Hubs: He sighs and shakes his head in utter confusion.
Alas, I love searching and finding sweet "substitutes" that are cheaper than "originals". For example, I have been NEEDING to purchase a speedlite, but I knew after I purchased a speedlite I would then have to purchase a diffuser in order to get that "soft" effect. You always need something else! SO, I found this brilliant little substitute....
It's called a Puffer, and the current sale is for $21.95. It is a speedlite AND a diffuser! SAWEEEET!
Then there is a Pop-up Flash Bounce (er) for $30, which doesn't really produce an "as good effect" as the Puffer, but it still beats the "originals".
And who says you have to buy a full lens price when you can get a cheap attachment that delivers close to similar results? This is a brilliant wide angle & macro lens attachment for under $90 (depending on the purchased package).
I personally will invest in ANOTHER lens if I KNOW that I will be using it often, like my 50mm. I definitely bought a Canon brand "original" for that because it is usually almost ALWAYS on my Canon 7D.
So there you have it--a few "cheaper" alternatives for those of us who are frugal and like to keep our cheapo significant others happy ....or maybe that's just my situation ;-)
over at Captivus Living.