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Old 06-19-09, 03:17 PM
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In Photography it's called "Lens Buying Addiction."

In Cycling....

I'm sure that there is a term for the need to buy every accessory or upgrade item there is.

Yep, I have both. I look in the spare room and there's my bike and all of the stuff I really didn't need to go with it but just had to have.

In Photography...

I have to admit that I've been bitten by the LBA bug. I look into my bag and see lenses, or accessories, that I have and wonder "Why did I buy that?"

But, I have one addiction that I think may be worse than "LBA". Or Bicycle accessory buying addiction.

For forum purposes, I call it "CTBA".

Dammit, I can't seem to walk into a Sears store without some mysterious power pulling me into their tool department. Today was no exception. I couldn't help myself. Yep, a new 283pc tool set with 4 drawer chest "on sale". I tried, I really did, but I just couldn't stop myself.

The real down side. You can hide a 50mm lens from your wife. Hiding a new 4 drawer tool chest full of new tools is just impossible.

I'm almost to "Somebody help me. Please!"

CTBA = Craftsman Tool Buying Addiction.
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In cycling, it is called N+1, where is N is the number of bikes you now own, and N+1 is the number of bikes you should own. Same applies to jerseys, tools, bling, etc.
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And yes, I have hidden bikes/frames/etc. for friends, and they for me........
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Old 06-19-09, 03:28 PM
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The lens collecting issue is solved rather easily by not having any money. That being said, after I'm settled in my house I plan to buy a Canon 55-250mm lens. I've missed not having a telephoto zoom lens. Of course, I also want a telescope...
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"Upgraditis"
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Old 06-19-09, 07:28 PM
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Switch to MF glass and LBA can have some more financial room to play. Love my 80's SMC-M Pentax Primes. And they take up less room than the 30 bikes in the basement!
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I work in scientific imaging and I can totally understand your addiction.
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unluckily I don't have to hide my bike and camera additions from a SO.

On the other hand, n+1 bike and camera acquisitions do become an issue when you are considering buying a bigger house/garage to store them all in.

I'm not entirely sure how many cameras and lenses I have. I do have, um, 23 bikes however.
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just be glad you can buy it.
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^ Oooooo... Snap-On. Used to have a truck around here. Not anymore - darn economy.
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Just get started with farm tractors...or industrial lathes...




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NAS- nikon acquisition syndrome.
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I love Nikon! I have three lenses and a speedlight, plus my D40. I have managed to restrain myself from getting anything else camera-related. I'm now addicted to bikes and bike-related accessories. HALP!
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Originally Posted by redneckwes View Post
Just get started with farm tractors.
I've known people with the classic tractor bug. *shudder*

It's a perversion of what was originally thought by econopsychologists to be an effective cure for upgraditis and related conditions. Realistically, the experts should have known that trying to "cure" a problem by redirecting it was doomed to failure, but they tried anyways.

The cure was to encourage their patients to direct or redevelop their interests into a fetish for older equipment on the basis that it costs less, and thereby is less likely to interfere with the fiscal goals of the afflicted. The problem arising from the "cure" was two fold. First of all, most hobbies have even more equipment available on the used market than on the new market, which allows for more total purchases, followed by a need to spend even more just to have room to store all the new gear. Secondly, in some hobbies, used gear actually costs more than the new stuff. Even if it doesn't, it's inevitable that it will require greater investment of time and knowledge to use properly, thereby undermining the patients non-fiscal reserves.

Sorry...none of this is on wikipedia yet. I couldn't decide whether it should go under the econopsychology article, or if a new article should be started for upgraditis.
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I love Nikon! I have three lenses and a speedlight, plus my D40. I have managed to restrain myself from getting anything else camera-related. I'm now addicted to bikes and bike-related accessories. HALP!
watch the vintage bikes! they'll suck you in badly, with the choice between needing vintage parts or modern upgrades (or, if you really like being broke, like me, you eventually get both)
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watch the vintage bikes! they'll suck you in badly, with the choice between needing vintage parts or modern upgrades (or, if you really like being broke, like me, you eventually get both)
+1 I paid $300 for my Bertoni, and then proceeded to spend another $700 or so bringing it to its current state. And if you think that's bad, my Univega is probably worth nearly as much, and it only costs $50 initially. And then there's the Nishiki, Mongoose, LHT, KHS, DMR, Peugeot, Bianchi I used to own, etc. And the most disturbing part is, adding all the money spent on all of those combined still wouldn't come close to what I spent on cars years ago. Why can't my hobby be simply going for walks?
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+1 I paid $300 for my Bertoni, and then proceeded to spend another $700 or so bringing it to its current state. And if you think that's bad, my Univega is probably worth nearly as much, and it only costs $50 initially. And then there's the Nishiki, Mongoose, LHT, KHS, DMR, Peugeot, Bianchi I used to own, etc. And the most disturbing part is, adding all the money spent on all of those combined still wouldn't come close to what I spent on cars years ago. Why can't my hobby be simply going for walks?
Hey, between the uber-hi tech walking shoes, a nice rain stick, gore -tex suit, HR/pedometer and the plane tickets/lodging for those dream hiking vacas, you'll be broke in no time there, too
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Hey, between the uber-hi tech walking shoes, a nice rain stick, gore -tex suit, HR/pedometer and the plane tickets/lodging for those dream hiking vacas, you'll be broke in no time there, too
I was just thinking about walking around the neighborhood, but I guess one can take anything to extremes.
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I was just thinking about walking around the neighborhood, but I guess one can take anything to extremes.
Yes. Yes, I ca- I mean.... yes, one can
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I probably won't buy a vintage road bike again unless I'm damn sure it's the right size for me. However, I've seen some adorable vintage bikes of other types with baskets on the front blah blah blah that I would like to get for my mom...heh.
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Hobbies are just a means of keeping you poor.

That reminds me, I must go and see my old cars and start saving for their restoration. About $20,000 - $40,000 each should get them done.
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