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PHOTO GEAR by KRISS on 24 january 2016

RUNNING AFTER PHOTO EQUIPMENT A few years ago everyone wondered at the fast progress of computers.
The lifespan of any given computer seemed to be no more than 6 months and it even seemed to be pointless to buy any new computer and reasonable people would purchase the previous best thing at bargain prices less than a year after their being put on the shelves.


And then Iphones and tablets arrived.
Everyone wondered at these new technologies and the same applied, overpriced equipments lost 80% of their values in a couple of years, new equipments arrived, revolutionary new and the game was changed once again.
To which extent did it affect people’s jobs I couldn’t really say.
Did people stop buying books because of Amazon Kindle, did they stop buying CDs and DVDs because of ipods and mp3s, certainly.

Now, over the last few years we have seen a big change in professional cameras availability.
We started working with full frame cameras at an age where the only availability for pro gear was more or less Nikon D700, Nikon D3, Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 1D.
Yes there were the occasional D300 and maybe its equivalent (7D) for Canon but this stayed on hold for a while.
Then arrived the D800 and the D4 and the Mark III.
Still, the offer for full frame cameras especially for professional ones was scarce expensive and reserved to pros or rich hobbyist.
And then arrived the D600, the D750 and the D810 and the D4s and Canon that surpass the D800 and Sony and others.

Now I have lost track because I have what I need (a D4s, a D800, a D800E, a D7100 and even an old D90) and because I cannot afford to change that kind of expensive equipment like people change their iphones every time a new one gets out.

Now there are more and more lenses coming out as well and this is not a bad thing because lenses last longer than camera bodies.
But it also is frustrating because false needs arise with new availability.

I remember reading an amazing article about a photographer who realized she created more interesting photography when she only owned a D80 and a 18-55mm because she had to compensate for the limitations of her equipment with creativity.

I now own more equipment than I could have hoped for, although it is my bread and butter and I need every piece I have.
Still, sometimes I wonder if a new lens couldn’t help me achieve what I want.
I then realize it probably won’t and if I want to achieve anything it is through my skills and dedication, tryouts, pugnacity, imagination and not necessarily through new gear.

Of course sometimes new equipment is really needed, for instance I need a water housing for my D4s right now and I cannot make up for it.
As well, I have realized in Costa Rica that proper animal photography needed much longer lenses than I had and that it would be an investment hardly justifiable as regards to the high prices of such lenses.
Although I might get my hands on a Sigma 300mm f2.8 at some point because it would prove useful to us on other levels such as wedding photography because it is an unusual lens for that kind of work and would produce unusual images.
Coupled with a 2x converter and an APS-C it could as well serve well with animal photography next time !

Now, I spend very little time looking at equipment compared to what I used to.
Even if I receive daily google alerts that keep me up to date, I maximise my time on a computer actually working and doing other things than planning the next equipment.

But I have been there, and I am again every time I really need something, comparing every latest gear and it can be a bit of a headache.
And when it’s not it simply becomes a fever like gold fever but certainly does not help much with the final results : photographs !

Yes I think the key of staying focused on my photography and not keep chasing the latest equipment is to often have a look on beautiful ancient film photos and realize that a photo is created on both ends of the camera.

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