Not Feeling GASsy

Crave – Or, Camera Envy (Fuji X Weekly)

With so many different drool inducing cameras coming out, it’s easy to get camera envy and want them all. It’s hard to be content with gear that’s a couple of years old. It’s difficult to not be jealous of what others have. Just remember that the cameras you currently own are more than capable of capturing great pictures. Don’t get caught up in the trap of always having the best or most recent of anything. It’s always more about the person using the camera than the camera itself. Use what you have to the best of your abilities, and you’ll surprise yourself with the images that you’ll create.

I’m excited about the flurry of new gear but strangely ... I feel content with my Fuji X-T2. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. Except ... perhaps, I want an X100F.

Waiting ...

A friend asked the following question in a recent email exchange about the camera industry.

Have you switched over to mirrorless yet?  I remember you talking about it a bit ago.

I’ve not decided on mirrorless but I’m itching to. The issue right now is one of switching costs.

I’ve not invested in too many lenses. For my Nikon, I stuck to a standard zoom (18-55mm), a (10-16mm) wide zoom (landscapes), 35mm prime (photo walks), and an 85mm prime (portraits). I think that is about $1600 in lenses. It’s a tiny kit.

Replacing my Nikon with a newer (used) and more capable body (Nikon D500) would cost about $1000. I’d gain better low noise sensor, faster shutter speeds, better controls, etc., and all my current lenses would be compatible.

An equivalent mirrorless system (e.g., Fuji ) would set me back about $1600 for the body alone. Then another $1000 for a standard zoom lens. Another $1200 for a wide angle zoom, and $1600 for a portrait lens.

I’m waiting — it’s been over 6 months since my Nikon broke — for Fuji or Sony to release a new camera. Then when the gearheads with more money than talent and a bad case of GAS1 dump their “old gear”, I’ll snap up the previous model at discount. My last Nikon was an eBay buy.

The ILC2 companies haven’t been as innovative as they have been in the past. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing from an equipment investment standpoint. I would assume that most camera owners stick with a system because they have a big investment in their gear.

That’s my plan for now.

Below is a list of my "reviews" of various MILC bodies and lenses:

  1. Gear Acquisition Syndrome 
  2. Interchangeable Lens Camera