Most of us have been there. In periods of our creative life we loose focus. We become demotivated and uninspired. And we start to blame our gear. For photographers the gear means camera and lenses. We start to think that sensor sizes, megapixels, lens sharpness etc, would make a difference. If you know the feeling, you most likely have been struck by Gear Acquisition Syndrome aka GAS. And it is bad… (and good)
I am there right now. And I can only blame myself (and a good friend who borrowed me one of his nice Fujifilm x-pro2 cameras, with a 23mm f/2 lens attached). This spring I almost did no photographing compared to the last 3 years. I had a lot going on with family stuff and my daytime job. But instead of acknowledging the fact that I was just to busy, I started to blame my gear. My Canon 6D was to big. The lenses too big and heavy. My beloved Ricoh GR was missing a viewfinder, the buttons where not logical placed, the focus system on the GR was bad, ISO noise to high – and the list continues.
Then a good friend of mine from the Platea Street Photography Collective, heard that I was considering to make a camera switch, and called me to hear if I wanted to borrow one of his Fujifilm X-PRO2 cameras. Just to test it out. Just a free first fix… And of course I would. So for the last 3 or 4 weeks, I have been exploring the new world of Fuji “rangefinder like” camera. Unfortunately I love it… I mean, I hoped I would hate it. Really, really hate it. But I don’t 😦
So the bad thing is – I really can’t afford a switch right now. The good thing is that I now am a little more back in the streets, doing what I love. Observe life and photograph. And another good thing. I still love my Ricoh and Canon 6D. They actually make just as good pictures as the Fuji does. Yes they are all very different cameras. But they all make great photos. It is only the photographer who is the limit.
But the Fuji X system is so fun to work with. The viewfinder, the workflow and the image quality is so nice. Will I make a switch? I don’t know yet. I love my other cameras as the great tools they are. But the Fuji is fun. Maybe I should just go for the little beauty, Fujifilm X100F? Oh, bugger…
I hate GAS! But again, sometimes it can be the path that guides you back to what matters. Having fun, getting into the creative zone and actually makes you go out and shoot with your camera. And hopefully we realise that equipment is important, but never as important as fun in the process and the final result.