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Gear and Procrastination

Posted in gear, photo, photo philosophy by bluelies on September 3, 2009

Reading all this fancy stuff about the Fauxtokina (i.e., the pre-IFA Berlin 2009, as dubbed by 1001noisycameras) camera announcement craze, I lost a whole lot of time in the web and got pretty exited, asking myself about my current bank account balance…

A boat on the Rio Negro

Ricoh got the GR Digital III out, Panasonic is attacking the Olympus E-P1 with its announced GF1, and with Canon, even one of the “Big Two” seems to understand the secret wishes of serious compact lovers, providing them with a lower resolution G11 (10MP, down from 14.7 in the G10), and the apparently nice S90. Not to mention the 7D (or the Sony A850) for bigger hands…
And if money doesn´t matter, the most interesting announcement may be still ahead: Rumors are pretty sure about a full-frame Leica M9 announcement on September 9th, as well as probably the presentation of a smaller APS-C Leica with a lower entry price.

When this craze begins, it always helps to have a look at the thoughtful writings of Wouter Brandsma: “I have raised my concerns that changing cameras (and in particular for those who do so very often) might not at all improve their photography. Adopting a new camera takes time too.” Wouter sure has got a point here, because in the end, what really matters is that you know how to handle your camera. In this context, all the online buzz about gear and more and more stuff and rumors is actually hindering our focus on photography. In my opinion, passing hours and hours on the forums and PR sites is a form of procrastination, preventing you to actually go out, use your gear, see things, have fun, and most importantly: Take photos!
The Water is the Sky

Thus, let´s just stay calm and relaxed and have a look at the new Blue Lies Digital Cameras Buyers Guide:
1. Just use what you´ve got!
If that fails:
2. Buy what you can afford and get over it!

Because: Loosing your time reading reviews, user opinions and looking at brick-wall and ISO comparison shots will definitely not improve your photographic skills. Going out and getting the picture will. So, get out of this expensive chair you´re sitting in, grab your cam, go out and shoot a photo. It may even turn out to be a good one!
The Sky over the Rio Negro

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