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The (photo gear) example not to follow ... Well, not for all of us!

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 Trying and working with several camera and lens models and systems over the last, let's say, four or five decades, I often thought to myself, is it so pertinent to do so considering that a good photographer with a decent piece of equipment can produce very competent image output in a long period of ownership and regular use? And is the only true or, more maliciously, is a classic pretext to overcome any discussion about the qualities of an upgraded photo gear? Only God knows (or his hairdresser)!

Photographic gear has been (and still are) in constant evolution since more than two centuries. So, it is not, in any ways, a new debate. Many technical aspects have been enhanced like optical formulas, analog film performances, internal camera mechanisms, focusing techniques, exposure metering systems, ergonomics, etc. This long process has been translated in many cameras, lenses, and accessories (like flashes, motorization) variants over the years and the decades.

And this is not a "You Tube" phenomena! 
Major camera manufacturers like Leica, Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Pentax, Olympus, Konica, and many others have introduced a lot of system itineration and, sometimes, complete overall redo of their product line up. And, honestly, I have spent a lot of time (and money!) to try and experiment *** some of them and I was not the only one, I can assure you. Photo magazines (the paper ones) for one were presenting a lot of different gear reviews although the presentation pace was a bit less frenetic in those times compare to the actual Web race to be in the front firsts. 

The point is that the new photo gear offers you new technologies that facilitate greatly how we do photography with a better success rate. It also simplifies the learning curve which can be very frustrating for photographers even for the most experimented ones (who often will deny it, of course). All the technical aids are giving you better opportunities to concentrate yourself on creativity and composition of your picture subjects. So, novelties can be a good thing and ... future can be better than past! Saying that, it is not everybody who wants to embark into the ever-changing train of technical evolution which have its own logic in terms of habits and picture results. 

The problem of today's photo equipment "You Tube" reviewers that many of them are idealists or tend to justify their personal choices or want to reach a higher clickbait as possible. That can be seen as the result of our Web communication revolution that is promoting instant rewarding based on the size of the audience. And the "Web Like" phenomena can be observed to almost any subjects presented there. Photography is only a very small part of it. 


The fun of trying something else!
There is an interest for every different tool available but there is no real tool that will fit perfectly for everyone. It is a question of ergonomic, of interface, of results attended. If you are a curious person, you may like to experiment various photo equipment that will add to your total knowledge on gear variations versus their appreciation to use them or not. And curiosity is a bad thing as we use to say or to hear from our childhood or ... maybe not after all! Learning a new interface may be a good opportunity to further learn certain photographic fundamentals or to break preconceived barriers to creativity. And if you don't try it, you will never know.

This is not an attempt to tease you in buying each photo gear novelties that will be introduced, far from that. There are many ways to simply look at new cameras and lenses, virtually or in person. You can even rent them for a day or two. The only suggestion I will give to you if you feel more adventurous (and fortunate) is to keep an open mind about the latest technical developments and their applications into manufactured products. Who knows? You may find your (momentary) Graal!

*** And it is far from terminated! (I hope) 😉
Photo Daniel M: Fuji X-S10 / 55-200F3.5-4.8; Olympus Pen-F / 45F1.8


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A trace of light that survive a little further than the actual moment of flash.


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