Grass is always greener

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by dixeyk, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    This is a reworking of a post I made on photo lounge that I decided needed to be changed to more accurately reflect what I had meant to say originally.

    I have been shooting NEX cameras for a number of years and recently spent time shooting a Fuji (and before that I shot m43). They are all pretty good and capable of outstanding results. What I find interesting and a bit frustrating is how often we (myself included) have a grass is greener on the other side of the fence approach to our gear. I can't think of how many times I have found myself wanting this camera, that lens or some combination thereof. I tell myself that it is because I NEED it for some reason but the truth is more likely that I WANT it. There is nothing wrong with wanting something but I also know that I fib to myself and fabricate some fiction about how the new [camera, lens, bag, software, printer] will improve my photography. It doesn't.

    Case in point, my "ancient" NEX 6 is capable of nice results too. These are all MF using even more antiquated adapted lenses.

    Konica Hexanon 40/1.8
    fallen angel
    by kevin dixey, on Flickr

    Canon FD 50/1.4 SSC
    loner color
    by kevin dixey, on Flickr

    This last one was a JPEG using the BW creative mode...

    Konica Hexanon 40/1.8
    22998888336_9af3762e27_h.jpg the model by kevin dixey, on Flickr

    I think in the excitement over new stuff sometimes we forget what the gear we have can do when asked.

    Would I like to have a new Sony FF body, or perhaps a nifty Fuji body and one of their sweet lenses? Sure! Would I like to have a Leica M and some of their legendary glass? You betcha! I love new gear, but none of it makes me a better photographer. In fact some of my best shots are the ones where I was working to overcome a limitation of some sort.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2015
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  2. Mus Aziz

    Mus Aziz TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 3, 2015
    Kevin, that first pic, which I've seen elsewhere in this forum, remains one of my favourites.

    I do agree that being able to produce great images with the gear that one currently uses, and having to overcome some limitation or another, does give a lot of personal satisfaction.
  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Great post Kevin!
    I've always believed that gear doesn't necessarily make the photographer (but in some cases you need some better/more specialized equipment) but its a fact that gear lust is strong among this hobby/profession - to be able to resist is a huge achievement for me :)
  4. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    I constantly struggle with wanting new gear. In a way it's good that I don't have the disposable income to support my habit.
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  5. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    heard that!
  6. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Same here :)
  7. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    Yeah, yeah, yeah... Patience... Self-restraint... Maturity...

    Right after I get me that A7Rii. :laugh1:
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  8. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    Well said sentiments as well...I also only use legacy (Canon) manual lenses from the 80's and have limited my camera investment to the NEX-7 model.
    1) In retirement I will not layout the huge money for modern auto-everything lenses when manual lenses get everything done for my particular subject interests;
    2) The decision to use manual lenses has forced me to learn how to become a 'better photographer', and its a satisfying work-in-progress;
    3) And I'm still discovering / learning how to use features on the NEX-7; :)
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