I remember reading a post on either mu-43 or serious compacts that stated Amin was going to go with a no new gear pledge in 2013. Whether that's true or not I can't say but I like the idea none the less. I've spent the last few months buying new (well new to me) lenses and building up my kit and now I am feeling like there isn't much I need or want for the foreseeable future. In fact I have a few lenses that'll I'll likely sell off. So, back to the idea of no new gear in 2013...I like it, and my wallet REALLY likes the idea. I'm not sure how well I can hold to it but I think I'm gonna give it a go. Of course I can see a few areas where there are exceptions. 1. Since I only have the one camera (my 5n), if it gets stolen, lost or otherwise incapacitated (like taking a swim) then I plan to "acquire" another one. 2. SD cards, batteries or anything that wears out doesn't count. 3. Gifts don't count...but I never get cameras as gifts so that's not going to happen anyway. 4. Software doesn't count because I work in software training. That said, I am not planning to buy any new gear and sneak it under the deadline. What I AM going to do is spend 2013 taking lots and lots of pictures, sharing my experiences here (and on my little Minolta info site when appropriate) and try to not get distracted by shiny new toys.