I’m done talking about gear. For a while anyway.

What are the perils of too much gear?

  • Never mastering its usage because you have to devote the time to learn all your other gear as well
  • Shooting less due to indecision regarding what gear to bring
  • Potentially more subpar gear rather than investing in quality limited gear
  • Becoming camera poor – funds are allocated to buying more tools rather than invested in improving your photography

Benefits of limited gear:

  • Learn to “see” at a particular focal length (especially when shooting with a prime lens)
  • Knowing your camera inside and out, which makes you a more efficient photographer
  • Shooting more because you’re not paralyzed by choice
  • Saved funds can be devoted to continuing photographic education

With all that said, I will share that I’ve paired down my excessive amount of gear to just one camera/lens. It’s true. I was reminded of when I just started out in photography, when all I could afford was one camera and one lens so I used it exclusively. This is actually an exercise beginning photographers are encouraged to do and there’s no denying that out of it springs creativity and contentment.

I missed that.

It’s been a decade since I had only one camera and lens so it seemed a worthy way to refresh my vision and jump into this new realm where photography is only for me and not for clients. I know, I know. It took me like a year and a LOT of trial and error with gear to come to that realization.

I am pretty hard headed sometimes.

I may share what camera I’m shooting with these days or I may not. I never intended for this blog to be so gear centric but that does seem to be what it turned into during my period of experimentation. I’d like to focus more on the creative process moving forward. Life. Photography. Maybe even writing. We’ll see.

Thanks for sticking around.

It may just be time for something drastic. And I mean totally crazy.

Have you ever been so desperate for a change that you got it into your head to do something that seems stupid, drastic, and maybe even a little crazy? This is my current dilemma with this week’s announcement of the Ricoh GRIIIX with a new fixed 26.1mm f/2.8 lens. I know, I know. I just bought the Fujifilm X-E3.

The truth is that I’ve been wanting to try the Ricoh GR series for a number of years but I already had so much other gear. I was pretty heavily invested into Fujifilm and I needed gear that pulled double duty for both personal and professional use. The Ricoh didn’t fit that bill.

Then 2020 hit and I closed my photography business. All of a sudden, my gear didn’t need to fit a professional agenda and that opened up a lot of possibilities. Truthfully though, I’d been shooting with one camera brand for so long (and happily so, I might add) that I sort of had blinders on. When it came time to switch up my gear, Fujifilm was the only brand I even considered.

Trouble is, they didn’t have what I most wanted: an X80. A small, fixed lens, pocketable camera with at least 24 megapixels that produced professional quality results without sacrificing ergonomics. At this point, I think an update to the beloved X70 is a pipe dream. So, I compromised. But I’ve never been quite satisfied.

Now, with the Ricoh GRIIIX hitting the market next month, I’m seriously considering returning the gear I’ve recently purchased (which is still within the 30-day return window) and pre-ordering the GRIIIX as soon as it’s available. That feels crazy. It probably is. 

The X-E3 truly is great. But I shouldn’t have compromised. I wanted something pocketable, or at least close to, but instead, I just bought a bigger handbag to accommodate my gear. I’m looking for a reset. A fresh perspective. A different approach. I think maybe I need to step outside my comfort zone. I mean, it’s not like I’m signing for a mortgage, right? I can always change my gear. I have been shooting with Fujifilm exclusively for over six years and it has served me well but I think it may be time to learn something new.

Maybe with the GR, maybe with something else. KEH has a vast selection. I don’t know. 

I’m going to do it. I’m packing up my returns as we speak.

Apple, you really let me down. But I’ll forgive you.

Just a quick note to say that my iPad Pro – which pretty much allows me to seamlessly run my life, both personally and creatively – has been sent to Apple for repair or replacement after only five months. I’ve never gotten a dud Apple product before… AppleCare to the rescue, am I right?

Thankfully, everything is backed up so no worries there. However, my iPad really is my primary creative tool. I use it for all my writing, photo editing, etc. (typing this on my iPhone is less than ideal) so I’m sure things will be a little slower until it gets sorted out.

In the meantime, I’ll just be hanging out with my newest addition, the X-E3, a.k.a. “Scuttle.” You know, because I name my cameras after Disney sidekicks. Whatever. I own it.