We had a couple over for Christmas eve dinner this year and I gave that wife prints of she and my wife and their sons, just before her son left for college the prior Summer. He eyes teared up and she mentioned they had almost no 'paper pictures'. At that moment I knew I had made a good choice to stay with analog.
Originally Posted by Randy Moe
I photograph things to see what things look like photographed.
- Garry Winogrand
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Originally Posted by semi-ambivalent
Did you really mean to say that images captured with a digital device can't be printed?
thanks randy, and s-a
perspective is a great thing.
I find personally that being happy with what I have liberating, I realized more than thirty years ago that buying more and more equipment doesn't solve anything, and that most of the Worlds most legendary photographers had become so with less and in some cases inferior equipment to that which I already owned.
I have only bought 2 cameras in the last 25 years to replace ones that were faulty and uneconomical to have repaired
I find that I really only NEED one camera and a couple of lenses. But a few of my handful of cameras have sentimental value, which means I keep them around. Since they are around I use them, and since I use them I sometimes get in geek mode and look at filters, lens shades, a new lens, a new film back, or whatever, and end up adding to the pile.
But with a grand total of six cameras that I actually use, I don't think I have a problem.
I dream about the anti-GAS existence where I only have one camera to use, maybe two. Of course I'd have a back up for each one, an extra body, a few extra backs, and so on, but simplicity appeals to me more and more as I age.
"Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank
"Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman
"...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh
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I have six cameras too Thomas which I don't think is excessive for someone who has been into photography for over 60 years.
Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson
retail therapyis a verycommonmyth. pride of ownership is very real.I'm as much of a gearhead as the next guy, but to my protection ,I'm to cheap to overspend.
There's overspending and there's overspending. I don't regret getting a 35/4.5 Apo Grandagon and a center filter for it. Two used items, two transactions. Even bought somewhat below market neither was inexpensive but there's nothing else that will do what they do. I sold a lens that was effectively a flea market (eBay before many people knew what was what) find to pay for both but the purchases were still two ouches. Understand, one 35/4.5 AG is enough. Two would be wretched excess and then some.
Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht
As a recovering G.A.S.-oholic, I , too, am more than familiar with the pitfalls of gear acquisition. I cannot count the Minolta sr- / X- camera systems I have purchased over the years. I know that when I would find myself to have too much gear (I know, the horror...) I would invariably offer a starter kit to a friend who had expressed interest, at least a dozen times. The Mamiya and Bronicas, the 4x5 cameras (3 of them). And the lenses and assorted accoutrement. It boggles the mind.
Had I saved all of that hard earned dough and sunk it into he gear I now own I could have saved myself hardship and invested in Pamela Anderson paraphenelia. Alas, if I only knew then what I know now...
Sometimes, acquisition of equipment is both accidental and unintended.
On Monday, I dug out an old Zenit TTL I'd been given so that I could try 35mm pinhole photography. Unfortunately the shutter was jammed solid, and as I have insufficient mechanical skills to try and fix it, I dumped it and placed another Freecycle ad for a "beater" to play with.
Within half an hour, I received an offer, which turned out to be this:
my new free camera ...
Now, I've never hankered after a F2, or indeed any Nikon, and I don't need or want another "good" 35mm camera, and I have very low funds and no income at the moment. I've also managed to let go of nearly all urges to buy cameras for the sake of buying cameras. I really only wanted another crappy old Zenith or Praktica to mess with.
This camera has an intermittently jammed film advance/shutter release, the lens is slippy and full of fungus and the head only works sometimes.
Nevertheless, once "in the hand", I can't bring myself to give it away, sell it (which is against the Freecycle ethos anyway) or dump it. It is a fantastically well made, classic, rather beautiful photographic tool. And so I'm going to get it restored by Sover Wong and take photographs with it.
(I'm now going to get the Zenith out of the bin and cut the shutter curtain out, which is what I should have done in the first place and wouldn't have cost me what servicing the F2 will cost ... plus the cost of any lenses I'll end up buying. Sigh.)
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