I have a buddy. He's a good buddy, but he has a problem. When he gets interested in something, he has to buy up the whole world. No health insurance, he lives in a dilapidated trailer, has no savings, but he has 40 lawnmowers, 40 motorcycles, a hundred cameras, 30 crock pots, 30 pressure cookers, on and on and on. He's a good old boy and a Christion, but why do you need to go on ebay every day and buy a used bible? What do you need with 40 bibles?
Every camera he's got needs work. You can't buy these old cameras and just use them--they need lubrication and calibration. Why does somebody need a hundred of everything? I believe it's bipolar disorder.
At some point, collecting when you have no visible means of support is a mental illness. I just bought a nice Nikon FTN for 80 dollars. I'm sure some Hasselblad stuff is soon to be out the door. Discipline. Financial responsibilities come first.
Hmm, maybe you could just send them all to me and I will return one of them to you. I have given 5 or 6 35mm set ups to college students this year. Bill (Who has way too many cameras) Barber
I used to have a few 35mm systems with many lenses, a couple MF systems with lenses and a 4x5 system with 4 lenses....I sold it all and bought a Leica and a couple lenses and Mamiya 6 with a few lenses....best decision I've ever made. When I got out and shoot, I just take what I'm familiar with -no muss, no fuss. I found this works for me and I just hammer it day after day.
I know your style and we're very different, so I do mostly street/documentary work and used one camera, 2 lenses for 90% of my stuff. So, my opinion might be way off.
Wish I could get down to one camera, but even though I could get by with just one, I feel that I like taking pictures more in nature with the Hasselblad or 6x6 pinhole, and people photography I do better with 35mm. The prints seem to come together better for me this way.
Use as many cameras as you want, but don't let the camera get in the way. Any camera that doesn't feel natural to me to use gets axed. Same for too many cameras of the same kind.
35mm SLR - Qty 2 - Pentax KX with various prime lenses
35mm RF - Qty 1 - Leica M2 with various lenses
120 6x6 - Qty 1 - Hasselblad 500 with three lenses (want one more body for backup)
120 6x6 - Qty 1 - Zero Image 2000
I own a Spotmatic and a few other loose ends of cameras, but none that I really use anymore, because they fill no function that isn't already filled.
Don't sell anything to buy something new. I have done it so many times and I most always regret selling what I had. There has been a few exceptions but I would really like to suggest to keep what you have for at least a year after you start to think about selling.
I tend to change the format I like to shoot. 8x10 was my main for a few years but now I am completely in love with 35mm again and shoot old Leica cameras. Next year I could be back at 8x10
jan, i am kind if in your boat ...
too many fun formats and fun cameras with unique signatures to shoot.
its probably just a phase, cause if i sell or give any of them away
i'll be wicked depressed ... and i don't have the $$ to buy new...
i wonder if painters have this problem with brushes ?
i am two small sales away from being down to one camera, one lens for each format: 35mm, MF & LF... must say that i like the minimalism and simplicity. at this point all i want is to do grab a camera, go shoot, have fun - repeat as necessary. this approach also works well in other, non-photographic applications.