Daily Archives: August 24, 2017
My post about the eclipse of our hearts really stirred up some thought with others and myself! The manufacturers don’t make it easy on us. Fuji Rumors says a new X-T2 is coming with IBIS (In body image stabilization), Nikon just released the D850 45.7 megapixels!, one a rumor, one fact. The real fact is all the camera companies don’t want you to be satisfied with what you have today!!!! Now that is normal, natural and what drives the industry, but it doesn’t have to drive you.
Personal experience: When I was a Nikon shooter and owned a Nikon F, I immendiatly bought the F2 when it came out (actually 2 of them), I vowed that no matter what Nikon brought out next I was happy with the F2, that was until they released the F3!!! I vowed again this was finally the near perfect camera and I was finished trading up!!!! Did the same with the F4 and F5! I even had a F6 because I worked for Nikon at the time and they sent me one, but by then we were fully into the digital age.
I think you get the picture! D1, D2, D3 and D4 and I was out of the Nikon system and Fuji shooter before the D5 appeared.
Fast forword to my very happy Fuji days (2012 to present); X-10, X-E1, X-Pro1, X-T1, X-E2, X-T2, X-Pro2 see my point. As of today I am convinced that the X-T2 & X-Pro2 are my stopping point, I find these cameras to be nearly perfect for what I do and I honestly can’t think of an improvement that I can’t live without!! Of course if a X-T2s is really out there with in body IS, who knows! For me, it has to stop somewhere! I’m a little like the old man that said at his age he was no longer buying ripe bananas! I know you can’t stop technology from moving forward and we should, and I do, welcome it, but I am going to try, very hard, to ask myself from now on, do I really need this?, will it really make a big difference in my work?, is it worth the cost?, can I carry it?, how much will I loose by trading up once again?!!!!
I know I can do it, I did with the GFX. Is the GFX a not a remarkable piece of technology? It sure is! Would it be fun to own it? You bet!!!! Now the toughest question, do you need it? For me the answer is no. Do I want one? Yes. Do I need it’s capabilities? Not really. Have I shot one? Yes. Was I not impressed? I was blown away with how indredible it was! Then why don’t you buy one? For the same reason I don’t drive an Aston Martin Vanquish, can’t afford it, don’t need it and where would I put all my AV gear!
If you bought a GFX and are happy with it, and I’m sure you are, good for you, it must be a good fit for you, it just wouldn’t be for me. There comes a time when we need to ask oursleves the hard questions:
What will this do for me that I can’t do with my present gear?
Will I be terribly disadvantaged without it?
Is it worth the cost?
Can I afford that cost?
After you dance through that forest you will know what you should do. Is it wrong to answer all those questions, Nothing , No No and No, and still buy it? It’s your money and I’ve done it many times before, but I’m trying to make that behavior…….. Dead and Buried!!!