I’ve had some time to think recently and I don’t know about you, but when I have time to think it is sometimes dangerous. Sometimes free thinking is close to being unhealthy. Over the past several days I’ve been wrestling with this notion of old vs new. For me personally, I’m wrestling with the cost of new versus the performance of the old. More specifically, I’ve been thinking and looking at cameras (It applies to my bikes too) and thinking about new technology, proven brands and just exactly what is the true cost and benefit of owning the “new” camera or technology? I’ve asked myself if I could start over, what would I do? What have I learned from my trials and error with “new” stuff? Do I need this new expensive equipment? What are my true needs for a camera system?
This has been a hard process and one of which I also learned early on in my bike shop new mechanic phase some 20 years ago. When you are new to something and really passionate about it, you want to try everything. I also had this recently pointed out to me by a good friend through email. The fact is that I really don’t need all the bells, whistles and gizmos given my career and supporting my family do not depend on photography. In fact, looking at images I shot 3 years ago with an old, used (now sold) Nikon D200 and images I shot with my newish Nikon D7000, I like some of the images, color & feel from the old camera just as much or better. Sure my number of keepers is higher with the new camera as are the features and benefits, but truthfully given how I use my camera, I’d probably still be just as happy and getting the images I want out of the old camera. I do know my D7000 is worlds better in so many ways. Please don’t send me mail saying I’m crazy or leave comments telling me how great the D7000 is. I know it. I am just sitting here thinking about all the time, energy and money I’ve spent on acquiring the new technology and playing with toys such as Sony’s NEX cameras. If I pooled all that money from over the years of trial & error and committed to one system, I’d have the camera body and the lens kit I always dreamed of. That is what I am thinking about.
So, just for giggles I have floated my whole collection of gear out to some buyers and am considering making some changes. I have other needs and wants as well, but just for fun I’m putting together the real value of my kit and seeing what I could put together as a complete package or system by buying good quality used equipment? Based on what I have found, it really does look like I could put together something quite awesome all while putting some money back into my pockets. It may not be as fast or be able to shoot in near darkness as my D7000 can, but I can still capture the images I need to make me happy. Isn’t that what it is all about?