GAS – Gear Aquisition Syndrom

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  • Oliver Ritter-Wolff
    Oliver Ritter-Wolff
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    Cameras, Lenses and Shooting Gear
    on: September 4, 2020 at 4:08 am

    GAS – Gear Aqisition Syndrome … I plead guilty ;). So I thought after reading Kevin’s article about this. Especially in times like these, where we have big problems with COVID-19 worldwide, you question a lot.

    Photography but also technology have always inspired me. To be able to combine both has always given me a lot of pleasure. This enthusiasm has also led to the purchase of many camera systems over the years, but these were always used. With the digitalization the process has definitely increased in turnover. This was not a problem as long as we had our picture agency and the color management services were running well. In the meantime, however, I am a private photographer, I take less pictures than before and there is very little income from stock photography.

    Photography has become a pure passion for me. In terms of GAS, this has led to the fact that I have started to reduce my system, i.e. to sell a lot.

    The first thing I did was to part with my Olympus mFT system. I gave my Panasonic mFT system to my son and daughter, who had been using it for videography and photography for a long time anyway. The next system that had to leave my cabinets was the Nikon Z6, as well as some still existing F-lenses from old times and a Z-lens.

    Last but not least, I parted with my Fuji XT system and the GFX system with some of its lenses, because I wanted to re-evaluate my system portfolio to be able to show what is the core of my forographic activities in the years to come.

    My new system base now consists of the new Canon RF-System with the EOS R5 and a set of RF-lenses, as well as the Panasonic Lumix S-System with the S1 and S1R, and some Panasonic and Sigma L-Mount lenses.

    My two film scanners, a Nikon 9000ED and an Epson V750, with which I digitize my chemical films, have been stable in use for many years.

    That’s it for the coming years and I hope the GAS virus doesn’t ruin this plan ;).

    Oliver

    http://www.riwodot.de/vorsitzender.html

    Daniel Koretz
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    Re: GAS – Gear Aquisition Syndrom
    Reply #1 on: September 7, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    I’m not a professional, so I have much less need for gear than some people. I find myself tempted nonetheless and find the technology interesting and fun to play with. But GAS can get very expensive. I try to discipline myself by asking a few questions:

    — will this equipment let me do something I can’t do now?

    –will this equipment let me do something either substantially more easily or substantially better?

    –will this equipment improve the quality of my photographic output–in particular, prints?

    In most cases, the answers these questions are “no”. Sometimes I give in anyway–life is short–but this helps keep the expenditures down.

    Bud James
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    Reply #2 on: October 5, 2020 at 6:47 am

    After over 35 years os using Canon, film and digital SLRs, I switched to Fuji-X about five years ago. I was very happy with Fuji and upgraded to every new body with my last ones being the XT3 and XH1. I also had several version of the excellent X100. All of this was an obvious manifestation of the GAS symptoms.

    In December 2017, I satisfied a live long desire to own a Leica M. I purchased a Leica M10 and Summilix 50mm and Summicron 35mm lenses. OMG, the resulting images were amazing and the shooting experience was delightful after I relearned how to manually focus. I found the simpler camera, devoid of buttons and complex menus, liberating.

    Since then, I sold off all of my Fuji-X gear to purchase a few more Leica lenses and, most recently, the M10-R body. GAS cured! (for now).

    I have worked on using the equipment I have and I am very happy with the results. I print my own work on an Epson P800 printer. The image quality of processing the Leica DNG files in Capture One Pro 20 and printing my favorites is outstanding. The increased resolution of the M10-R combined with the Leica glass allows me to “zoom” by cropping when needed. For my type of photography, travel and street, the M system works very well.

    Regards,

    Bud James

    Please check out my fine art and travel photography at http://www.budjames.photography or on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/budjamesphoto.

    Bernard Languillier
    Bernard Languillier
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    Re: GAS – Gear Aquisition Syndrom
    Reply #3 on: October 5, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Fully guilty also…

    Having replaced my Nikon DSLR system by the Z6/Z7 with a full set of S lenses 2 years ago I consider it the core of my line up and will stick with it. The lenses are just amazing.

    I have just replaced the H6D-100c by a Phase one based system.

    The remaining question is what I do with the GFX-100 that sees very little use these days.

    Cheers,
    Bernard

    Oliver Ritter-Wolff
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    Reply #4 on: October 5, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Great photos on your website. Have fun with the Leica M10-R.

    I had it in my hands three weeks ago, at Leica in Wetzlar and it reminded me of my Leica M8 at that time, but unfortunately I had a lot of problems with it. The first sensor was defective and then there was the issue with the magenta mismatched colors in black.

    Nevertheless a timeless design, light and easy to handle. I would now rather wish for an electronic viewfinder instead of the rangefinder, knowing full well that the plug-on viewfinder is available.

    Regards
    Oliver

    http://www.riwodot.de/vorsitzender.html

    Bud James
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    Re: GAS – Gear Aquisition Syndrom
    Reply #5 on: October 8, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Great photos on your website. Have fun with the Leica M10-R.

    I had it in my hands three weeks ago, at Leica in Wetzlar and it reminded me of my Leica M8 at that time, but unfortunately I had a lot of problems with it. The first sensor was defective and then there was the issue with the magenta mismatched colors in black.

    Nevertheless a timeless design, light and easy to handle. I would now rather wish for an electronic viewfinder instead of the rangefinder, knowing full well that the plug-on viewfinder is available.

    Regards
    Oliver

    Thank you for your kind comments about my website.

    I just posted a new portfolio of images shot during a 2 week drive through National Parks in Utah, Montana, Wyoming and Arizona with my Leica SL2 and Leica 24-90 lens. This combo is awesome, but so large and heavy. I carried it in my PeakDesign backpack, but since we were driving, I was okay with it.

    Regards,

    Bud James

    Please check out my fine art and travel photography at http://www.budjames.photography or on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/budjamesphoto.

    Oliver Ritter-Wolff
    Oliver Ritter-Wolff
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    Re: GAS – Gear Aquisition Syndrom
    Reply #6 on: October 8, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Great photos on your website. Have fun with the Leica M10-R.

    I had it in my hands three weeks ago, at Leica in Wetzlar and it reminded me of my Leica M8 at that time, but unfortunately I had a lot of problems with it. The first sensor was defective and then there was the issue with the magenta mismatched colors in black.

    Nevertheless a timeless design, light and easy to handle. I would now rather wish for an electronic viewfinder instead of the rangefinder, knowing full well that the plug-on viewfinder is available.

    Regards
    Oliver

    Thank you for your kind comments about my website.

    I just posted a new portfolio of images shot during a 2 week drive through National Parks in Utah, Montana, Wyoming and Arizona with my Leica SL2 and Leica 24-90 lens. This combo is awesome, but so large and heavy. I carried it in my PeakDesign backpack, but since we were driving, I was okay with it.

    Regards,

    Bud James

    Please check out my fine art and travel photography at http://www.budjames.photography or on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/budjamesphoto.

    Hi Bud,

    besides the Canon RF System I use the Panasonic Lumix S1 and the S1R with the S 4/24-105mm and the Sigma 2.8/24-70mm respectively.

    They should be as heavy as the Leica SL with the 2.8/24-90mm but the handling and image quality of both Lumix’e with the mentioned lenses is excellent. I have not much to criticize besides weight.

    I am not sure if the Leica SL2 has the same sensor as the S1R? Furthermore I use the Sigma 70mm Macro and the Sigma 100-400mm on the L-Mount.

    Regards

    Oliver

    http://www.riwodot.de/vorsitzender.html

    Bud James
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    Re: GAS – Gear Aquisition Syndrom
    Reply #7 on: October 17, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Great photos on your website. Have fun with the Leica M10-R.

    I had it in my hands three weeks ago, at Leica in Wetzlar and it reminded me of my Leica M8 at that time, but unfortunately I had a lot of problems with it. The first sensor was defective and then there was the issue with the magenta mismatched colors in black.

    Nevertheless a timeless design, light and easy to handle. I would now rather wish for an electronic viewfinder instead of the rangefinder, knowing full well that the plug-on viewfinder is available.

    Regards
    Oliver

    Oliver, thank you for your kind comments.

    After coming from Fuji-X system, the Leica M cameras are actually much heavier, but lighter than the Canon pro DSLRs and zooms that I used before Fuji-X.

    That said, Leica M is compact and forces you to “focus” on your photography (literally, no auto focus). Hah.

    I just upgraded my Epson printer from a 5 year old P800 to the brand new P900. When I print images from my Leica M10-R and Leica lenses, I can really appreciate the image quality. Loving it!

    Regards,
    Bud James

    Please check out my fine art and travel photography at http://www.budjames.photography or on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/budjamesphoto.

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    Dave L
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    Reply #8 on: January 1, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Fully guilty also…

    Having replaced my Nikon DSLR system by the Z6/Z7 with a full set of S lenses 2 years ago I consider it the core of my line up and will stick with it. The lenses are just amazing.

    I have just replaced the H6D-100c by a Phase one based system.

    The remaining question is what I do with the GFX-100 that sees very little use these days.

    Cheers,
    Bernard

    Bernard it’s good to see you’re happy with the lenses for the Z cameras.

    I want to thank you for the help and answers you gave me on another forum over a fairly long period of time.

     

    Thank you sir!

     

    Dave L (just found this forum!)

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