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Equipment isn't THE answer.

Discussion in 'General Photography Discussion' started by surfdogs, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. surfdogs

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    Bumped into this video, that does a great job, I think, in reminding me (us?) to shoot lots. Buy less.

     
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    David duChemin in his book The Soul of the Camera talks about the same thing. Since leaving the news industry and retiring, I have gotten rid of all my pro Nikon gear mainly because of the weight. I initially got a Fuji X100S and then added the X-E1 and a XF35mm f1.4. I then felt my images were lacking so I recently bought a Nikon D2H (same as I had used for a decade) and a Nikkor 18-200mm superzoom thinking my images would get better because I had used them for a decade. That setup lasted a week before I decided to sell. I also have sold my X-E1 and the 35mm so that my current kit consists of my X100S, both the WCL and TCL converter lenses, and a full Yashica Electro35 GS kit with converter lenses. Now I am just going to focus on getting to know my Fuji and Yashica better so the camera, as they say, "gets out of the way." I just shipped the X-E1 this morning and feel a sense of freedom to really focus on the image and not the gear.

    Thanksfor the link you posted. I enjoyed it (till the end when he had to do a sponsor (SQUARESPACE) talk).
     
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    Glad you liked it. Having just retired this year, I was thrilled to find Fuji equipment , i.e. cameras w/ manual dials that matched my early years as a hobbyist w/ film cameras. I dived it, in part because of limited access to try them out. Bought XE2S; X-Pro2 and X-T2, and four lenses. Now, having some time to shoot, I, like you, will be posting for sale 2 of the 3 bodies. And, maybe the third, if I decide to change to the new XE3. Of the 3 I have now, it's the XE2s I enjoy in my hands. I wouldn't even consider the new 3 except I love the Acros b&w so much. I am looking forward to that 'sense of freedom' you wrote of, less distraction, to then focus (ah what a pun) on creating images and becoming one w/ the tool. To then, transcend the tool.
     
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    We've been discussing this same video for the past day in this thread. Please login or register to view links
     
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    So true, its not about the gear....................A sharp pencil will make great art......or poor scribbles depending on the hand that holds it....just like a new set of clubs wont make you a great golfer...and did my new expensive carbon fibre fishing rod help me catch more fish ?
    sadly not :)
     
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