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07-10-2013, 06:47 PM   #1
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GAS (Gear Aquisition Syndrome) by Olivier Duong

Not sure if someone already posted this...
Found this blog post and thought I would share it.
It gave me something to reflect on. I know I love to buy new gear but I don't think I will fall into the GAS trap.

Confessions of an ex gear addict: How buying cameras and lenses made me miserable and lose thousands - Olivier "F8" Duong | Documentary & Street Photography

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07-10-2013, 08:37 PM   #2
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Awesome article!!! He's got it right. Work with what you got

Of course there is a minimum level of stuff you need, but beyond that... not so much.
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I saw this earlier on DPR. It did a good job of making me feel look I me crap about myself. But that's a good thing. They say the first step toward recovery is realizing you have a problem.
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haha funny and true!

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You will need weekly counselling to quit GAS, one on one.

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This is no laughing matter. My GAS is totally out of control
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The lessons learned from this is don't go crazy on bodies, buy lenses instead as lenses do keep its values or you can even make a profit by selling them back. I personally can attest this
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GAS can be a serious condition. It can lead to hyper inflation of camera bags, and bank account atrophy. It can be idiopathic, presenting as sudden onset, but there are risk factors as well. Anyone who suffers from LAGS (Latest And Greatest Syndrome), is at greater risk for GAS.


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It's always the damn accessories that get you.

I've been keeping a spreadsheet of (ALL) camera related purchases. For my bodies and lenses, I'm at least able to get some money back for them, and in the case of the lenses I think I can come out ahead thanks to some savvy sniping.

But I will be lucky if I can get back 5-10% of what I spent on "accessories" like bags, tripod alternatives, etc.
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"GAS, the syndrome that makes you hoard gear that you don’t really need and get stuff for the sake of getting it."

The problem is the entire industrial global economy, and your job directly or indirectly, depends on such behavior.

Consume or die.

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World record GAS: Photojournalist Reveals His 4,425 Camera Collection, Breaks His Own World Record
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Yep... I have went minimalist way some time ago... I've actually become "cheap" when it comes to gear. You realize that "just enough" and "DIYs" will do very well and let you concentrate on your photography more.

Go out, treat your camera as a tool, search the light and click away...
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QuoteOriginally posted by mrNewt Quote
Yep... I have went minimalist way some time ago... I've actually become "cheap" when it comes to gear. You realize that "just enough" and "DIYs" will do very well and let you concentrate on your photography more.

Go out, treat your camera as a tool, search the light and click away...
+1

I'm gradually downsizing my gear right now. Not an easy thing to do though.

By leaving the same lens and using the same camera for more than one day does actually help appreciating the gear and learn photography better...
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My everyday in the bag setup that covers ALL my basics (macro, "normal", tele)...

- K5
- 2.8 45mm pancake lens
- set of 4 macro filters
- 2x Vivitar MC tele converter

My K-01 is macro dedicated and never touch it unless I go hunting bugs.

I honestly do NOT need anything else. I haven't touched any of my other lenses.
I've also got to the conclusion that sharp images for me are becoming boring... I'm more interested in colors, composition and the "emotion" you get in the end.
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I have Sony RX1 gas


Small full frame is making me ill especially when its producing better pics than many DSLRs in a smaller package
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