You probably don't need new hardware

The latest full frame mirrorless releases from Sony and Canon have got me thinking about gear. Long story short, I don’t think most people - myself included - need an upgrade.

I Just Want It

I can’t help myself when it comes to gear worship. There’s just this endlessly satisfying feeling for me when I’m learning about the specs and features of new equipment. It’s intoxicating.

The reality of the situation is that for 95% of people 95% of the time, you don’t need the latest and greatest bits of tech out there.

When I sit down and think rationally about it, I know that spending an irresponsible amount of money to switch systems and have the new A7SIII in my hands is a terrible idea, but I can’t fully remove it from my mind.

Loved and Lost

Let me tell you a tragic love story. I owned a Panasonic G85 before ‘upgrading’ to the Nikon Z6 I currently have. I can’t help but feel a special kind of heartache every time I think about that camera.

If I had my time again, I’m not so sure I would have switched systems. That little camera punched way above its weight, and the potential of that camera certainly wasn’t a limiting factor for the quality of my work, and I don’t think it would be now either.

Did I really need more megapixels when I’m producing for screens 95% of the time? Did I really need a full frame sensor? Don’t I miss the better IBIS? Don’t my shoulders hurt more because the whole setup is so much bigger?

Getting To The Point

Amidst many announcements and releases that could conceivably be called revolutionary, I think it’s worth considering if your work is being inhibited by what you currently have, or if you’re just excited by the shiny new thing.

At the end of the day I’m a hopeless romantic, so I guess it’s better to have owned and sold a Panasonic G85 than to never have owned one at all.