"And now for something completely different..."

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by BruPri, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
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    Bruce J. Pritchard
    I'm not sure how I got here, probably over at M 4/3 forum I joined when I purchased my Oly EP-1. I've enjoyed the company and advice, opinions and reflections.
    Had just about every rig there is, peaking last year with my M9/Summilux 50mm then the RX1. I'm taking a break, backing up and heading out on to new adventures, climbing down off the gear merry-go-round. I've settled on a used Leica X2 and still have fond memories of all the camera changing, lens trading, review reading, image sharing over the past years. I say this because I need to relax and enjoy traveling and taking pictures, even if traveling is just around the corner and pictures are not the resolution monsters I've had the fortune to have in the past, It's funny how things turn out, priorities change and things just settle in, a comfortable place where one can enjoy life and just dial it back a bit. Breathe. Thanks for all your occasional "thanks" and hope to see you soon!
  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
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    Hey Bruce,
    your words resonate with me. Please pop in here to share an image once in awhile (or at least a link to where we can see you shots). WHile I like to chat "gear" with the best of them, summer is about to turn to autumn (and then winter...YIKES!) so I will start making more images if time permits and if there is one thing i have learned in my gear churning of the last year, it's that I chase resolution and sharpness, but I value OOF and character and feel.

    Be well.
  3. stratokaster

    stratokaster SC Top Veteran

    Dec 27, 2010
    Kiev, Ukraine
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    Good luck in your travels! I think many of us have forgotten about photography — as in "making images" — in the hunt for a perfect camera (which does not exist anyway). So sometimes it's refreshing to relax and just get out with the camera in hand.
  4. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
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    Take care, Bruce... enjoy life as it was meant to be :)
  5. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
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    Bill Shinnick
  6. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
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    Nice place to start the next leg in your adventure. Happy trails to you and the X2. :thumbup:
  7. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
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    you should be able to figure it out...
    Enjoy! And come back when you can. I love gear but I'm ALWAYS more interested on the shot than what it was taken with. So please drop in with shots, regardless of camera(s) used...

  8. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
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    Bruce J. Pritchard
    Thanks Luke, here are a few that make me smile, click on the image to go to the gallery...
  9. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Well, now that you've said it the next challenge is to actually follow through on your promise :wink:
  10. retow

    retow SC All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
    Wise words. You are there and I`m still trying. I have taken pretty decent as well as lousy pictures with each and every camera I owned and tried in the last couple of years and should know that the gear does not really matter. Especially not since about a year or so, now that there are plenty of digital choices with good enough IQ and performance. Enjoy your traveling.
  11. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    If you think about it critically, Gear Acquisition Syndrome is, in itself, a hobby. There is the research and anticipation, the dreaming of all the great things you'll do with your new gear, the actual purchase, and then basking in the afterglow and admiring your new purchase.

    Then, of course, there's the reality of actually using your new purchase and/or starting the cycle all over again.

    For a time at least, I gotten to a place where I've found that if I have a fairly simple camera, I actually enjoy taking pictures more that GAS . . .

    Best of luck, Bruce.

    Cheers, Jock
  12. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
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    Bruce J. Pritchard
    There are two cameras that have been probably the best technically proficient that I have owned, the Leica M9 and the Sony RX1.
    Then there are two I've owned that I have gotten the most satisfaction from, that would be the Leica X1 and the Nikon V1/85 1.4 with adaptor, I may still keep an eye out for a used V1 but for now the X2 is good enough.