I've Finally Reached "Zen" Of Gear Inner Peace!

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by RT Panther, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    After buying & selling a gazillion times,
    I finally understand myself & what I like to do. :smile:

    It's fairy simple and straightforward.

    -Nikon Dƒ & primarily really old manual glass with some old AF glass
    -Fuji X100 & teleconverter lenses for light walk-around kit.

    The AW 1 is purely for summer water park fun!

    I hope all of you reach your own "Zen" status. :smile:
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  2. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    Addendum: And if you've noticed, most of my posts in this forum are compliments to images or image posting - rarely gear now :biggrin:
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  3. Lucille

    Lucille SC Veteran

    Aug 20, 2012
    Hepcat City
    screw a 'Zen' status...

    More new gear for me.
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  4. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
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  5. donlaw

    donlaw SC All-Pro

    Sep 14, 2012
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    Just wait, ripples of technological advancement have been spotted disturbing Zen like states...
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  6. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    Of course one can't escape technology!
    I for sure at some point see myself with an X100T/U/V...or a Dƒ2/3...etc...


    My basic kit format concept I don't see changing..
    I've been through Micro Four Thirds, NEX, Nikon 1, and 1 inch superzooms - none of these are my style.

    So you see, I'll still be at "Zen"...:smile:
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  7. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
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    You'll just progress to Zen 2.0 :jedi:
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  8. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
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    Yep - I want a D750 or D810
  9. dalethorn

    dalethorn SC All-Pro

    Sep 14, 2013
    Charleston SC
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    What you have is as good as it gets. One thing I'd look for for the lightweight walkabouts is a small but high quality lightweight tripod, that packs small and has a good tight-fitting case that's really convenient for backpack-style carry, but much smaller than typical backpacks. I know the small X100 type cameras are supposed to be used ad-hoc, shoot-from-the-hip etc., but if you can find the perfect small tripod it would increase the possibilities.
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  10. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
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    I suspect Zen Gen 3 will have enhanced high iso performance. Now that's a path of enlightenment.
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  11. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Then you'll have to upgrade to Zen 2.14159 . . . for a fee, of course.

    Cheers, Jock
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  12. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    I have never purchased a tripod...:biggrin:
    But...I do own this :wink:

    [​IMG]MeFOTO WalkAbout Monopod by RedTail_Panther, on Flickr
  13. Archiver

    Archiver SC Top Veteran

    Jul 11, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    How do you find the Fuji teleconverter? I've been eyeing that as a possible addition to the family, but it looks pretty large. Ironic that I mention the possibility of buying new gear in a thread about gear zen!
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  14. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
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    I've actually reached gear Zen a couple of times in recent years. And it has kind of semi-stuck. I've made a few purchases based on real need and have sold off a much larger number of cameras. And now that I have the X100T, the only addition I imagine myself making down the road would be to upgrade my "truly pocketable" camera, the Fuji XF1, to something like the Sony RX100 III or Canon G7X. But there's no rush. And I might even sell off more cameras.
  15. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    Size is a matter of perspective & reference. :wink:

    My X100 with TCL & WCL is an overall small package when compared to my Dƒ and 3 lenses. :smile:

    [​IMG]My FujiFilm X100 With The TCL-X100 Tele Converter Lens (50mm) by RedTail_Panther, on Flickr
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  16. greyelm

    greyelm SC Top Veteran

    Oct 1, 2011
    London, England
    I don't think I've reached that Zen moment but I have reached a point where I haven't been tempted to upgrade from my current cameras. I think that as long as I get decent images I'll keep what I've got.

    I have an older Lumix G3 that I use with a long zoom for wild life shots.
    I have a Fuji X10 for informal walk around.
    I have an X100 for more serious shooting but want to keep it simple.
    My main set up is a Fuji X-E1.

    None of these are the latest iterations but they do produce good pictures.
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  17. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
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    I think I'm with Lucille on this one. Photo gear is like dinner. It may be great right now, but you'll want another one tomorrow.
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  18. 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...
    That's a pretty good description of it. I always sort of feel like I'm in a state of zen with my gear, but I change things too. It's very VERY rarely been out of any current DIS-satisfaction, but if something comes along that really raises the technological game in ways that I perceive will be useful to me, I'm usually open to it. I'm feeling pretty settled at the moment, also mostly around a Nikon Df based system. To the point that I'm selling my RX1 (again! - I regretted it the first time but that's because it was my only full frame option at the time, now it's just a really REALLY good compact options, but doesn't get me much the Df doesn't, other than size) and going with the Df, Coolpix A for street, and the Canon G7X for a tiny option on occasion. I really like the high res / high DR sensors in the Sony and Nikon models in addition to the high ISO sensor in the Df, so there's a chance I'll eventually add another body from Nikon or Sony with one of the 24mp sensors (that I'm giving up in the RX1, but now I've basically got the same lens as the RX1 with a Zeiss 35 for the Nikon), but I'm not even remotely in a hurry to do so and will wait for things to shake out on the Sony side to see what they're doing. I wouldn't hate having a good live view camera to use a lot of the same lenses that I use on the DSLR.

    So I consider myself in a constantly shifting state of zen. I don't think that's a conflict.

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  19. Zen with your gear is a nice place to be.

    I am pretty satisfied with my camera and lenses, but that does not stop me from occasionally looking at what is available. :rolleyes:
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  20. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
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    I'll reach a state of Zen when I own Fuji, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung and Leica. :)
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