Beware the winter gear churn!

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by WT21, Dec 11, 2015.

  1. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    I've commented on this in years past.

    I have noticed that when winter rolls around (now in the northern hemisphere) I am more prone to serious (and money-losing) gear churn inclinations.

    With the shorter, darker days, and more time sitting around, it's much easier to look at your gear and think that the problem with your inspiration is you have the wrong lens, body, filter, camera bag, etc. etc. If you just had something different, you'd be on fire again.

    I would posit that it's just the nature of being indoors with less light.

    By all means, if you want to try something new, have at it, but over my 6-7 years as a (more or less serious) hobbyist, I've come to recognize the winter doldrums as a deceiver of gear unhappiness. I cannot count the number of times I've churned gear in the winter, have been no happier with my shots, and ended up re-buying my moved-on lenses again in the spring or summer, and losing money all the while.

    Best to use that money for some full spectrum light therapy, a trip (far more inspirational than a new lens!), a massage, a ski weekend, or whatnot.

    Happy Shooting!
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  2. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    That's why I love living in east Texas. Easy to shoot all year (even from my kayak) and we get all the northern birds here for the winter. I actually shoot more now then the summer, just to damn hot and bright to be out even half the day.
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  3. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Take up snowshoeing and make a 24x36" print for your living room!


    (And take up medium format film. Also, buy the new 25mm/1.7 for $99, apparently. And build yourself a DIY Fuji Instax camera using an old Mamiya Press lens. So, about that gear churn...)
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  4. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Holiday sales don't help, either. Over on the Photo Lounge forum, they always do a Singles in January challenge, which means shooting and posting a shot for each day in January using a single lens/camera combination. It's one of my favorite contests simply because it gets me out and shooting during a gray time of year.
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  5. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    I wish I could say I have no idea what you are talking about..... :) 
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  6. DoofClenas

    DoofClenas Who needs a Mirror! Subscribing Member

    Nov 9, 2012
    Traverse City, MI
    I love window shopping this time of year...
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  7. flipmack

    flipmack Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 23, 2012
    irvine, CA
    I agree. I've bought and rebought kit many times - especially during the winter months. Note that I live in southern California and winter is really just a concept for me, but still...

    I bought and sold an Olympus E1. Thrice. During winter.

    Same with my m4/3 kit.

    You know what helps? Honestly...NOT visiting these forums and just going out and appreciating what I have.
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  8. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    I am so glad I have my next several purchases all planned out. There is really not anything that could change my order. Even an announcement about the new fast weather sealed primes (if not weather sealed then they will not really interest me) as I will have completed my list by the time they come out. My list is simple:

    1. 300mm ƒ4.0 Pro
    2. 2nd EM1 w/ grip
    3. 8mm or 7-14mm Pro
    4. 8mm or 7-14mm Pro that I did not get above
    5. 12-40mm Pro
    6. 40-150mm Pro
    Already have the money for the 300 tucked away. If I am able to save enough for the next item before release I will get the next item. But that money for the 300 is untouchable except for the 300.
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  9. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    I agree. But that A7rii still looks tempting...
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  10. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Darn, I read this post a few weeks too late.
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  11. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    lol. Well, it's your purchase (and posting) on the 42.5 that got me to post a WTB on that same lens, that got me thinking about this again!

    Moderation in all things. Just a warning to those of us prone to this ;) 
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  12. Indianpeaksjoe

    Indianpeaksjoe Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    I mean why not get a new lens and then go to the desert for some photos? I mean that is rational right?

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  13. ahinesdesign

    ahinesdesign Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 6, 2011
    NC, USA
    While the whole thread is timely, this quote really resonates. What makes me start contemplating a lens purchase or trade? Seeing the amazing photos others are taking with that lens... Have been thinking hard about trading a 7-14 Pro for a Voigtlander 0.95 for indoor low-light use, but once its spring again I'm sure I'll be happy to have kept the 7-14!
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  14. esnift

    esnift Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 17, 2013
    Boston, MA
    However, if you are on the other side of the gear churn, you can pick up some really great deals :biggrin:
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  15. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    You can say it all you want, believing is another question.
  16. Jfrader

    Jfrader Guest

    Completely agree. I have bought more gear that I later decided I didn't really need than I care to admit, and almost all in the winter "off season." It is a sickness, I tell you!!
  17. MoonMind

    MoonMind Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 25, 2014
    I'm in for that one as well, it was a great experience last year - in fact, I've already chosen my camera/lens combo, which means I now have time to think about a theme (even though it's not compulsory) :) 

  18. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    I really love this photo . . . where was it taken?
  19. davidzvi

    davidzvi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2012
    Outside Boston MA
    This is also one of the great things about m4/3, at least for me. Since getting into m4/3 I've felt less impulse to churn my event gear. And since either of those bodies cost more than my entire m4/3 kit. Saves me a bunch of money. ;) 
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  20. GBarrington

    GBarrington Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Winter is a great time to revisit old photos. For me, the desire for new gear is at its peak when I am bored and want something photographic to do.

    I've learned that this is the best time for me to look at old photos and use those editing techniques I was too stupid or too lazy to try on the first go around.
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