What is your equipment relationship type?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by DeeJayK, May 14, 2013.

  1. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    This morning I came across (via 43Rumors) an article which piqued my interest regarding the relationships photographers have with their equipment or more specifically the system(s) with which they shoot. The article was written by J. Shin who a few months ago switched from Leica to Micro Four Thirds.

    In the article Ms. Shin describes nine categories of relationships. While I urge you to read the full article to get all of the nuances, her categories are as follows:
    1. Monogamy - One system, possibly just one body, with few lenses and accessories.
    2. Serial monogamy - One system after another. Massive purchases and massive purges of equipment.
    3. Polyamory (open monogamy) - One primary system with a wide ranges of lenses and accessories, with a variety of other, smaller systems. Gets bored just using one body/system, but is largely committed to the primary system.
    4. Polygamy - Several primary systems, each system dedicated to a specific purpose, such as "work", "snaps", "art", "travel", etc.
    5. Philandering - Generally, no commitment to any one system, or may have a "primary" relationship that is somewhat tumultuous.
    6. Friends with Benefits - Tends to buy many systems, a few lenses and accessories for each system. Not particularly committed or obsessed with one or the other.
    7. Pageant judging - Reads a lot of reviews, rumors, and specifications. Thinks a lot about the virtues and shortcomings of each equipment, and is quite knowledgeable, but does not necessarily buy them.
    8. Pornography - Like beauty pageant judging, but with a lot more intense love-hate, slobbering-anger, and obsession.
    9. Punditry - Does not say much about one's own loves, but is very opinionated about other people's relationships. Not very open or consistent about what one wants.

    Now it's time for your honest self-assessment. Which category best describes your photographic relationship? I've purposely not included a "None of the above" or "2 or more of the above" choice to the poll because that would be a cop out and I want to force people to do a little bit of introspection.
  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    My relationship is polyamorous.
  3. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Although my initial reaction to this question was to pronounce my monogamy, I have to admit that my own relationship is polyamorous. Although :43: is my primary system, I also occasionally shoot with a waterproof compact as well as my smart phone (though only when I am not carrying anything else).

    I've also been guilty of indulging in pageant judging, punditry and even pornography at times, but I work hard to keep those baser instincts in check. If I had the budget it's quite possible that I would dip my toe into the worlds of polygamy, philandering or even friends with benefits.
  4. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    hmmm.... think I am more slut..... I will go with whatever gives me the results I want... I am not that fussy :)

  5. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 17, 2013
    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
    I guess monogamy/serial monogamy? I can only be with one at any single point in time. It was only Canon for quite a number of years, but I could tell we'd been drifting apart for a while. I mean, she was always there when I needed her, and she got the job done, but...

    She was beautiful, don't get me wrong, and when we got down to business - WOW. I really enjoyed her full-frame. I think by the end of it I realized that I'd been chasing an idea of true love, instead of actually being in love. Perhaps it was culture and societal expectations that told me what kind of relationship I should be in, and that wasn't really what I wanted in the end.

    So I left her for someone else. This new love in my life - she's younger, slimmer, modern, but classy. Definitely fashionable. She lets me and helps me do things that leave me feeling exhilarated. Like I'm looking at the world through totally new lenses. I feel alive again.

    I hope this lasts and I think it will. But who knows? :cool:
  6. iwantspaces

    iwantspaces New to Mu-43

    Dec 25, 2012
  7. RichDesmond

    RichDesmond Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 18, 2011
    Definitely Polyamory. :43: does most of what I want, but the Canon equipment fills a couple of needs better.
  8. voltcontrol

    voltcontrol Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 26, 2013
    You should be able to select multiple options, no? ;)
  9. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    My photo gear relationship is polyamorous - bordering on polygamy, because some systems do certain things better than others.
  10. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    I think that we probably all have more than one of these types inside us, but I limited the poll to a single selection to try to force everyone to select a single designation that is the best fit.
  11. DeoreDX

    DeoreDX Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 13, 2013
    I've been monogamous though the last 7 years with a single Nikon body (buy a new one get rid of the old one) and a couple of lenses and flashes, but I now have a mistress on the side with my mu43 body. I can see myself divorcing the Nikon for the youngest prettiest mu43 model but the cost of divorce would be too high right now. If the price of the OM-D drops enough I can sell my D5000 + 18-105VR + SB600 and get to within a couple of hundred of getting the OM-D I can see myself jumping ship completely.
  12. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Although I tend to have a single 'system' at a time (Olympus to Minolta to Pentax to Minolta to Nikon to Olympus) I do have an ongoing flirtation with the Fuji X-100/100S; however it remains just a flirtation.


  13. mikekiwi

    mikekiwi Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 16, 2010
    The Netherlands
    After switching back and forth between brands and systems, but at that time sticking with only that system, I can only vote for serial monogamy.

    But now I'm keeping M43 as a system, but don't rule out any long term additions of another system
  14. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    +1 ...

    Cameras are tools not people or dogs. But, they are my tools and I tend to faithfully stick with the system I have, until it lets me down. Then I look for a better tool.
  15. sinclair

    sinclair Mu-43 Veteran

    I really do fit any of those, or rather I ruled them out on how they are worded. But I picked Monogamy for now since I have one body, and a couple of lenses, but only because I don't have the funding to indulge in GAS. But I'd say once I do, I'll move more towards Polyamory, except for the getting bored with single body/system. I love my GF5, even though she's imperfect. And it's that imperfection that will help drive me to be a better photographer. But I do like to spoil my loves, and will buy her all the lenses I can when I have the money, both native and those exotic adapted lenses.
  16. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Interesting way of putting it. I am a polygamist myself. Currently mariied to Nikon and m43. I use the Nikon for action and low light shooting and m43 for the rest usually.
  17. Polygamy, I have and use 3 systems -:

    DSLR; Nikon D7000, D90 and D3000 plus lenses etc.
    Micro 4/3rds; Olympus OMD EM-5, EPM-1 and EPL-1 plus lenses etc
    Compact; Canon S95 and Olympus Stylus Tough TG-320

    I sometimes think about consolidating to a single system and if I was to do so then it would be micro 4/3rds but I haven't quite got to that point yet.
  18. mh2000

    mh2000 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2010
    Well, I voted serial monogamy, because, while I've shot lots of cameras, I am pretty committed to my main system. Canon, Leica and now Oly m43, but I can't say I've gone through massive purchases and purges. Haven't spent much more than $1000 on my current m43 kit, didn't have much over $1000 in Leica-R and most the time I was shooting Canon, I only had a few modest primes as well (did go through a little L-spree and had maybe $5000 in the system, but weeded it out pretty quick... the TS-E's were pretty sweet!).
  19. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    I think the definition of monogamy is rather limiting. I use only one system -:43: but I have four bodies (All Olympus) and a variety of lenses and accessories. :biggrin:
  20. I am a Adulterer....

    I am in a monogamous relationship with one system with a few mistresses on the side.