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Are you an addict? Photographer blogs about 'Gear Acquisition Syndrome'

By dpreview staff on Jul 10, 2013 at 00:21 GMT

Florida-based Olivier Duong has been blogging about a common addiction among enthusiast and professional photographers  - G.A.S., or 'Gear Acquisition Syndrome'. Among its symptoms are 'hoarding gear that you don’t really need and getting stuff for the sake of getting it'. Does this sound painfully familiar? In his blog post, entitled 'How buying cameras and lenses made me miserable and lose thousands', self-confessed former 'gear addict' Duong explains how his gear acquisition got out of control.

Are you a gear addict? What he calls Gear Acquisition Syndrome cost Olivier Duong thousands of dollars.

Photo: Olivier Duong

Among the 'confessions' listed in his article, Duong claims that his addiction to gear acquisition actually got him started in photography, when 'I had a friend that had a cool looking professional camera and one day realized that I could afford it'. Once he had his hands on his own DSLR, Duong went about collecting more, and more, and more...

Admitting that 'I can't really remember how many cameras I owned', Duong claims that 'a sure way to know you have G.A.S is that you start not only buy cameras but also everything else like bags, gadgets and other gizmos.' He goes on to detail how his own addiction wasn't limited to just cameras, but also included smartphones, PDAs and watches - a collection which ultimately cost him thousands of dollars. 

Describing gear acquisition syndrome as 'a sort of idolatry', Duong explains 'normally idolatry is anything you put in front of God (yourself, money, etc), but G.A.S is a form of idolatry in the sense that you put gear in front of photography. The main goal [becomes] not photography but the acquisition of shiny new toys.'

Does this sound like you? (Some of us here in the dpreview office are shifting nervously in our seats). You'll be pleased to know that Duong did overcome his addiction. How? Well, he's teasing that for the next installment of his blog. We can't wait to find out. 

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Vadimka
By Vadimka (9 months ago)

Mr Duong,
I believe putting gear before photography, should not always be defined as GAS. It's like telling to a philatelist that he/she putting stamps before envelopes.

It's only GAS if you are loosing money, and no one really wants your gear. If you are not loosing money and you can sell your collection at any time, it's just smart investing.

Collecting digital cameras, like Cybershot, or Rebel, and flashes and kit lenses is just plain GAS or Hoarding, while acquiring used Leica, Zeiss etc lenses at reasonable prices, using them and collecting is not GAS, But rather fun and smart investment. (I have yet to lose money on old MF lenses that I acquired over the years). I have to admit I do buy new cameras as well, but I purge my old models when I want to get few new ones.

I did see a guy at a photo show, he was selling his old Mavica collection. Trying to get $20 per camera, and no takers. I did feel sorry for him because all those camera were so expensive new, - that's GAS.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (9 months ago)

I have a friend who has 3 safes full of old Leica he bought as investment. The rarest items and a few of the lenses are worth serious money but according to him, most of the screw mount and common M has gone way down from their peak. Not just the economy; many people who appreciate this stuff and grew up with it are passing from the scene. I do think you're correct about digital cameras, though.

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skytripper
By skytripper (9 months ago)

You're drawing a distinction between collecting and hoarding. Fair enough, but it's not so easy to tell the difference. If you collect investment-quality camera gear but never sell any of it, you may simply be a hoader with a good eye for value. Personally, I can't help questioning the mental health of anyone who collects a whole room full of ANYTHING.

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Vadimka
By Vadimka (9 months ago)

@AR, Leica screw mount lenses are not the golden equilibrium. The only reason I even mentioned Leica so most people here would understand what I'm talking about. The bottom line, if you want to be GASing your money on gear, make sure you spend it on glass, (preferably slightly used) not on digital cameras or flashes or bags.

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Vadimka
By Vadimka (9 months ago)

@skytripper, I agree about room full of stuff is excessive, but safe full is fine.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (9 months ago)

Collecting gear, assuming it's a goal and not an excuse, is a very risky investment. If you buy collectibles you need to be an expert and need to understand that those transactions are slow and have large expenses associated with them. If you buy new, expecting it will become a collectible item, then you are risking many times more. You are paying for technology that will be worth nothing, but you betting that it will have other value, which is a pure speculation. It also has to be long term. Sounds like a lousy investment strategy. I'd rather put the money in to something that has better chances to succeed, like real estate.

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Olivier Duong
By Olivier Duong (9 months ago)

Good point, one should always define terms. I define it vaguely in the beginning in buying gear for the sake of gear.

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garyknrd
By garyknrd (9 months ago)

If it weren't for DPR I would not be in this mess. I never had a problem with gear syndrome until I started coming here and reading the rave reviews for all cameras. Why have you done this to me? What have I done to you?
I think the least you could do is give ma a 50% discount on my next purchase. :)

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CFynn
By CFynn (9 months ago)

I still have a medium format film camera and three old 35mm film bodies which I rarely use Their sentimental value seems to be worth more to me than the price I'd get for them on flea bay. The manual focus lenses from the 35mm cameras also work fine on my digital body, and some of these still get used quite often.
For me digital cameras and plastic barrel af lenses don't seem to produce the same sort of attachment.

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brownie314
By brownie314 (9 months ago)

Couldn't agree more. I have an old manual focus 80-200 ais I use all the time on my digital body. Does it make better pictures than the fully autofocus kit lens, or any other new lens - probably not. But I just like the way this old metal battle axe feels. And it does make pretty decent images by the way.

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Neloy Sinha
By Neloy Sinha (9 months ago)

I like cameras & other gadgets. If they are newer the better for me. But being from India & always tolerating the depreciation & ever sliding tendency of rupee, I have to be satisfied with the DP review information. So I am holding & happy with my Fine pix S-9600.It is working with its 9 MP sensor. I thought about later models but once I go for them, this camera will be a junk. The new one will also become obsolete by 2015.So it is a difficult choice to make.Buying good lenses need good resources.Most of the times they are heavy for the shoulder & the pocket.The 'Gear Acquisition Syndrome' is basically a sign of status symbol for a minority of affluent people.

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CFynn
By CFynn (9 months ago)

Neloy,

If you have the desire for a really good DSLR camera, in your situation I'd be looking for somethng like a good used D90 or saving up my rupees and waiting till a Nikon D900, D7200 or a Canon 5D MkIV come out in 3 or4 years - then it might be possible to buy a well looked after D700, D800, D7000 or 5D Mk III at an affordable price. Frankly the capabilities of these cameras is now so good it is hard to imagine ever needing something better.

The INR may have even re-gained some value by then.

For Nikon DSLRs you can pick up old manual focus ais lenses. Many of those are affordable and produce good results on a digital body. They were also built so well they should long outlast any modern autofcus VR lens - and, if you get them at a good price, I expect they will retain that value for many years.

Meanwhile be happy with the Fuji S-9600 - I'm sure with your interest, and the absoulutely fantastic photo opportunities available in India, you get many excellent photos.

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Albert Macfarlane
By Albert Macfarlane (9 months ago)

Neloy,
You are right. As an epidemiologist, Gear Acquisition Syndrome has an interesting geographical distribution - not too common in Somalia, Ethiopia, India, and elsewhere in the third world.
I wonder why ?

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Neloy Sinha
By Neloy Sinha (9 months ago)

Thank you Mr CFynn & Mr Albert.Many thanks for your concern. I'm really grateful for your suggestions.A D SLR is a different breed with multitude of options. The names you have suggested are objects of desire to the majority.But I've to wait.

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brownie314
By brownie314 (9 months ago)

This is stupid. I see this all the time on forums. "Hey dude, just be happy with the gear you have and go make nice pictures with that kit lens". It is like complaining that someone bought a Ferrari but doesn't even want to learn to race. Clearly a Ferrari is an excessive purchase, but if you can afford to drive it - so what. A Nikon D4 is overkill for almost everyone, but if you can afford it - so what. This is all too common - "you dont need a D800, a D7000 with kit lens is well beyond your photography skills". So is that Ferrari, but every 18 year old with a rich daddy still wants one. If Nikon only allowed people with the proper amount of skill to take full advantage of a D4 to purchase one, they would sell about 100 a year. And it would cost about $20,000 each. Thanks to everyone with GAS, they are far cheaper. Oh, and BTW, I want a D4.
And if this guy is spending more money than he can afford on gear - that is an mental problem. He should get that checked out.

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SRT3lkt
By SRT3lkt (9 months ago)

It's all about balance. If you are spending disproportionate amount of money for the gear, then you may be GAS. If you are one of the richest person on the earth, buying every photographic gear might be nothing.

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (9 months ago)

What is a 'disproportionate amount of money for the gear' - who's to decide?! Some spend money on their kids, some on expensive women, some on things ;-)!

I loved my first digital - the little Konica was for me a revolution in every way (still working!), I loved my first advanced compact (C-8080), I loved my first APS-C DSLR (K-x), I loved my first MILC (NEX-5N), and my first FF (D600). And I do intend to keep them for the rest of my life, if I can keep them in working order.

GAS is as old as tools, and that's very old. Just the collection of things/food for a 'rainy' day can become GAS, if they affect your daily life in a bad way - the garage that is so filled with junk that the car doesn't fit any longer is a typical example.

I'll never sell my V1! If it dies I'll get another!

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Tom Schum
By Tom Schum (9 months ago)

I still remain attracted by the latest and the greatest. As a previous poster said, financial limitations tend to moderate GAS.
At any moment I'm ready to drop $1000 on a new lens, or a new camera. Soon, the money might be there. Meanwhile I am enjoying using my existing equipment, and wondering why I want to buy more stuff.
Perhaps the best I can hope for is to be a recovering GASaholic.

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (9 months ago)

All of us who actually like photography should be silently thankful for those folks which run and buy the latest and most gadget-ridden model on the very day it emerges. This secures the continuation for the manufacturers, which is a good thing.
The more cameras one has, the more cameras remain home and gather dust.
With time, knowlege replaces the gear, and one uses just one or mostly two systems for one's own kind of photography.
With time and knowlege (whatever appeared first), many excellent photogs can be seen carrying something small, practical and simple, not necessarily from the top-price range. But curiously, if there is no metadata to be seen, no-one will bash the resulting images.
Perhaps someone still remembers the ancient Minox ad: "The Camera That Never Stays Home"...? That's what it boils down to.

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Matt Random
By Matt Random (9 months ago)

I totally agree. I'm of the mindset that to get the best from a piece of equipment you need to take the time to really learn and get familiar with it. Every piece of equipment has strengths, weaknesses and quirks. Always migrating to the latest and greatest camera constantly resets this learning process.

Thankfully, there are plenty of people who will always need to get the latest and greatest and that will supply the revenue that is needed to keep the industry moving forward.

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veroman
By veroman (9 months ago)

GAS is just one of many kinds of gear addictions, i.e. audio gear, cars & car gear, golf gear, boating gear, fishing gear, etc. It's a long list.

Gear acquisition is not the same as gear addiction. Gear acquisition can simply be an outgrowth of one's hobby. There's really nothing wrong with collecting camera bodies & lenses so long as you can afford the purchase, even if the purchase just sits on a shelf for most of its life.

The writer of the article about GAS has regrets not because he acquired gear but because of the money involved and that the gear brought only a moment or two of satisfaction. When that moment or two was over, he needed his next "fix." That's when he knew he was addicted in a self-destructive way.

Just because you might have a lot of gear, don't think you might have GAS. If the gear brings pleasure and enjoyment, I'd say you're ok. Besides, digital will have you acquiring new gear whether you want to or not simply because the technology is advancing so rapidly.

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Bobby Handal
By Bobby Handal (9 months ago)

Yep, I am guilty. But if you already own your home, put your children through college, have a very decent income - why not? whats the point of being the richest man in the cemetery?.

Are you saving money so that when you pass away, your wife's new husband enjoys it ?

I am going to enjoy my life. I am going to buy whatever I can afford , not more.

I love waiting for that recently announced camera, I love reading rumors, sheesh I even sit down and design on paper what would be the perfect camera for me.

The main problem for me? is what equipment to take oin a photo shoot !!! I love it. yep, I am guilty.

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Jokica
By Jokica (9 months ago)

Could not sad it better. +10

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String
By String (9 months ago)

Personnaly, I prefer to spend the disposable income on vacations and a lot of the exotic one don't come cheap!

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Gesture
By Gesture (9 months ago)

Accumulate experiences, not possessions, but, yes, your reasoning is sound. There are a lot worse addictions/hobbies/obsessions than cameras.

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (9 months ago)

Life sucks ... and then you die.

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (9 months ago)

Bobby, as you put it 'if you already own your home, put your children through college, have a very decent income - why not? whats the point of being the richest man in the cemetery?'

Well, I haven't got any kids of my own - my wife's kids have long ago left the nest, doing pretty fine on their own, so I have always been a bit of a GASser - never spending a lot of clothes, hair cuts or manicure (nil, as yet). So I have through the years spent quite a lot on gear, just as my dad spent a hell of a lot on plants - till he got senile.

So, like you, I haven't any intension of becoming 'the richest man in the cemetery' - I am with you all the way! PS just bought a new lens for my V1 - wow! What a lens!

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ARB1
By ARB1 (9 months ago)

The funny part is to see folks haggle, pixel peep and complain then you see their work and it's obvious that the latest and greatest camera really wouldn't make much of a difference anyway - what they need to go is get out there and practice.

It's like the folks I golf with that buy the latest and greatest clubs every year thinking their game will be so much better but all they do is hit the ball further into the woods.

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Olivier Duong
By Olivier Duong (9 months ago)

Interesting parallel

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audijam
By audijam (9 months ago)

There should be a Gear Analysis Syndrome too. People analyze gear based on what they think/hear/read and make conclusions without actually owning/touching/using/experiencing it. Some of them probably don't even own a camera or turn on AUTO once a camera is in their hands......don't need to prove I am false becasue you know there is plenty of this kind out there and you might know one or two.

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Dennis
By Dennis (9 months ago)

And I was just going to ask what to call someone like me who doesn't want to acquire gear, but simply likes learning about it, finding out what's new, debating the merits of this or that, etc. Gear Analysis Syndrome seems like as good a term as any.

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nonuniform
By nonuniform (9 months ago)

The over-analysis thing is more boring than the people who have to have the newest model on the day it's released.

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audijam
By audijam (9 months ago)

i like you guys

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (9 months ago)

I remember a model flyer just like that - he never flew anything - but he was, he thought, the expert ;-)!

I am an expert on aircraft, myself, but no I don't fly anything bigger than models ;-!)

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jorg14
By jorg14 (9 months ago)

I can see that this is the perfect site for people who suffer from GAS.

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micahmedia
By micahmedia (9 months ago)

...this isn't the type of thing DPR really ought to bring up. Unless you're hoping we can address our addictions only to accept and embrace them?

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CanonFanBoy
By CanonFanBoy (9 months ago)

Duong ... I thank you for your bravely to open up this topic for G.A.S. confession .. it is indeed a hot-topic! I was such an idiot myself especially in the late 90s ... I got myself a full range of Canon "L" and Zeiss lens, and later went into Medium Format thinking that the sharpest images only come from such gears! It is only when I had spent tens of thousands and not really getting what I want to achieve that lead me to do a reality check on myself! At the end, I figure out a big part of photography is all about our vision, techniques, creativity and more importantly ... digital darkroom technique that make one's photos look like a Pro.

At the end, we paid to learn our lessons ... and discover how not to get suck-in into the world of marketing .. and the best might not always be the most expensive!!!

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Olivier Duong
By Olivier Duong (9 months ago)

Thanks!

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TheProv
By TheProv (9 months ago)

I dont' have money, so the problem doesn't exist for me.

But if i were rich, surely i would be an addicted.

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (9 months ago)

Then you can employ people taking care of your hoard of cameras & lenses!

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buri pakath
By buri pakath (9 months ago)

But, not all cameras do the same thing.
With this new camera & zoom I'll impress the girls and the other photographers that I hate.
This set of filters will do wonders for me on my next trip to Grand Canyon.
What a cute camera...Only $200...
Anyways, boys will be boys and the winner is the one who dies with more toys!!

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Craig from Nevada
By Craig from Nevada (9 months ago)

"The truth is we don’t need much gear, only the minimum for what we do."

Phooey.

Everyone needs more gear.

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Jokica
By Jokica (9 months ago)

Just one more lens, and I will stop... Promise! :-)

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Gwynnnnnnnn
By Gwynnnnnnnn (9 months ago)

Ohhh yess I recognise this but justify it on the grounds that I am a perfectionist - got t' get it right - right? So only the latest/best will do.

I don't have it bad - only 2 cameras and 3 lenses but the desire for 'better' is real and always drawing me.

I actually use my cameras too so perhaps I'm ok. Really, I am.

Ok I just bought a right angled viewer eyepiece for my Nikon so that I can get those superb low down shots without wrecking my knees. As long as I can find a reason/justifiaction then that's ok isn't it?

Ohhh perhaps I am not as ok as I thought.... Worst place for me - Amazon - so easy to buy too.

But hey I enjoy my hobby so it's got to be good for me and worth every penny.

Ok I lied. I have another 2 cameras hidden away that my wife uses and just a couple of compacts too but I don't mention those. So that's ok as long as no one knows - right?

Oh and studio lights, and ... Ohhhh dear

Thankfully I found a bit of a cure in software. No danger there....

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CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (9 months ago)

Outrageous!
This articles HAS to be removed!
How dare you to suggest this!

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cosmerodrigues
By cosmerodrigues (9 months ago)

Creepy, sounds strangely familiar to me.
Never thought that I would be a “G.A.S.”.
However, I think that I am in a very early stage: not near the (severe) level of “M.U.A.”(Make-up addiction) that my wife suffers. LOL!
I am still using my compact Nikon P300, the two DSLR - Nikon D90 (with several lenses: 35 1.8, 50 1.8, 85 1.8, 10-20, 17-50 2.8, 70-200 2.8, 70-300VR, flashes SB400 and Nissin DI 622, Tripod, monopod, bags and rucksacks) and the Nikon D50 (with permanently attached Sigma AF 105 2.8 Macro).
I would like to buy the new D7100, but besides the high price it’s difficult to put the D50 aside: it is still working like new! However the “prosumer” Olympus C8080WZ is on the bookshelf for some years, almost since I bought the D50…
I bought the first Smartphone (Huawey X5) two years ago, never got back to the normal “cell phone” and this month already bought a better, more improved, bigger screen Smartphone…a “Samsung Galaxy Express”. Is that normal?
Am I a “G.A.S.”?

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Olivier Duong
By Olivier Duong (9 months ago)

You share my G.A.S pain....I share your M.U.A pain, just a wee bit =)

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57even
By 57even (9 months ago)

Anyone who reads this and doesn't squirm a bit isn't being honest with themselves. I suffered from GAS, though I'm largely cured.

Firstly, I no longer purchase on the basis of "if I had one of those..." though I did, as my Elinchrom kit will testify. I just realised it was too much effort to keep discovering I was only average at things.

Secondly, I have had a 10 year battle with QC. I have grown weary of faults, some major some minor, which can't be successfully or permanently fixed under warranty.

When the pleasure of acquisition is replaced by anxiety, when you find yourself testing each camera or lens for 3 weeks instead of using it, you are half way there. If your gear spends more time with Nikon or Canon than in your bag, you are almost cured.

Buy stuff you know you will use and make sure it works, then keep it till you wear it out. Any merely "good" lens or camera that works is better that one that's "excellent" but doesn't, and way better than one you never use.

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TFD
By TFD (9 months ago)

Not surprising. Today Popular Photography has about 15-20 pages of adverting from Camera stores. In the pre internet era there would have been 30-40 pages. Always something to lust over, buy and put in a drawer.

I have to laugh when I see gear with the oval gold Japan quality stickers still on after a decade or twol

There has always been a acquisition syndrome, on the whole the digital era is worse - technology changing faster and more planned obsolesce. Remember how long Nikon retained backwards compatibility to its lenses. Try using a manual lens today and the reduced functionary is not appealing.

It goes without saying that everyone wants a big, long lens in their pocket :)

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rmbackus
By rmbackus (9 months ago)

There is this same syndrome for guitars :-)

I'm aways asking myself:
Do I need this new camera ?
Will I make better pictures and finally win prizes ?

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theglovenor
By theglovenor (9 months ago)

i have an underwater housing and i cant swim!

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ARB1
By ARB1 (9 months ago)

Now that's funny!

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NZ Scott
By NZ Scott (9 months ago)

Good on ya, mate!

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (9 months ago)

You win the thread :)

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wetsleet
By wetsleet (9 months ago)

yeah, well, if you can't swim then likely you will end up under water :)

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rsf3127
By rsf3127 (9 months ago)

use it under the rain.

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Daryl Cheshire
By Daryl Cheshire (9 months ago)

After I realised I had two of everything, eg
Canon 5D mkII and mkIII
two iphones 3GS & 4
two ipads 2 & 3
and a few more examples, I apply a 'hit the wall' rule. I ask myself if I have hit the wall or have I reached a limitation of the equipment I have.
It helps me pause and think.
The turning point was realising there was very little difference between the iphones and I won't do minor or incremental upgrades.

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JBS737
By JBS737 (9 months ago)

I used to be, but I got over it!
I started with a Nikon D600, loved it.. but the oil spots.. grrrr sold it along with my Nikon 12-24 Lens.. loved it to.. but I don't do landscapes so it was a GAS purchase and I just wasn't using it enough to justify the $2k price sticker.

Upgraded to Nikon D800.. loved it.. sensor was nice and clean.. but it was just overkill.. so I sold that and downgraded to :

Nikon D7100 with 18-55 and the 55-200 and still had $1200 left over to spend on other things.. I couldn't be happier! great camera.. it reminds me a lot of the D600 DX frame.. that is all I need for now..

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (9 months ago)

It's hard to tell whether I'm an addict. I like buying gear, but I like photographing even more. Plus I'm not rich; lenses like the Zuiko 12mm-f/2 and even the Panaleica 25mm-f/1.4 are out of my budget, so I had to find a compromise. Having a camera that works extremely well with legacy lenses (Olympus E-P1), I got myself two OM primes. They work so fine that one of them - a humble 28mm-f/3.5 - has become my favourite lens for street photography.
Having these lenses and being less than impressed by the E-P1's tendency to blow highlights, the next step was to buy an Olympus OM-2. This camera never fails to bring a smile to my face whenever I use it. Less than one month later I bought a 135mm-f/2.8 prime lens. Secondhand gear is quite inexpensive and, if you're careful and wise, great deals are there to be found.
This is how I can satisfy my lust for gear without having to file for insolvency. But now I need some autofocus lenses for the E-P1. Oh well...

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ruicarv79
By ruicarv79 (9 months ago)

SCARY!!!! :-)

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radissimo
By radissimo (9 months ago)

quote: " I had a Nikon D80, then it was too big, I got a Samsung NX, then I wanted a retro camera, got the Olympus PEN, then missed viewfinder, got a Pentax K20D "

simple answer is : FF mirrorless :D

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Nigel Wilkins
By Nigel Wilkins (9 months ago)

Then it might be too big again (with fast lenses)...there is never a simple answer.

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odpisan
By odpisan (9 months ago)

Never had such a problem - but my friends do.
I am very satisfied with my GX20 (Samsung 18-35 mm, Pentax 35mm/f2, Sigma 70-300 mm, Pentax 50mm/f2 MF) + Panasonic FZ28. I must admit that I follow the development of photo-technology & sometimes I think that new Pentax 5 II would be a nice choise. BUT at the end counts only a photography & do not think that my photos would be much better because of new camera.

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (9 months ago)

Both yes and no. I got the cheap Samyang 650-1300 just for fun, but managed to resist the urge to get their TS lens since I realized I do not actually need it. Maybe I justify every needless purchase I do with the needless purchases I did not do :)

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NZ Scott
By NZ Scott (9 months ago)

Hmm. I've bought 8 lenses for my E-P3 in less than two years ... I think I've got a touch of GAS. On the other hand, I bought 7 of those lenses for specific reasons.

I've found that one way to fight against GAS is to buy the best stuff right at the start - then you don't have to keep upgrading all the time. B+W multicoated filters, the best/most expensive lens out of three possible options, the nicest/most expensive camera bag, the carbon-fibre tripod option ... et cetera.

It's expensive at the start, but at least it helps to curb "upgrade-itis".

Kudos for Duong for being honest about his GAS. Some people hate to admit these kinds of failings.

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ThomasSwitzerland
By ThomasSwitzerland (9 months ago)

Very good advice, NZ Scott, will help me. Sometimes you notice during use that there is still much room left. And it is hard to make the right decision up front by just reading reviews. Mostly, I get the feedback by personal usage and sharing with friends. Anyway, I got the experience that buying cheap (not necessarily by price), then you mostly buy twice. And this really becomes expensive.

And I also found that big brand names and high prices will not protect you. I have got a good dealer who takes back after extensive trial with a 10% restocking fee. So, this protected me of investing in a Nikon "Pro" lens made in Thailand which was mediocre; the Sigma was better, just a case.

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NZ Scott
By NZ Scott (9 months ago)

Thomas, like I said in my first post, I try to buy the best stuff I can afford. There have been a couple of times I've tried to save money, and both times it ended up costing me money. The first time was when I bought a cheap aluminium tripod (Velbon CX888). Of course, it broke. My second tripod was an expensive carbon-fibre model (Sirui T1204x) and it looks like it will last for years. The second time was when I bought cheap Cokin filters and had problems with colour-cast. I've upgraded to expensive Hitech filters - and the Cokins are sitting in a drawer.

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ThomasSwitzerland
By ThomasSwitzerland (9 months ago)

Great to hear this. I have many of those items sleeping in the drawers. Trying to resell them costs too much effort. It is good that we stand to our traits.

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Ikeepem
By Ikeepem (9 months ago)

pffft...he got off cheap..lol

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washyshots
By washyshots (9 months ago)

I have been in the past but no longer because I'm at the stage where I see cameras as tools. Things changed for me when I printed out a very large landsape photo taken with a Canon G10 compact and realised that it was fantastic. I have two cameras now and hardly any gear to go with them.

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DCM1024
By DCM1024 (9 months ago)

I keep telling myself that I'm not spending regular income, just what I bring in from photo gigs. I should sell some of the lenses - the zooms! But I really love the 70-200.... Four bodies? Two for work, one for fun and one for my purse. That's normal, right?

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Paul Storm
By Paul Storm (9 months ago)

look lady, the first thing you have do is to admit to yourself that you have a problem. and you have a big one. you are clearly still in denial.

from:
gearaholics annonymous

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SRT3lkt
By SRT3lkt (9 months ago)

I like quality stuff.

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Tower
By Tower (9 months ago)

Remember you buy tools NOT toys

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (9 months ago)

I wish I could afford to be an addict......

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locke_fc
By locke_fc (9 months ago)

Acquisition, not addiction. And yes, I've had my phases.

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Craig Atkinson
By Craig Atkinson (9 months ago)

I only ever have one camera, but buy and sell them too much - grd4, em5, x100, rx100, x100s, gr...then go back and forth amongst them.

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photo perzon
By photo perzon (9 months ago)

Those quiet guys at the Leica forum with 20 lenses at $ 7000 each smile...

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diforbes
By diforbes (9 months ago)

Do the dpreview editors actually read these blog posts before publicizing on this site? Duong's writing is terrible. Choosing quality material is what an editor is supposed to do.

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Alessandro63
By Alessandro63 (9 months ago)

Actually, form is perhaps not the best (can't say with my pidgin english) but content of Duong's articles is often extremely interesting and original.

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Karroly
By Karroly (9 months ago)

@diforbes,
Please be tolerant. English is not the mother tongue of everyone on Earth...
Did you notice his first name is Olivier (not Oliver) and he is Haitian - French - Vietnamese ?
Is your french as good as Olivier's english ?

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Funduro
By Funduro (9 months ago)

Grammarnazi obsession. The person is trilingual. How many languages do YOU whine in ? Me in 2, BTW.

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Desert Rose
By Desert Rose (9 months ago)

I'm a grammar Nazi too. I expect near-perfection from those who are paid to write and speak. And some of the BS you hear from the general public these days is intolerable: using "which" as a conjunction, using "that" instead of "where" or "in which"' and the latest, not using "an" before words starting with a vowel sound. But please, take it easy on those for whom English a second (or more) language. Their English is, in ways, better than that of many Americans (not hard to do if you ask a Brit). :-). Hats off to them for trying, and for giving our language the deference they do.

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likeafoxow
By likeafoxow (9 months ago)

The A stands for "acquisition."

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VadymA
By VadymA (9 months ago)

I think I have DPRAS - DPR Adddiction Syndrome; come to site waaaay more often than necessary.

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Digitall
By Digitall (9 months ago)

This post is for G.A.S. Anonymous, everybody can now confess.

My G.A.S. is seasonal, and only buy what I need, and before buying I think long and hard before deciding. I think I'm well below the average of those who actually suffer from G.A.S.

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Craig Atkinson
By Craig Atkinson (9 months ago)

haha yea, 3 bottles a day isn't as many as 4.

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bossa
By bossa (9 months ago)

full stops just get in the way of true GAS... get it right ;-)

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bossa
By bossa (9 months ago)

True GAS sufferers "buy what they need" in advance !

I think I might quote myself on that one.

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Houseqatz
By Houseqatz (9 months ago)

i had a bad case of G.A.S back in college.. things are better now though

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sportyaccordy
By sportyaccordy (9 months ago)

I went from a D40 with about 6 lenses to a C3 with the stock zoom lens. Being honest in yourself and building ability rather than hiding behind equipment is always satisfying. G.A.S. is far from something limited to photography- I would almost say it's integral to Western culture.

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CeleryBeats
By CeleryBeats (9 months ago)

I have the 'need to try everything disorder'. Since the two years ago i started with photography i owned a SONY A100, PENTAX K5, NIKON D7000, SONY A77, NIKON D800 and SONY RX-100.

=/ I hope i can stick with the latter two for many years to come...

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CFynn
By CFynn (9 months ago)

If you're telling the truth, that's an awful lot of very good cameras in only two years. If I'd just started photography it would take me at least two years to even begin to get the best out of any one of them.

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Vikas M Gore
By Vikas M Gore (9 months ago)

I realzied a few weeks ago that I was becoming an addict and and not enjoying it! I have started eBaying some of the stuff I don't need and avoiding buying more.

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Roman Korcek
By Roman Korcek (9 months ago)

That's bad. You certainly should be enjoying it!

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