New Sony, New Leica. Yay, I guess.
I am frustratingly satisfied with my existing cameras — frustratingly so because I'd really love to get excited about some of these new offerings. Buying equipment is, let's admit, fun! My inner pragmatist, however, keeps looking at the results that I'm getting from my existing equipment with the disappointment that all of my cameras and lenses are performing beautifully in every way that I need. Perhaps that's the problem — need versus lust. I would just love to go spend about $5000 on a new system — assuming I have $5000 to flitter away — which of course would mean I would not spend that same $5000 on paper and ink, travel and access, or training and education.
Are you familiar with the term "opportunity cost"? In classic economics, the opportunity cost of something is what you cannot acquire after you've allocated your finite resources to what you do acquire. This applies equally to cash and time as well as effort and energy. For example, the opportunity cost of attending a workshop is that you are not out photographing on your own. The opportunity cost of watching the Godfather trilogy for the fifth time is that you no longer have those six hours for printing in the darkroom.
The new cameras from Sony and Leica (in all honesty all new cameras from all manufactures that are announced each and every week ad infinitum) all represent an opportunity cost for something else we could be doing with the time we spend researching, the money we spend buying, the hours we spend testing, and the effort we spend mastering our new stuff. It's fun, it's seductive, and it's a part of photography that I actually do love — but I also recognize it's all a part of photography it takes me away from my larger and more important goals of trying to make meaningful art. Hence, I both patronize and curse dpreview.com. In the long run I may be powerless to resist — but I may be successful in the short term. Hello, my name is Brooks…