It's a disease, latestitis: gotta have the latest thing.
Sadly, I had to cancel my order for the forthcoming Sony A6500. Why? Well, 1.) I need to get a new computer, and 2.) I've been printing more lately and would like to continue with that, so 3.) I'd like a calibrated monitor, therefore 4.) it would be nice to have a separate computer and monitor finally (something I've been thinking about for at least eighteen years, probably more) and also 5.) if I had a separate computer and monitor, it would be nice to be able to either a.) take the computer along when I travel or b.) secure it when I'm not home, which means 6. a laptop as my main computer driving a big display would be ideal. BUT all that is ungodly expensive compared to an entry-level 5k iMac, and I'm struggling—have been struggling for weeks—with biting that bullet. I ain't rich, and I still have one more semester of college to pay for.
First-world problems are still problems.
I already have a perfectly good camera, of course. The Fuji X-T1. Although, of course, the first-world problem with that is...
...That it's no longer the latest thing.
Which, yes, also isn't a real problem. I know; don't lecture me. :-)
Still, it's a thing, as they say. Here's the thing, which you might have noticed: with digital cameras, even when you're just standing still you have to suffer periodic demotions. A new camera comes out—the gleaming, hot-rodded and turbocharged X-T2, in this case, which everybody is smiling radiantly and making happy noises about—and suddenly your formerly top-of-the-line X-T1 is cold leftovers; yesterday's news. Formerly respected, now relegated to "the dustbin of history."
I mean, you want to keep up.
But of course, while it might make a little sense to step sideways to an A6500 because it has a crucial feature I need that the X-T1 doesn't have, it makes no sense at all to rubbish a perfectly good, functioning X-T1 just because the X-T2 now exists.
Still, I think that's a feature of equipping yourself now—that inevitable day when you no longer have the latest thing. We experience it as a loss, and human beings are very sensitive to loss. And averse to it.
And by the way, the laptop I'm fretting over is the last-generation MacBook Pro...not the latest thing. This is a complicated subject!
Another wrinkle of complexity: after writing the post about The Fabulous Fourteen the other day, I went and printed several pictures made with the X-T1 and the XF 14mm ƒ/2.8 that's now on sale, and they look gob-smackingly beautiful. Even a file that needed a lot of HDR and that I had to despeckle twice in Photoshop, and that looks alarmingly bad when pixel-peeping, printed just fine.
Oddly enough, the old equipment being totally sufficient in terms of results sometimes still doesn't completely cure latestitis.
Although it probably should.
P.S. Please don't say anything in the comments about how great or wonderful the Sony A6500 or the Fuji X-T1 might be. (Or how good the latest MacBook Pros will be, dongle kerfuffle aside.) I'm having a hard enough time already!
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Richard Skoonberg: "Get the calibrated monitor. It is fantastic to pull a print and have it match your monitor. I have an ASUS ProArt monitor (PA248Q; I paid $289.), a 24" monitor which has excellent reviews on Amazon and is well priced, and a DataColor Spyder 5 Pro. You are going to see more difference in your pictures with a calibrated monitor than you are with a newer Sony camera."
MarkB: "My Pentax K-3 hasn't ceased to provide me with both an income and the pleasure of use and results, despite the arrival of both the pixel-shifty 'II' model, and the apotheosis of K-mount digital in all its full 35mm frame glory. My 2012 iMac keeps happily burping along, despite a drifting monitor and the untimely death of its optical drive (the SD slot still works). Even my most recent lens purchase was a 20–40mm impulse buy well over a year ago. What happened to me? Why do I have some sort of existential satisfaction with where I am, cameragear-wise? Oh yeah...Lensrentals.com. Somewhere in Tennessee, Roger Cicala is laughing like Dracula. ;-) "
Jon Schick: "I hear you...for a while I bought nearly every generation of Pentax DSLR but I'm sticking with the X-T1 and...15-year-old Olympus E-1. Once you've got past the initial shock that your new camera has been superseded, if you wait for long enough you'll eventually get to the stage where you're surprised at what it can still do, how well it stacks up to newer and better cameras of much later generations, and congratulate yourself for being able to churn out good looking images from such antediluvian kit. You just need to keep the Fuji for approximately 10 years to feel those full benefits!"
Speed: "The Photographer's Prayer: There are things I need and there are things I want. Lord, give me the wisdom to know the difference."
Jim Metzger (partial comment): "I remember when I was into mountain biking back in the 1990s. Every magazine said you have to have active suspension; I thought I was the only one without it. Then the 5 Boro Bicycle tour in NYC went by my front door. Thousands of riders, only a handful of suspension bikes. I still have my Hoo-koo-E-Koo steel frame. I will not be competing in the Olympics anytime soon. Here is my takeaway on this: If you are not getting the photographs and prints you want with any of today's cameras, it is not the equipment."
Dave Van de Mark (partial comment): "Thankfully I've gradually moved into a lifelong lasting syndrome of 'that's ititis' So what I have now is very close to 'that's it.' :-) "
Bri: "You spread latestitis and you're clearly not an asymptomatic carrier. I'm immune though. Mac Pro early 2009 still going strong along with an Eizo 24" (low end). D700 from point of release until it died from a serious accident last year. Now D810 which I envisage I'll have for at least another five years, if not more. An apple a day and all that...."
Brian Taylor: "I think there may be scope for a self-help group here!"