" 'S weird."
It is weird. I don't know about you, but I've gotten almost insanely picky about my equipment. I've developed settled tastes on all sorts of things—lens focal lengths, needed vs. unneeded features, where I like the controls to be, size and weight, all sorts of things. I'm so picky that some things I want aren't even logical—for instance, I appreciate a lens system that's complete even though I will never buy 80% of the lenses available. I appreciate companies with good professional services programs such as NPS or CPS—even though it's been years since I did any professional work and I've never belonged to any such organizations anyway. (I mention this because I was pleased when I heard the rumor that Fuji is planning a professional services division...even though I probably wouldn't, and maybe couldn't, join. Does that make any sense at all?)
At the same time, I've gotten radically less picky about cameras. Hand me a camera, I'll figure out quickly what I can and cannot do with it. If it's inadequate in some way, well, so what? It's a camera, and nothing's perfect. I'll figure out how to make it do what I want (and if I can't, well, maybe there wasn't a picture there).
I don't know whether I've gotten more picky or less picky over the years. All I know is that regardless of what camera I have, I manage to feel, simultaneously, that it's much more camera than I need, and also that I'd like a better camera.
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William Furniss: "I think Alt You is a busy professional photographer with a lot of gear. I can't help thinking of equipment needs and wants with the mind of the photographer I was twenty years ago even though I am no longer that person."
Mike replies: Ha! Yes, I do have a tendency to do that. With all sorts of things.