Finding Positivity in online Camera Forums
Back when I owned and drove a little British sports car I used to spend a lot of time on internet forums. For useful mechanical advice, less useful discussion, general time wasting and dangerously expensive analysis of new gear and accessories. There was some useful knowledge but also lots of guess work by the less informed and the critical.
So I've generally avoided camera forums. But I have been frequenting YouTube and the affect is the same. Lots of talk about gear. Unboxings, reviews, comparisons, the latest 'must have' lens, endless 'how to edit your photos'. Occasionally useful, often trivial or worse, annoyingly addictive.
Then I was doing some research and happened across a Fujifilm forum. And was very pleasantly surprised. I haven't checked the forum in general but on the thread I was reading the guys were still using old cameras rather than bragging about their latest purchases. And I don't mean old film cameras or classic Leicas, but old Fujifilm digital cameras. Turning down new gear because they didn't feel the need to 'upgrade'. Refreshing and sensible.
I've been using my old Fuji X-E1 recently and it's still a great camera. A little slow sometimes and the viewfinder has some noticeable lag, but it's still a pleasure to use.
Ok, so I am still planning to buy a new camera before long, but keeping and using older cameras makes me appreciate how good they are, what they can create, where they might demand more skill on my part, and also to appreciate what the newer cameras can do.
I still don't think I'll frequent the forums though. They'd suck away all my time, and probably cash, just like my cars used to.