In the past we’ve talked about having a camera wish list, and whether it’s helpful or not.
I lean towards thinking not.
The problem with a wish list is it outlines things you don’t yet have but would like to have.
Which by its very nature implies what you do have now isn’t enough.
That it’s lacking, incomplete, unsatisfying.
It also leads us into thinking that any “lesser” model than the one we desire, will be a compromise, with inevitable shortcomings and disappointment.
Ultimately we have two choices.
1. Just get that camera or lens on your wish list that you believe offers so much.
What you’ll likely find – depending on how long it’s been on your wish list, how much it costs, how much you have to save/sacrifice to own it, and other factors – is either it’s a wonderful acquisition, or a major let down.
Whichever, at least you then know, and can get on with using what you have.
2. Forget about the wish list, and love the camera(s) you have.
All the time we’re looking at something we don’t have, we’re not focusing on the wonderful things we do have.
This reminds me of an old joke – “Life is like a self service restaurant. You go and get what you want, then see what your friend’s got and want that instead”.
Instead, focus on your own plate and all that’s on it. Whether it’s a camera, lens, life partner, or anything else.
You can’t fully appreciate it – and commit yourself wholeheartedly to all the potentially amazing experiences that await you – until you stop looking at other options.
Put another way, to paraphrase a classic song, if you can’t be with the camera you (think you’ll) love, then love the one you’re with.
How about you? Do you enjoy the cameras and lenses you already have, or always have one eye on something on your wish list? How has this affected how much you’ve enjoyed your photography?
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