There’s much to be said for being happy with one’s lot.
In most areas of my life I am hugely thankful for what I have, and part of my morning yoga and exercise routine includes saying thank you for all I’m blessed with.
But, it seems, whatever I have on the photography gear front, a part of me is always looking for more.
Currently, I’m back into DSLRs and greatly enjoy the simple delights and beautiful colours of the Pentax K100D, the slightly more sophisticated and flexible K-m, and the still awkward, overly complicated, but somehow endearing K-30.
Surely three DSLRs – plus half a dozen lenses – are enough?
Apparently not, as my eBay Watch List / Saved Searches contain the following –
Samsung GX-10. A Samsung clone of the Pentax K10D. I’ve owned both in the past (at the same time) and ended up selling them mostly due to the bulk and weight. In terms of feel, build quality and performance, they were fantastic, so I’m tempted to try one again. Even though the sensor (and of course my lenses) are exactly the same as in/on my K-m, which is significantly smaller and lighter.
Pentax K7. A successor to the K10D, and, like the K10D, Pentax’s flagship DSLR when it was released in 2009. Very appealing for the build, quality, large bright viewfinder and fact that most people who had/have one absolutely love them. I slightly hesitate about the 14MP CMOS sensor (more than I need, CMOS not CCD) and the cost – most are going for close to £200.
Pentax K-x. This was actually my first DLSR, before I really had a clue what I was doing. I do have in my Flickr stream some lovely images made with the K-x and vintage M42 lenses though. I remember being confused and frustrated at the time, coming from film SLRs, that my lenses weren’t the same field of view (the APS-C sensor of most DSLRs mean a 1.5x crop factor, so for example a 50mm lens gives a 75mm field of view). Oh and I had a cheap M42 adapter that protruded from the camera and meant none of the lenses would focus beyond perhaps 10m. Again, with greater knowledge now, and an official Pentax adapter that works perfectly in terms of focus, I am very curious to see what the K-x could do again.
Pentax K100D. I have one already, and fantastic as they are, why am I watching others as a back up camera when I have the not too dissimilar and more flexible K-m, and the K-30?
Pentax K-S1. These look, on the surface, far too new, flashy and gimmicky for my usual tastes, all style over substance. But a photography friend and fellow Pentax fan keeps on about them, so my curiosity is piqued. Currently a bit pricey though, I haven’t seen many go for less than £200. Maybe one for a year or two down the line.
Pentax Q7. I have the original Q, and it’s amazing, virtually everything I love about Pentax DSLRS in a tiny package. The later Q7 has a slightly bigger sensor, and better image quality, but overall the body is the same size, and the mount is identical. But I haven’t used my Q in some months, so why do I need another that’s not much different?
Pentax K 50mm f/1.4 lens. I had an M 50/1.4, which was great, but the M 50/1.7 was smaller, lighter and just as fantastic. And about a third of the price. The K series are larger than the M series too, adding extra bulk I don’t need – my DLSRs feel best with later, lighter lenses like the F and DA lenses I have. But the relatively rarity and speed of this classic 50 is appealing.
Pentax-DA 16-45mm lens. I’ve had the standard DA 18-55mm kit zoom, and is was much better than I expected. Currently the only zoom I have is the F series 35-70mm, which is excellent, but the generally very positive reviews, wide angle (16mm on a DSLR equates to 24mm field of view, far wider than anything else I have) and my previous good experience with DA lenses (18-55, 35/2.4 and 50/1.8) all add to the allure.
I don’t need any of this additional gear of course, especially the cameras.
It would make more sense to sell two lenses I rarely use – the DA 50/1.8 and M 28/2.8 – and fund something like the DA 16-45mm, which offers something I don’t have – wide angle options with a lens that also by all accounts performs very well generally.
Or it might be better to abandon eBay (again!) like I’ve done for periods in the past, and enjoy what I have.
But the pattern of underlying dissatisfaction, always looking at what I could get next, rather than being entirely happy with what I have, seems to keep returning.
How about you? Are you happy with your camera lot, or do you constantly have one eye on something different?
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