Gear Avoidance Syndrome: It Might Be Healthy For Your Photography


Another great article by Marius Vieth.  I have long believed in what he calls Gear Avoidance Syndrome and have found the less I carry the more successful I am in capturing the image I want.  His article is right on point for some of us.  Others may read the article and go “ain’t ever going to happen.”  Get past the technicalities of your gear and work with less, but the best in prime glass.  Learn how quickly going minimal creates new and better creative juices to flow.

Gear Avoidance Syndrome: It Might Be Healthy For Your Photography.

2 thoughts on “Gear Avoidance Syndrome: It Might Be Healthy For Your Photography

  1. jrs11

    Love this one. The Dlux is my only zoom, the Gar and 50mm GXR are much sharper. May get the 21mm Conversion for the GR. if Had a 70-90mm prime most of my needs would be addressed. Something longer would be nice, not essential. I am pretty happy with what I have. For travel the DLUX did well. I like the Q with 28 and crops at 35&50 like the GR bot with more MPs, but you know, I have no need for it. When close to home I can have my 3 cameras with me easily. Too bad only Sigma makes a 75mm prime, small camera with big sensor.

    Hope you are feeling well. In the air to SF, was able to change to an earlier flight, back says too many hours in the air, but not as bad as I expected. Will send you my Flikr link, need to cull some of it.


    1. ELLIOT STERN Post author

      You are most certainly the best of example of minimizing camera gear I have ever known. At first I kind of grinned about it, but even I am now a minimalist. I have a Fuji Xt1, 14mm, 23mm and 56mm, all highspeed primes. Well the 14mm is not as high speed as the other two. But I have really followed your path to carrying very little. I suppose our similar medical histories forced the issue for the two of us. You much sooner than me.

      I looked at your flicker account. Excellent work. You are really a great photographer with a magic eye for subject and composition.

      It is a shame by the way that Ricoh never pursued the further development of their modular system. Very foolish in a time that was just right for it.



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