Gadget. Gizmo. Apparatus. Utensil. Call them what you want. But as long as I can remember, I have had a fascination and affinity for these things. I often refer to myself as a “gadget-guy.” I especially appreciate quality craftsmanship. A really fine and well-built gadget, will always trump a poorly designed and manufactured cheap one. As a young person, my dad and my grandpa both exposed me to tools, guns, fishing gear and such. And they always appreciated the quality items. One of my favorite things to do was to dis-assemble things, like old alarm clocks, electric razors, etc., that were “throwaways” (funny though, that I never could seem to put them back together again 🙂 ).
There is nothing like the melodious sound of a Nikon F1 shutter tripping or the tactile feel of a well-made lens ring clicking through the stops
Today I am still attracted to quality tools, guns, watches, and bicycles to name a few — anything that has gearing or complex mechanisms. And yes, of course that includes photographic gear. There is nothing like the melodious sound of a Nikon F1 shutter tripping or the tactile feel of a well-made lens ring clicking through the stops.
Knowing my propensity, a friend shared a pretty darn funny website post yesterday: https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/03/hammerforum-com/. A funny read, this post illustrates how we get so far “in the weeds” sometimes that things like perspective, common sense and civility are completely lost.
And, it must be “gear” week, because Darwin Wiggett posted this pretty funny image on Facebook this morning: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210575707122990&set=a.1188155978151.2027621.1055866333&type=3&theater
Readers here know that I am a self-avowed “gearhead.” Does that make me a better photographer? In and of itself; no. But there is little doubt that some gear makes the task easier, and in the digital age, some also produces measurably higher quality results. Does that mean “better” photography. Well. I guess that depends on what “better” means.
So, no, my gear is not better than your gear and I really have no interest in comparing the size of our respective … er ….lenses. 🙂 . Instead, lets all just take the gear we have out and make some pictures.