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Old 08-12-2014, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Katy TX
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I have GAS.

Not that sort of gas, but Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Yes, and it's bad. GAS was originally coined in 1996 by a guitarist who absolutely loved to collect guitars. A lot of them. He didn't need them, but he enjoyed the process of acquiring them, playing them, looking at them and overall, simply enjoying them. In the world of photography, GAS is a serious issue for many hobbyists and professional photographers. Cameras are in a way, works of art. Not only do they look attractive, the tactile feel of a metal wrapped photography tool is wonderful to hold. In my circle of photographers, I would say half of them don't care much about the camera they use, and focus more on producing great images. The other half may or may not care so much about the image, as much as they care about the camera they are holding. I am half and half. I love producing the best images I am able to, but at the same time, I am equally enjoying the camera that is taking the pictures. I love cameras. Both film and digital. I would own all of them, if I could. I've been this way since as was a teen, many years ago.

So, I'm starting this thread so that those of you who also have GAS, may show and tell your newly 'acquired' camera. Tell us a little something about it, and maybe even brag about it. I know I will.

And so, here is my first submission. My newly acquired Ricoh GR1v 35mm film camera. A 'boutique', point-and-shoot compact camera with a cult following that is perhaps the largest among point-and-shoot film lovers. The manual controls are legendary, the body made of die-cast magnesium alloy and a 28mm F2.8 multi-coated lens that would send most modern day cameras crying to their mommies. I've been wanting this camera since 2001, and finally stumbled on one during my lunch break today. Sitting in a dusty corner at the local camera shop, and selling MUCH less than what they are demanding on ebay. So, I bought it. Yes, today was my lucky day, and everything so far checks out great on the camera. I'll be posting photos taken by this little gem very soon. Enjoy!





Please share YOUR recent (or not so recent) camera acquisitions. Cameras, lenses, filters, accessories, etc.. Show us your GAS!
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Carolina Mountains
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This.


I love film too. I've got a nikon f100. My mom has an old Ricoh my grandma owned and I keep meaning to take it but forget. One of these days!
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Katy TX
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Nice! The f100 was my dream dslr for years. Then digital came out shortly after Funny thing is that you can literally grab the f100 for about $100 in mint condition. Just crazy. It can still produce some wonderful shots with the amazing tonality that film has.
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Fortunately I have no money, which makes G.A.S. less of an issue for me.
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Old 08-14-2014, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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I have more GLS (Gear Looking Syndrome) at the moment for stuff I can't afford.

I'm waiting for Photokina to see what full frame E-mount lenses Sony announces. Would really love the Zeiss 35 f2.8, 55 1.8 and a hopefully to be announced 24 f2 or similar.
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Streamwood, IL
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finished my holy trinity not too long ago:

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Old 08-15-2014, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Katy TX
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That's some fine Nikkor glass!
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