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Monday, May 30, 2011

I think I have GAS

No, not that GAS! It's the dreaded G.A.S. or gear acquisition syndrome. It's the uncontrollable urge to buy one gear after another.

You see, I recently upgraded my DSLR.  My old one, though was still very much able needed to be updated.  Even before I got my new one, I already bought a neckstrap that has more padding than the one provided in the kit.

After just one use of the equipment, I decided that I must have a bag that I could easily tote when I go on a photoshoot.  Luckily, I found one for sale on my online photo group.

After a couple of weeks of shooting with my new camera, I found out that I have outgrown its kit lens.  I wanted something that can help me zoom further than the high end of my lens.  So I acquired a new glass that could reach more than double than what the kit lens could afford.  Who knows when I will want to go farther than what my current lens could take.

The more I shoot, the more I wanted to buy new gears.  I must have bought more gears since I bought this new camera than the entire time I have my old one.  

But the itch to buy more gears is becoming more unbearable.  Now, I want to buy a dedicated flash because on-camera flash has limited range.  I want to get prime lens because not only are they fast, they are more clear and have better bokeh than my present lens.  I'm thinking of a 35mm f/1.8 standard lens, a 105mm micro lens and a 10-24 mm f/2,8 wide angle lens.

In the near future, I would like to try my hand on portraiture.  This early, I am checking out available lighting equipment such as strobes, softboxes, etc, and also those seamless backgrounds that will give my photos a more, well, professional look.  I may also need to get a good portrait lens for this purpose like a 50 mm f/1.4.  I think the 35 mm and the 105 mm lenses are also good portrait lenses.  

Oh, and perhaps in a year or two I would be needing another camera body so I won't have to change lenses all the time during a photo shoot

Someone told me not to think about these gears too much.  He said the best way to get rid G.A.S. is to lay down on the bed and get a good sleep.  It doesn't help that much though because once on the bed, I start daydreaming of the gears I want to buy.  And the urge to acquire only gets stronger.


  1. hala, that's a vicious cycle! never ending! lagot, hehehe.... but isnt it fun!

  2. Johnnie dela CruzMay 31, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    For portraiture, may I suggest an AF 85mm f/1.4D instead? Kayang kaya mo price niyan if you can afford the 50mm f/1.4. hehehehe....