Digging around the internet for ideas on limiting the gear you have and own, I came across this definition that appears to suit my current thinking to a tee.
Paralysis analysis is defined as where overthinking a situation can cause forward motion or decision-making to become paralysed, meaning that no solution or course of action is decided upon within a natural time frame.
This is an interesting phrase which resonates strongly with me and the photography gear I have around me.
As I noted in a previous post, I have FOMO. The fear of missing out, driven by outside influence and my own insecurities towards the camera gear I own and most likely in the results of my photography – basically I’m never satisfied ( as my Wife likes to remind me).
Paralysis analysis drives this through over thinking through each trip out with a camera meaning I’m never sure which camera to take and almost always regretting the choice I’ve made.
For me this is serious shit! I need to get a handle on it and move away from this as I feel it hampers my photography and often leads me to being unhappy with a) what I have and b) the results I get from it.
My recent acquisitions of the Nikon ZFC & Fujifilm X100v are perfect examples of this. I don’t need them, but I wanted them based on thinking I needed them and being sucked in by the overwhelming influence from social media.
And yet each time I use them I’m almost immediately left thinking I wish I’d taken my Leica with me. Each time I shoot with just the Leica, I am happy with the experience, happy with the quality of the images I get from the hardware.
My only question with shooting with the Leica M10-P is if an M10 Monochrom would be a better option, given almost all photos I take are converted to black and white at import to Lightroom.
Moving forward I think the time is slowly coming around to the point whereby selling all of the camera gear I have with the exception of the M10 would make most sense, for sure it would help in the decision making process of having a single camera to choose from, enable me to embrace a confirmed decision and concentrate and master the gear I keep.
It may also just give me the foothold I need to look more seriously at an M10 Monochrom!
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Yes, I don’t like this sort of feeling. I’ve partly solved this in my own way: the Pentax MX is for black and white, the LX is for colour, the ME is for experiments. The other cameras don’t get used.
Lenses, I’ll stick a lens on when I load a roll, and 9 times out of 10 it stays on for the whole roll. Not something I regret, because I rapidly get to “see” with that lens, so I don’t notice unsuitable images!
So yes, sell everything except the Leica M6 and some lenses… oh, that wasn’t an option? Well, first you get a M^, then… 😉
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