As you know, Sony have just released the A7RIII, with deliveries starting on November 30th in the US. Following a Sony thread on a forum these days is like viewing the photo version of the Wailing Wall. Why did Amazon bump me off the list of the Happy And Special Ones who get cameras from the First Lot? Why did UPS confirm delivery on this date at this time, and then fail to show up? How will I face a week-end without camera when I just sold my “old” A7RII and my “new” A7RIII hasn’t shown up yet? Why do I think the world deserves to watch the unboxing video of my new camera? The the First Charge of the battery? How much dirt and insult can I heap on whoever dares to challenge the compelling, irresistible logic behind my buying this new camera? How much dirt and insult can I heap on whoever dares to challenge the compelling, irresistible logic behind my not buying this new camera? Why do I have to trash whoever disagrees with me?
In short, why are we behaving like petulant, immature, irrational children in a sandbox over what is only, really….. one piece of gear?
Is it simply that we are these children, and that the Internet “lets us let it all out” at the expense of rationality, public image, decency? After all, the vast majority of Internet personas are hiding their owner behind nicknames… in short, do we behave like this just because we can?
Is it an almost therapeutic outlet? That would mean photography (or pretty much any other hobby of that ilk, then) is a relief valve for the overpressures of our lives?
Is it because we are emotionally attached to our gear in the same way as others are to their pets? Is my camera a sort of dog, or is it a cat?
Is it because our photography is a form of identity, and because challenging “the way we do it” challenges our identity and our sense of security?
Is it because we get a profound feeling of achievement/satisfaction/enjoyment/pride when we produce a really good picture, and thus anyone challenging that challenges our right to this satisfaction?
Is it because photography is a form of artistic creation, and negating my right to create as I please/feel brings out the irate nature of many artists when faced with an outside world that doesn’t understand them/approve of them/appreciate them?
Lest this post becomes so long and convoluted as to compel readers to undertake a full Freudian analysis, thus robbing us of any funds for further gear purchases, I will just say this. You all think that Philippe (that is me), who presents himself as this rational, structured, composed, mature human being (there is a dose of the oxymoron right there) will claim to have overcome these factors. Right?
Wrong! I fess up. To each of these motives. And maybe even more. AND DON’T YOU DARE TELL ME THAT I AM WRONG! It is for a reason that a bully pulpit is called that.
Please let me know if you have other reasons in mind that explain why we behave like this. And, no, I did not say that all who love Leica are pompous idiots, and that Sony are only good for making walkmans, and that DSLRs are getting so old so fast, and that smaller sensors are for people with small you-know-whats (I meant small gear pouches, of course)…
I didn’t say it, because you all know it already, so you don’t need me for that. But as someone we all know would say: “don’t believe the media. It’s all true!”
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