Down, Down, Down but not out

Total interest around the world in camera gear, other than smartphones, is down, way down.  If sales continue their year to year drop across the market, there will soon be only a few niche high-priced photography manufacturers in business.  This means little to no new gear or camera technology for me to research on the web and order and try which was the most time consuming and interesting ways I spent my time.  Now I have a time block to fill each morning.

190810-090629-19JEHMy Fujifilm X100F and the Olympus TG-5 and the Fujifilm X-H1 cameras have been sold and I don’t intend to buy or try anything else in the foreseeable future.  They were all great cameras that I loved using, but I don’t have a real need for keeping them.  Since I am not playing with anything new or different that also means that I have little if anything to blog about.   I am not stopping, but I will let my blog go dormant for periods of time.  Posting will depend on when I find anything to tell or show you.  I’m working on a new idea for in the early fall after the weather cools off and the kids are back in school.

I am keeping my X-Pro2 and X-T2 and sufficient lenses to make images for Homewood as requested and for my personal explorations.   I still have some purging to do with camera bags, and possibly lenses, to reduce them down to appropriate minimal sets.  Those who have followed my blog for a long time (I think it was 2010 or so when I started) know that I kept downsizing gear and then kept looking at, and eventually getting, new cameras, etc. as I tried to find ones that fit my changing needs and made life easier with the changes of getting older.  For now, I am giving up with the searching approach in terms of gear and I am going to use just my two Fujifilm cameras.  When I have problems with my hands and back, I’ll just not do as much.


  1. Marc Beebe

    The decline in camera sales and thus companies’ investment in new design is symptomatic of the continuing dumbing-down of society in general. It does not reflect some technological miracle happening with smart phones, just that people are accepting the inadequate capabilities of those devices as ‘normal’. The true regret is the loss won’t even be noticed by any but a few of us old-timers who know better.
    C’est la vie.


    • John Holmes

      I do think that the new smartphones are getting better and are sufficient for some photography. I also think the age of single photographs is on the wane and being replaced with videos, but I don’t like it. I also think that cameras passed the point of sufficiency and that is another reason for not needing to keep buying the “newer stuff.”

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      • Marc Beebe

        I agree on all points. But the phones will never be real cameras, and videos … Well it seems still photography et al may become as B&W; relegated to the realm of artistic expression only.
        And you are absolutely right about the new equipment: the ‘improvements’ don’t amount to much that would actually add anything to the photographic experience. I look at the replacements for my ‘out dated’ equipment and see no real advantage to any of it, just bigger price tags for more ‘chrome’, as it were.