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.
My 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.