I enjoy buying new bits of photographic kit. I like doing the research, looking for the best price and waiting for it to be delivered. I enjoy the anticipation of it arriving and it reminds me of the old days when I would wait for the post man to deliver the photos I took using good old film.
Some of what I buy is because a) it is what I really need (or think I do) or b) because I want to see how it works for me, or c) learn how to do/use things.
I find that the last two categories is a bit hit and miss; some I like and use, some I like but don’t use and some I don’t like at all.
What I have found is that I now have a drawer full of bits and bobs that might have been useful but I never use. One example is a clip to hang a camera on my belt securely; another is the opaque lens cap I can use to get the right white balance. Fact is, both those items I don’t use; plus the 100 other things gathering dust.
I might one day use them, but I know I won’t. So what to do with them?
I decided last night that I would pass them on. I know a guy who is into photography and possibly a bit behind me on the ‘exploring for new bits of kit from the internet’ front. I’ve decided I will give him all the things I was once excited to try out so he can possibly have the same experience. No doubt some of the thing he will discard, but maybe some he won’t and they will become a regular feature in his ‘must use’ bag.
That way I can share the joy of photgraphy (kit). Not everyone gets off on it, but I do, and I know others do.
I hope one day someone will pass unused kit on to me. If I don’t like/use it I will pass it on.
It’s good to share. It’s good to give. Its not bad receiving either.
Pass it on!!