ludi wrote:So, I either downgrade and end up with a smaller system that's still more competent and versatile than the near-SLR P&S models, resulting in a net cashflow somewhere between $0 and +$500 in my favor and a resumption of semi-regular photography; or I keep what I've already got and look over at that large, heavy backpack once a week and think "I really should shoot more often."
Which is what I hear constantly. Except from folks who I think enjoy talking photography equipment more than photography.
Exactly. Its an argument about Paintbrushes and Canvases. The equipment matters so very little. Any Inter-changeable Lens Camera can do just about anything today. Better equipment will rarely, if ever, result in better images. There are times when particular things will be a bit (and usually, we are talking slightly to imperceptible differences) better or worse, but everything can be done in a workaround. If photography were simply just a technical exercise, than "he who had the best camera system would win" but it doesn't work that way. The greatest factor in our photography is the photographer. I could not care less about AF speed or corner sharpness at testing distances. I do care about being able to shoot good images at ISO6400 because my son does funny stuff late at night. But no one else here cares about how fun or cute my son is at night. I also enjoy taking a nice image of landscapes as well as to do some fun shooting of portraits for friends. My usage is no one else's.
Its the same issue that computer gaming went through in the late '90's/early 2000's - benchmarking was king. At the end of the day, do you enjoy your user experience? If yes, great! If not, than its time to re-examine things. After using a dslr for 2 years, I love my mirrorless. It meets every one of my needs and all but a couple of "wants." I doubt I could find a more capable system for my usage. For me, I am done looking at my equipment and trying to see if it is the best at anything. It really does not matter one iota. I am pretty much a two-lens person now, and I love the images I make with them. I am in a much better place than when I had 9 lenses and became indecisive over which lens to use. Now its easy. I enjoy it thoroughly, and my photos please me, and occasionally others.
I am finding more and more that the photographic industry is more about photographers trying to impress other photographers, rather than just making a good picture.