You probably couldn't tell, especially after looking at my last 2 blogs posts, but I couldn't give a damn about talking about camera gear. Sure, I could gush on about the 16mm f1.4 for days or read hundreds of articles about a camera I'll probably never own (*coughcough* GFX), but I find that even in the most tight-knit communities like Fuji's, the criticism of a single lens can fracture people right down the middle, and talk of other cameras bring out the worst in people...
Call me crazy, but I think many of those feelings are justified!
Lenses and cameras, just like cars or vacations, are an investment. I invested money into the 23mm f2, only to find I don't consider it a lens I enjoy using. However, many others invested the same amount of money into that lens only to find out they never want to take it off their camera. So trying to have a conversation about that lens became this tricky tight-rope walk along the line of what may anger someone else or make them defensive about something they invested money into. And from the perspective of someone writing entirely subjective blogs, the dialogue articles about gear spark don't really do anything constructive for the community I enjoy being a part of, and more importantly: For myself.
See, I had a roadmap for the blogs I wanted to write. Following in the footsteps of my last 2 blogs, each week for the next month I would do a breakdown of how I use each lens I own and what I like/don't like. I wrote one about the 16mm f1.4, one about the 50mm f2, and one about the 35m f2 only to promptly move them into my computers trash-bin shortly thereafter. The reason I scrapped them all was because I already knew exactly how the audience would respond when I shared each one. People who agreed would agree and people who didn't would voice there opinions and go on their way, and the conversation would fizzle out and die pretty quickly.
A while back, I wrote an article for Fujilove where I talked about getting my X-T1 when I was living in Japan. I found that I balanced talking a little about gear and the actual joy of shooting quite well, and the responses from people were beyond what I had expected. I even made a few friends in the process! That article had something my last two blogs, which are strictly about lenses, didn't:
A reciprocative relationship with the reader.
As a result of putting my experiences out there, I got to hear about other people's as well. I met some people who moved to Japan and shoot Fujifilm, some Japanese people who shoot Fuji. People with miles more experience than me told me they enjoyed my work, and people with completely different backgrounds told me that they could relate to how I felt. I got messages across Instagram, my website and Facebook that made me feel like my contribution to the community was worth my time, and that my article was worth other theirs'.
It's for that very reason that from now on you'll very rarely find me talking about gear on my blog. Theres already a wealth of people contributing lens reviews, lens tests, etc, and most of them do a damn good job at it! Theres always room for articles about this lens, or that body... But I've come to the realisation that that isn't they way I'm going to contribute or use the platforms I'm given to share my ideas.
If you enjoyed anything I've contributed, or completely hate my guts for, say it! I want to hear it! If you want to see more of my photography, follow me on instagram or look around my website for more of my work!