Out with the old, in with the new
Well, the website remodel, the blog semi-remodel, and the passing into a new year had me fired up to clear out some old gear trade it in on new gear.
I spent today packing up old gear into the saved boxes. Amazingly, many of the boxes, warranty cards, original receipts, etc. have followed me in the move to the new home and have in many cases evaded being discarded for more than a decade.
In the ‘out’ basket:
- Canon EF 28-70 f/2.8L – a great zoom which has been supplanted by the EF 24-105 f/4L IS. I like that IS!
- Canon EF 1.4x converter. Used rarely, not used in the last decade, time to go.
- Canon EOS 5d – I have the 5d mk II. I don’t need two bodies that use different batteries, sheesh. Still a great camera, but time to let it go. I’m afraid to look and see how many exposures I’ve made with it. Many thousands, I’m guessing.
- the old, favored, venerable EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. This puppy is not even the USM version, it’s the old slow arc motor thing. Remember when autofocus lenses made a noise like a small chainsaw when they focused? This is from that era.
- Two Leica M6 bodies. I’m not going back to film. Time for these to move on.
- 90mm f/2 Summicron-M – rarely used, not a favorite lens. Out it goes.
- 50mm f/1.0 Noctilux-M – Even if I had a body to hang this on (say, an M9) I wouldn’t use it enough to justify keeping the investment in it. Without a body to hang it on it’s an expensive paperweight.
- The remaining 4×5 kit: Linhof Technikardan 45s, 90mm Nikkor, 135mm Apo-Sironar-S, 210mm Sironar-N, 300mm Nikkor-M, and a host of meters, holders, and other ancillary items (want a great LF backpack, anyone?)
And in the hopeful ‘in’ listing:
- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro – I played with my friends, and was smitten.
- Canon EF TS-E 17mm f/4L – Wide. Rise/fall. Tilt. It calls my name.
- Canon EF TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II – I love the one I have, but I would not mind an improvement. If I get this, the lens it replaces goes.
- One of those newfangled Leica M9 thingies. It would give me something to hang all my Leica M lenses on. Maybe.
- If I don’t buy an M9, then I’m buying one of those Voightlander 40mm pancakes in EF mount. If I do buy one, I’ll probably snap up the Voightlander 40mm pancake in M mount.
Browsing the Canon website, I see that a bunch of lenses have been dropped from their lineup. Gone are the 45 and 90mm TS-E, I presume because they’ll be issuing new versions like the 17 and 24. Gone is the 50mm and 180mm macro. (full list at canonrumors.com)
Bottom line: clear out the old gear I’m not using. Buy the new gear that will let me tackle things I’m doing now in a better way (100mm f/2.8L Macro IS). Either get some old favorite gear (Leica M lenses) back into action (e.g. Buy an M9) or else sell it all off.
And, of course, this is all thinking out loud. This plan might not go off at all, although clearly some of this kit has got to go.