Why I don’t follow camera news anymore

There is so much camera news out there. New cameras, new lenses, rumors, updates, new gear and much more is released almost every day. And I don’t follow any of that anymore. I used to. Checking every new release, comparing it to what I had, wanting something different. But not for a long time now. And today I will share with you my reasons why I don’t care about this anymore.

Useless information

Do I really need to know the specs of every camera that is released? Of every lens? Do I even need to know that some camera was released? I have been using Canon cameras for about 10 years now, and I no longer even know what professional cameras Canon offers anymore. It’s useless to me. It will not make my photos better. Rather than reading up on this, I prefer to look at new editing techniques, processes, ways to improve, cool spots to visit, interesting compositions and similar.

Only time I look at this stuff now, is when I know need a new camera. When the shutter count is closing up to the camera limits, it’s time to have a look at something new. But other than that, why?

Gear envy

I know I had this. Seeing other photographers with pricey cameras, all the best gear, can make one feel envious. I felt the same before. But I don’t care anymore. There is a point, where what you have is good enough. The Canon 5D mark II, that I bought in 2012, is probably still good enough for most of what I do. And I still use it. Do I need a 30Mpix photo when doing photos at an event? Do I even need the 22Mpix the 5D mark II gives? It’s different for landscapes, but even there most of times you could get by.

Seeing all the new releases will only make you have more gear envy, that you don’t need at all. Focusing on what you have and how to get more from it, is much more rewarding in the end.

Diminishing returns

I think you all heard of the Law of diminishing returns. Here it would be, that there is a point where spending more on something, will get you almost nothing more. A good example would be tripods. Buying a 200 USD tripod, will give you a much better experience than a 40 USD tripod. It’s can easily be 5 times better. But how much better is a 1000 USD tripod than the 200 USD one? Maybe 2 times better? 1.5 times better? Maybe even less.

This goes hand in hand with gear envy and just useless information about all that is available. Do I need to know that if I spend double what I already did, I get something that is 5% better? No.

Pointless rumors

I hate rumors. And not just in camera news. They mean nothing. Do you know that Canon, Sony, Nikon and others will release new cameras? Of course they will. Will there be new versions of popular gear? Of course there will be. Will the new cameras be better? I do hope so. But do I need to know some random persons idea what they be? Not really. I seen rumor articles based on a single tweet from a new, never before used account. Really. News sites need content, and often they go with anything.

There has not been a big change in photography for a long time. I would count the switch to digital photography as one, but stuff like going mirror-less is just an evolution. You probably can predict every new camera that comes out just by looking at older releases. The changes are quite minor.

Minimalism

Over the last 1-2 years, I have been interested in scaling down. I got rid of a big pile of things. And I’m moving with this approach also to my digital life. I stopped using some social networks, unsubscribed from a lot of accounts on other sites, limited my visits to even more. And information on new cameras and gear just fits perfectly in a category I don’t need and can easily leave out.

Behind the camera

What I wanted to say with all of this, it’s better to focus on what you are doing and just ignore stuff that you don’t really have to care about.

New wallpapers

Let’s do even more 4K wallpapers today. Today the theme is mountains and fog, and all of these wallpapers were taken around Slovakian High Tatras. As always, these are at 3840×2160 so will work perfectly on your 4k monitor.

Don’t forget to check out other available wallpapers:

Mountains and fog wallpapers in 4K

And here are the newly added wallpapers:




New wallpapers

Let’s do even more 4K wallpapers today. The theme this time is Budapest at night, and some fireworks :) As always, these are at 3840×2160 so will work perfectly on your 4k monitor.

Don’t forget to check out other available wallpapers:

Budapest night wallpapers in 4K

And here are the new additions:

Budapest night wallpapers in 4K
Budapest night wallpapers in 4K
Budapest night wallpapers in 4K
Budapest night wallpapers in 4K

4K wallpapers update

Not really in the mood to edit today, or to write too much. So since I’m somehow tired today, let’s do something else. How about few new 4K wallpapers for you to download :)

Here you can also get all the other available wallpapers:

New 4K wallpapers

The theme for today’s wallpapers is Dubai, and you can get them all from the 4K wallpapers page here.

4K wallpapers 3840x2160 HDRshooter
4K wallpapers 3840x2160 HDRshooter
4K wallpapers 3840x2160 HDRshooter
4K wallpapers 3840x2160 HDRshooter

More wallpapers

Let’s do one more batch of wallpapers for the 4K selection. Now it start’s to look better. Not that I will not add still more, but not that early again :)

Check out all the available wallpapers here:

New wallpapers

The theme this time is mountains, so all these are mostly from Alps. Download them from here right now.

4K wallpapers
4K wallpapers
4K wallpapers
4K wallpapers
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