The rise and the fall…


The story continues with my photography journey on Canon PowerShot G1X. When I first got to try on my sister’s Canon EOS 50D, I’m stunned by the difference in terms of image quality (perhaps the depth of field and dynamic range of the sensor) of a APS-C sensor as compared to the 1.5″ sensor on G1X. The slightly larger than compact size sensor on the G1X is all I can rely at the moment as I don’t feel comfortable holding an entry level DSLR (I have big hands) and I don’t have money to buy a mid range DSLR yet. Since then, I started saving money and eyeing on the new released Canon EOS 60D.

Another disaster strikes. During a company event, I get to shoot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II and I got shocked by, again, the image quality (aka depth of field and dynamic range) of the Full Frame sensor. After that event, I was almost certain that APS-C will not be enough for me, and I really want to get hold of a Full Frame camera, like NOW. And again, I really don’t have the money to do so (thank god) and there I started to save even harder. Along the way came Canon EOS 6D, and I was like “yeah, entry level Full Frame! This is it! My future camera!”

During this period of time, my sister was actually shooting lesser on the 50D, and therefore I get to use it more often. And again, I started buying all sorts of accessories, lenses for the camera (L lens in preparation for my transition to 6D) and so on. But soon, I realized I had virtually come to a dead end.

I’m shooting lesser and lesser on the 50D. Many times I would just want to grab my G1X and head out instead. But I just forced myself to grab the camera, bring all the lenses out and shoot… I realized that photography has no longer become something enjoyable to me. It happens that during this period, I have also decided to resign from my current job and to work oversea in Singapore.

A lot of things happened and just snapped out all of a sudden. When I started packing my stuff to move to Singapore, I look at all the gears, accessories, books and etc I bought throughout the years. This is not right, not at all. Something went wrong. I lost the passion for my hobby, I lost my sense of art, I lost myself… In the end, I sold all my accessories & cameras and officially ended my “affair” with Canon for the past few years.

I’ve realized my mistakes. Well, perhaps it’s not totally correct to name them as “mistakes”, I would say it’s a learning curve, to be exact. And all of a sudden I just get myself passing through the Gear Acquisition Syndrome (G.A.S.) and start breathing new life again. Of course I didn’t gave up on photography yet. And in the next post, I’ll share with you more on how the fire was reignited again in me.

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