Many people suffer from gear acquisition syndrome (GAS), regardless of occupation or hobbies. It’s part of living in the materialistic Western World. The problem with photographers is, however, that we often feel justified in our purchases because we’re “making money” with our new toys, rather than simply allowing them to collect dust in the garage.
But, how many of you GAS-sufferers actually put to good use every piece of gear you buy? Allen Murabayashi of PhotoShelter wrote a great piece where he fessed up to having made ridiculous purchases that were never put to proper use.
In his nine-item list, Allen included a variety of items, from lighting to lenses to card readers, that were purchased while he had GAS. Some seem like no-brainers, while others surprised me a bit.