All my none-Fuji cameras, lenses and accessories have gone; I have acted on my decision of a few weeks ago. It has all been packed up and sent for sale on commission. All 40kg (90lb)of it!
It is the end of a very long chapter in my photograhic life story - forty years of accumulation has gone, apart from a pair of Canon EOS-3s and a few other minor bits that I still have to sort out. I have kept a couple of film cameras for nostalgic reasons; my original, battered Canon Ftb, it was my first really good camera. I have also kept my favourite camera of all time, a Canon T90 plus 24mm, 50mm and 135mm manual focus FD lenses, also a Vivitar Series 1 28-90mm, an early zoom.
I was staggered by how much there was . There was also all sorts of other bits of redundant kit, a Mamiya RB67 SD, a Sony DSC-R1 bridge camera that was my walk around and holiday camera for a good while. Also gone is a Ricoh GR1s, a high quality compact film camera with 28mm lens. Once I pack up the last few bits and pieces and bin some valueless stuff I will have got rid of over 100lb (nearly 50kg) of equipment.
Most of it had not been used for many years, even my main Canon 1Ds3 had only been used a couple of times since I bought my Fuji X-T1 nearly two years ago.
It was bit difficult to get started with the packing. There was lot of procrastination but I knew it was absolutely the right thing to do. It was stuff I did not need and, more importantly did, not use. Interestingly when the courier took it I felt no emotion, no pangs or indecision at all, and as I write this a few days later, I have more of a sense of relief than anything.
Arguably all the redundant "stuff" had become an encumbrance, it was getting in the way (physiologically) and preventing me making a proper start with my new plans. On a wider front this is a start of a more general elimination of redundant stuff, it is a process that is very liberating. I now have a lot more cupboard space and as it sells I will have the funds to complete my Fuji outfit, replace my burnt-out studio flash and the tired monitors on my workstation. I did not even photograph that last collection.
Anyway I am now only looking to my photographic future. I have rewarded myself by ordering a Fujinon 100-400mm bundled with the 1.4x teleconverter. That will pretty much complete my Fuji system until I buy a pair Fuji X-T2 (or whatever it is called) later in 2016. Hopefully by the time they are available enough of my old kit will have sold to pay for them, and for those new monitor's and studio lights.
With Spring just round the corner I feel liberated and I am raring to get on with being just a photographer again (rather than a collector!).
I have done what I said, there is No going back and I am happy with my decision.