Innovation Fatigue?

Having just read about the new Sony mirrorless cameras -
http://www.dpreview.com/news/1008/10082421sonyslta55a33.asp and some of the remarkable features that they exhibit, my normal enthusiasm for technological innovation was somewhat muted. I'm about as far away from being a technophobe as its possible to be, but it all left me somewhat cold. I've had the realisation recently that I might be getting to the somewhat strange state, for me, of being happy with what I've got. 


Innovation and advances in technology are great if they open up possibilities that didn't exist before. So I started asking myself some questions.


Leica M9 Zeiss 21mm f2,8 Biogon
Leica M9 Zeiss 21mm f2.8 Biogon.


Will anything give me better image quality than the Leica M9 without going to MF?   -  No.
Am I happy using it?   -  Yes.
Is there a better small camera for me than the Leica X1  -  No.
Am I happy using it?   -  Yes.
Do I see a simpler, neater, smaller solution for shooting HD video than the GH1 - No.
Am I happy using it?   -  Yes.
Do my Canon 7D and 550D do the job when I need fast efficient DSLR's with HD video  - Yes.
Am I happy using them?   -  Yes.
Is there a more beautiful camera to my eyes than the Olympus E-P2  -  No.
Am I happy using it?   -  Yes.


Leica X1
Leica X1


These days my outfit of choice for stock shooting is the Leica M9 + 50mm Zeiss F2 Planar with the X1 in the bag for backup, though its often the other way round. These cameras are hardly at the cutting edge of technology, but certainly at the cutting edge of image quality. 


Leica X1
Leica X1


All of my (our) "upgrades" and constant changing of equipment have been to produce a better quality image or video. When technology works to improve that I'm all for it. I'm currently happy with the results I achieve with what I have. I'm honest enough to admit that doesn't mean that a Sony A55 won't be part of my equipment in a few months time, but at the moment I'm pretty contented with what's on the shelf. Its an odd feeling and not one I'm used to. I'll see how long it lasts.


Leica M9 Zeiss 21mm f2,8 Biogon
Leica M9 Zeiss 21mm f2.8 Biogon.


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