The recent introduction of the 5D II and the associated musings, assumptions and general flim-flam surrounding it got me thinking about our obsession with kit. I’ll declare an interest here – I’m as guilty of being a gear-head as anyone here. I get excited about seeing new technology and marvel at what we shoot with now. Personally I’m lucky to own some fabulous kit and it’s at the level where if I miss a shot it’s down to me and not the camera. This then, is the tipping point. Sometimes I have to catch myself and recall the feeling I get when I get a great shot – the buzz of a new camera is nothing by comparison. We search for the magic combination of camera and lens, as if that’s the key alone. Sometimes it is and of course we have to have the right (and often best) choice for a given situation. My kit is for weddings and people and would be of little use for a sports tog at a rugby match. But beyond that I’ve come to realise that it was the love of photography and not photographic gear that pulled me in to this world, and it’s that love that pulls me in to this day. Our search should be for the magic combination of the moment, the right light, the emotion, the people and things that matter to us. It should be about documenting the world around us, what we see, what we love. So, whether you shoot Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony. I don’t care. Is one model slightly better than another in a certain area? I don’t care. It’s THAT we photograph that matters, not WHAT we photograph with. I’ll still watch each new announcement with interest but really, it’s not important to worry about the minutiae. We have a great community here, full of people spending hours helping each other out. Long may that continue.