I was going through some junk today and decided to toss a very old computer motherboard that I’ve had laying around for over ten years. A casualty of the upgrade fever, it was rendered obsolete by a new faster system and replaced long ago. It got me thinking, perhaps my biggest vice in life is periodic obsession with the gear associated with some hobby or activity. It truly is a sickness, an almost overwhelming obsession.
Several months ago when I built up a 26 inch mountain bike as a fun side project one of the big reasons behind it was to find a use for some 26 inch wheels I had laying around. After a few rides I begin to dream of building a light retro racing bike and found some very nice light 26 inch wheels for a steel on ebay. I spent hours looking at old wheels trying to find the best bang for the buck. I kind of lost the point of the whole project, but I couldn’t stop myself. I spent 125 dollars to get some wheels that would have been sweet 15 years ago.
Last month while Shauna and I were camping at Natural Bridge State Park in Kentucky I took my Canon 10D, a 12 year old digital SLR camera that I’ve loved since I got it in 2005. For maybe the first time I realized how old the 10D is, how obsolete it has become. I compared shots taken with the 10D to those taken with my Olympus Tough point and shoot camera. The 10D had much less dynamic range, more noise, and half the resolution at 6 mega pixels. I’ve included a couple of crops from the image so you can see what I’m dealing with.
Now I’ve got Upgrade Fever of the camera variety. My single track mind has become obsessed with camera reviews, mega pixels, sensor size, and trolling ebay for sweet finds. It’s kind of sad that the 10D which retailed for 1500 dollars in 2003 is now worth 50 bucks, not a good investment. And yes I know, any camera I buy now will probably be worth half what I paid for it in a few years, but I got the fever.