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Old 04-03-2011, 18:36   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys & Girls well i've been mulling over the idea of getting rid of all my kit the past few months, I havnt seriously picked the camera up in over 12months due to work or the lack of it and the worry of not having it (mortgage and bills etc), i find I cant relax or get into a photography rhythm and now I seem to have lost my appetite for creativity, but I know that deep down my photography cravings are still there just a bit clouded at the minute, so, do I sell my kit and when my life grants me some time venture into it again or do I hang on to it? I've been thinking about it know for a while to the point where I dont trust my own decision for fear of making the wrong one, so its here I ask for a bit of help & guidance, maybe someone has been in a similar situation etc any words of wisdom greatly appreciated
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Old 04-03-2011, 18:50   #2 (permalink)
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Provided you do not need the money I would not rush into selling your kit. Don't put pressure on yourself to go out and take pictures but maybe just carry your camera and if the fancy takes you then take a picture. I have been into photography for several months and it has definitely helped my depression. Good luck
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Old 04-03-2011, 19:21   #3 (permalink)
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Unless you really need the money, I'd keep the kit. Everyone will have a greater or lesser inclination to pursue the hobby over a period and within that, the mojo will wax and wane too.

If you did sell up and got the bug again, you would regret not having the kit you have built up and it would be expensive to re-build it.
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Old 04-03-2011, 19:56   #4 (permalink)
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same as ...... unless the situation dictates that the money you would get would dig you out a hole then keep it.
Remove your batteries and put it all away in the back of a cupboard, and one day....
probably when you least expect it, you will get a small tickle, making you wander if you still really do have the urge and creativity, and then next thing you will be out and about like you have never had the break.
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Old 04-03-2011, 21:33   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies , its not a money thing although I could do stuff with it so it looks like its off to the cupboard for a spell, imput much appreciated folks
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Hang it up for a while, you'll know when the urge hits you again
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Old 04-03-2011, 23:44   #7 (permalink)
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I've been going through the same scenerio myself these past few months;no motivation,no inspiration;I pick up my gear,play around with it and produce absolutely nothing with it;dust it ,clean it,then put it back in the cupboard.
I tell myself that the best thing to do would be to sell it off and try something else but...I just cannot do it:It took me years to build up what I have and I reckon when the weather picks up and I get rid of this bloody awful depression ,I'll be back out there with my favourite lens taking the same old crap and having a bloody good time doeing it!
So ,hang on to your gear,good times are just around the corner; once a photographer,always a photographer,if you sell it you'll regret it!

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Old 05-03-2011, 07:38   #8 (permalink)
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I too would argue for you to hang onto your kit. Motivation is a strange thing and often needs something very minor for it to kick back in - and you'd be the one kicking (yourself) if you got rid!

Whilst I've never got as far as contemplating selling my gear, I regularly find I need something extra to drag myself out to make the effort - whether it be going with someone else, a new technique, the reappearance of something (like Dragonflies which I always anxiously await!) or just a change in the weather (the snow was good, photo-wise!). Someone paying me is a different proposition of course!
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I agree - Keep it! It's there for you to fall back on, when you're ready. There is a well known scenario that people drop their hobbies, (and worse .e.g. their families) when the pressure of work gets too much. The pressure then builds up more and more and eventually there is no fun in life, no hobby and worst of all the job gets blown away because of not being able to relax. This may sound like it's going against your current situation but for your own good get out there and relax. You will feel better for it and be able to give more useful effort to your work! My OH is a psychologist and she sees too many people giving up the wrong things. Time is important, and you need to give some of it to relaxation, and when you can, your kit will close by to help you enjoy it. All the best...
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Thanks again guys, im glad I asked for your input
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If you do sell I will make you an offer for the D700 body and the wide angle 2.8....
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Old 05-03-2011, 18:41   #12 (permalink)
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thanks but its going into temporary hibernation so to speak
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Hi If you do sell let me know about the elinchrome studio lights. Very interested.

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You would so regret it if you wouldn't have that camera in hibernation for that one shot you could have had. I don't think i have to add to all the others who're telling you not to sell your gear
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