obsessing over gear and buying a beginner camera

well, here i am again trying to write.

basically, i have a working knowledge of a lot of subjects, but no one really wants to read about basics. they oftentimes want to read from someone who has explored all the nuances and gone down the rabbit hole. i do that with products, but, i do not know how i can show that without actually writing it all out. i am hesitant to write it all out because…well…most of the stuff surrounding products are superfluous features and metrics that only complicate mature technologies.

one example is when i was buying a digital camera. i taught myself about different sensor sizes, calculating pixel density, the different ways that film and digital sensors respond to light, technology of digital sensors trying to approximate film, microcontrast, quality of glass, equivalent exposures, metering systems, and came up with a way to value legacy dslr crop sensor cameras vs the new technology m43 vs full frame sensors vs film. i even picked out lens and body combinations for each technology at various price points.

that was just technology. i did similar multi-month researching dives into art, composition, notable photographers, working with models, and how to tell a story.

was that a big waste of time?

well, it was an excessive and gratuitous use of time. the gear is the least important part, so for that segment in particular, it would have been helpful to have someone with my intellectual idiocy go through the gear and then just tell me these things:

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