Tampa Bay, Florida: A local photographer who made a New Year's resolution this morning to not purchase any unnecessary gear in 2019 unfortunately only lasted 90 minutes before breaking it.
The photographer, Martin Lambert, made the resolution this morning at around 9 a.m. after a phone conversation with his friend, Lance Garrett. Garrett begins the story:
Yeah, Martin doesn't exactly have the best self control when it comes to buying gear. I know it's exciting stuff, but do you know anyone else who gets a fruit basket with a thank you card from B&H every year? I asked him about his kid's college fund, and he just laughed and said: 'Jimmy's a smart kid. I'm sure he'll get a scholarship.' Then, I reminded him Jimmy got a C in algebra this quarter, and that seemed to knock Martin back to reality, at least for a bit.
Lambert took a few minutes after the phone call to reevaluate if his G.A.S. had gotten out of hand:
I took a walk around the house and began to wonder if my photo-spending had gotten out of hand. Am I the only photographer who has commandeered the walk-in closet from his wife to make a walk-in camera body gallery? Surely, I'm not the only photographer who keeps their mugs in the dishwasher so they can use the extra cabinet space to store spare lenses. So what if I own a camera body and lens library for each brand? Canon for portraits. Sony for landscapes, if I ever decide to get into them. Nikon for when my daughter starts playing sports in eight or nine years. Fuji in case my Canon batteries are charging. Leica because... ok, I just thought the Leica looked cool.
Seeing his wife's clothes stacked in piles around the bedroom because there was no room in the closet, Lambert made a resolution not to buy any gear he didn't absolutely need in 2019. His wife picks up the story:
He doesn't need any gear, period. He's an accountant, for crying out loud! I was so happy when he told me he made that resolution, then he came back an hour later mumbling something about a medium format Fuji. I reminded him about his resolution not to buy any new gear in 2019 and he said: 'well technically, there are still 14 hours until 2019, right?' I want my closet back!
While UPS couldn't provide exact details, they did confirm to Fstoppers that a tracking number for a shipment addressed to Lambert that was insured for a high value appeared in their system a few hours later.
Please don't tell my wife.