It's not their fault. We love the equipment (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). I am not a victim, but a willing participant. I wanted to be Devin Graham (aka Devin Supertramp). I actually thought if I buy the Camera (Canon 5D Mark II - he's moved on), if I bought the lens (Canon 16-35mm - he's moved on), if I bought the Glidecam (HD-2000 - he's moved on with his own signature series) - I could be like him. He makes it look soooo easy. When you are more keen to see the BTS (Behind the Scenes) YouTube channels and clips than the main feature, are you missing the point. I've probably spent more time watching 'how to' film than actually learning how to film by doing the filming! I agree it's not about the camera, lens, stabilizing system you use, its about the person behind the tools. Yes, you want to keep up-to-date with developments as do Doctors, Dentists, Opticians, but should you be practicing your art in all ways rather than looking at Doctor Digest, or squinting at Opticians Oracle for the latest gizmo? When people say nice camera - they mean nice camera, not nice camera operator.
So, I tried, probably not hard enough, I tried at being Mr Supertramp - he made it look easy - my shots were like being on a boat in a force 9 gale. I tried and tried. But then again I do have a guitar and electric piano collecting dust. I could become competent at those instruments as well, but well, it would take practice, dedication, time, effort. All those things that Mr Supertramp has put in.
So, I sold the Glidecam on ebay, I sold the lens on ebay, I even had an iphone Steadicam which you guessed it I sold on ebay, I did not sell the Camera (now used as a stills camera). Am I sad? No. They were doing nothing, in the wardrobe languishing, waiting for a new owner. I have set them free and hope their new owners have a great time with them.
So, where next? Am I still looking for new gear. Well, yes and no. I do have another camera, lenses, and also have some money to spend. But no, I will abstain for the moment and focus on people, telling the story, light and sound.
My best days? Walking the dog, taking my camera, using a $35 lens.