I stumbled across an article recently in which the author discussed some of the gear he regretted purchasing. It made me wince! Why? Because one of his biggest regrets, was also one of mine: the Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 lens. I bought it many moons ago and well before I began shooting professionally; and I can confirm that author's viewpoint ... it was a complete dog, repeat: DOG of a lens!! Anyway, earlier this year, I wrote an article asking for everyone's Favorite "Go-To" Gadget. So, I thought it might be fun(?) hearing about everyone's least favorite gear/gadget purchased, since turning pro.
For me, it was a large, top-of-the-line case, with tough-as-nails wheels. The promo video for it got me really excited because it was apparently built like a tank and would allow me to put all of my gear into one case. So, after filling it up the night before my next shoot, I tried to lift it into the trunk of my car and much to my dismay, it was an Herculean effort! Apparently, in my excitement to get the bag, I'd forgotten to read the specs closely enough to see that the thing weighed a ton, empty, let alone with any gear in it. When I got to the shoot, it was a new build on a huge property, with a long gravel driveway, quickly making those great, tough-as-nails wheels they'd advertised, totally useless to me.
To put salt on the wound, the house was quite elevated and, on a scorching-hot day, I had to carry the case up what seemed like ten flights of stairs. I was exhausted before the shoot began! I vividly remember how terribly embarrassed it was trying to make small talk with the homeowner, trying to fit 2-3 words together between chest-heaving breaths, trying to get air back in my lungs! All while my agent client was looking on ... I'm pretty sure she wasn't impressed!
So, what is the one piece of gear or gadget that most fills you with regret?
Tony Colangelo is a residential and commercial photographer, as well as a photography coach, based in Victoria, BC, Canada. He is a long-time contributor to PFRE and is the creator of The Art & Science of Great Composition tutorial series.