Gear Acquisition Syndrome Has Reached a New High (or Low)

Gear acquisition syndrome is something most photographers have had to deal with at some point. What you have isn’t enough. If only you could get that next camera, that next lens, that next flash. It’ll dig a deep hole in your wallet, but if you’ve been looking for a way to carry all that gear at once, look no further than the fellow above.

The unidentified photographer with a crazy rig was spotted at what looks like a cosplay event in Osaka, and takes up 60 seconds of the 78-second clip embedded below. Never mind the girls in fairly tame costumes and brightly colored wigs. This man is the star of the show with three Nikon DSLRs, three off-camera flashes, a Gary Fong light sphere, several compact cameras and a backpack that seems mostly inaccessible.

The clip is a remarkable display of resiliency, considering the three cameras and lenses are probably somewhere between 12 and 15 pounds all told. The flashes, compacts, whatever’s in that backpack, the miscellaneous items and the rig itself probably add a good deal more.

Anyway, check out the clip below, and have your chiropractor on speed dial in case you experience spontaneous back pain.