As a mate of mine is only too well aware, I’ve got this sort of obsession with titanium. Mainly as it relates to camping equipment I’d hasten to add.
In fact, he’s rather prone to taking the mickey out of me regarding my titanium cookset, my titanium mug, my titanium tent pegs… oh, I could go on and on. Yet titanium’s a really good metal. Weight-for-weight its about the strongest metal you can get, which means that in most consumer products it represents a significant saving in weight… quite an important consideration for the sort of “rough-and-ready” type camping that I’m into. And I adore its colour! (I’ve even got a Seiko watch that looks like the casing could be made from titanium… it cost enough to be, anyway. And that’s another point. Titanium’s… um… quite expensive.)
It was with great reluctance that last year I had to admit I couldn’t afford at that time to buy a special edition titanium Leatherman (to the uninitiated, a superb – arguably the best – range of utility tools) to replace my bog-standard stainless steel Leatherman. (Reason I couldn’t afford it was of course cos I’ve been squandering my cash on all this camera kit I haven’t got a clue how to use!)
Most recent acquisition (photography-wise) has been a titanium/magnesium alloy tripod, and I’m absolutely certain my mate hasn’t yet exhausted his repertoire of facetious remarks re this. In fact, he hasn’t even started properly yet. I’m waiting with bated breath!
Anyway, I’ve just read that Gitzo are marking its 90th anniversary with a limited-production run of its GT90TT camera, built with titanium, and its planning to release 390 numbered units onto the market with the name “Traveller Titanium”.
Gonna sell for about £1500!
Titanium camera anyone?