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No. It means that you should only buy Ken's crane if it makes financial and creative sense to do so. Will you use it often enough to justify the expense? Does the convenience of having a crane at the ready give you options that renting a crane would not?
BTW, I have used Ken's Kessler. I dug it :-)
I love this discussion! Between the two of us, Jim and I own way more gear than any two sane people should ever need.
Why? We like having the best tools that we can get our hands on. Why? We are serious about what we do. Why? We can't imagine doing anything else.
I have one lens that cost way more than most people spend on their camera, lights and audio combined. My camera cost 4 times what I paid for my car. (The camera has paid for itself many times over. I'm still paying for the car!) I like to say that it's because I have my priorities, but there's more to it than that. The camera has helped me to be able to do jobs that I never would have gotten otherwise. Recently I worked on a month long shoot in Hawaii. I've been to the Bahamas and several other places because I have the tools (and hopefully the skills) that it takes to do high end work. Could I do high end work without high end tools? Probably, although it would most likely be more difficult. Would clients be interested in hiring me if I didn't have the high end tools? Unfortunately, probably not. It helps to be able to make a living doing what I love if I have the right tools. I have tools that many indie filmmakers only dream of and yet my clients still ask for more! I do what I can to deliver.
There is something to be said for being able to grab the right tool at any given time, whenever the mood strikes you, without having to go through all the hassle and expense of renting what you need. Good gear can pay off in the long run. A shoddy camera that keeps falling apart will waste your time on set. Crappy lights that can't be controlled just don't add production value. Production value won't make your story any better but it will affect the look and feel of the project overall. I really believe that a production that is being made with decent equipment tends to be taken more seriously by everyone involved. Does anyone honestly think that an actor would dare to forget their lines when I'm rolling up on them with this?
It all starts with a Kessler Crane (or any other piece of gear)! The next thing you know, things are out of control! Somebody stop me! ;-)