I had the same passion with my Canon 300D from 2003. Used it a lot and whenever I got a piece of new gear/lens for it, I was excited and spent weeks checking it out, and comparing it to others. I really enjoyed both taking pictures and acquiring photo gears.
After the 300D, I got more cameras and lenses, and more often. Still like to take pictures, but the passion to tryout new stuff is gradually waning. Today, I can hardly get excited about new cameras, especially Canon cameras that show no real innovation, but going backwards in image quality with more pixels, in their consumer/pro-sumer grade of cameras. But, I think it's just me, because Canon still sells more DSLRs than other manufacturers, and people are buying them like there is no tomorrow.
For the last two months, I seem to have developed resistance to photography, gears or otherwise. There interest doesn't seem to be there any more, or perhaps, as they say, the flame has extinguished. I think it's partly due to the number of lenses I have built up. Frankly I am very tired of having so many lenses that actually distracts me from taking pictures. A decision needs to be made, and that is to get rid of the majority of my manual focus lenses and buy a full frame camera that I can use for the next five years, with a set of auto focus lenses, and a set of manual focus lenses of most common focal lengths. Yes, this shall be my new resolution of next year -- less gear, more pictures with substance. We will see how it goes.
Gardiner Express Way - 1D IIn & EF 100mm f2.8L IS. Click on picture to see bigger.