One simple rule
We have one hard and fast rule that we stick to in my house regarding camera equipment. All new gear that comes into the house must be used to photograph a cat as the first subject. Whether it's a new lens, a camera body, a new type of film for vintage cameras, lighting gear or whatever (even if it's a rental), the first pictures must be of one of our cats.
Cats can be finicky subjects as it's exceptionally hard impossible to pose them, and if you see them in beautiful light, by the time you get to the right position to photograph them in that light, they have moved to the crappiest shadow in the room. Sometimes they sit still, but they're usually just as curious about the new gear as I am and they are moving around faster than I can focus on them. In the end, I can usually get something that I like enough to share, so here are a few cat shots that followed recent gear rentals and acquisitions.
The orange-brown tabby is Nina, and the white-brown tabby is Victor. We adopted them both from cat rescue shelters, and you can expect to see much more of them here as I try out new equipment.