Well with many nerves and much trepidation yesterday I did use the new equipment - including the extremely visible hi-viz clothing with the logo branding. I dealt with the fear in stages - first actually putting stuff in the car, then talking to people I knew including other photographers to express my fear in a roundabout way. Then bite the bullet and get on with it - feeling like a right ninny to start with but as soon as shooting started I am fully focused on the camera.
The slight downside is some of the equipment meant a change in technique - combined with me having problems moving yesterday meaning I had to stay much more static than I normally do and I was not happy with a lot of shots. I am hopeful though that as I become more comfortable with the different technique it will make a positive difference to my photography.