Does Gear Really Matter?
I think that gear matters. I say this because when I first started out, I was shooting with a entry level camera and lens. It was a decent setup, but it wasn’t great. The video quality was okay, and while the photo quality was good enough for what I needed at the time, it wasn’t anything special.
To start, let’s address the elephant in the room.
Yes. Gear matters. It’s always going to be a factor when you’re creating something new and challenging. If you’re like most people, it can feel like a game changer when you get your first piece of equipment or get your hands on that new tool that makes everything easier and faster! But just as important is knowing how to use that tool as effectively as possible so you don’t waste time or money on things that aren’t worth it.
It’s difficult to continue without acknowledging that gear matters.
There’s a reason pro photographers use pro cameras and pro videographers use cine cameras. Gear features matter. Ergonomics matter. Manufacturers refine their products and make improvements each year, ensuring that newer generations of camera bodies are better than the ones they replace in some way or another—whether it be faster shooting speeds, higher image quality, more accurate autofocus systems or something else altogether.
That being said, there’s no one type of camera that will work best for everyone—and it’s important to remember that as you decide what kind of gear is right for your needs.
When you’re first starting out with any type of equipment, you want to get the best that you can afford. When it comes to lenses, especially zoom lenses, I think it’s a good idea to go mid-range. I wouldn’t recommend spending $1k+ on your first lens if you have no idea what kind of photography or shooting conditions you’ll find yourself in most often.
A good lens can make all the difference between a half-decent shot and one that looks like something from National Geographic. The same holds true for cameras: if your goal is purely hobbyist photography, then don’t spend thousands on an expensive camera until after learning how to use one properly!
Once again: buy what works best within your budget and own it proudly—but don’t expect this item alone will magically turn into great photos overnight!
In conclusion, Gear is important. But it’s important to remember that gear does not make the artist. Rather, the artist makes the art using whatever tools available. In this case, our tools are cameras and lenses. While there are definitely some things you can’t do without top-of-the line equipment (like shooting 4K), there are many more things that you can do with entry level gear that will still get you great results if you know what you’re doing and how to use your equipment effectively in any given situation!