Does The Camera Gear You Use Really Matter?


We get regular questions from readers about gear and how much of an impact it has upon photography.

While there’s no doubt that gear does have a big impact upon the images we take – does that really matter? Today we stumbled across a video from Ted Forbes from The Art of Photography that we thought answers the question in an interesting way and we’d love to hear what you think about it in comments below.

We’d love to know what you think of Ted’s argument in comments below.

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  • My opinion on this subject has always been unique. Equipment is not everything, but it helps a lot in certain situations.

    I think the construction of a more authorial look at image capture and most importantly, but in sports situations or even in a wedding scene where emotions emerge, a fast camera makes a total difference.

    But if the photographer does not know the feeling or even the special moment of the scene, nafda is worth top equipment in his hands. Complex? No, it’s that simple.

    Fernando Coutinho

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  • Tammy L

    Solid advice! It’s the person, not the camera.

  • excellent subject

  • KC

    It’s not an easy question to directly answer. To a great degree: no. The end viewer or client has no idea what camera you used. They’re seeing the final image. I’ve never heard “That’s a great image for a….”

    It’s a particularly relevant question to me, though. When I started out years (decades) ago I couldn’t afford much. I used whatever I had, matter how old it was, and made the best of it. I was lucky enough to work in studios that had “the expensive stuff”. Truth be told, I couldn’t see much difference in the final images. What I did learn was that the client doesn’t care so long as the image is good.

    Fast forward to more recent times. I own and use Panasonic cameras. I like the size and handling, and the images work for me. It’s more than personal taste. They attract attention when I use them. It’s like free marketing. People are used to seeing big black SLR’s, not compact silver cameras. It’s a truly silly point.

    It’s hard to get a bad camera these days. Get the best camera you can afford, new or used, and do great things with it.

  • Bernie

    I jokingly suggested at my local photography group, that we change the usual competition to one where you guess whether each picture was taken with a Nikon or a Canon, full-frame or crop sensor, or phone.
    My best ideas are often ignored ?

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