Can we please stop saying 'The camera doesn't matter'?

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Can we please stop saying 'The camera doesn't matter'?
Mar 5, 2012

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Great work. Fantastic results. No doubt. Did the camera not matter?

Let's see, a D40, which in its own right is probably one of the best cameras ever made in its class in terms of capability toward IQ, and a medium format (really?) film camera. Somehow these examples prove the camera does not matter!?

We can all agree that the best camera in the world today in the hands of an unskilled, uninspired photographer won't produce remarkable results. That's not the argument. At all. Yes, we must know how to get the best out of our cameras, and greater yet are the importance of artistic vision and sensitivity to what's at the core of each photograph.

Yet, it is no coincidence that the most talented photographers of our time tend to end up with the most capable cameras. Could it be that they don't want to be held back by equipment limitations, so that they can focus on what their technical skills and artistic vision can achieve? Oh, to hear the tired 'It's not the camera...' cliche here, one would think that's not the case.

Fact of the matter is, even an iPhone today is a far more capable and sophisticated camera than many could get a decade or two ago. Pointing us to an iPhone photo as if it proves the camera doesn't matter misses the point entirely. And photographer/artists who need shallow DOF, low light, or action/sports capability will understand they need to get another camera. They will know this because rather than in spite of their technical skills and artistic vision.

So please, please, please! Can we stop saying that the camera doesn't matter as if it is a self-evident truth? Please?

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