Importance of gear ...

Started Mar 3, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP deednets Veteran Member • Posts: 7,981
Re: Importance of gear ...

Richard Weisgrau wrote:

My favorite photographer for th past 5 decades has beenCartier Bresson. He used Leica M3 and carried 35mm, 50mm, and 90mm lenses with the 50mm on the camera almost always. I had the privilege to meet him in the late 60s. I asked him what percentage of his photographs were made with the 50mm lens. His answer was 95%.

Gear matters, but it is far from the decisive factor in capturing the decisive moment. In the 60s when I shot editorial work I carried a Leica M2 with 35mm and 20mm lenses and 2 Nikon F bodies with 50mm, 105mm, and 200mm lenses. By the mid 70s when I was doing corporate I had 4 Nikon f bodies, 2 motor drives, and as many as ten lenses. Honestly, I did not make better photos than I did in the 60s.

Today I shoot with a Lumix G6 and four lenses with the 14-42 on the camera most of time. Gear matters but the photo matters more and having gear does not mean the photos will be better.

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Richard Weisgrau
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The Real Business of Photography
The Photographers Guide to Negotiating
Licensing Photography
Selling Your Photography

Interesting read, thanks for that! I agree that the photo matters more, but isn't it like saying that when a guitarist does a concert it is the melody that counts and maybe his technique and not so much his Martin guitar (or his Ovation etc). One aspect as to what I meant was the interaction between the subject/model and yourself. Would you think that the chemistry is the same regardless of whether you show up with an M2 or a Lumix G6? You feel the same? The model?

So if this guitarist had a choice, what would he chose? I once watched a show on German TV where Karl Lagerfeld took a photo of a woman from the audience with her P&S and there was this WOW an original Karl Lagerfeld photo, he does photography professionally.

Still P&S I thought ...

Just more fun to build a deck with an Estwing hammer me thinks ...


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