Importance of gear ...

Started Mar 3, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: Importance of gear ...

deednets wrote:

... from a psychological perspective.

I was reading a thread on the Leica forum stating that gear doesn't matter. One of the first posters to respond suggested that amongs other things this wouldn't take the psychological background into account.

Not sure whether the poster meant in in this way, but I thought that was an interesting point he made: Does your gear make you feel more or less confident about your shooting? e.g. if you join a model workshop to learn some more about portrait photography, would it make you feel differently if you had a particular gear? Is there a percentage of confidence in the gear you carry?

What comes to mind is a scenario where I would certainly feel different with a Fuji X-E2 + 56/1.2 versus a Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR II kit lens. This might seem like an extreme comparison but the Nikon with it's 24Mpx sensor and a maximum ISO 25.600 is no slouch.

Is there a certain level from whereon confidence is fine, e.g. D800 vs 5DMKIII vs. Leica M240?

I currently use the above mentioned Fuji X-E2 with 4 primes and have no issues to play with the big boys, but would not feel that great about a NEX 5, 6 or 7 etc ...

So I admit that the gear I use makes a difference to me, I think this is mainly because of the interface and how the camera feels like an extension of my hand/eye coordination, but this might of course be seen as rather feeble excuses to get some fabulous toys on board.


A few points in no particular order:

  1. All manufacturers will subtly try and convince you that you can only really have a big dick if you use their latest model.  And the more expensive that product is the more you will probably believe them.
  2. Very few subjects can tell the difference between one black box and its lens and another and its lens. If you think they will be impressed then you are sadly deluding yourself.
  3. If you are a crap photographer then better gear may help you get shots that are sharper and more correctly exposed - but they will still be crap.
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