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.


There are lots of stories about special gear (in the person's mind) inspiring someone to achieve beyond what is typical.  Even when the gear really didn't help in hind sight.  Didn't Dumbo have a special feather?

Therefore, I think there is some truth in it.

My favorites include:

The one about the guy who married a very plain woman of low self worth in a island culture.  This culture was set up so the groom would pay the bride's parents.  The guy discussed women's tendency to gossip with his male friends over a meal at his house.  He hosted the friends as they traveled through the area.  He hadn't seen them for a long time.  The men were served by a gorgeous, graceful woman while they talked.  The guy noted how women would brag about how much their husbands paid to win their hand in marriage.  He paid a fortune to his wife's parents even though they expected very little money for such a homely girl.  Normally, grooms would haggle the cost down.  But this guy did the reverse.  His friends knew of the girl and asked where she was.  The guy then introduced the gorgeous woman serving them, who was the girl.  Moral was something about her rising to match the self worth the husband had helped give her.  Sure the story is sexist but it is a good story from the old days.

Another had a radio control airplane modeler who crashed his planes regularly and flew poorly.  Until he acquired the radio control of a famous flyer.  The control was special enough that he worked harder on his planes set up and had the confidence to fly more often.  And was therefore more successful.

The mind and how it thinks is a funny thing.

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