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Does Gear Matter?

Does the equipment your photographer uses make a difference in the final images? 

Hassleblad 1600 medium format film camera, viewing Nikon N80 film camera/ Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 lens; shot with Nikon Df/Nikkor 50mm f1.8 lens.

Hassleblad 1600 medium format film camera, viewing Nikon N80 film camera/ Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 lens; shot with Nikon Df/Nikkor 50mm f1.8 lens.

Modern digital cameras are truly amazing. They are designed to let just about anyone make well-exposed images. Heck, any modern smart phone can make pretty good photos - in most situations.

Often non-photographers think that the bigger the camera the better the images that will be made. But this simply isn’t true. The size and price of the camera indicate that the camera has more features, but in the end, the camera is just a tool. Buying a better chef’s knife won’t make you a better cook. Buying a better camera won’t make you a better photographer. A skilled chef can make a great meal with modest tools. A great photographer can make great images with the most basic camera.

So...if that’s true then the camera doesn’t matter, right? Well, yes and no. I shoot a professional grade camera because it gives me the ability to quickly make great images. The performance of my camera only matters because I know how to make the most of it’s features. For my professional portrait work I prefer to work with a full-frame digital camera with customizable manual controls. I only work with high quality, fast lenses for ultimate control of the light.

Professional photographers invest heavily in equipment and gear not to make better images, but to better match their images to their creative vision in the most effective and efficient way possible.

Canon or Nikon?

My primary digital camera is a Nikon. I shoot Nikon because that’s what I learned with and that is the format of my lenses. Nikon isn’t better. Canon isn’t better. They’re both great! Half my photographer friends shoot Nikon and half shoot Canon.

 Front view: Nikon Df/Nikkor 50mm f1.8 lens, shot with Nikon D600/Nikkor 50mm f1.4mm lens.

 Front view: Nikon Df/Nikkor 50mm f1.8 lens, shot with Nikon D600/Nikkor 50mm f1.4mm lens.

Top view: Nikon Df/Nikkor 50mm f1.8 lens, shot with Nikon D600/Nikkor 50mm f1.4mm lens.

Top view: Nikon Df/Nikkor 50mm f1.8 lens, shot with Nikon D600/Nikkor 50mm f1.4mm lens.