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| p.2 #20 · Honest discussion:What gear do you really need for any job? |
Kerry Pierce wrote:
I am not convinced that the average guy that is "a well rounded photog who could hit the basics of any field" could be the guy that doesn't care about the gear. There are very good reasons for the specialty items in photography. If you don't know what gear you need, and the techniques required to use it, in any given genre, I don't see how you could turn out good work.
After over a quarter century of photography, some for pay, most for self expression, I've come to think the least important thing is the gear, generally speaking. The MOST important thing by far is the ability to recognize light and use it effectively. It comes down to that.
Kent in SD
I have a similar background, starting in the early 70's as a partner in a wedding/portrait business, where we used both 35mm and MF cameras. We always used the MF for the formals and portraits, rather than the 35mm, and it wasn't because we liked lugging around both systems.
I certainly don't wish to diminish the importance of using the light properly. But, here's what I'm getting at, you aren't going to take great macros without a good macro lens and either a tripod or a high ISO camera that allows you to have SS to eliminate camera shake. You won't take good sports shots, especially indoors/low light, without the appropriate high ISO camera and long, fast, lenses. You need flash guns and you need to know how to use them. Etc, etc, and so on. There are very good reasons that N & C offer pro bodies and lenses and I don't think it's because all of the pros are just gearheads that love to spend money.
The gear is very important to many tasks, IMO. If that weren't true, there'd be no need for a DSLR at all. Everyone could use a pocket camera. If you disagree, that's cool, we'll just have to agree to disagree.