Lately on 35hunter there’s been a fairly high proportion of talk around gear.
Which, on a photography blog, surely is inevitable?
The exact combination of camera and lens (and film) you use is highly important. Except, it really isn’t.
Not in the way many would tell you it is.
In my experience, where gear isn’t important is when it’s about chasing an every upward spiralling spec sheet that contains the biggest (or smallest, depending which is “best”) numbers, and the most features.
In any area of life – cameras, phones, computers, cars, houses, partners(!) – it’s a horrible trap to get caught in when you’re never satisfied with what you have because you always have one eye on the next “upgrade”.
And with photography, again in my personal experience, more and more options means more and more obstacles in the way of you being able to make photographs you’re proud of, and enjoying yourself along the way.
Because really, photography is about feelings and experiences and memories.
Having equipment that you’re so familiar with it almost becomes invisible.
Knowing how your camera and lens will perform in any scenario, and how to shape that to give you the images you want.
Where shooting becomes meditative, an almost zen like experience of seeing and capturing each image.
And where the Mega Pixels of your sensor, or the maximum aperture of your lens, or the number of AF points in the viewfinder become forgotten, and irrelevant.
So yes, photography really is all about the gear.
But only insofar as choosing the gear that feels right enough and becomes invisible enough to give you the most rewarding photography experiences possible.
For me recently, the camera I’ve enjoyed most and has given me images I’ve loved whilst being a delight to use, is a 13 year old DSLR that cost me £26.
Which speaks volumes.
What do you think? Is photography all about the gear?
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