Not a day seems to pass on which someone from the photographic online community seems to write about “how unimportant” the gear is for making great photos, in one way or another. Quotes are shared on Twitter, blog posts are written, discussions held, rants posted. And I tend to agree, but at the same time, I’m getting so tired of it.
You can’t make sports photos in low light with a D70 and the 18-55 kit zoom.
And when a pro photographer that is running around with a pro DSLR and a full set of f/1.4 primes and f/2.8 zooms tells me “gear doesn’t matter” I do find a certain hypocrisy in that statement. :-} If gear is really so unimportant, then why do you have at least $5000 (probably much more than that, actually) of it in your camera bag?
What seems to be neglected, always, is that digital is not film. If I was a film user, there would perhaps be no reason to update from an old Nikon F100, unless it broke. But digital photo technology and sensors have advanced a lot. Today, I can make photos with my Nikon D800 that I simply wasn’t able to make seven years ago with my first DSLR body, a Nikon D70. In fact, the D800 is my fourth DSLR body in only five years – and it is the very first DSLR camera that leaves nothing to be desired for me.
I understand everyone who wants to update their gear, be it to get closer to their photographic vision, or to be able to make photos that sell.