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Should you use the same camera as your heroes?

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  1. Some of my best pictures were with iPhone and not with my DSLR with $1k lens. Subject and angels matter much more than camera. There are things that iPhone camera can’t do, and those situations demand a better camera. However, reverse is true as well!

  2. Most gadgets in cameras shops are just bait. Often, massively over priced bait. Try three months with nothing but a film camera three lenses a tripod and a light meter. Put the good picture in the film not a shit pic in Lightsnots or Photoplop that you make good with sliders and menus. That will tell you how good you really are and if you are good you will not need a hero. You will be one.

  3. A wealthy and influential friend of mine saw one of my pics, and said, "WOW. You must have a REALLY nice camera." Yes. The old Sony NEX-3 I had at the time stood out in the rain and got that shot, while I sipped hot chocolate. 🙂 Thanks for the great vid.

  4. Great question? but whos Peter McKinnon?

    What kind of camera I buy is based on price and how much I have to spend, same goes for lens. I thought this was common sense. I'd like to buy a Sony Alpha A7R III but I also like eating too.

  5. I am one of those that don't change often. Luckily I got the Pentax K-3 which has the same sensor as the Nikon D500 that came out 3 years later! I see no reason to change but I do believe my next camera will be mirrorless. And maybe even the 4/3 system!

  6. YouTube convinced me that I could not photograph without a light meter. After purchasing one I now realize that its more important to get thousands of photos under your belt and learn how your individual camera exposes light. Now I have a great deal for you. You want to buy a light meter?

  7. Good reasoning, thank you! Some people just love gear, and are interested more in the camera and lens technology, then in shooting photos. Which, I think, is also fine. Solid point on the ebay selling and buying! It's just so much time to sell. I've sold two of the lenses that I didn't use in the past two years. The time it takes to… : clean the gear, look for the boxes, search for all the parts, pack-it up, make pictures, upload it to ebay, message with the buyers, bring the things to the post… I sold both lenses for about 45% of the new price when I bought them. Of course, it's better to have the money vs. having the lenses collecting dust, and it also feels better that someone makes good use of it.

  8. You should understand why your heroes use the camera they use. Sometimes it makes no difference, but sometimes it makes a big difference. I shoot fashion. Having a camera that can focus anywhere on the frame allows me to concentrate more on the composition and click when the moment is right. If I had to focus and recompose, like I had in the past, I'm sure I would miss many moments or I'd have to use "safer" apertures.

  9. Spot on Tony. My dad was a pro for over 40 years and he never owned a lens under f4 and was still shooting film for a long time after others had switched. Yet his work still stood up and he had a lot of big clients who could neither tell the difference or even care. Kit really doesn’t matter. Thanks for the great content.

  10. I am very aware that any of my favorite photographers could take all of his photos with any brand of camera and flashes. Obiously, a profesional camera get you faster results, speaking of handling and operation, but, I am amateur, take 0.5 seconds more to change any parameters of my camera doesn't kill me, I don't need a Nikon D5, or a Canon 5D MK4. I want a Pentak K1, but only for Full Frame, if Pentax releases a cheaper full frame, I could think about it. If I were a Canon user, for example, I could buy a 5D clasic or mk1

  11. A good photographer can shoot pictures with ANY type of camera. The point being, is that if you have an eye for photography then it doesn't matter what camera you use.

  12. I agree that you can take wonderful photos with entry level cameras but better cameras increase your chance of nailing the shot due to the faster performance of the AF and the higher Mpix, allowing more ability to crop without losing the ability to produce reasonably large prints.

  13. Love the relaxing style in which you present common-sense information and advice, based on years of experience. Feel like I'm a guest in your home… so a cup of tea and some biscuits in the shot would make it perfect!

  14. People have been able to take good pictures as long as cameras have been around. Look at images of something hard to photograph, like a rocket taking off, from like any period since they have been taking off, and they are still great photos today. With all sorts of cameras, photographers have been taking great shots since they existed. For example, remember a good photo you saw in the mid 2000's? It's still a good photo today. I'm not saying go out and buy an old camera, because if you have the money to get a better one, by all means do it. But unless there are exact features you need from a camera due to specific situations, it really doesn't matter which one you choose. They are all good. Companies like Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. don't strive to make their cameras bad, they make them as good as they can for the price, and if you know what you are doing then you will be able to take great pictures with any of them.

  15. This was a superb video, Tony, perfectly covering an important topic. I wish more people made videos like this to get rid of some of that fanboyism running rampant all over YouTube.

  16. For me in my photography hobby, the photo is just part of it. I enjoy the gear geekiness and twiddling with gadgets. Admittedly, if I were a pro I’d be maximum profit for least cost any day!

  17. I liked this video and it motivated me once more to stick to my self-imposed rule to not buy a new DLSR body within 10 years. It's better to invest your time (and money) into going out and snap pictures.

  18. I agree. It should be about the final image. Gear is important but like Ansel Adams' said, "The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it."

  19. I shoot sports photography with a Nikon and whenever you see photographers at the event, there are a lot of white lenses shown. I can take blurry, boring pictures with any brand. Should I switch? Not if I want to stay married.

  20. I CAN'T use the same gear as my heroes because I can't afford it. – Whether it's in photography or music or anything that I do, I have to use what I can get. – However, this actually forced me to find my own approach and style, so it's for the better. – It made me find my own way and learn things more thoroughly. Also to find out what exactly in the gear matters and what affects what. – The equipment only matters in terms of getting a certain style in say your images or maybe sounds if you do something in that. – Other than that, you can create with any equipment as long as it functions properly, or if it's just good enough within reason.

  21. to be honest, I don't actually know what gear my "heroes" have. I don't have heroes as I do with music. But I do follow certain photographers and really enjoy their pictures. Oddly enough I never bothered to look at their gear. I only see the composition and final product. So I suppose I managed to avoid that curse.

    When I buy a new camera or gear, it's only because it will feel like a quality of life upgrade.

    Good video that applies to so many aspects of life.

  22. great video. seems like everyone is biting off each others ideas on these Facebook groups and youtube videos all they talk about is sony like its the only camera that will get the job done. mean while there images all look the same…..

  23. This point is 100% correct. My personal photography 'hero' is Fred Herzog from Vancouver BC. For his entire career he has shot slide film on fixed lens cameras that he never pays more than $100 for. His work is pure art, and is world-renowned.

  24. A look at Flickr nowadays can see people with expensive gear taking mediocre pictures they could easily take with a cheap happy snapper. Others seem experts in Photoshop manipulation that create pictures that are that overproduced and look so fake they make you vomit. Other fellow mediocre photographers then heap praise on them for the "wonderful capture" they have just made?? It's obvious that prior to the arrival of digital cameras, a lot of these people would not have even bothered with photography, now they're "experts"?

    I often hear people saying they just bought whatever camera and they've only owned it a week or so and have 10,000 "actuations" on it already!! What the hell are you taking 10,000 pictures of in a week? I'd dare say i could look at a lot of these people's 10,000 pictures and pick 1 or 2 that i would've taken maybe, and been content with that. That's what they should have been aiming for that week, those 1 or 2 great pictures, not just holding the shutter release button down firing off 14 frames per second hoping in amongst the dozens of pictures being taken, the camera will find that right moment without them having to think for themselves before going click.!

  25. "Gear doesn't matter" (a phrase I really hate) has been coming up a lot on the channel recently. I guess Tony must be bored about everyone arguing over Sony VS the others all the time.
    But still, saying it is never true, and people are only lying to themselves with it.
    The real questing should be: "What does buying X camera, or buying Y lens add to my photography?" The answer is rarely "nothing". There is always room for improvement.

  26. Hallelujah – Spot on – I shoot video (yes video) and stills on a Nikon D750. It has terrible live view focus – so I set my movie mode to back button focus mirroring my stills set up – I find a contrast point recompose and press the shutter to film – I've done it for 3 years for an event company – I don't even think about it. Your so right my live view button is now broken and has gaffe tape over it, but until the f*#*#r breaks I'm still using it.

  27. having nice gear is nice but what you do with it matters more… shitty camera in the hands of a pro photographer vs top of the line camera in the hands of an amateur… wonder who'll get the shot?…………… don't worry so much about your gear, just go out and shoot! also, who gives a flying monkey what gear your heroes are using? use what work for YOU!

  28. Very true Tony. I think all of us obsess over what gear we should use when in fact it's more about having a creative vision and knowing how to execute it (that's where the experience and learning comes in). I really like the work of nature photographers such as Jim Brandenburg, his images have such an impact and yet I am sure I read in an interview that he is more concentrated on the idea than whatever the camera is.

  29. This is gold… over the last 2 years after restarting my love of photography after a 27 year break I have bought/sold/traded so much gear by so many manufacturers, finally settled on a Panasonic G7 (I now have 3). I know my camera backwards, I did buy Olympus PRO lenses tho, for me this combination MAKES me want to take pictures…. but this is my journey.

  30. The only thing that matters is using the right tool for the job. Most sub frame cameras don't cut it for night time work, and full frame/medium format is over kill and intrusive for street/candid photography. There's such a thing as too much or too little camera, and that's really about the only guideline I can personally see after the last 15 years of shooting.

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