“Your camera takes better photos than mine.”
Most photographers have probably heard that line before. I’m sure it’s one of the most common comments directed toward photographers, myself included. But what does that really mean?
If insinuating that spending more money on a camera system would result in better photos then shouldn’t every photographer buy the most expensive gear that they could afford? If you could buy your way to better photos then why would someone say that comment, and instead just buy a more expensive camera and lens than I own thus becoming better than me?
The truth is that I have never owned a top-of-the-line camera nor lens produced from Canon, Fuji, Nikon or Sony. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not buying crap equipment but everything I have ever owned is just middle-of-the-road semipro models from these companies. There are many talented photographers out there and I can’t tell what equipment they’ve shot with nor do I care. Can you determine which camera was “better” from the three photos I’ve shared below?
One of these photos was shot on 35mm slide film 15 years ago, one was from an 8 megapixel DSLR, and the other was photographed recently with a brand-new mirrorless camera. The truth is that any of these three photos could have been made from any of the three cameras. Did the cameras make me a better photographer?