21 Oct Go right ahead and love your gear

Source: Ian Macdonald Photography

I was in San Francisco last week for 5 days of photography, where I had an interesting conversation with another photographer I encountered in Chinatown.  He had initially stopped me to talk because he saw me shooting with the Fuji X-Pro2 and the 35mm f/2 lens (currently my favourite set up, pictured above), and he had some questions about the Fuji X system.  He then went on an unsolicited rant about how photographers are too obsessed with gear these days, and how there are people making great work with their iPhone.  Ok, fair opinion.   Interestingly though, when he was done ranting he pulled out a Leica (that is probably worth more than the current value of my car) and made his way down the street to continue shooting.

This conversation was not a one off.  It is not uncommon to hear someone say the phrase:

“It’s not about the gear”

I have heard these comments from minimalists who truly follow the one camera, one lens philosophy, and from people who use the minimum they need to make the photographs they want to make.  For many of these people it is all about “the vision, the art, the creative process” and that is awesome… for them.  I truly believe their comments are altruistic, and that they want people to be focused on their art and not on their tools.

Where I struggle a little is when I hear these comments coming from people who always own the latest camera bodies, who own multiple $1,000 to $2,000 lenses,

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