The importance of having a good camera.

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Esti Eini Esti Eini Post 1 of 101
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I would like to ask how much does good photography depend on the quality of the camera. Can one make really good pic with a simple camera? I see that most of the members here spend quite a lot on equipment. How much depends on art; composition atc, and how much on the equipment?
Vladimir Danilov Vladimir Danilov Post 2 of 101
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What would you prefer: to fly to Australia with a plane from the times of I. World War or with Boing 747 having a 1 klass seat? Surely, the first variant has its own wondeful nice capabilities, too, but...
I recently upgraded from Nikon Coolpix 2100 to Olympus C-8080. It has no sense to compare.
Oliver Suhr Oliver Suhr Post 3 of 101
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I think the quality of the camera is just the second point. The most important thing is the person behind the camera. His/her ideas makes the photo and the quality. The camera adds the technical quality and gives more potentials to realize the ideas. In the fc you can find a lot of good photos which are made with simple cameras - and a couple of boring photos which are made with top-quality cams.
Martin Unger Martin Unger Post 4 of 101
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I just have to agree with Oliver, the most important "equipment" stands usually behind the camera! The camera itself offers possibilities but it's you who have to deal with them. Which camera to prefer is also dependand on the situation you want to use it, sometimes a small camera can be the better choice in special situations. But also such a small camera must have some qualities, especially optical.
Deleted user Deleted user Post 5 of 101
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The camera is of secondary importance ... I have seen pics on here taken with a zenit film camera that are ten times better than those taken by a canon 10d ... as long as the camera is functioning adequately and the lense is acceptable quality it does not matter ... of course having things done by the camera is great and a superb bright zoom lense is great but it can all be done by a budget camera as well ... if you want to top notch pro work for a magazine in a studio and require pin point sharpness ... first class colour rendition and centre to edge sharpness then the pro gear will provide the best answer but not all photography requires this ... PS and other software will hide a multitude of sins and turn average images into good images regardless of the equipment that captures the image ... the most important piece of equipment is the photographer ... composotion and and the photographic eye is essential ... to use vladimir's analagy ... yes a 1st class seat in a top of the range jet will be wonderful but a lesser plane may get me to the exact same place ... and when i get there will anyone say to me "you are only here if you came here in the best possible plane" ....

Of course get the best equipment you can comfortably afford because it helps you get the end result easier but it does not mean you cant get the end result.

BUT !!! Forget compacts - they really are like trying to cross the atlantic in a bath tub ... they aint up to it ...



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Esti Eini Esti Eini Post 6 of 101
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Thank you for your comments.I learned a lot from them. I wasn't sure but I was hoping to recieve such answers, because my equipment does not come close to proffesionals. Sometimes I see here such great pictures and I am afraid I could never get close to them with my camera. So there is still hope!!



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Jordan Shepler Jordan Shepler Post 7 of 101
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Tony AKa fototaker Tony AKa fototaker Post 8 of 101
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having a GOOD camera that you know VERY well, no matter what price you paid for it, is better than an expensive camera that you do not know how to use. remember that the camera is ONLY a tool; it is HOW you use it in your work that will make you rich, famous or miserable.

use a very CHEAP onetime disposable camera. shoot with it the way you would use a GOOD reflex camera. compare the differences?? if you ACTUALLY used it the way you use a REAL camera, the results shouldnt be too different.

it is YOUR eye and mind that creates the image, not the camera. the camera is ONLY a tool.

(fototaker is now using a 2nd hand *used* canon eos D30)
Mike.a. Wilson Mike.a. Wilson Post 9 of 101
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And then, of course, there are the qualities of your lenses........
Marc Schlueter Marc Schlueter Post 10 of 101
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You can make shitty photos with top of the line cameras.
Thats easy! (I did a lot of them!:))

But, if you have the right kind of eye, you can make top of the line photos with shitty cameras!
That depends on you!

A camera is just a tool.
(a nail dont need a platinum plated hammer to get driven the right way into the wall, any rusty piece of metal from the scrap metal place would do the same tick)

Ok, a good camera (and good lenses!) can make a difference in quality. (but just technical quality)
But only in the hand of a skilled user...
Regs Ray Regs Ray Post 11 of 101
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i'll rephrase your quoting a famous writer: "all cameras are the same, each person is unique".
what is a piece of good equipment in the hands of someone having nothing to say?
Oliver Suhr Oliver Suhr Post 12 of 101
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"what is a piece of good equipment in the hands of someone having nothing to say?"

good equipment!
Patrick de Warren Patrick de Warren Post 13 of 101
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Esti,

As a professional Photographer self taught I can tell you one think, the camera doesn't make the photographer.

Camera Advertiser love you to believe it does..(haven't say anything here ok :])
Of course you need to have camera lens to help you extend your vision , lighting to create your own vision and again different format to help you achieve diffrent things.

but on a general level if you got good light that you own lighting system or not you can still make a beautiful photograph from candle light to neon to strobe or natural light.

now a camera worth thousand dollars doesn't really take better picture than one that cost few hundred ,the format is bigger on sone of them but if you take the same format you can't really see it and not everyone own a leica or an hasselblad even the top photographers..

now if you are talikng about digital a certain amount of Mega pixel is preferable of course depends what you want to do ..

and yes you can take good pics , photographs are light first , subbject etc not the camera

and everything is relative of course..



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George Cayce George Cayce Post 14 of 101
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I agree, a good camera does not make a good photographer, nevertheless, I can also state that good optics (more than good camera) can make the difference. if you have skills, of course... :)



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Tony (Anthony) Rowell Tony (Anthony) Rowell Post 15 of 101
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I would say a good lens ,if you use a canon the L series lens plus a good eye for a shot!i would say if you are thinking of upgading the camera dont bother, but up grade the lens instead then you will see the differance in the photo.
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