Why Gear Does and Doesn’t Matter

What is the need for the biggest and best most expensive gear? I was out and about this weekend and saw protesters for the Black Lives Matter movement in my town and made photographs in both digital format with a Nikon D610 and 35mm and 120 film in a Leica M3 and a Rolleiflex 2.8C.

The film photographs were limited to a normal lens view, since I only had a 50mm Summarit on the Leica, and the 80mm f2.8 on the Rolleiflex.

The digital photographs were made mainly with a Nikon 70-300mm f4-5.6 AF-D, a non-pro, slow zoom lens that I keep in the car. I didn’t bring a Nikon 70-200 f2.8 to the shoot, which is a constant-aperture pro lens. I used what I had. That Nikon 70-300mm sells for $95 used at B&H photo–it’s not an expensive lens.


This link [kennethwajda.com/blmlongmont/] will show you the gear doesn’t matter.

It’s not about the gear, but the story.  Content is everything in photography.








I believe just like screenwriters want magic formulas to writing a great script (hint, there is no formula, no magic secret), photographers want a camera that guarantees them best results, and for a lot of people, it’s more fun to do camera tests than shoot photographs.

So, for some, photography is a technology hobby. Sort of a science–“What can I get that will do something so perfectly if I pixel-peep into the corners?”

And for others, photography is a creative expression. A communication form–“What story can I tell with this image?”

It’s not about the gear. You and I have all the gear we need. And a $95 lens can do plenty, with a worthwhile subject to photograph. We just have to go out and make the pictures.

Here’s a link to the film photographs, too.

Happy shooting. Here’s to good light!

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