All this talk about equipment not mattering. In many ways that is very true.
As I am certain you have read all across the web that you are selling yourself and your unique way of seeing the world and what you bring to your photographs. I don’t disagree one iota with that assessment but you cannot and should not dismiss the idea of what good equipment means for you. I started in DSLR with a simple Fuji camera long ago but had “graduated” to a Canon Rebel XT in 2006 leaving film entirely behind, (almost.) In 2008 a new body, the Rebel XTi replaced a broken one that needed some work that couldn’t be done while I lived in England. I have used it almost exclusively with ES lenses, my favorite probably is the Canon 60mm macro using my Canon 55-250mm lens and 28-135mm macro often. In January, I decided if I was going to really make a serious go at being a professional photographer I needed to upgrade and get some better gear.
I purchased a Canon 5D Mark II but now I had to decide on my first lens. Ouch! Ouch, again! Even with the discounts offered by Canon last year it cost a pretty penny, but I opted after much thought and looking through SOME lenses, I decided on the 70-200mm f/4 IS USM L lens, the less expensive version. What a delight! What a surprise! Such clarity. Such speed. Oh the color! What a difference!
The difference in clarity and sharpness of image as well as the speed of the lens and flexibility of ISO and other features on my new camera holds no comparison to my Rebel (yes I still have it and use it!) The clarity, pixel count and data it collects far exceeds my expectations and holds no comparison to what I have taken in the past, even with a tripod. Once you have been baited, you will be “hooked.” There is no turning back for me and I’m anxious to make some money so I can buy the 100mm macro lens for my 5D camera. I’ll keep working hard and expanding my borders to make this business succeed. In the meantime, rent a good camera and lens and just try it, but be careful, there may be no turning back!
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