A Reminder That You Don't Need the Latest and Greatest Camera to Make Great Photos

Modern cameras are remarkable pieces of technology, able to do things that we could only dream about just a few years ago, and they only continue to get better. And while they are fantastic tools, they are not inherently necessary to create compelling images. This great video serves as a useful reminder that even entry-level tools can create professional photos.

Coming to you from First Man Photography, this interesting follows him as he shoots with a Canon T7i. The T7i was an entry-level DSLR released in 2017, featuring an APS-C sensor that produced 24-megapixel images. Compared to current landscape photography cameras that feature full frame or even medium format sensors and often push past 50 megapixels, its specs seem relatively pedestrian. But sometimes, we can get caught up in chasing the latest gear, and what should be a means to an end becomes the end itself. The truth is that there are absolutely advantages to newer gear, and it can enable shots that would not be possible otherwise. However, we vastly overestimate how often that is the case and significantly underestimate how often we really just need to work on our technique or exploring our creativity. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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winzehnt gates's picture

Of all these so called "inspirational quotes" you can find out there, only one really stuck to me. It went something like that:
"The camera you own right now is better than all cameras all the great photographers of the last century had."

In most circumstances any aps-c or FF camera of the last 10 years will do.

PS: My everyday camera is a Fuji X70; my bad weather setup is a Fuji X-T1 with 16-80F4; I own a X-T30 plus some lenses.

Chris Rogers's picture

I agree! i still like shooting on my old Nikon D200!

david tennant's picture

In general I agree, but let's not forget the landscape capabilities of a 4X5 or 8X10 large format film camera. In a whole other league entirely.

winzehnt gates's picture

Absolutely. That's why I wrote "In most circumstances". ;-)
Professional sports photography is probably another area where having the latest and fastest AF might be a significant advantage.