I’ve never put much stock into the gear aspect of photography. Hand me a camera and I’ll take a picture. Disposable camera, pinhole, Hasselblad, perhaps a Canon 5D Mark II, as long as it works I’ll shoot with it. After all, the camera doesn’t take the photo, you do. Assuming you have a grasp on the basics of photography, then you possess the ability to take stunning photographs no matter the gear available to you. Personally the less time I spend thinking about the camera itself, the better. It means my time is freed up, allowing me to focus on creating my photographs, rather than reacting to the camera.
This is not to say that each camera doesn’t have its corks and nuances, they do, some more than others. I’m simply suggesting their individual specifications don’t mean nearly as much as your intuition and drive to create. To often those starting out in photography focus their attention on the perceived quality of their camera. I was no different, spending several years suffering from inadequate gear syndrome. Such beliefs stunt your growth as a photographer. I truly believe ones ability to conquer this misconception goes along way in terms of their ability to transition from taking pictures to making photographs.
The pictures below where made from the same location along the Silver Falls Trail in Mount Rainier National Park, with two drastically different cameras, on completely separate days.