Don’t be Equipment Poor

by | Aug 31, 2018

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

All of the cameras and lenses that I use to make the photographs appearing on this blog are, with rare exceptions, gear I actually own. Any exceptions are mages captured with equipment on loan from manufacturers while writing product reviews for the blog or Shutterbug. You may be surprised to learn that after completing the review, all of this equipment must be returned to the manufacturer. There are no freebies, at least not in my world.

Here’s a bit of history: My first SLR was a used film-based Minolta SR-1, then I shot Nikon SLRs for most of my early professional career later switching to Contax film cameras and finally Canon DSLRs. I confess that I still regret selling my Contax SLRs and G-series rangefinder cameras. But I kept my Leica M6 TTL, Zeiss Icon SW, Hasselblad XPan and Seagull TLR and still shoot film occasionally and write about it on the occasional Film Friday posts. When mirrorless cameras came along I waited trying not to be an early adopter before settling on the Olympus and Panasonic equipment I use almost every day. Want details? Most of the cameras I currently own and use are listed in the Gear section. On a personal note, my wife shoots with Nikon SLRs and Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras.

I strongly believe you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on equipment to make high quality photographs. Although professionals may shoot with expensive cameras you don’t have to do the same thing. There are plenty of good cameras available that are reasonably priced, offer interchangeable lenses and sophisticated electronics. Instead of the expensive top-of-the line cameras, take time to check out entry-level and mid-priced models. And don’t overlook used equipment and refurbs; they offer some great values. After all, you’re going to use the camera anyway.

If you’re a happy user of a specific company’s products it’s not my intention to convince you to switch. Switching camera systems can be hazardous to your financial and emotional health. I wrote about this subject on my old blog and you can read my thoughts about it here. If your camera and lenses work for you and you’re happy with them, keep on truckin’.



Along with photographer Barry Staver, I’m co-author of Better Available Light Digital Photography that’s available from Amazon for $21.88 prices with used copies selling at giveaway prices—less than four bucks, as I write this, which is cheaper than your morning Starbucks coffee.