Okay, I admit it – I tend to get too involved in my photo equipment. In my experience, most photographers do. We spend an inordinate amount of time and energy thinking about the latest cameras, sensor resolution, maximum lens apertures, etc. Of course, ultimately it is the image that’s important not the equipment. The equipment is only important to the extent that it is needed to create the final image.
I am reminded of the first GPS unit that I purchased for one of my motorcycles. Since they are exposed to the elements, GPS units that are used on motorcycles must be able to withstand some exposure to water. I was discussing my purchase with another motorcyclist who insisted that the only logical choice of unit for use on a motorcycle was one that was designed for marine use. “After all,” he said, “yours is only rated to withstand a depth of 3 meters.” I laughed and replied that “if the GPS unit on my motorcycle is under 10 feet of water, I have bigger problems than finding my next waypoint!”
As photographers – and as people – we need to keep an eye to what is truly important. As Alfred Eisenstaedt said, “You can have the most modern camera in the world but if you don’t have an eye, the camera is worthless.”