Dropped all my heavy gear for simple setup and it produces this kind of result!

1 month 1 day ago #673747 by learnphoto
I bought X-T20 in 2019 for NZD$850 and a used 18-55 for NZD$350.
Boy, it blows my mind! I am able to get sharp, crisp and low noise shot with this USD800 combo.
 I traveled the japan getting every shot as how I wanted. 
The only limitation is MYSELF. I am able to be more agile. More mobile=speed=more shots.
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Now comes the VIDEO! It is AMAZING for its price!

Must watch in 4K: Osaka 4K Video

Just set -2 highlight, -2 shadow, standard profile and you are good to go without colour grading.
The standard profile gives you natural yet pleasing colours. The AF is OK with most slow subject. 
Good luck to camera buyers out there!


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1 month 1 day ago #673809 by effron
Looks great....

Why so serious?
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1 month 11 hours ago #673872 by garyrhook
Those are nice.

But I have news for you: it's not the camera. The equipment is irrelevant.


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1 month 10 hours ago #673879 by Tom-Dinning

garyrhook wrote: Those are nice.

But I have news for you: it's not the camera. The equipment is irrelevant.


thats not totally true, is it Gary?
the fact that he’s not lugging around Kg of gear has to account for something.
Sensors and processors vary considerably I would think.
ease of use might assist in progressing the compositional skills.

With such a huge range of choice in gear it’s not possible to make a decision based on your talents and skills. Even the price can be a factor. 

I know what you mean, though. I’m not over impressed by cameras unless it might make a difference to the way I might do things, even if it’s just to carry it around.

but to say a camera is irrelevant is a bit of an over-stretch.
Lets say the camera is a compulsory item in the process but if your skills are up to scratch you’ll probably do a reasonable job anyway.

and who doesn’t like a nice new fancy camera to flash about and impress people with?


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1 month 3 hours ago #673889 by effron
Gary was crediting the photographer, who obviously has some skills. He was correct, the shooter would have done at least as well with a "big heavy" dslr. So the gear was not the factor. Most of us will go lighter at some point, it will become mandatory in the future.

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1 month 1 hour ago - 1 month 1 hour ago #673898 by garyrhook

Tom-Dinning wrote:

garyrhook wrote: Those are nice.

But I have news for you: it's not the camera. The equipment is irrelevant.


thats not totally true, is it Gary?
the fact that he’s not lugging around Kg of gear has to account for something.
Sensors and processors vary considerably I would think.
ease of use might assist in progressing the compositional skills.


You've (mostly) agreed with my point: if the photographer doesn't love their equipment (*ahem*) as if it were an extension of their hand, then that's on them. It has nothing to do with the gear, it has to do with the mental state of the photographer. Don't you think?

As for sensors/etc, we have years of celebrated work that is, technically, often second rate. So, no, I don't think that's it. Gear can enable, but it's up to the photographer to take advantage of that.

I've got more stories, but I won't bore you. Most agree, it's not the camera.


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1 month 35 minutes ago - 1 month 33 minutes ago #673901 by Nikon Shooter

Tom-Dinning wrote: … thats not totally true…



"Not totally" is the correct choice of works.

True is that all creativity using technology must be supported by
tools quality related with the task. The only absolute is relativity.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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1 month 31 minutes ago #673903 by effron

Nikon Shooter wrote:

Tom-Dinning wrote: … thats not totally true…



"Not totally" is the correct choice of works.

True is that all creativity using technology must be supported by
tools quality related with the task. The only absolute is relativity.


That skirted the point of the debate.

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