powerslave wrote in post #16116953
...The oft repeated theme that 'people think buying expensive gear will improve their skill x
,' I actually believe that only a minority of people buying gear outside their skill level are under that impression....
The whole argument that 'better gear won't make you a better photographer' is overplayed and a strawman at best.
Please allow me to put out there that better gear MAY make you a better photographer. It is not a passive activity, however. YOU have to do the work. You need to realize that you don't know everything, buy a piece of equipment that is beyond your means, then work to master it.
I grew up on manual film cameras. My first digital was a revelation. As was my first digital SLR, my first fast prime, my first long telephoto, my first full frame, my first off-camera flash, and on and on. At every step along the way, I was acquiring equipment that was beyond my skills. I worked at developing a modicum of skill with each and every one of those pieces of hardware.
So yes, acquiring better equipment "may" make you a better photographer. That depends upon how much YOU are willing to put into it. Is is most certainly NOT automatic. I know a wedding shooter whose backup is a 450D, and a hobbyist with a 7D that is always in Green Box or P. He wonders why he has to pop up the flash by himself when it is in P-mode.