urbanfreestyle wrote in post #17324229
Funny you should mention shooting in low light.. i'm actually going out with my 350D and 18-55 Kit lens to go take some long exposure night shots over this weekend
Just to prove a point to some people! lol
This is probably as good a place as any to point it out....when people talk about "low light" challenges, they probably are not thinking of long exposures. I bet they are trying to stop action in low light. And low ISO, high noise bodies coupled with slow kit zoom lenses are really not ideal for that.
And that's the point. Sure, I get it. Better cameras will not take a complete tyro and make them into a master. And people do tend to obsess about some differences in lens performance that probably make little difference in real use. (An aside - I just saw a post where someone was asserting that the 200/2.8L is sharper than the 70-200/2.8 IS II....I bet they are too close to discern a difference). But once people do learn a bit more than the basics they will pretty quickly realize that some photography topics become a lot easier when you have better equipment.
Want to shoot indoor sports or field sports at night? The difference in images between high ISO capable bodies and fast lenses over low ISO and slow lenses is going to be significant. Want to shoot small birds in the wild? The difference between an 18-55 and pretty much any 400mm lens is going to be significant. Want to shoot formal portraits, or glamor shots? Having lights, modifiers and triggers is going to be a ton faster and give better results than homemade reflectors using tinfoil and cardboard.
I'd put it this way.....once you can clearly state what it is about your current equipment that is limiting you and you can also identify a piece of equipment that will resolve that limitation in a specific way, you will see a definite improvement from the better equipment.