frugivore wrote in post #14361436
I found this section in the beginning of Ansel's The Camera
discussing equipment to be very interesting:
"I urge, again, avoiding the common illusion that creative work depends on equipment alone, it easy to confuse the hope for accomplishment with the desire to posses superior instruments. It is nonetheless true that quality is an important criterion in evaluating camera equipement, as are durability and function. Inferior equipment will prove to be a false economy in the long run. As his work evolves, the photographer should plan to alter and refine his equipement to meet changing requirements." - Ansel Adams, The Camera
I agree with his ideas on this topic. First, don't buy equipment far beyond your level. And second, whatever you do buy, make sure it is good quality (i.e. the 'buy once' philosophy). What do you think?
I'd say Adams strikes a good, reasonable balance.
I think it's important to realize, though, that he is not criticizing someone for buying a high-quality camera for their "first DSLR", but he is just saying that the camera alone will not accomplish the "creative work" that photography is (typically) all about.
In fact, he does say that quality gear is important. Whether you start out with quality gear or you "grow into it" is not, as far as I can see, something he is taking some kind of side in.
When I bought my first DSLR (the 30D) it was after some time shooting with smaller "compact" cameras and studying and growing into my photography, but even my first compact digicam was "advanced" enough to allow me to manually expose and focus, in other words it was of a higher quality than a P&S, and so I grew into it!