Discover Hawaii Tours 9:26pm, 29 September 2011
Nikon started an age-old discussion on their Facebook Page that will surely ruffle some feathers. On Nikon's Facebook Page, the camera company said:

"A photographer is only as good as the equipment he uses, and a good lens is essential to taking good pictures! ... Which is your favorite lens and what types of situations do you use it for?"

True, a good lens goes a long way. But is Nikon wrong?

TomBenedict PRO 7 years ago
I think good equipment helps, but all the best equipment in the world won't help if there's no artistry behind it.

Here are two analogies I like to dredge up when this topic raises its head:

First, take a really good cook and stick them in a hotel suite kitchenette. Next, take someone who doesn't know how to do more than make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and stick them in a commercial kitchen. Ask each one to make lunch. Which would you rather eat?

The second analogy comes from Chuck Yeager's autobiography. He raised this topic this way: In a dogfight between a great pilot in a crummy plane and a crummy pilot in a great plane, who would win?

If you handed a random person off the street a top of the line Nikon DSLR with a whole bag full of lenses and handed someone like Henri Cartier-Bresson a disposable film camera from the checkout line and set them both loose, I'm pretty sure the answer would be the same as the two analogies. Even Ansel Adams occasionally used a pinhole camera.
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