So…What Kind of Camera do You Shoot With?

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Have you ever experienced camera envy?  Of course you have, you're a photographer.  It comes with the territory of being a photo geek enthusiast.

Weddings are notorious for gear envy. While most full-time professionals have top-of-the-line gear, many of us part-time pros find a way to make due with what we've got.

I know you're just itching to know…..so I'll spare you the agony and tell you that right now I shoot with a Nikon D90.  I think it's pretty awesome.

But the last wedding I shot I was “out-geared” by at least 4 other people.  Not pros, just moms and dads and brothers and sisters looking to capture the events of a wonderful day…who also happened to own cameras that have more digits than mine and lenses that were more heavy than mine too. :|

Gear envy.

Good thing I was too busy shooting the ceremony to dwell or even take detailed notes on exactly what they have that I don't.

Envy is a deadly sin for a reason.

And it's tough to avoid.  But in the busy-ness of doing my job (click-click-click), I do remind myself that I've been paid to be there….to shoot wonderful photos with the camera that I have…because I was hired by this bride and this groom based on a portfolio of shots that I took and know I can take again with this already out-dated absolutely adequate equipement.

And I have to remind myself from time-to-time that a good camera does not necessarily make a good photographer.  And that even a good photographer does not necessarily make a good photography business owner.

Case in point — I once saw a hired wedding photographer take at least 50% of their shots with a point-and-shoot.  At the time I thought “OMG – are you serious?”  But you know what?  Those shots turned out incredible.  Without the bias of actually seeing the little camera he shot with, I would have had no idea the shots weren't taken with an expensive dSLR.

Heck, even iPhones are being used now to shoot weddings. Now that takes guts.

Once the reception starts, I love how the photographers in the crowd find a way to bump into each other.  And no matter who starts the conversation the opening line is always the same…

“So…What kind of camera do you shoot with?”

It's almost like a secret hand-shake. Us photographers have to stick together, don't we? We're a tribe, a community, and it's nice to know our crazy passion is shared.

And while we geek out on bodies and lesnes and whatever else, in the back of my mind I'm thinking the real answer to the question is…

“It doesn't really matter. It's just nice to talk with another photographer.”

OK, I'm serious this time…What kind of camera do you shoot with?

Leave a comment below and let me know what you've got in your bag. I'm ok if you want to leave me green with envy.  I'll get over it. :)

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