The Real Value of Budget Photography Gear

The Real Value of Budget Photography Gear

Photographers are not immune to the urge to chase the latest and greatest gear. Shiny new equipment is paraded before our eyes seemingly on a constant basis, and it’s hard not to get swept up in every promotional storm.

But there’s something to be said for remaining grounded, and realizing that there’s a greater value in going after what is practical, rather than chasing what’s unattainable.

Photographer Matt Day tackles this very topic in the video below. He knows “you can do a lot for a little,” as his passion for photography took hold of him with just a Minolta X-GM body and Rokkor 50mm f/1.4 lens that he picked up used for just $50. Although the kit is no Leica M6 with a 50mm Summicron, he still learned everything he knows about photography with it and it served his needs just fine.

Ultimately, if it came to it, he could still document life, work, and express himself with just that Minolta kit. To put it simply, the gear relies on his creativity to make a good photograph—not the other way around.

Don’t take my word for it, watch the man explain it himself:



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