Opinion: Expensive camera equipment doesn't have to be 'earned'

Hasselblad CFVII 907X
(Image credit: Hasselblad)

'All the gear and no idea’. It’s a phrase that’s brandished about in almost every hobby. But is it really that silly for beginners to invest in the best equipment? I wholeheartedly believe that you can take an award-winning photo on any camera, and I do think that limitations can bolster creativity. 

However, if I was just starting out and somebody handed me a Hasselblad 907X 50C I certainly wouldn’t turn it down! 

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Mike Harris
Technique Editor

Mike is Deputy Editor for N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, and brings with him over 10 years experience writing both freelance and for some of the biggest specialist publications. Prior to joining N-Photo Mike was the production editor for the content marketing team of Wex Photo Video, the UK’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, where he sharpened his skills in both the stills and videography spheres.  

While he’s an avid motorsport photographer, his skills extend to every genre of photography – making him one of Digital Camera World’s top tutors for techniques on cameras, lenses, tripods, filters and other imaging equipment, as well as sharing his expertise on shooting everything from portraits and landscapes to abstracts and architecture to wildlife and, yes, fast things going around race tracks.