All of the film cameras I use are old. Like over a decade old. 2 of them are even made out of plastic. But I still use them. And I know of a few professional photographers who even use them now and then. But the assumptions still bug me. So when I found this quote, posted by Deb Schwedhelm, I knew I had to re-post it :).
My beloved old minolta. Which is fantastic. Even though it is 13 years old and only cost me a tenner.
A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. as he entered the front door, the hostess said ‘i love your pictures. they’re wonderful. you must have a fantastic camera’.
He said nothing until dinner was finished, and then said; ‘That was a wonderful dinner, you must have a terrific stove’.
- Sam Haskins
How true is that!? You wouldn't dare say that an artists tools do all the work! And yet you do say that to a photographer. And this is the point that thousands of people are trying to make at the moment. iPhones could easily act as professional cameras. Kids using Deviant Art and making a name for themselves are using basic point and shoot cameras. Anyone could be a good photographer. It takes knowledge, skill and a creative eye to actually be able to be that great photographer. Not a fantastic camera.