The photographers at Mango Street wanted to show that it generally takes more than “pro” camera gear to shoot “pro” photos, so they decided to do a shootout to test this.
They gave a friend a Canon 5D Mark IV paired with the 35mm f/1.4L II lens, while they themselves go with the six-year-old entry level Canon T3i paired with a kit lens.
You can watch the shootout in the 4-minute video above. Here are the resulting portraits that were made:
Daniel (Pro with Amateur Gear)
Rachel (Pro with Amateur Gear)
Justin (Amateur with Pro Gear)
“This is not a gear or tech review,” Mango Street told PetaPixel. “We’re not encouraging anyone to trade in their high-end gear for something like a Rebel T3i and kit lens, and we’re obviously not going to trade in our gear any time soon either.”
“We just get asked a lot by beginners ‘what camera took that photo?’ and ‘what is the best camera?’ because a lot of beginners assume that ‘good’ gear creates ‘good’ photos,” they continue. “Beyond technically sound photos, we want to be inspired and create meaningful, inspiring, and emotional photos that have purpose.”
“We feel like that is the most important thing. Gear is secondary to that because anyone can shoot on a high-end camera, but not anyone can create meaningful work. Our intent is to inspire viewers to use the tools they have to make the most meaningful work they can.”