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160524 Libby-0645I’ve heard it said all my life, “Your gear doesn’t matter. It’s the photographer that makes the difference.” And sure, that makes sense. Without some creativity and direction, every image looks like every other image ever made. I can tell you though, with some certainty, that the quality of your gear should never be underestimated.

After seriously considering switching camera systems for the past few years, I recently decided to go ahead and take the plunge. I needed a new camera system. I’ve shot with Canon and Sony all my life, with the exception of the Pentax system I was exposed to when I was much younger. Naturally, those were the two systems that first came to mind for an upgrade. Maybe I just needed to upgrade. Maybe I needed to switch an entire system. All I knew was the Canon 70D and even commercial L-grade lenses didn’t do anything for me.

Most of the issues that made me consider the switch revolved around soft focus images. They weren’t terrible or anything, but certainly not what I would consider great. Sure was expensive gear not to be getting anything out of them that I’d be proud of. Then I became exposed to Nikon systems.

Now I’m in love.

Believe me, I don’t have the new system down just yet. It’s going to take a while to master, but I can already tell you that the Nikon D810 is one of the best imaging systems I’ve ever had my hands on. And I didn’t go with Nikon lenses either. Tamron, all the way. Sharper images, higher quality images, my Tamron lenses surprise me more everyday. In any event, having taken the plunge, I’d be the first one to tell you that no matter how long you’ve been shooting with a particular brand, never be afraid to make a bold move to what you really need.

Here’s some proof: