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Experiment Reveals The Difference Between Pro Photographers Using $500 Gear VS. Amateur Using $4,950 Gear
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Experiment Reveals The Difference Between Pro Photographers Using $500 Gear VS. Amateur Using $4,950 Gear

Tired of constantly being asked ‘what camera did you use to take that photo?’ and ‘what is the best camera?’ photographers at Mango Street decided to show the difference between pro photographers with amateur gear and an amateur with pro gear.

They gave a high-end $3,300 Canon 5D Mark IV with a $1,650 Canon 35mm f/1.4L II lens to their friend who is not a pro, but had a basic understanding of photography. Meanwhile, the two professional photographers got a cheap (~$500) Canon Rebel T3i with low-end lenses (a kit 18-55mm and a 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens).

See the results below.

More info: Mango Street (h/t: petapixel)

Daniel (Pro with Amateur Gear)

Rachel (Pro with Amateur Gear)

Justin (Amateur with Pro Gear)

Watch the video of the experiment below:

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Saad
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5 years ago

The difference clearly is lack of understanding how to compose, which was expected. There is no need for an 'experiment' to determine that. It would've been interesting if they had given the pro gear to an photography enthusiast instead of a random dude with basic understanding of photography.

Hugo Raible
Community Member
5 years ago

The video shows some better shots of Justin, a few are as good as the pros' as far as composition and story telling is concerned.

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Olga Śmiełowska
Community Member
5 years ago

this experiment reveals NOTHING.

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
5 years ago

You missed the difference in composition.

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Limin Huang
Community Member
5 years ago

meh, no difference for a normal observer like me I'm sorry. I do get the point though

Wulfur
Community Member
5 years ago

Thank you. As a photography geek myself (for a middle schooler at least), I see the difference and lighting, but it's true; the difference is small. What I wanted to congratulate you on is your ability to present your opinion in a more passive way: rather than stating a fact, you're stating an opinion, which is what you should do.

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Saad
Community Member
5 years ago

The difference clearly is lack of understanding how to compose, which was expected. There is no need for an 'experiment' to determine that. It would've been interesting if they had given the pro gear to an photography enthusiast instead of a random dude with basic understanding of photography.

Hugo Raible
Community Member
5 years ago

The video shows some better shots of Justin, a few are as good as the pros' as far as composition and story telling is concerned.

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Olga Śmiełowska
Community Member
5 years ago

this experiment reveals NOTHING.

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
5 years ago

You missed the difference in composition.

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Limin Huang
Community Member
5 years ago

meh, no difference for a normal observer like me I'm sorry. I do get the point though

Wulfur
Community Member
5 years ago

Thank you. As a photography geek myself (for a middle schooler at least), I see the difference and lighting, but it's true; the difference is small. What I wanted to congratulate you on is your ability to present your opinion in a more passive way: rather than stating a fact, you're stating an opinion, which is what you should do.

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