It’s Not About the Gear | We Shot with Cheap Cameras to Prove It

It’s Not About the Gear | We Shot with Cheap Cameras to Prove It


Hands down one of the most annoying questions that we get asked daily is, “What camera did you use to take that photo?” or, “What camera should I buy?” The truth is you can have the best camera, lens, models, location, but if you don’t have the foundational skills and a purpose behind the images that you’re taking, then your images will be lacklustre. Today, we’re putting our money where our mouth is. We’re shooting on Canon Rebel XTis with cheap lenses. We have a kit 18-30… We have a kit 18-55mm lens and a pancake 40mm lens. You can probably get each setup for under $500 used. So, we’re gonna give our friend Justin… who is not a photographer, but has the base knowledge of how to use the camera, our 5D Mark IV camera and we will be shooting with this. The same model, the same location. Let’s get started. Will you sit kinda straight up and leave the hood on? And then, actually rotate and just face the window? Can you, uh, put your… put your hood up again and just kinda, like, lean your head against the window pane? Okay, so, this is really weird but you can either stick your head in it, you can do this, whatever… Just get weird with it. Okay. You can… Yeah, perfect. Perfect. Love it Again, if you could just try to make those wide, just big. Yeah. And then can you put your hood up? So, hope you guys enjoyed that video, the main point we want to get across is don’t get too hung up on what camera you should buy. Just get what you can afford and as you grow as a photographer you can level up and buy more expensive gear. So, Justin was way less of a beginner photographer than we had hoped, but we hope that the point still comes across that the gear that you have should be secondary to the photography skills and the storytelling that you implement in your photos. Like this video and subscribe if you haven’t already and we will see you next week. Okay, do you guys wanna do a chest bump? Right?

100 Comments

  • Mango Street

    June 9, 2017

    If you don't have anything nice to say, watch Casey Neistat's Guide to Filmmaking at 1:15 and comment it on his video instead.

    Reply
  • Oscar S

    July 24, 2018

    That model would even make my photos look beautiful ๐Ÿ˜

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  • Bagus Made

    July 26, 2018

    2:49 me when my mom told me to go outside and socialize with people

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  • Billy Blanco

    July 27, 2018

    100% true. I received my first published magazine cover using a rebel xt with kit lenses.

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  • Bokeh Lens

    July 30, 2018

    1:08 & 2:17 wow

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  • lendumore

    August 3, 2018

    Asking a photographer what kind of gear you use would be like asking Michelangelo what type of paint he used. Gear doesnโ€™t matter!

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  • Random Things From The Internet

    August 4, 2018

    where do u buy that talent?

    Reply
  • John Stewart

    August 6, 2018

    Question. If what camera you use does not play that big of a role, then why do you shoot on Canon Mark IV with L-series lens? Why did you waste that kind of money when you could have went with a less expensive camera and lens. Thanks.

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  • The Vertigo Channel

    August 14, 2018

    Kind of confusing to see what photos were taken with which camera.

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  • Alex Ruf

    August 19, 2018

    Photos under tones of retouching & toning…. Do you realy want me see the diffrence?)))

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  • Stealth Star

    August 22, 2018

    It's about the SD Card, not the photographer.

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  • Amari Brown

    August 24, 2018

    Currently learning on my t2i

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  • Amari Brown

    August 24, 2018

    Howโ€™d you get f/2.8 on the 18-55

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  • Alejandro Mark II

    August 24, 2018

    Could you recommend me some typewriter that makes good novels …? ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Kurt's Visuals

    September 2, 2018

    It's not the gear its what you do and how you do it that counts! I also use the Canon T3i and push it to it's limits to create cinematic conetent. I have a bunch of videos on my channel. ๐Ÿ˜„ If you want to get an idea on the quality to expect from the T3i check my channel out and Let me know what you think. Cheers guys! ๐Ÿ˜

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  • madhupramod

    September 6, 2018

    1:11 was my favorite

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  • Tee Simon

    September 12, 2018

    Lol holy sandal tan

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  • Taylor Lex

    September 16, 2018

    I just love that photo with the girl and the record player!

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  • MONALISABORIQUA

    September 19, 2018

    What sd card do you have for the t3i

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  • Mahinthan So

    September 21, 2018

    Most of our problem is good model ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Luana Caroline

    September 23, 2018

    What is this music?

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  • Peter Vandall

    September 24, 2018

    What app and color grade settings was used to grade these photos?

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  • Alexis

    September 26, 2018

    so its all in the post?

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  • Gregory Palermo

    September 30, 2018

    1:11 Anyone else think this shot is pretty good???

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  • Indie Bordoloi

    October 1, 2018

    Justin's compositions were soo good!

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  • Akiva Bernstein

    October 3, 2018

    The clear winner is the Panasonic g9

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  • Gerard Talk

    October 9, 2018

    This is an amazing video! I love the comparison ๐Ÿ˜€ Justin was a little hesitant on shoot but he had some great shots as well!

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  • Patrick Merritt

    October 9, 2018

    I'm using a Nikon D100 as my first DSLR. I personally think I have a great eye for photography and the D100 is getting me used to the dexterity.

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  • Nic holas

    October 10, 2018

    Is the Canon EOS 80D a good choice for a beginner?
    I'm trying to take fashion/editorial portraits of myself by myself. Any lens recommendations?

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  • Melyssa Hawes

    October 11, 2018

    the funny thing is that my camera is a lot cheaper than the โ€œcheapโ€ camera and iโ€™m still amazed at the photo quality of it lmao. i love my nikon d3100<33

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  • Kalash Operator

    October 12, 2018

    Itโ€™s funny everyone in my town buys an expensive camera and automatically becomes a professional photographer lmao ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  • Pammie Time

    October 19, 2018

    Still…..She is stillll very photogenic!

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  • Bob Sarmiento

    October 20, 2018

    it's not about the gear… and pops out a USD4K camera lol

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  • Mathew Jordon

    October 20, 2018

    which software do you use for editing photos ?

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  • Roland Z

    October 21, 2018

    result: I need 5D mark 4 and f1.4 lenss ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜• I just need it!

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  • Chaitanya kapoor

    October 21, 2018

    only applicable if the person can't even use the auto mode correctly . otherwise , there is a slight impact of your gear on your pictures

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  • Ramya

    October 29, 2018

    I am 14, have had a camera in my hand for as long as I can remember (not as a toy, lol) but guess what ? I still have a low megapixel beginner canon 1300D (India) and waiting for a miracle to happen. I need an upgrade. its been a long time

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  • g

    October 30, 2018

    So my previous camera (my first) was incredibly cheap and terrible quality. You couldnโ€™t remove the lens, there wasnโ€™t any real menu things you could change like shutter speed or anything like that. It was nearly impossible to get a good shot indoors and it didnโ€™t capture any movement at all. Buuuuut, with that being said, I got a lot of amazing shots I am very proud of and still people paid me to take photos. Unfortunately when it comes to saving money when buying a camera, the cheaper, the shorter the life. Mine only lasted 2 years and 3 months. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

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  • Laban510

    November 4, 2018

    Thanks for making this awesome comparison. Only 1 critic I have is that I would rather liked to see the images before post just to get a bit more realistic comparison between the lenses of the pictures taken.

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  • Lorena Leal

    November 6, 2018

    This such a great, honest and wonderful video!!! Thank you!! I really needed this info!

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  • Albert Rocco

    November 7, 2018

    I love this

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  • Cristina De la Mora

    November 11, 2018

    This is so inspiring. I was feeling down because i want to learn photography, however i have been saving for a camera and watching tutorials and doing some courses online, and i obviously cannot afford a millionaire camera , if iยดm lucky i will be able to afford a Canon T4 or, if Black Friday is on my side a T6 but not sure…. As i progress i will definitely (and with time) buy a more advanced one (also, when iยดm comfortable and have moved post the beginner phase). I feel better now because i know i can still get excellent portraits with a basic camera!

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  • A R

    November 16, 2018

    Do they choose that cheap gear on a daily basis? If so, fine. If they continue to use that cheap gear all the time, that would convince me.

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  • Preciosa Mia

    November 16, 2018

    That is so true, in my photography class everyone bought a professional camera. I didnt have the money so i took our family camera, my photos were always the best, you can do amazing things with a clear concept and the correct light

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  • Julian Hans Halbeisen

    November 29, 2018

    O please remove that terrible music.

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  • Gio Alforte

    December 3, 2018

    Im confused. Why didnโ€™t you use the 18-55mm kit lens?

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  • Albert Rocco

    December 21, 2018

    The model is so polite… I love it

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  • Ana

    December 22, 2018

    wtf this was the most pleasant video I ever saw
    just loved the colors and the soundtrack, very relaxing

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  • -Lil Orinoco-

    December 24, 2018

    ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญbeautiful… subscribed

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  • Lee Fisher

    December 26, 2018

    This track is beautiful ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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  • tom jens

    December 26, 2018

    no lighting was used? Besides window?

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  • Felix Soto

    December 29, 2018

    Exactly!

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  • Krakkone

    January 3, 2019

    Should I buy a more expensive camera or something cheaper? I dont wanna have to buy a camera again

    Reply
  • Jeff Gilmour

    January 11, 2019

    How on earth did f2.8, iso 100 and shutterspeed 250 get you such a bright exposure so far from the window? My mind's boggled.

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  • Pit Bull X

    January 16, 2019

    i think i m a good photographer, but only mobile, what i want its more zoom and wide, mobile cant, its should be perfect for insta.

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  • Jhoyii Jaug

    January 30, 2019

    please review the canon eos 4000D

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  • Brigitte Cloutier

    January 31, 2019

    Thank you…I've been struggling if I should upgrade my T3I or buy an expensive lens while I am developing my photography skills. Thanks, now I know what to do โ™ฅ

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  • Mychal Simmons

    February 1, 2019

    Excellent Point I just got the Canon SL2 and some Rokinon glass for video. Crisp and clean

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  • Arelic Phoenix

    February 1, 2019

    I love the video. It was eye opening. It made me realize that you donโ€™t have to use a expensive camera to get really amazing pictures.

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  • JUBILER SZCZECIN

    February 2, 2019

    Perfect material. It is just a tool in hand of professionalist. I keep on learning.

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  • Anon Mason

    February 3, 2019

    $500 is cheap? lmao

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  • PrimeSnipz

    February 5, 2019

    Why does the bad camera look 10x better than the good one? hmmm not staged at all…

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  • Antonio Ferrao

    February 11, 2019

    The thing with the mirror.. I'm so putting in my sleeves . Sorry.๐Ÿ˜‚

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  • Crazy Mabel

    February 13, 2019

    Oh my gosh, not only the topic of this video is great, the pictures amazing, but you're the first photography video I see that doesn't use annoying music… Like srsly, who wants to listen to techno when they are learning about photography? Arrrh

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  • Shemene Kok

    February 15, 2019

    thanks guys

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  • Tasha Metamorfosis

    February 19, 2019

    Now I See that my Canon EOS 650 D is enough, I just might take another Lenses. Thank you =)

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  • The Minion Boy

    February 20, 2019

    It's all about the Lightroom presets…

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  • Rodrigo Monney

    February 20, 2019

    You're awesome!

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  • EYEOFTHEYOSEMIGHT

    February 21, 2019

    But low light doe

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  • Luke Ylias

    February 25, 2019

    The best camera is the one that makes you want to take photos.

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  • Puspita Bella

    February 27, 2019

    im not kidding, i literally choked at 1:34

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  • Alonzo Mcmath

    March 5, 2019

    Okay that shot at 2:17 straight blew my mind!!!

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  • Dice

    March 10, 2019

    Can you make a tutorial on how you edited these photos, like more muted toned photos with simple colors and simple edits and maybe some presets for it

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  • Luigi Bellantoni

    March 10, 2019

    It's all about the post processing. None of the photos showen are right off camera.

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  • S. Leslie

    March 11, 2019

    Damn.. point made. You're absolutely right about gear being not so important. I've taken some good photos with a point and shoot camera as well as with my phone.

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  • AHS Society

    March 15, 2019

    I like you guys but video did not make your case. But I agree with you. What was all those legends shooting on 50 years ago? Did it have IS or two card slots?

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  • Holden Canaday

    March 20, 2019

    what trash music is this

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  • Mataya Gregg

    March 20, 2019

    whatโ€™s your favorite camera for portraits?

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  • So Vivid

    March 28, 2019

    This video was not much help. Obviously you need to know the basics of how to use your camera. You say its not about the gear but how you use it, if thats the case then why mention uprading as you get better? What do you get when upgrading?

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  • Gordymax

    March 29, 2019

    It's the man not the camera

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  • Dawnfall

    March 29, 2019

    What is the white background thing called? I want to buy it

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  • RussianLearnsYou

    April 5, 2019

    I'm not a hater but Justin's pictures are kinda alright too

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  • funkychorizo56

    April 5, 2019

    I tried shooting star trails on my galaxy s7 and I can't quite get it, the Instagram models turned out fine tho

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  • The Family Pack

    April 8, 2019

    Thank you for this video! I bought a used rebel today— and am so excited to LEARNabout the foundations of photography and getting my foot in the door! this inspires me

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  • Sax Appeal

    May 2, 2019

    honestly… I paid the price…I bought a canon 5dm3 coming from a T4I and my pictures look like a shit… but yes there is a balance…gear matters… as knowledge too… but… you could give the same post production to his pictures and the differences will not be that big lol

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  • Prince Flan

    May 13, 2019

    Wow. You have no idea how good this video made feel.

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  • emilymalek

    May 14, 2019

    I like some of the angles that Justin chose. Very interesting!

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  • tangsang limbu

    May 16, 2019

    I mean the presets! Just care about the presets!

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  • Pamela B

    May 22, 2019

    Inspiring! Thank you!

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  • anakin skywalker

    May 31, 2019

    You guys make me cry i love you so much you giving me high hopes

    Reply
  • Jorge Mendez

    June 6, 2019

    A kit lens with a 2.8 aperture? I doubt it

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  • J. J.

    June 7, 2019

    Yโ€™all are weird in a cool way. ๐Ÿคฃ Thanks for the video!

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  • Jonathan Oliva

    July 10, 2019

    What's up with that chest bump ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ต that was really funny. Wasn't expecting that

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  • Daren Maloy

    July 16, 2019

    Something I hear pro photographers often say is"you don't need expensive gear to photograph a high speed motorcycle race or high speed jet going through the sky at sub supersonic speeds". I don't entirely disagree with this because I have taken photos of such subjects with entry level gear. However,I also have training, but also, not all of my images came out as good as shooting with my current canon setup of a 1DX mark 2. Certain types of photography I will fully agree with pro shooters saying the gear doesn't matter.If you shoot landscapes, portraits and say still life than no you don't need a fast camera and fast lenses. However in the sports/action world of photography, such gear is necessary to capture those fast passed actions.Otherwise, why would there be pro level gear, if such images could be done exceptionally with entry level equipment.It boils down to use the right tool for the job you are taking on.Thank you

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  • anne lmao

    July 20, 2019

    some of justin shots were pretty good

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  • Dante XE

    July 26, 2019

    ''Foundational Skill'' fsjhstrejrdmkgkjghfkgh omg photography takes skills. It's not about skills, it's about education.

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  • Jesse Smith

    August 6, 2019

    The colour editing makes a big difference

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  • Kerri West

    August 11, 2019

    Thank you for this video! I needed to hear this! I got a less expensive new DSLR camera last week that I ordered. Its a step up from an older camera I picked up that was part of the first generation of DSLRs when we started getting DSLRs back in the day. I wanted to have something that I didn't spend a whole lot of money on for my son to learn off of and I figured if I get a more up to date DSLR I would be able to give him the one I had. Worked out! That all said I got a pretty great photo of my dad on his last hunting trip before he passed. Its one of my favorite photos of him.

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  • achintya sagar

    August 24, 2019

    How the fuck do you get f/2.8 on a kit lens??

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  • PC Maniac

    August 27, 2019

    I just got that camera in august 2019(I know sed)

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