This Experiment Shows Pro Photographers Using $500 Gear VS. Amateur Using $4,950 Gear

Published 7 years ago

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, boredpanda)

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Daniel (Pro with Amateur Gear)

Rachel (Pro with Amateur Gear)

Justin (Amateur with Pro Gear)

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