The truth about gear

When I was first thinking about getting started with vlogging, I did what any semi-nerdy person would have done and dove deep into the internet, searching for the best gear.

I read articles about cameras and gear reviews. I typed in “X camera vs Y camera” and opened up twenty tabs with different reviews and perspectives. I went on YouTube to find example videos shot on the camera I was looking at.

It felt like it would never stop.

Every time I thought I had it slightly narrowed down to what camera I wanted to buy and use, a new camera name would pop up that I would have to research, and the rabbit hole would begin again.

Comparing gear and technology is a never-ending game. One camera has a flip-out screen, but its competitor has built-in image stabilization. Another camera has removable lenses, but yet another has a wider aperture for that delicious background blurriness.

Of course, price played into it as well. I obviously couldn’t afford my dream camera, so I had to settle for something either not as good or not as new. Every time I would make a decision and work on saving up the money, I would hear about yet another camera that got an upgrade, and, you guessed it, that rabbit hole would begin yet again.

Research is research until it’s procrastination.

Keep gear from being a distraction

I always hesitate to write about gear and cameras for this very reason. I don’t want to become part of this game. I don’t want to be the cause of hindrance for people wanting to get started with video.

There is a real point to research, and I don’t want to discount that. Knowing what you’re buying and how long it will last and if it will actually serve the purpose you want is important.

The problem comes when you keep researching ad infinitum and never make anything.

Here’s the truth about gear:

Technology is already outdated by the time you buy it.

You’ll never have the best camera, because they’re already working on its successor. You’ll never have the most high-resolution sensor because they’re already working on a better one.

Even more prominent: you’ll never have a video if you don’t have any camera at all.

“But I like to research! I want to be sure about what I’m buying! I need to know everything!”

Look, I get it. I do the same thing. I’ll spend hours, days, even weeks trying to make some kind of technology decision. The problem is I could have made a decision in half the time and already be ahead with what I’m wanting to make.

Gear is important, but it’s not the most important thing. Making is the most important part of making anything. You can always upgrade later.

This is simply to preface the next section about gear because I don’t want it to be a stumbling block for you. Don’t let the discussion about gear be the thing that holds you back.

There are hundreds if not thousands of options, and any single one of them is better than having none at all.