I try not to take it personally since I get this alot but when someone praises my photos and immediately follows up with a question about what camera I use, I can't help but feel like it's a backhanded compliment of sorts. That question can make it feel like they think that the camera does all the work. Some people are just genuinely curious but there are also those who actually believe that if they had the same camera/lens as someone, it would magically make them take the same photos. Oh if only it were that easy! That's why I love this story since it perfectly illustrates the absurdity of this notion. Having a good camera is fantastic but it's just a tool and there is so much more that goes into a good photograph like composition, lighting, perspective, etc.
For the record, I take all my photos either with a Fuji X100 or Canon 7D. The lenses I use most are a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II or Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L USM. Both cameras allow me to shoot in manual mode which I do about 90% of the time because I don't like to have to post-process my photos. I worked in the photography industry for a number of years in various capacities including as an assistant, production manager and editor. Now I'm on my own as a freelance photographer with a penchant for doll photography. I learned how to shoot on a Canon AE-1 35mm SLR (Canon all the way!) and I'm still constantly learning. I've been tempted to revisit my old camera since I actually miss analog photography at times. Here is some of my old film work which I also styled as well.
Story Image Source: Framingham Camera Club