Yes gear matters, but your vision is more important. Hopefully this will cut down on the e-mails about what gear I use. Studying the work of great photographers is a better use of your time than obsessing about cameras and lenses. Get out there and photograph.
My Leica Equipment
I have been a dedicated Leica M shooter since the mid 1980's. I have used various screwmount and bayonet mount Leica cameras. The older models that standout the most were a 1956 Leica M3 and a 1977 Leica M4-2. For many years my standard kit was a black M6 loaded with black and white film and a chrome M6 loaded with Kodachrome.
Finally the digital model has returned to the size of the film Leica's. This is really an outstanding camera. The best features are having a mechanical ISO dial that is visible when the camera is picked up and the larger image in the rangefinder for when I am wearing glasses.
I just can't describe how happy I am with this camera. It goes everywhere with me and shows a lot of wear these days. I don't use the video capabilities on this camera and wished it was a bit thinner but in reality I love this camera.
I have owned these cameras longer than any camera that I have owned. I just love the Leica M6. These cameras still get used when I have a feeling to shoot film. They are the perfect size and are so small that people rarely notice them. They have been around the world and have had well over 20,000 rolls of film through them and are still as smooth as the day the I purchased them.
LEICA 35mm SUMMICRON 2.0
LEICA 50mm SUMMICRON 2.0
LEICA 50mm NOCTILUX 1.0
LEICA 90mm TELE-ELMARIT 2.8
Almost all of my images were taken with the Summicrons. If had to chose only one lens it would be the 50mm. I have a neutral density filter mounted to the Noctilux that rarely is removed. I just like the glow that the older Noctiliux imparts to an image.
The Leica Tabletop tripod is my most used accessory. I have had mine for over 30 years. I highly recommend getting one. Yes it is very expensive but it is built like a tank. I have shot with a 4 x 5 view camera with mine. Very stable.
B+W 60mm NETURAL DENSITY 0.6 FILTER
B+W 39mm NETURAL DENSITY 1.8 FILTER
Spare LEICA batteries
THINK TANK PHOTO SD PIXEL POCKET ROCKET
LEXAR 32 GB 400X SD CARD - 12
THINK TANK PHOTO RETROSPECTIVE 5 bag for film cameras
The quest is finally over. If you want to carry 2 Leica's and 4 lenses, this is the perfect bag. Room to carry an iPad, extra batteries, and more. Bonus points for the beautiful leather.
My Commercial Equipment
NIKON 24 PC-E
NIKON 50 1.4
NIKON 85 1.4
NIKON 105 MICRO
NIKON 200 MICRO
NIKON SB-910 X2
NIKON R1-C1 MACRO FLASH
POCKET WIZARD FLEX TT5
POCKET WIZARD MINI TT1
BRONCOLOR MOVE 1200L LIGHTS
REALLY RIGHT STUFF TVC-23, BH-40, AND PLATES
THANK TANK PHOTO INTERNATIONAL ROLLER, URBAN DISGUISE 50, RETROSPECTIVE 5 AND 10
ASSORTED CAMERA AND FLASH BATTERIES
LEXAR 32GB CF CARDS X 10
THINK TANK PHOTO PIXEL POCKET ROCKET
Apple iPad Pro 9.7"
Wacom Intuos Tablet
Mackie HR824MKII Monitors
Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai Film Scanner
Bretford Acculight 48" Light Table
Lexar USB Card Reader
Sound Devices 722 Audio Recorder
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Lightroom CC
Capture One Pro 9
Nik Complete Collection
Apple Final Cut Pro
Xrite ColorMunki Display
G-Technology Hard Drives