Pro VS Amateur Photographers Do Their Magic With US$30 VS US$7,200 Cameras

Pro VS Amateur Photographers With USD 30 VS 7,200 Cameras

About two years ago, photographer duo Rachel Gulotta and Daniel Inskeep of studio Mango Street embarked on an experiment that saw a non-photographer shooting with US$5,000 and US$500-and-below cameras. The whole project aimed to prove that it’s not the equipment that matters. 

As with the previous photography experiment, the work of the same amateur photographer, Grammy award-winning audio engineer Justin Hergett, is pit against that of pros Mango Street, but this time, the couple has raised the stakes for him. 

The price gap between the two cameras he has to use is now even more drastic: he now has to work with US$32 entry-level gear and a configuration of a US$5,499 Canon 1D X Mark II and a US$1,699 Canon 35mm f/1.4 II.

This time around:

1. We selected a much, much cheaper entry-level camera. It was about $30.

2. We also chose a $5,499 Canon 1D X Mark II and a $1,699 Canon 35mm f/1.4 II for the more expensive camera, making the gap between the two cameras a lot greater.

3. We all shot with both cameras so that viewers could compare the amateur’s cheap camera photos to the amateur’s expensive camera photos (and do the same with the pro photos as well).

4. We shot in and out of our studio in the middle of the day. By doing this, we created a greater challenge for our amateur photographer because of the variable lighting conditions outside.

You can watch the shootout in the video above. Here’s a closer look at the photos:

Cheap Camera: Amateur

Cheap Camera: Pro

Expensive Camera: Amateur

Expensive Camera: Pro