Originally Posted by mani
. . . Knowledge can be a hindrance to creativity.
What do you do for a living? Because knowledge can also facilitate creativity. I've earned my living from "creative" stuff for decades (writing and photography) and the more I know, the less time I waste.
The conclusion I came to many years ago is simple. It's called the "quality plateau". Below that plateau, better kit will get you better pictures. Above that plateau, your talent matters far more than the kit.
The plateau varies from person to person, and from subject matter to subject matter, but it's far lower than most people think. On the other hand, I've wasted a lot of time and money trying to get good results with junk. Nowadays I can judge pretty well what I'll need to accomplish something, and whether I can afford it (assuming I don't already have it, which after well over 40 years, I often do). Usually I can afford it because, as I say, the plateau is quite low. When I can't, I don't waste money on something that's almost but not quite good enough; something I will have to wrestle with every time I use it.
If you like playing with the junk, that's fine. For example, I grafted a Polaroid back onto a Lubitel. But as a means of learning more about photography, the main thing you're likely to learn is that there's generally a reason why good kit costs more than bad.
Also, because I've been to a lot of photo shows (above all photokina
) I've seen a lot of ideas like the Mercury come and go. Most fail. They struggle along for a year or two, if they get beyond prototype stage, but that's it. Even the really good ones often fail from lack of money, poor marketing, personal decisions by the inventor(s) and more.