"do you need good lens to take good pictures"
it is case to case basis....
Looks like a very meaningful discussion, and I'd like to add my 2 cents
To some extent, and in some cases, the lens does play a factor in one's ability to produce a "good" photo.
Off the top of my head, I'm thinking of sports photography (eg. English Premier League match).
Say... Fernando Torres scores a brilliant goal and is celebrating ecstatically by the touchline. With a large-aperture telephoto lens, one might be able to capture his emotion clearly as well as isolate him from the background.
It would probably not be possible to achieve this with a budget telephoto (eg. 70-300 f/4-5.6)...
That being said, a lot of the time I find that the really memorable photos are the ones which 'impact' you the moment you lay eyes on them. And sharpness isn't one of the factors that will make me immediately go 'wow' when I'm browsing through Flickr, Pbase, etc... Certainly composition, colours, lighting are greater contributory factors.
Lets put it this way,
If you take an identical picture both
with lousy lens and / or with lousy body .... vs good lens and / or with good body
you will definitely get better picture with better lens/body
By the way we shouldnt be comparing between a good and a bad photographer, we should be looking at whether the equipment will help a photographer take better pics
this thread so fierce. but as many have said, it's the photographer, not his gear...
I don't think TS will come back and tell us what is his definition of good pictures.
anyway, what do you guys think is the key ingredient of a good pictures?
how about the theme/subject? how about composition? are these not important at all? you sure?
good pictures have theme, carry message, communicate thoughts..... just like a novel
just imagine if one day a student ask his teacher during class,
student: teacher, please tell us how to write good composition..
teacher: first you must have good paper, something like Conqueror paper at least 210gsm, second, you need to have a good pen, at least a Parker, best is Montblanc......
But even on a technical level, not many care about what really constitutes IQ and the factors affecting which. Over-corrected and over-contrasty means good.