In/for business, a camera is an investment. Itís an asset with wear and tear, depreciations, etc. Itís a liability if thereís an outstanding on hire purchase, nevertheless an investment to start with.
Letís face it, the one and most important investment that youíll need is a camera. Get a very good one. Need not be the most expensive or the best, but definitely not entry-level.
If you are charging a fee and faced with more experienced competitors with better gear, having a better camera does matter, a barest minimum.
Letís see it from another angle. Youíre a marksman and youíre going into a battle with a revolver, your enemies are equipped with automatic rifles, some with GPMG. You may not get killed, but youíll not win!
Itís a tool, plus a lot more of other tools. An essential, a must have. Everything else is ďnice to haveĒ.
Itís true on the skills of the photographer and not the gear, no argument.
Itís also true that you do not get deal because of your high-end gear, but thereís a possibility of not getting a deal because of an entry-level gear too.
A professional or freelancer cannot be seen as charging a fee for half the value of a camera, 10% of the value of a camera? Is there a formula?