Mac or PC. Vanilla or Chocolate. Ford or Chevy (Toyota if you ask me). I don’t think the camera is important at all…it’s just the tool you’ve chosen. And It all comes down to preference, and what works for you. This is just me experience, but knowing what camera a photographer was using opened a whole new world.
When I started getting into landscape photography I had know idea what I was doing…at all. It was embarrassing. It didn’t take me long to figure out I couldn’t simply point my camera at a scene, and walk away with something good. There are some photographers who can do that, but I couldn’t. And it was very frustrating. What was I doing wrong? Was it my camera? Maybe…but maybe not.
I started out trying to find other photographers who used Nikon cameras. My thinking was that they would have insight into what worked for them, and I could simply reproduce that. This helped, but I knew there was more to it. Dialing in ISO 100 at F8 might work for a lot of photographs, but why? And when it didn’t work…why not?
The more research I did the more I realized the camera wasn’t the problem…it was how I was using it. And what limitations did my camera have that might be holding me back. This introduced me to exposure bracketing, Luminosity Masks, focus stacking…the list goes on and on. I got there because I looked for other photographers using a specific camera.
I’ve never used Canon, Sony, Fujifilm, ect. I’ve only ever known Nikon. It helped, at least for me, to find someone who was much better at shooting Nikon than I was, and learn from them. Once I knew how to better use the tool I had…the camera “brand” wasn’t important at all. I’m now more confidant that I could take any camera out to the field, and apply what I’d learned to my ISO, aperture, shooting mode, you name it, and walk away with a much better photograph.
Knowing that @Ben_Horne shoots with an 8x10 might be important to someone looking for more information about shooting on film. Knowing that @Dan_Ballard shoots with Sony, and @Sarah_Marino has experience with the Canon EOS R would probably benefit a lot of photographers looking to go mirrorless.
For me, I like knowing why a photographer uses a specific tool. I do a lot of hiking and backpacking, and I kind of wish I had gone with the Sony a7r II over the D810 just because of the weight difference. But at the time, I didn’t know any photographers using the Sony…I knew Nikon…so I went with what I was comfortable with. Now, that’s changed a lot. Technology has changed a lot, and if I could afford it—and my wife wouldn’t kill me—I’d probably switch to mirrorless.
So, yeah. For me, the camera info was actually very helpful. There you go…my two cents.