That is very true Bob. We were shooting at an event and I had a 24-70 f/2.8 lens. The person beside me had a 28-135 f/3.5-5.6. He asked how I was still shooting because none of his images were coming out.
I told him that when he was zoomed out, his lens automatically bumped his cameras settings up to f/5.6 which would make the shutter speed go way down to 1/20th or something lower which was causing eveything to blur in the camera. With my f/2.8 lens, I could still keep my shutter speeds fast enough to stop the action, and was able to shoot the entire show.
So better equipment allowed me to be a better photographer. We were both standing beside each other with the same lighting and same conditions, so in theory, our images should have been exactly the same. But I walked away with the shot while he was left with nothing but blurry images.
Country Music Star Toby Keith @ DTE Music Center in Michigan this past summer
Rap Music Icon and Movie Star Ice Cube on the stage at the Emerald Theater in Michigan this fall.
Both shots were only capable with a fast lens that allowed for the low light situation. Both times I had other photographers ask about being able to shoot in the low light because all their images were blurry.
This is where a fast camera will help out because I too got plenty of blurry shots, but when shooting concerts, I always set the cameras for the fastest possible so I'm shooting 5 frames per second. One of those shots is going to be on, while many of the others just go into the recycle bin.
I heard the guys camera beside me and I probably shot 10 to his one. I was told by a pro I used to work for one time that "The only differance between a amateur and a pro is the professional will shoot ten times as many shots as the amateur." I dont mind deleting images if it means I get a couple of good shots that can go on a cover or in a magazine.