You need vision and you need to be an artist. You need to pursue the decisive moment. Those things are prerequisites to great photographs. Equipment is never important--it is way down at the bottom of the list.
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Ansel Adams said, "The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it."
Nikon said recently, "A photographer is only as good as the equipment he uses, and a good lens is essential to taking good pictures."
Notice the difference in philosophy. I would also note that Adams created some of the greatest photographs of all time, while Nikon, Inc. has not created even one great photograph. Yes, photographers using Nikon equipment have, but the company itself has not. That's because it is never about the equipment. It is always about what is in the photographer's heart and mind.