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As far as I understand the words [gear] and [equipment] both refer to... well, the equipment. If this is the case and there is no difference in meaning that I miss, I would suggest using only one of them. Usage standings as of writing this:

  • [gear] vs [equipment] - 3 - 10
  • [gear-recommendation] vs. [equipment-recommendation] - 7 - 10

(there is also one question tagged [used-equipment]. I would personally vote for [equipment], not only because it is already more use, but also because (in my opinion) it feels more "correct".

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I went ahead and retagged the "gear" questions to the "equipment" counterparts. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 30, 2010 at 13:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ "gear" has been set up as a synonym of "equipment". \$\endgroup\$
    – chills42
    Aug 3, 2010 at 20:06

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I vote for equipment. It's more specific and appears to be dominant already.

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I think equipment generally refers to specific camera items, like body, lenses, filters, etc. I think the term gear is a bit broader, and can refer to things like camera bags or backpacks, hides, etc. I would have to read each of the posts that use gear and equipment tags to see if the usage was appropriate.

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After reading all of the questions that use these tags, I would say all of them refer to camera equipment. I would agree, we could retag all the gear tags as equipment tags.

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