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".

  • \$\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

2 Answers 2


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


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.


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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