The first thing every seasoned filmmaker or photographer will tell a beginner is that the camera/lens doesn’t matter! Some are able to shoot perfectly good looking films with only a smartphone or take a great looking picture with a disposable camera. Heck, Alan started out with a disposable camera. It really doesn’t matter. What matters is what you make of what you got. Instead of spending time hunting down the best gear, you should focus on the idea, the composition, the story and everything else of substance. And this goes for everything else you might do in life.
You are at your most creative when you need to solve a problem. The saying “where there’s a will there’s a way” is right on in times of need. You see, it’s much easier to buy a better camera than to make an old one work for you. And if it’s easy to do something, well then, anybody can do it and at the same time nobody cares anymore. So instead of looking for something new to buy, find a way to make the things you already own work for you. Of course there comes a time when you have no other option but to upgrade, but it’s not nearly as often as we think it is.