Recently I started to pack my apartment and dispose of furniture and other material possessions. As I've been going through everything I uncovered my bag of older Nikon gear.
Two bodies, that I bought in 1985 after my gear bag was stolen from the back of a truck; a 24, 28, 35, 50, 85 and 200mm lenses - all replacements for the stolen gear.
I used this equipment every day for years. I worked assignments for magazines and clients. I photographed receptions and conferences, meetings and speeches.
The gear isn't 'pro', it's an old Nikon FE2 and a Nikkormat EL. The glass is all primes lenses. I shot nothing but hand rolled tri-x pushed to 800ASA and seldom - if ever used a flash on location, and somehow my images ended up in magazines, books and being used by clients.
Tools. It comes down to tools and then the attentiveness and application of soft skills - skills involving seeing, perception, timing, composition, exposure and processing. Important images are made by people - not equipment and given any gear you have at hand you, as a photographer can make the image.
I'm going to keep the old gear. No idea if it'll ever get used again. We'll see - won't we?