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| p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Buying from a pro/non pro: Which would you rather? |
Professional photographers-- if we can generalize, as a rule; and it's true-- don't baby their gear.
They are not emotionally attached. They don't get paid more for ding-free, perfectly-painted lenses. They shoot a lot. It doesn't matter whether you're chasing wars in a desert, lingerie shots in a perfumed studio playing soft music, or setting up full location-based, light controlled, AD/Makeup-prepped commercial shots.
Maybe some of the lower level, semi-pro (AKA not their main source of living/just getting started/dabbling in charging) baby their stuff. And perhaps a few really active top level pros are careful (sure, there's variation).
Personally, I don't give a rats ass about how pretty the gear is-- only what it produces. But then my gear is a way for me to eat; yes, shooting is a passion, and I'm a sucker for technical minutia, but I care about my images not my cameras. That said, I've rarely seen much correlation between how a lens/camera looks (chips, rub-marks, etc) and how long it will last or how well it will work. Obviously anything with moving parts is that much closer to death after every X shots... but in the real world almost none of us run into those issues.