Upload & Sell: Off
David Baldwin wrote:
Most of the time the real difference between a pro and an amateur photographer is nothing to do with their kit, or whether they complain about it or not.
Often a pro is someone who can reliably come up with a good photograph in a given time under pressure. The amateur can often do much better because they can keep going back to the same scene again and again for years if necessary waiting for the perfect conditions.
No, not really... Granted, if you're amateur and you check the perfect lighting to shoot the cliff nearby, then perhaps. I bet many amateurs shoot some fast pacing event (e.g. dancing exhibition, or battle reenactment or THE football match of their child) where they cannot redo the same scene or the event again and again...
This is why I was pretty sour regarding old digital Canon's AF policy. They gave the amateurs only mediocre AF systems and reserved the 45pt AF for 1D line. The performance and feature gap was huge. Of course, not everyone needed fast AF, but everyone who needed fast AF, had to buy 1D because there was no EOS-3 digital.
In today's AF world, with people more dependent on AF (less than ideal stock screens, AF lenses with short focus travel rings), I felt that AF was too crucial to be spread so unevenly across the camera classes: if shutters were designed as the AF systems of the old Canon, the 1D would get 1/8000 max, 5D and xxD would get 1/500 and digital rebels would get 1/250 maximum shutter speed. Not quite usable, is it? But maybe Canon would sell more 1D cameras to amateurs, and ND filters to Rebel users
Now, thanks to Nikonians (their D300/700 cameras and general Sony sensor advancement), Canon was forced screaming and kicking into equipping lower class cameras with better AF systems (although I do see 7D AF as a very advanced 40/50D AF system), I've quite lost my Canon "hate", if it could be described as such.