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I was using my 7D2 and a 100-400 II lens, and not the latest 1DX on a 600 f/4.
I'm looking at buying a 100-400 II ATM. :0)
Honestly, I couldn't give a fig what people think of the gear I'm using.
I shoot for money not the ego trip or glory seeking from others.
When they make more money than I do, I'll be impressed. I know a lot of the ego manics I come across make nothing and are only doing it to get some attention no one pays them otherwise.
I could buy any damn camera I wanted. It's only money, not like you need to have years of training or qualifications to buy a camera. I also find it funny that many of the ego trippers think top of the line Nikons or canons are a big deal but wouldn't know a hassy or Leica if it bit them on the backside nor have a clue what they are worth.
It makes NO sense in any business to over capitalise on equipment. My 7's do everything I want them to and much more and in over 30 years in this game, not ONE single paying client has ever complained to me about my gear or lack of image quality or anything else technical.
I shoot in rain and dust and throw my gear around and do not baby it. I have never had a problem but if I did I rather have 3 cameras than put all my eggs in the one basket. Not saying there is anything wrong with top end gear jut that the work -I- do does not justify it nor would it improve my sales or profits to have it when the lesser gear is 110% capable of the work I earn my living from.
I could pull out my old 10D and take a typical picture and no client or shooter would know the difference. Yes, in extreme conditions like the black hole ever wedding shooter seems to think lurks in the corner of every church sucking the light right out of the Joint, there may be some noise difference but for 99% majority of pics I take, no one would know the difference and the paying clients certainly could not care less about the tool.
They pay for the results they get not the toys used to produce them.
They don't know what I use, they could care less about my gear but what they do care a lot about, recognise comment on and pull their money out their pocket for is the CONTENT of the image.... even when I do stuff it up.
Not so much with other pros ( real, earn real money type pros) but especially with the " I love taking pictures" posers and ego maniacs I see so often, you can tell they really are all wind and Bullshit.
You see them strutting around using their camera as a substitute for a lack of manhood and you know if you threw them a manual Medium format camera they wouldn't know WTF an aperture or a shutter speed really was let alone how to load the film or get the exposure within about 4 stops just by looking at the light and setting the camera themselves.
Yes, I'm a dinosaur and proud of it but it wasn't so long ago when a lot of shooters, real shooters, took a pride in using basic gear. The ego trip was that you took that brilliant pic using ONLY that POS gear. The cred of course coming from the fact you took that DESPITE the gear and using your own skill and abilities and overcoming the equipment's shortfalls.
Now days a lot of the cred just comes down to money. Throw money at the most expensive body and lens and you pounce around like you know what you are doing and look down on anyone with lesser gear.
I love it when people do that to me because straight away I know they actually know beans about what they are doing because their gear fixation gives away their real abilities every single time. I have seen many tryhards particulay shooting sports that think because they have top line bodies and glass they are somehow better. I always like to innocently ask what they avereage sales wise out of gigs like this and when you find out it's nothing to not much more and express wonderment at why they do it for no money and roll your eyes when they say " They like taking pics" it soon changes who's intimidated and who's smiling.
When people start using tools of the trade as a crutch for their insecurities and shortcomings of skills, doesn't matter what they have hanging off their neck, you are too busy laughing to be intimidated!