How strict are Canon CPS rules?
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Jon Joshua
Registered: Oct 27, 2006
Total Posts: 547
Country: United States

Surf ebay. Copy serial #s. Pay $100.

You're in.

If I wanted to take advantage of the loaner program, that's what I would do.

Alternately, if you would feel guilty about doing this, you could buy some really broken gear on ebay and qualify.



JimN
Registered: Jul 09, 2004
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Country: United States

Jon Joshua wrote:
Surf ebay. Copy serial #s. Pay $100.

You're in.

If I wanted to take advantage of the loaner program, that's what I would do.

Alternately, if you would feel guilty about doing this, you could buy some really broken gear on ebay and qualify.


Canon might have an issue when the same serial number turns up registered to twoo different people. I think this is a bad idea.



surf monkey
Registered: May 24, 2005
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Country: United States

StarNut wrote:
I don't know if the benefits for a non-professional justify the cost (to me; not making a judgment for anyone else), even of the gold program, but Canon clearly is perfectly happy to let anyone join who has purchased enough Canon equipment.

pKai wrote:
Forget the repairs and cleaning.... which are seldom needed unless you shoot in fairly nasty environments and/or beat your gear around. I'd say the loaner program ALONE is worth the $100.


So right! I've always wanted to try out the TSE lenses and the 500f4, so I joined a month ago when I needed a repair done. The repair savings in nothing compared to the savings of renting lenses for evaluation. It may not be as convenient as a rental for a planned trip because availability isn't the same, but it's perfect for evaluating equipment.



jerbear00
Registered: Jan 17, 2011
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ggreene wrote:
It is a great program for just about everyone now. I did like the original idea though that actual working pros would get priority and not just some Dentist with a 1DX.


Don't judge. Up to canon but I wouldn't apply that comment to some dentist. You probably don't realize professional oral photography is an important aspect of treatment f/u and evaluation. He probably uses his camera more for his business than you do yours.... IMHO.



ggreene
Registered: Aug 11, 2003
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Country: United States

jerbear00 wrote:
Don't judge. Up to canon but I wouldn't apply that comment to some dentist. You probably don't realize professional oral photography is an important aspect of treatment f/u and evaluation. He probably uses his camera more for his business than you do yours.... IMHO.


Meant only in the context of a well off hobbyist whose income is not affected by equipment availability and you knew damn well what I meant IMHO.



StarNut
Registered: Aug 30, 2004
Total Posts: 1636
Country: United States

ggreene wrote:
jerbear00 wrote:
Don't judge. Up to canon but I wouldn't apply that comment to some dentist. You probably don't realize professional oral photography is an important aspect of treatment f/u and evaluation. He probably uses his camera more for his business than you do yours.... IMHO.


Meant only in the context of a well off hobbyist whose income is not affected by equipment availability and you knew damn well what I meant IMHO.


I'm curious why you care who's a member of the program, as long as you get what you want out of the program. Why should a "well off hobbyist" who has bought a lot of expensive equipment from Canon (more than many pros, in many instances) not receive service commensurate with that investment?



mmurph
Registered: Apr 18, 2004
Total Posts: 3211
Country: United States

I think he was just talking about different facets of the previous program.

The program has different aspects, like on site event support and show support, that are much more geared toward working pros.

Let's just leave it at that. No need to derail the thread.



cbres00
Registered: Aug 14, 2004
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Country: United States

100% of my photography income comes from photography.



scalesusa
Registered: Sep 02, 2008
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anthonygh wrote:
What is the benefit of this arrangement to Canon is a question I'd like answering?

Canon seems to want to dictate who is defined as a pro photographer and then determine the nature of the gear that pro needs to use.

As someone who was semi pro by choice ( I also run a college photography department) my camera systems of choice were film based...as my work was B+W art orientated and I much prefer the aesthetics of film generated imagery.

So despite using Canon gear for 95% of my work for four decades (and still owning most of what I have used) CPS wouldn't want to know if I applied. Or at least that seems the case in the UK.


Have you tried joining the Nikon equivalent? You must be nominated by a existing pro member. Nikon is serious about it, while Canon takes you at your word.



ssnap
Registered: Feb 14, 2005
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Country: United States

I posted in the wrong post, apologies.



lukeb
Registered: Nov 13, 2010
Total Posts: 1881
Country: United States

anthonygh wrote:

Canon seems to want to dictate who is defined as a pro photographer and then determine the nature of the gear that pro needs to use.



Its their sandbox - you want to play in it - you abide by their rules



jaybrams
Registered: Jun 11, 2009
Total Posts: 163
Country: United States

At a recent Canon event I asked a Canon staffer about CPS. He said it was equipment point based and if your have the right amount of points, you could take a shot at membership.



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