« on: October 16, 2014, 06:46:11 AM »
What I was trying to say is that a pro will use the appropriate level of gear for the job at hand. I don't think that anyone would dispute that as you move towards higher end gear that image quality improves or that cameras like a 1DX increase the odds of capturing that shot under difficult conditions.....and in general captureing the shot is the highest priority for a pro, but it is the task that determines gear and priorities, not some "pro" designation on the gear.
A good example of this is inspection photography. The goal is to determine if there is visible wear and to determine if there is adequate grease on the gears, look for signs of rust, etc.. The access port is 1.5 inches by 6 inches, so the camera must fit through the slot. The camera used takes crappy pictures, but it fits into the gear and the pictures are good enough for the task at hand. I have a so called "pro" camera and L glass in a pelican case on a shelf behind me, but it is the wrong tool for the job, despite being a vastly superior camera. On the other hand, when things are spread out on the bench I love that 100L macro lens.....
I think you are perfectly right, and I agree with you 100%.
I think that no matter what the job, the person/company doing it will have different choices as to the level of quality of the tools they decide to use/purchase for the job at hand.
As you say a 1D X, while ideal for sports, will not work for the inspection camera example you used. And, I would presume that there are different quality cameras on the market that are specifically designed for that job, and it depends on the person/company to decide which best fits their needs/budget.
I should just clarify what I meant by a manufacturer designating a product as pro-grade. What I meant is that they will often (depending on product) have consumer lines and then possibly pro-sumer and then pro. These labels do not need to be on the product, it is just what the manufacturer is aiming the product to be. Canon designed the 1D X to be used by professional photographers all over the world, especially sports photographers, and it designed it, and built it as such. But Canon also fully knows that consumers whether they be enthusiasts or something else will also buy the top of the line as well. It does not fulfil the demands of every job, nor every professional photographers' demands but it is a pro-grade camera.