« on: October 15, 2014, 01:26:35 AM »
I think manufacturers decide which are the pro models, whether it be a set of knives, a camera or laptop (though in the latter they are called business models rather than pro).
But what criteria do they use to make that determination? For any pro criterion you choose I can probably find a counter-example. About the only criteria I can think of that might have no exceptions would be profit margin and level of support from the manufacturer. Here are some proposed criteria and why each doesn't hold.
Image quality: 6D arguably has equal/better IQ compared to 1DX
Physical toughness: Pro studio photographers don't need this (e.g. MFD)
Speed: Pro landscape or studio photographers don't need this (e.g. MFD)
You get the idea.
The manufacturer sets the pro level, and I do not know what that is. But generally speaking it is the best overall performance and life of product etc. Whether it be kitchen knives or cameras, the manufacturer will more often than not say that this model is aimed more at pros over an inferior product etc. That's just the way it is. If a new set of knives comes out and has one benefit, or even two over the pro set then I would imagine that most manufacturers would consider putting those benefits into their new pro line when the time comes to do so.
Same applies for everything, pans, ovens, laptops, cars. etc.
I think manufacturers decide which are the pro models, whether it be a set of knives, a camera or laptop (though in the latter they are called business models rather than pro).Errm, being pedantic for just a moment...I have a Macbook Pro laptop. Must make me a pro! Whoo-hoo!
This is an entertaining thread! I hope the OP has got something out of it.
Haha! But now you are confusing a name for a product line. Manufacturers like Dell and Lenovo have business lines (the pro equivalent of a camera) which are made to last longer and more often than not have much higher quality build and components than their consumer lines. Even though those consumer lines may have some advantages (lighter, more stylish etc).
But for some to say it is the people behind the camera that makes the camera a pro camera makes no sense to me. Like I said before a 50D does not become a pro camera because it is used by a pro, it is just a pro's camera.