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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:03:23 PM »
Perhaps the cogent questions are "what makes a camera professional quality?" and "what makes a manufacturer call a camera "pro".

The answers may be quite different.

I think there is a lot of professional equipment in other industries that does not have the name pro on it. 

If you have to tell customers your product is pro, it ain't.  ;D

Professionals know what is pro quality without needing the marketing department tell them so.

None of the professional equipment I use in my non-photography career was ever marked "pro".
:)
Got about 8 million dollars of test equipment in the lab at work..... none of it is marked as "pro"....

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And the guy's pictures were not at all stand out for anything...

says mr. anonymous on the internet.
at least he made it to nat geo... you? :P

care to share some of your work?

he does:

http://bobkrist.com/

I agree Krist's body of work is impressive, including many stunning images, but I also agree that the photos included with his ringing endorsement of Sony mirrorless are not great.  They're not among his best photos.  He also doesn't seem to tout the image quality--just praises the portability and versatility--of Sony mirrorless.

In short, it's interesting to get the perspective of a bona fide pro on the advantages of the NEX/A7 systems, but not exactly a killer argument for ditching Canon or Nikon depending on your usage.

but what if portability and versatility are his major requirements.......

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This is what I don't understand about the photography "community".

Some guy decides to switch camera companies.  He is not saying that his previous camera sucked, nor is he saying that he thinks that every other photographer needs to follow his lead.  He simply made a choice.

But, when the story is posted, look at the defensive (and sometimes offensive) posts. 

Who cares if this person switches camera systems?  Clearly it was the right decision for him

Equally clear is that his reasons should have no influence on anyone else's decision to stay or move.

No one here can say that his reasons for switching are wrong for him.

So he switched to another manufacturer.  Good for him.  I wish him the best of luck and I hope that his new system makes him happy. 

So why did some people feel it was appropriate, or even helpful, to attack his photography? 

It just does not make sense.
+1000

If company X made camera model Y that was better than every other camera for every possible reason, then that would be the only camera that people would select. until someone invents a camera that meets a multitude of conflicting requirements, people will choose what works best for their criteria.... and to those people I say "Go for it!"

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 14, 2014, 10:24:09 PM »
You're all wrong.  Only the D810 is a pro camera and you all know it!

No! GoPro! The name says it all.... Go Pro.....

Nobody would mount 29 D810's to their car, but they would (and did) with GoPro :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6wI_lBj3mc

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 14, 2014, 07:17:02 PM »
As so many have said, it is the person behind the camera.... and being a pro, that person will pick the right tool for the job.... be it a 1Dx, a GoPro, or an iPhone. Everything has it's time and place and a real pro will not limit their options...


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Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 14, 2014, 02:44:07 PM »
Ottawa River colours by canoe
Looks good! I´ll be in Ottawa next Monday and Tuesday. Hope to see similar weather then :)
Gatineau Park, just across the river, is a fabulous place to visit....

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 14, 2014, 02:39:12 PM »
Build, Performance, Features.

A solid photographer can take great photos with crap equipment and a n00b can screw up even the best of top end gear.

A pro camera is often more metal allow than plastic and has better weather sealing.

If you shoot studio, and are making a living from it, do you need weather sealing?
A "pro" camera is the right tool for the job....

I saw a tv add for a dishwasher and to my eye, it looked like the action shots were taken with a GoPro :) definitely a case where weather sealing was needed for a studio shot... but I get your point, almost all the time weather sealing is not needed in a studio.

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Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:36:29 AM »
Ottawa River colours by canoe

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:34:58 AM »
Great Blue Heron on the Ottawa river....

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:20:20 AM »
The incredibly rare 4 winged Canada Goose :)

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Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 14, 2014, 07:49:34 AM »
Beautiful colours!

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Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: October 13, 2014, 10:22:45 PM »
Street shots depend a lot on where you live...

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If you are thinking of upgrading, get a new hard drive.

Back up everything to an external drive, then remove the old drive, put in the new drive, and start fresh. Hard drives fail with time and use.... Any opportunity to get a new one should not be overlooked, plus you can always swap the old drive back in if disaster strikes.....

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark 2 Preorders "sound off"
« on: October 13, 2014, 05:01:30 PM »
All the big players are saying "around November 15", so I would not trust any earlier date....

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