« on: October 15, 2014, 07:30:31 AM »
Yes it is fair to say that any camera that is being used by a real professional is a pro grade camera, whatever it is.
Not sure if this has been mentioned before, but by the sounds of it I don't think many here realise the abuse that a real pros gear has to take, especially if it is portable stuff like a dslr and lenses. It has to be able to take that abuse and keep working, same for lenses. It also has to function satisfactorily under stressful, rushed situations. Take the 650D for example, a camera I had for a short while. The rear controls were so doll-like I couldn't feel them half the time. Take the 6Ds top command wheel, it's so softly clicked I can't feel it when I'm having to work fast. The rear wheel is even worse. What about lenses that have elements glued in place with three spots of glue like the Tamron 24-70. Just recently I had put the camera plus 24-105L on the dashboard in a Land Rover, had to pull out really quick in traffic and the camera shot off backwards and crashed into the footwell. I didn't even have to consider any damage. A friend of mine in Australia had a 1DII + 70-200 knocked over on a full height tripod onto a Tarmac pavement; no issues.
So if you're going to baby your gear you can get away with almost any camera that offers full control, esthetic satisfaction apart, and not withstanding unforeseen accidents, but gear that must keep working to keep paying the photographer has to be more robust.