, there is so much comedy gold and contradiction here it's unreal.
"1000$ on a good camera."
I'm not knocking this in itself, because 1000$ (or even $1000) would buy you a good camera. It would buy you a rebel. It would buy you a 60D. At a push it might even buy you a 7D. Are these the good cameras you mean?
I have a 7D and I can vouch that it is a good camera. I'm also acutely aware that the sensor and processor is the same as in my T3i. And that lens for lens, setting for setting, sports and and nature aside, I'll get pretty much interchangable results. The 7D wins out for sports and nature, and viewfinder quality and handling.
90% of the time I am entirely happy to use the t3i.
I am with you up to a point on the lenses, but don't confuse cost with quality. One of my favourite best performing lenses is the relatively humble 100mm f2.0 USM. My Sigma 70mm is also pretty darned exceptional. I was underwhelmed with the 17-40 when I owned it, but that said I would use it in pretty rough conditions like the speedway track in the rain, without fear of failure. I prefered my old 200mm f2.8L to my current zoom, but I need the flexibility for video, I could have spent $1000's more on the f2.0, or $1000 more on the IS mk2 zoom, but I'm smart enough to know about the law of diminishing returns, and buy the kit I need, rather than buy the kit I need to make up for any lack of self-esteem or ability. Besides that $1000 would get my SQN a full service, or get me an extra m416, or let me get a Sachtler rather than Vinten.
It's all about spending money where it's important.
I don't work in real estate, I work in video production for Europes largest publisher. I get to wear sneakers and jeans to my work because I'm in the creative dept. I don't have an ego at all, quite the opposite I'm actually very modest, shy almost. Folk judge me on my work, some of it made on the humble T3i, some of it made on a PMW-350, whichever suits the task in hand. I don't need to wear a suit or a big watch for folk to take me seriously (although I do like my big watches, which shall I wear today, my Tag or my Omega, ach the Omega needs winding and setting, I'll just wear the Tag) and it's the same with the camera gear. I have storyboards pulled apart, I have location managers climbing the walls when I start asking about mains phasing, when I filmed with Rod Stewart recently he was very particular about the angle of my camera and the position and power of the light. But I can honestly say I've never had anybody challenge my choice of camera.
And Annie Leibovitz might not turn up with an iphone, but she'd probably be professional enough not to scoff at $1000 DSLR users from behind her Hasselblad DMF. And she would probably be quite interested in somebody with a G15, as a G10 was for a long time her choice of pocket camera.
But that's the bar your setting for comparison to your standards is it? Annie Leibovitz? Thats the level you're at I take it?
You have the touch of the littljohn or the clarkson about you, except they can put their incendary troll-like opinions into reasonable english.
And if your argument is really that you can't get a good image out of a Rebel, or that using a Rebel makes you stupid then I'm afraid you really are talking out of your backside.
You can usually tell stupid folk by their opinions, and you're doing a grand job.
Everyone knows 100 f2,....is one of the best Canon lenses ever made. And that is not humble at all.
Rod Stewart would have been great for dropping names ,....about 20 years ago.
I never called anyone stupid so far. That's where we differ.
In today's brain frying digital overexposure,...it happens a lot,.....people have brain assumptions completing their thoughts about real things and believe those as reality,....but those are nothing else but farts,...and in the end they smell bad because farts usually do.
You have a lot of arguments fighting off things I never said,... so your memory might be a little confused.
I am sure it happens to Rod Stewart now days.
The $1000 vs 1000$,... English Assessment argument,... is great,.... for third grade,....Bravo!
Well,.....some people truly mature at a slower rate.
My English?! I am quite happy with it,....and,....coming from a different background, where it plays the role of a second language,.... it does great for me.
Unless you are a language guru that thinks everyone should be one,....you have just proved another self induced mental blockage.
Since your behavior is indicative of self centered "experts" that only speak one language and think Latvia is a fruit,...it is not a surprise at all.
Classic Rockwell,....People looking down at other people because their native language was not English or they belong to a place where,.... the priority is not to "bring freedom" to all people that have oil,..... while in other destinations of the world,....at the exact time,.....people are being chopped down with machetes with no one caring.
Great Rockwell advice buddy! You must love him,.....He thought his disciples well,....
Save money on lenses and camera,....and then go and buy TWo 3000$ watches,...because nothing else matters when drowned in Hypocrisy.
(see how I keep doing this $ as I like,..Nice.)
And yes,...I compare myself to all the Great Photographers I admire,....while I try to climb the same steps,...and that is the best thing anyone can do.
Nobody climbs any mountains without looking at the peak as a final destination and evaluation point.
Try to find your voice while listening to the music created by others.
Probably you were more concentrated in on English in school and overlooked Philosophy and Logic courses,....but that is understandable with people that have a certain passion.
Bresson,Steichen,Brassai are my giants.
Not self-centered and arrogant Leibowitz.
She was lucky that John Lennon got shot.
At least you have the guts to try and say something ,....as opposed to those other two clappers,...which post "Great message Paul" after each one of yours.
Kissing behinds and brown nosing,....because of undeveloped Self ,...is not a new sport and has been around for years and years.
I understand,....these pople need a voice also.
My advice to you,...My dear PAul,.... is stop judging people if,.... sometime before, in your life,.....you came to the deep conclusion that it is best not to judge people.
Hypocrisy is Bliss but also see-through for those not too busy clapping.