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 So I have a 5d  mkiii  and when I pair that with a 70-200 is mkii,  it  draws quite a bit of attention.   But people don't have anything interesting to say...  it is always like,  " that's  some camera."  I  want to respond that they should look in my pants if they really want to be impressed.   but  no, I  just  say  thanks. 

I love talking about gear  and I really love talking about the  four year journey  it has taken me to get here.   but nice camera is on par with,  some weather,  huh?   it is vapid  and  lacks depth.

 so are y'all polite and say thanks,  or do y'all  have a  funny line or just ignore em...  just  curious.
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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2013, 09:28:20 PM »
I seldom get comments like that, I occasionally have someone ask what camera I'm using and I tell them.  Some might say "Nice Outfit or Nice camera and I say "Thank You".  It happens so seldom that I've never thought much about it.

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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2013, 09:38:28 PM »
I seldom get comments like that, I occasionally have someone ask what camera I'm using and I tell them.  Some might say "Nice Outfit or Nice camera and I say "Thank You".  It happens so seldom that I've never thought much about it.

 I get it about once per outing...  so maybe I just attract them there type o'  people.
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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2013, 09:49:42 PM »
Actually when i get that I use it to get a portrait done.

-"Nice camera"
- "Yeah it's great.......wanna see the results? I can take your picture and email it to you later!"

90% yes results. Of course it's not candids but it makes the best of an otherwise useless small talk.

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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2013, 09:58:13 PM »
Actually when i get that I use it to get a portrait done.

-"Nice camera"
- "Yeah it's great.......wanna see the results? I can take your picture and email it to you later!"

90% yes results. Of course it's not candids but it makes the best of an otherwise useless small talk.
are you a pro?   that's good  direct marketing for you to get clients.
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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2013, 10:14:57 PM »
If they are walking past I let it slide. If they stop I say "Yes, I like it. What do you use for photography?" Then I immediately think of a couple of good things to say about their chosen weapon, even if it's a phone.

If a chat gets going, I soon ask how important is a good photograph to them. If the answer is 'not really', there is no point in embarking on a tale of my equivalent of your Four Year Journey. If they are pretty keen, I give them a nutshell encapsulation of what my kind of kit gives me in exchange for so much bulk, weight, and cost, that I cannot get out of their camera, nice as it may be.

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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2013, 10:21:24 PM »
Month or so ago, I was at a sports-thingy with plenty of friends. I was walking around with 5D3 (gripped) and 70-200 IS II (with hood), one girl who is especially fun to be around with, came to me "Is that a lens or are you just happy to see me?"

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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2013, 10:42:57 PM »
Month or so ago, I was at a sports-thingy with plenty of friends. I was walking around with 5D3 (gripped) and 70-200 IS II (with hood), one girl who is especially fun to be around with, came to me "Is that a lens or are you just happy to see me?"

 shame you didn't have a 100-400 L  or a 24-105L,  cause you could have extended it. 
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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2013, 11:31:42 PM »
I love talking about gear  and I really love talking about the  four year journey  it has taken me to get here.   but nice camera is on par with,  some weather,  huh?   it is vapid  and  lacks depth.

I was shooting on the streets of Melbourne a few months ago, Bessa L, 21mm f/4 Skopar, and 21mm external viewfinder (the Bessa l has no viewfinder built-in).
Some guy comes up and just says, "hey, that's a really nice camera you've got there".
Before I could respond (I wasn't sure if he knew what it was, or if he thought it was a Leica or a Fuji X), even before I'd figured out if that was going to be followed up by a "... give it here!", he'd already walked off...

Walking around elsewhere with my Hasselbladski and other Medium Format gear (P6, K60, M645AF) I've had looks and comments to each other, but noone's ever really said anything to my face (who didn't already know me, that is).
Maybe when I get my Travelwide and start shooting 4x5" street shots I'll get some questions, or then again, maybe not...
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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2013, 12:12:50 AM »
7d gripped + 100-400 w/ hood -> cute girl "Oh wooow, that's a long one"....... ;)

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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2013, 12:17:36 AM »
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Interesting topic, and I've had a lot of different experiences over the years.

There have been times when I suspected ill intent. In those cases I say something like, "Oh, it's just a junky thing I got at a yard sale. It hardly even works." In those cases, the strap got tightly wrapped around my fist in case I had to swing it at them.

What I more often get is the vapid, "That's a really nice camera." I've learned to respond with "Oh, are you a photographer?" They never are. Then I might ask them how they know it's a "really nice camera." One responded with, "It's big." Not much to say after that. Other times I go off on a fantasy thing telling them it's the finest camera that has ever been made -- I can take pictures of distant planets, it can even be made to work like a microscope -- sometimes doctors use this kind of camera in surgery so they can show people pictures of their operations, tumors and such.

Oh, I'm fun on the bus!!

On the rare occasion a gear-head has tried to chat me up I just tell them I'm taking pictures and I'm not interested in talking. When I'm taking pictures I'm very focused and I really don't want to talk about what some guy did with his camera club last month. I'm too one-track-minded to be able to be with others when I'm taking pictures -- so I'm not in a club and I don't do "photo walks." Call me anti-social, I guess.
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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2013, 12:24:21 AM »
Thanks, is all that I say
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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2013, 01:41:10 AM »
with my 500 I often get how far can you see with that.  I answer that the lens is similar to a 10 power binocular.

Or how much does that cost.  I refer them to B&H website if they want to look at prices. I seldom tell the replacement value of equipment - not sure if it small talk or someone deciding if it is worth the risk of stealing my camera.

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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2013, 02:32:05 AM »
Free reign on a conversation doesn't happen often in life, but when (illegal) promotional caller/credit card scammers call me, it's fun to try to draw them into bizarre conversation... brief example being "you know, it's not the best time to talk... I've just dismembered a hooker, and I'm trying to figure out recipes..."

This might not be fully no-consequences conversation, but I'd still suggest:
1) fake a seizure.  You don't have to respond to anything anymore (remember to bite your tongue and wet yourself; don't verbalize during the seizure, and act very sleepy afterwards, this will make it all seem very real)
2)Yes, offer to take a picture, as above, but aim it directly at their chest from point blank and fire high speed burst.  Then ask if you can have a hair sample, or sock or something personal from them.

In reality I usually just say thanks... or if it's somebody I sorta know and I'm with the big lenses I'll just mention that I have a lot that I need to compensate for, that will quickly defuse the situation.  Or just say that I really enjoy taking pictures of my kids.  Frustratingly, these responses are not as funny as the other 2 options.

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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2013, 02:44:22 AM »
Really depends though I do try to make at least some small talk. Being a photographer out in the public becomes more and more difficult so I always try to be as open and friendly as I can. Sometimes conversation does become quite interesting after a while even if it did just start with 'Wow, I wish I had a camera like this'

There are times however when I've been running around all day in the heat with my 20+kg of equipment where I am just no longer up for small talk. People do tend to notice that before they even start talking to me however ;)
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Re: When out & about, how do y'all respond to gear small talk?
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