Who says I don't have lights? That has nothing to do with it. It's not splurging, it's not my job. I invest in memories and do this for my own sake. Stop judging something you know nothing about...
And yeah, in a studio situation , I agree, you shouldn't get a 1d X, the 5d2 will du a killer job. But I don't spend more than an hour a year in studio invironment. I like to take my lights out, and shoot things that move.
I agree that clients would never see the difference, but I know what I can and can't get with those two cameras. In fact I do think there is no comparison between the 1d4 and the 1d X.
I have a very specific wish and personal demand for a camera, and the 1d X is the first camera that really feels like a giant leap there.
People tell me, oh, that's a nice picture, well you should see the 10 moments I didn't catch... that's how I think...
Stop judging on what know nothing about? Are you serious? I do this stuff for a living... I think i've got a good grasp of the photography industry. I dont know about your personal taste and spending habit, and frankly between you, neuro and briansquib, i'd love to have your disposable income... unfortunately i've got 2 kids to feed and keep a sucessful business afloat amidst dozens of wanna be photographers crawling all over craigslist offering photography for a song and a dance, and other nation wide photo companies that have the overhead to offer print prices at ridiculously low rates... Money, in the photography business, is vital... To me the 5d3 purchase was a big purchase, probably the most i spent on any one piece of equipment I've gotten to date, period... Is the 1dx a better camera, yes, but can it deliver photos I cannot get with the 5d3? hell no. Would I make 1 more dime if i got the 1dx over the 5d3? nope, but I tell ya what, I would be out of business and a hobbyist, just like you. Stop being so freaking defensive.
Yes, I'm in the business of capturing memories, but unlike you, i'm paid to capture sometimes strangers memories whom i know nothing about. I dont have the luxury of rapid firing while a bride walks down the isle hoping i get 1 in focus... If i went that approach I wouldn't have card space to get past the ceremony. Everyshot is calculated, composed, and done just the way I want it. Do I get missed shots? Before the 5d3, constantly... but I'd regroup and make sure I nail the next. Just shot a wedding recently... Ceremony natural light with ISO's bouncing in the 20,000 range... didn't miss a shot... The rest was flash and my keeper rate was in the 60-70%, with a lot of the non-keepers being duplicates... please dont talk down to me like an idiot, I know what I'm talking about... you got a 1dx, good for you... but from my experience, if you cannot get a shot with a lesser camera and you need that top of the line camera to pull it off, it may say more about the photographer and not so much about the camera.
Yes I am serious!
You wanna hear my story? I just moved 6 hours from where I have lived all my life. I have a 3yr old boy and a 9 month old daughter, we bought a house, we don't have jobs. Guess what, that doesn't have ANYTHING to do with this. My income? That doesn't matter. I am a dedicated saver by nature. I bought a t-shirt in 2006, my newest piece of clothing. I eat water. That's how I can afford what I want. Including the 1d X. None of this matter at all.
You might know about photography business, which I never claimed nor am a part of.
"if you cannot get a shot with a lesser camera and you need that top of the line camera to pull it off, it may say more about the photographer and not so much about the camera"
Then why are you using a 5d3 and not a Canonet QL17?
And please tell this to the sports photogs who shot in the Olympics and others that depend on great gear to perform what they want and/or need.