Now we see through a glass, darkly...
- Apr 5, 2016
Hi, Anyone can use the camera and obtain outstanding results if they know how to tell the camera what to do. Now spend another $60 to $70K on glass and a total of 18K for three bodies and you have a kit. Now add your wifi, 3 Canon 600 series flashes, your pelicans, mono and tripods, gimbals, cards, heads and we're at about 100K before we even step off the field and into the studio where another 100K with strobes, fixed lighting, modifiers, scrims, backdrops, gscreen, PC's and on and on. We are the guys paying the Bill's. "I am the person " paying the bills. I SHOOT ZERO video. And every major sports magazine, team, leauge, sports agent, athlete, newspaper, TV Network, website at some point has paid one if not all of my bills.
What I want as someone who has paid their dues is 30MP at 15fps in RAW with cross-points across my entire OVF. The video/broadcast cameras I stand next to have $250,000 lenses on them. I don't do their job and they don't do mine. I've been hit twice on the sidelines once taken out in a stretcher with a TBI. Once for water sports I was hit by boat and dragged unconcious with a hole in my head and almost lost an eye.
I AM A SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER
You and the 20-30 others that are left. None of whom could afford to replace all of that 100K worth of lighting and $60-70K worth of lenses you claim you own/need on what being a "SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER" pays these days. Canon needs to sell more than a couple of hundred or even a couple of thousand 1D X Mark III bodies to break even on it. Once upon a time a couple of decades ago there were tens of thousands of you. Now there aren't.
Every currently employed PJ I know loves to bitch about being expected to come back from every single assignment they're given with video footage as well as stills.
P.S. I'm pretty sure Iooss and Leifer never owned anywhere near that much in lenses, much less lighting. They knew how to rent it when they needed it, if they couldn't check it out of the SI equipment locker.