It is so great to see an old thread come back up to the top! . I wish this would happen a lot more than it does.
. . . . I was looking at some of there gear and some of them just had 30D with 70-200 F4 lens and I seen one with a 20D and a 30D with a sigma 24-70 and some other zoom not a 120-300 but I think he said it was 18- 300 or something like that.
The full-time sports guy here at my local newspaper still shoots with the Nikon D200 that he's used since 2006...........and doesn't have any pro caliber lenses. . The full-time commercial photographer that I know in Spokane is still shooting with a tandem of Canon 5D mk 2s. . And the official rodeo photographer that I know is still shooting with a Canon 1D mk 3 and his antiquated non-IS 300 f2.8.
Many full time professional photographers have gear that is significantly older than that of most hobbyists. . A lot of laypeople assume that all/most pros have top-of-the-line gear, and that isn't true at all. . Experience has taught me that, at least in my area, if I see someone shooting an event with old, sub-par gear, they are probably a full-time professional photographer. . If I see someone shooting an event with new, top-of-the-line professional gear, then they are probably a hobbyist. . That's just the reality of things.