HMMMMMMMMMm obviously I'm clearly deluded ........ or am I
My points were trying to be constructive ... and demonstrate the issue from a pro's point of view ... a pro who gets accreditation to any event he has an assignment for ... and those he wants to shoot for himself .. therefore someone who can provide a llittle insight into issues one might care to be aware of when seeking out press credentials.
However ... seems your being picky and seems you think that I believe its about the kit .... well it is and it isn't.
I own, and use often, a canon EOS 400d (XTI) which I bought with the kit lenses. However it has limitiations in use, particlarly the glass. and frankly the combination simply is not suitable for most events where you are shooting for excellent results.
I have many images published from my 400d but they are rarely with the kit lens.
It can be used effectively when :
1 The light is good - high iso = lots of noise on this body
2 The pace of the action is relatively slow = Frames per second is not great and buffer can be slow
3 no need for fill flash .... the pop up flash is not very effective IMO
In a studio or controlled environment this kit is great ... for backpacking it is great (light and small).
Oh and I think you must have missed the phrase " I dont think this will apply to you" right before any mention of xti.
Also from previous posts you are right ...... there is no formal training required to become a pro tog and get press credentials as there is with surgery ... however there is a period of danmed hard work, making contacts, networking, heartache, rejection, blood sweat and tears before you get accepted enough to get the credentials you need. Thats why you are on here asking others how to get them and get a free ride in.
For the record I have no issue with the kit someone s using at any event I am at. My prime concern is getting the images my publication/ assigment needs .... i couldnt give a rats ass about the guy next to me unless...... He is getting in my way and He clearly shouldnt be there.
Now back to the OP .... the fact still is that press credentials are primarily for the press ...... who are there doing a job .... they have invested time effort money etc etc to be in a position to sell or supply images ..... you are deluding yurself if you think that they welcome punters turning up (with any kind of gear) and invading their market place.
Go show up at a wedding this weekend( just for your blog.. published on the web), set yourself up ... start organising the groups of friends, family, bride and groom for poses for you. How long do you think it will be before the pro comes over and kicks your ass the hell out of his way.
The other issue is competition ..... given that most of the worlds population now thinks they are photographers ( well they are actually) the lines between pro and am are continually blurred. That means for a pro to make a living his/her images have to be of consistantly better quality (inc composition etc etc) than those taken by punters.
Thats why we give ourselves the best opportunity, carry a big 600 round all day and you will know it aint to look good, we do it because they improve our image quality considerably. Now an AM arrives in the press area .. no big deal, just taking pictures for his blog and personal website ... ok no issue until they appear the same day on Flikr royalty free and all of a sudden the images the Pro's have taken are de-valued. Your deluding yourself if you think anything other.
Take that scenario then add another 20 guys with cams into the mix and it gets much more serious.
I want you to be able to further your photography, to be able to get access to get the shots you need, not just the shots you want but you really need to understand the environment you are going into ... GIMAN and given your responses I'm not sure you do ... strike that I am sure you dont.
To anyone else reading this and interested in getting credentials ... remember
ACT PROFESSIONALLY ...and courteously to the pro's you are alongside.
don't p**s people off and there is every chance you might get invited back .... make contacts, network and have fun .... try and go unnoticed.
I can help arrange credentials/ accreditation in special circumstances where you are able to demonstrate a need .... not just a want.