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Does anyone on here own a 1DX who does not work professionally?

 
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Nov 21, 2012 00:07 |  #1

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Does anyone on here own a Canon EOS 1DX who does not work professionally in photography but is an enthusiest?


I get the occasional job every blue moon, but feel compelled to get a 1DX for personal use.

It is an expensive camera but by God its a damn good camera.

I ask this as I had this issue many moons ago when I wanted a 400mm plus lens for my camera and after tossing ideas ended up getting a sigma 120-400mm. Only because I didnt have $10,000 sitting around for a proper 500mm L lens. Its a nice lens but not as nice as a L canon lens. So when I wanted the 70-200mm, I opted for the best of the best and went for the 70-200mm f/2.8 mk2 IS, yeah it cost a lot, but it was worth the money. So now I am wanting to get another body and its either the 5dmk3 or the 1dx.

I figure if i get the mk3, it will never come close to the performance and build of a 1dx. I have learnt in life that sometimes it pays to go for the very best and if you have to pay it off it will always make you more happier than going second best. Anyone else see this is the case when deciding?




  
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Nov 21, 2012 00:12 |  #2
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I am a hobbyist. If the PowerBall lottery were to help, I'd buy one. And lots of other shiny toys.


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Nov 21, 2012 00:19 |  #3

TSchrief wrote in post #15270962 (external link)
I am a hobbyist. If the PowerBall lottery were to help, I'd buy one. And lots of other shiny toys.

Agreed. Please God just a cool million after tax.

I'm sure there are tons of guys/gals that owns a 1Dx. It's not a 30K Hasselblad camera.




  
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Nov 21, 2012 00:22 |  #4

I agree,

I don't have the cash to lash out on it, but paying it off is feasible.

If you have photography as a serious hobby or interest, I don't think its wrong to own one.

As far as making money for it, I had a friend who wanted to get cable/satellite tv but he claimed it was too expensive. So, i asked him what he does on weekends and said he went out to pubs to drink with friends. He claimed he would spend by the end of the night close to $100 in alcohol and food socialising. So I said to him, why not stay home for a few weeks or every second week and put that $100 towards your tv payments? He agreed and now has his cable/satellite tv. Aside from buying an $800,000 lamborghini, a $8000 1dx isnt really a great deal of money in the grand scheme of things.

Sit down and add up all your trivial expenses for a month and you would be surprised how much money you can save to get your dream camera. If you think about it, the 5dmk3 is nearly half the price of the 1dx. I cancelled all my magazine subs, don't go out as frequently, dont waste fuel driving around for no reason as most people do, I have made sacrifices. Do I want the 1dx....yes. Can I get a 5dmk3 now....yes, but i dont think i would be as happy with it as i would with a 1dx.

Superior quality, performance and weather protection. With the right glass to suit, you potentially have a serious photography kit and once you master it you WILL create beautiful photos.

I read somewhere online that once you go with the 1D family, you never go back. I was this way with windows and mac, I only use mac, will never go back to windows. Mac cost more but you get what you pay for, reliable performance and build.




  
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Nov 21, 2012 00:30 as a reply to  @ lensfreak's post |  #5

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Aside from buying an $800,000 lamborghini, a $8000 1dx isnt really a great deal of money in the grand scheme of things.

And an $8000 dSLR is a huge amount of money, compared to an $80 p&s..........in the grand scheme of things.

That said, if i could afford it.. even on plastic, and pay it off in under 2 years.. i'd buy one.

I say.. do it! :D


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Nov 21, 2012 00:34 |  #6

$8000 to $80 is no proportional comparison to $8,000,000 to $8,000. Every person in modern day society has $80 somewhere.


yes, you can pay it off over 2-3 years. It would be the camera you keep for a very long time. Let me clear up that, if you have medical or important payments for personal reason i would not suggest you lash out, but if you are employed and supporting your family and things are going along nicely and you get a small job everynow and then to tale some photos or you have a serious passion about photography and not some seasonal fling where you will try another hobby later, then you should consider the 1dx




  
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Nov 21, 2012 00:40 |  #7
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lensfreak wrote in post #15270982 (external link)
With the right glass to suit, you potentially have a serious photography kit and once you master it you WILL create beautiful photos.

You had me until the above statement. Owning a 1Dx will NOT allow you to create any more spectacular photos than you can create with an XSi, or 60D or ELAN 7NE. I can create any photo with my 30 year old completely manual film using Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 that you could create with your 1Dx.


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Nov 21, 2012 00:48 |  #8

TSchrief wrote in post #15271007 (external link)
You had me until the above statement. Owning a 1Dx will NOT allow you to create any more spectacular photos than you can create with an XSi, or 60D or ELAN 7NE. I can create any photo with my 30 year old completely manual film using Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 that you could create with your 1Dx.

I agree,

what I mean is that spending so much on a camera, you have to seriously take the subject on and work hard to achieve the best. Yes, you can create beautiful photos with any camera, but not any camera will be reliable nor perform like the 1dx.

If you wanted a 4X4 for forest driving, you opt out for a cheap 2 wheel drive or buy the $$$4X4. The two wheel will still let you have fun, but there will come a stage where you wished you had the 4X4, and now its going to cost you 2-3 times more in stuffing around trying the sell off the 2 wheeler, losing money on the tradein and buying the 4X4 when you should have just gotten the 4X4 from the start and enjoyed its benefits.

There is the saying that an awesome camera will not make you an awesome photographer, but IT SURE DOES HELP get you in better shape than a camera with lower performance. If you interests are shooting subjects that require a burst of frames then the 1dx helps you where its smaller family members dont come close. Its low light performance and high ISO performance cant be compared. Having better tools does help you be a better tradesman as the tools help make the job easier. you still have to put your effort in and at $8000.00 I would not take the camera in a light hearted way. You must put in your share of effort to achieve success and the camera will make the trip there easier.

I know as I started out with a Fuji HS10 as my first camera, I had it for about 2 months until I realised I could not do half the stuff DSLR owners can do. The stuffing around to get rid of it and the money I lost selling it second hand, I regretted not getting a dslr from the start. So I paid up 5 times it worth and got a dslr.




  
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Nov 21, 2012 00:48 |  #9

On the other hand....... I had $40k in the bank and told myself I could play with $10k and MUST use the rest as down payment for a house and fixing the place up if it needs new carpet, paint, furniture...... So I bought used 200L IS, 24L II, a carbon fiber tripod, the Lee filter starter kit, and a '97 Subaru Legacy Outback. I had every intention of buying the 1Dx and some smaller stuff like the Lee filters and tripod, but I'm actually (I think/hope) more happy with all the extra stuff I got instead of just one camera. It has been VERY hard to sit on the $30k though. I keep seeing things I want and think "It's only this much. It won't eat away too much savings..." But it does and it will. Buy what you really truely know you want, or can easily resell later for little or no loss.

I am just a hobbiest who has only done a couple taekwondo shoots for my friend who owns a TKD school, but for me it sure is worth every penny I have spent. If you are comfortable buying a 1Dx then by all means go for it, even if you are "just" a hobbiest. I might own one if a few years once the 1Dx2 comes out and prices drop to around $4000 used.


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Nov 21, 2012 00:49 |  #10

Personally I would get one myself, I am thinking of buying one myself just for fun, I can save up in a matter of months, it just depends if i want to eat for these few months :)




  
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Nov 21, 2012 01:00 |  #11

you guys seem to have your heads screwed on correctly which is nice to see responsible people working out there budgets, well done!!

my point is that if the camera was $20,000 I would not even be discussing it on here, but most of us on this forum take photography seriously and appreciate the work and time associated in perfecting the techniques to achieve awesome results.




  
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Nov 21, 2012 01:06 |  #12

if in a year you can get 40 small jobs that net you $200 for the job, you have just paid for a 1dx!!!!!!

even if yoor not pro, shooting small jobs for a couple of hundred and all you need is 40 of them over the 2-3 year period and you done!!!!!!!

lol 20 jobs at $400 will net the same deal, in the big picture of it all, you can still own a 1dx as a hobbiest and still pay for it buy doing small jobs. if you lucky to get paid $1000 for a job then 7 more and your done.....see what I mean?

I think we complicate how we look at things in life. I am not suggesting to burn your child's education money on a camera, but if your stable and in the green as far as finances go, its very possible.

It does hurt to see you part with a lot of money, i know that we all have slight feelings of regret when we part with it, I did when I paid near $3000 for my 70-200mm f/2.8 IS mk2, but that lens has netted me work and quality that a cheaper alternate branded lens could not have delivered. Over the past 12 months, I did little piddly jobs that have eventually paid for my lens and it keeps the wife happy knowing we are in the green.


LOL, if canons 1dx sales increase after this post ( if anyone at canon is reading, i would appreciate a commission please ;)




  
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Nov 21, 2012 01:12 |  #13

:lol: If you would only work solely to purchase camera gear, then the math works out. Unfortunately for most working pro photographers, most of what they earn goes towards other things like... rent/mortgage, food, gas, etc... not just buying gear.

Sure, get the 1DX if it tickles your fancy. I plan to do so someday as well, but I'm in no rush.


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Nov 21, 2012 01:16 |  #14

jwcdds wrote in post #15271074 (external link)
:lol: If you would only work solely to purchase camera gear, then the math works out. Unfortunately for most working pro photographers, most of what they earn goes towards other things like... rent/mortgage, food, gas, etc... not just buying gear.

Sure, get the 1DX if it tickles your fancy. I plan to do so someday as well, but I'm in no rush.

valid point about expenses, this is why I say, u have to be in the green. if you owe too much then you have to put your priorities where they belong.




  
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Nov 21, 2012 02:11 |  #15

TSchrief wrote in post #15271007 (external link)
You had me until the above statement. Owning a 1Dx will NOT allow you to create any more spectacular photos than you can create with an XSi, or 60D or ELAN 7NE. I can create any photo with my 30 year old completely manual film using Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 that you could create with your 1Dx.

I challenge you to create a decent indoor sports shot with your Yashica.

If you can I will buy you a 1DX


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