pwm2 wrote in post #17041421
Where I live big lenses scream "Professional Lens!".
Where I work, not a single person recognizes the red ring. Except that one or two recognizes a silver or gold ring as better.
The red ring is only branding recognizeable by inside people.
Your comments about your red-ringed lenses - because of the red ring, or because of their size? It's just so easy to assume that everyone else knows enough to recognize a red ring.
You are right that it isn't discrete lenses. But I don't think you are correct when you try to put a finger on why they aren't discrete.
Walk into a big chain and look at their entry-level DSLR kits, and compare the size/look of the gear and you'll notice much more differences than the color of the lens or the color of that ring.
Paint that ring black, and go out and you would get exactly the same reactions from people around you. With the exeption of a minority of people who would recognize the lens and feel a need to ask why you painted the ring black. But they would represent a tiny fraction of the population, unless you happen to be at a photo convent.
Oh I agree. Size has a more to do with it than anything. But again over here, white lenses are associated with cameras sports photographers use, and I often get the "wow you look like one of those ESPN photographers" when I shoot with the 70-200.
I don't mind it it at all...more of an observation than anything. I actually appreciate it when I am shooting professionally (weddings). Nothing says "get the hell out of my way" to all the uncle bobs like a big white "pro" lens.
The red ring gets less attention, and is really only noticeable to those with familiarity with DSLRS...particularly Canon cameras. The thing is that down here in the US, quite a few people have DSLR's, and an overwhelming number of them are Canon DSLR's. Granted a good number of them never move beyond a kit lens, but there are A LOT of casual DSLR shooters here who are familiar with Canon's branding, and know what the red ring means. Most wedding photographers here use Canon gear as well, and many recognize the red ring lenses as the stuff wedding photographers use. I get a lot of the "wow, you have one of those red ring lenses" comments....actually had the OBGYN delivering my youngest make that comment while performing a c-section on my wife lol.
I will say that shooting with my Sigma lenses gets far less attention (less looks, and less comments)...even more so when mounted to my Sony a7r, despite it still being a fairly large set-up. Goes to show how powerful branding can be.