TheInfamousGreedo wrote in post #17498390
I think it's an irrelevant argument to say, "well when you print them this size, no one will know the difference." As the photographer, you should recognize the difference.
You may notice as a photographer but your clients don't notice or care for it. If they do then they have to pay for it and would end up at the high priced photographer anyway. In comparison, if I get custom cabinets installed I may think they look wonderful. To every carpenter a hinge might be a quarter of an inch too high or the finish may be slightly off but only master craftsmen can tell. I as the customer am happy and am not going to take out rulers to make sure everything balances to the millimeter (much the same as pixel peeping).
You need to care about the product you are delivering and someone charging for photos with a kit setup does not take the same level of pride and interest as someone with a better setup.
Any person with an ounce of dignity knows you can't get a quality photo with a kit lens; those kit lenses are crap and have poor optics, which is why they are as cheap as they are.
I guarantee you most hobbyists have more pride in their work than professionals. As professionals they do it for the paycheck. The hobbyist spends money on gear and time out shooting for the love of shooting. How many pros say "I never have time to do personal projects"? That isn't passion. That is a job.
Also "dignity" has nothing to do with knowing what it takes to make photos. Not in this context at least. And I bet I could pick 100 photos - 50 with an L lens and 50 with a decent kit lens (some are better than others) and hardly anyone here could pick the L lens from the kit lens more than 50/50 guessing.
Also there is not a difference between a shoe and a camera. Both are tools used by people. Put a good tool in the hands of an idiot and you get nothing. Put the inferior tool in the hands of a master and you get quality work. The same goes for a hammer, paint brush, oven or race car.