avbcon12 wrote in post #8230337
Nope, everyone started out small. at least they should have.
I usually went up to them and talked to them to see how they were doing, what tips they had to give and just general talk.
There is an older couple that go birding down here in Springfield at the conservation dept. trails and they look to have a couple large/long (Maybe a Bigma?) sigma lenses, not sure what they are, in fact I think they are bigger than the 50-500mm bigma. His body looks like an xxD and hers looks like an XT.
They are pretty stand-off ish and when I tried to talk equipment with them I felt like they thought my 40D and 24-105mm combo was crap. This was after they were done shooting and we were in the parking lot.
I'm not birding so my equipment needs are quite different.
They aren't professional I don't think but they are the only people to ever be like that. I have tried to talk to them several times as there aren't many people out there with DSLR's, film SLR's or Canon anything for that matter.
I have a 1DIII with my current 24-105mm and still don't go birding but I don't think I could get on their "Good" side without a huge lens on the end of the Camera! LOL
So far they are the only people to make me feel like my equipment wasn't worth anything.
Hell today I was taking pictures out of the Ford dealership of some Mustangs (Like I have done many times before) and I am also shopping around for when I do buy another one.
Well some guy or gal (Could have been the guy in the Focus or the family on the E-Class Mercedes) called the cops on me while I was taking pictures.
A nice police officer came out and said someone called saying that we (My wife, my 3 1/2 year old daughter and I) were trying to steal a very nice Pro-charged 03' Mach 1 that was open.
I told him that we were just taking picture and we talked shop for a little bit about Mustangs, chargers, challengers, camaros and so on but he knew right away we weren't steeling the car.
Those people saw I was taking pictures and I don't know if they did it because they just wanted to harass someone that was driving their project that day.
We drove our 96' Mustang out to Friendly Ford that day and it is a green car with silver doors and a black front end. It was stolen and stripped, we are putting it back together. We are just waiting for a wrecked Mach 1 to come up for sale and it will be done (Well, done after the Azure blue paint.)
Anyways its not Camera equipment in this case so much but out Project car that was the reason why we felt like someone else was looking down on us.
Just a rant I guess
These are a few shots that I took just before the officer showed up.
1.) A S197 Roush in the same lineup.
2.) An underhood shot of the Mach 1 and its Procharger
3.) A Shot of the Gauge Cluster
4.) A shot of the Autometer Air Fuel gauge.