I was shooting at a birthday event tonight for the Admiral and was accidentally insulted by one of the guests.
I was hanging out with the new public affairs officer who just arrived last week, who shoots an D7000 (mostly on full auto mode also). I'm not going to knock the guy but he still has quite a ways to mature in his photography and equipment.
Anyway this lady turns to the other officer and tell him. "OMG your pictures are totally amazing". Actually being over her a short time he has posted a tiny handful of shots vs. the 10K plus I have posted. Then the PAO officer (somewhat embarrassed at that point) points toward me and says "No THIS guy here has some amazing pictures."
The lady objects and says "Well this guy (me) you can see from a mile away". I guess she is differing to the fact that I always use a grip and a external flash my gear just looks way more pro than his. So I guess because I have better gear, it’s like an unfair contest I’m cheating.
You think about it, she is knocking me because my gear seems better.
First of all the D7000 vs. my 7D. Well the D7000 isn't a pile of dog poo. In fact I have seen way more comparisons online which claim it beats the 7D. Second, just having an external flash and dual grip bulks up the camera and makes my prosumer 7D camera appear to be a top off the line camera. The 7D is great camera but by certainly no measure is it top of the line.
Anyway I am confident in my skills and laughed it off. But I am curious to hear about other persons stories where they might have been insulted by a guest and the guest wasn't even aware they were totally insulting the photographer.
And trust me it IS the photographer that makes the shot really work because pictures can come out equally awesome or horrible on either the 7D and D7000 if you not using the best settings and composition. The external flash and the variety and quality of glass does give me a big advantage though.