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May 30, 2009 12:52 |  #31

I think it's fairly obvious that just because you have expensive gear, your not automatically going to be a good photog with excellent quality photos. But there are certainly other reasons for getting expensive gear than just the end result. One main one that I think of is using the tool, or the act of taking the photos.

I got my 40D just over a year ago and before that had a canon s3is. At first when I got my 40d I was a little bit disapointed with my results I was getting. It certainly was a little different than the point and shoot, I don't want to say more difficult, just different.

I'm fairly happy with the results I'm getting now, but still have tons of things to learn. But even when I wasn't getting great results on a regular basis when I first got the camera, the act of taking pictures was so much nicer and more enjoyable. Which led to me wanting to use my new camera more and eventually figuring out how to use it to achieve decent results.

Looking through the viewfinder and seeing down the lens instead of looking into the viewfinder and some tiny little lcd screen. Being able to turn the iso up higher than 200 and still get usable images. Shooting action shots at 6.5 fps. The list could get pretty long, but you get the idea.

I also drive a mini-van, I can drive to my grandmas house in about 2 hours going 70mph on the freeway. If I had a porsche I could also get to my grandmas in 2 hours going the speed limit of 70mph, which would you rather drive?

I say if you can afford it and want to buy nice gear, have at it, it's enjoyable to have/use nice camera gear even if your still learning to get good shots.


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May 30, 2009 16:21 |  #32

coralnutz wrote in post #8017887 (external link)
I think it's fairly obvious that just because you have expensive gear, your not automatically going to be a good photog with excellent quality photos.

There are plenty of people on this site that think good stuff equals good pictures.


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May 30, 2009 16:29 |  #33

I didn't bother to read it because I have more important things to do. Like, play this computer game from 1998.


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May 30, 2009 19:06 |  #34

Wow! I think Kids are more mature than some of you people on here.
I just laughed when I read all of your pathetic comments.


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May 30, 2009 19:22 |  #35

cabandrew wrote in post #8019343 (external link)
Wow! I think Kids are more mature than some of you people on here.
I just laughed when I read all of your pathetic comments.

I here you.


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May 30, 2009 19:39 |  #36

cabandrew wrote in post #8019343 (external link)
Wow! I think Kids are more mature than some of you people on here.
I just laughed when I read all of your pathetic comments.

You find the name calling pathetic ......

Irony much?


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May 30, 2009 20:23 |  #37

I agree to an extent. It takes a good photography to compose shots, get setting correct. but at some point depending on how serious you are about photography, better gear is almost necessary


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May 31, 2009 01:46 |  #38

nphsbuckeye wrote in post #8018710 (external link)
There are plenty of people on this site that think good stuff equals good pictures.

You'll note that I said "fairly" obvious... there are people out there that think Nikons are better than Canons too, the world can't be full of smart people. :D


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May 31, 2009 13:09 |  #39

coralnutz wrote in post #8020826 (external link)
You'll note that I said "fairly" obvious... there are people out there that think Nikons are better than Canons too, the world can't be full of smart people. :D

No, to many people it isn't fairly obvious.


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May 31, 2009 20:53 as a reply to  @ coralnutz's post |  #40
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You are wrong here....:) Now, let's pick a subject.....a yellow warbler. Someone like me who shoot with a 1dmarkIII and a 500L versus another photographer shooting with a XTI and....(let's keep this person with a cheap lens--Canon EF 75-300markII). Who do you think that could produce a better, stunning shots??? When the subject is easy to focus and in complete of your control, even a P+S can produce good result. Now, try to shoot a subject the size of a golf ball that happens to have the life of its own and can fly also....


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May 31, 2009 21:36 |  #41

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You are wrong here....:) Now, let's pick a subject.....a yellow warbler. Someone like me who shoot with a 1dmarkIII and a 500L versus another photographer shooting with a XTI and....(let's keep this person with a cheap lens--Canon EF 75-300markII). Who do you think that could produce a better, stunning shots??? When the subject is easy to focus and in complete of your control, even a P+S can produce good result. Now, try to shoot a subject the size of a golf ball that happens to have the life of its own and can fly also....

Except when the photographer shoots the 1D3 at a low ISO (because over 400 on P&Ses are absolute crap), 1/30 of a second (because of no clue of camera shake), F16, and hand held. Yeah, crappy pictures are the fault of the equipment.

You can never be wrong with photography, but you can never always be right. I've seen many pictures with with crappy gear that look amazing and the opposite to also be very true.


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