Equipment envy - Inferiority Complex
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08-03-11, 01:22 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Originally Posted by
The Littlest Hobo
Well thats correct but i also dont know how to use it so there will be a lot of things i will do wrong with my small(er) camera.
I just wondered in general if others felt like this or is it just me
You only have a 1000D? Please stop posting until you get something worthy of taking
As you say, it isn't just photography - it's in almost all hobbies/walks-of-life that attracts a certain amount of snobbery from a certain type of people. But lets not be judgemental.
I love carp fishing in summer and am a member of my local syndicate, I wander down there some evenings at 8pm with just a rod and a shoulder bag and float fish for two hours in the margins (reeds at edges of the lake) about 3 feet out. I usually have great fun and catch a few decent fish.
At the same time there will be fishermen there with 3 rods set up with bite indicators, a bivvy, a trolley laden with equipment and the kitchen sink, fishing half a mile out using exotic baits that have been maturing longer than vintage wines!
Do I catch more than them? Usually.
Do I feel inferior because of my humble fishing tackle? Not really because I am secure in my ability to catch fish, plus I like my method of fishing as it feels much closer to nature - I fish with barbless hooks and can usually slip the hook out of the fish's mouth without the fish even coming out of the water.
My first camera was the
and I recall somebody commenting (on another forum) that I'd 'done well' in purchasing a '
!? I thought 'Why the hell is he calling it a 'capable' camera?'
Therefore having owned a 1000D I'd describe it more like a fantastic camera; that has more megapixels and pretty much a comparable spec (okay, okay) than the 'professional' cameras being used to shoot the Olympics around a decade ago! In 2002 the EOS-1DS digital SLR camera featured an 11.1 Megapixels CMOS sensor. And pixel count isn't everything - in fact it's not relevant unless you start printing your pics off at much larger than normal sizes.
So were those Pro cameras back at the dawn of digital crap? No. Is the 1000D a camera that you need to be ashamed of? No.
I moved on from my original Canon because after a while I was able to understand its shortcomings and had enough experience to understand in what direction I wanted to take my photography. So I bought equipment that reflected this in faster fps and ISO rating. Then bought 'better' lenses to get the best from the camera.
If you had taken out your 1000D amidst your 'superiors' then I'm sure that any adverse reaction from them would have said much more about them than about you. By not taking out your 'capable' camera, you deprived yourself of a photographic opportunity at that time and the chance for your photographic 'colleagues' to prove that they would have been supportive of you and your passion in offering any advice you may have wanted.
Personally I've kinda found other pros/toggers to be very friendly and supportive.
I think you should make your photography about YOU and not about anybody else. Besides when you upgrade to any new camera, there's always a newer model waiting around the corner, so in some respects you will always end up owning 'inferior' equipment. But try telling the Carp at my local lake that! :P
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