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31-07-11, 04:25 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
You see, sometimes when someone looks at what you're doing from a different angle then the mud becomes less thick.
When I upgraded, I went in this order:
Tripod: I was using some piece of cr@p that would fall over if a knat blew on it. Saved up for a Manfrotto Carbon Fibre tripod plus a 410 head. It took three months of budgeting.
Lenses: The good thing about lenses are that they keep their value and worth unlike the body. I looked at what I do and what lenses would suit. I have the Canon 17-40L, 28-70L (not this, it's the older version but cost less), and the 70-200L F4.
Body: The 350D was fine but if I were to do this seriously then it had to go. The 5D Mark II was the one to go for.
Budget sensibly. Get rid of things you don't need and make some money from them to reach your goal.
And so, where has it got me?
I have a contract with Getty. This came from being with Photo Library but they were bought by Getty. However, to be with Photo Library you had to have decent kit. They did not accept cameras that weren't full frame. As well as Getty, I'm with Arcaid Images who are architectural specialists. Again, they needed you to have pro gear.
Aside from libraries, I get printed quite regularly and, blowin' me own trumpet, I'm in Digital Camera Mag this month with an image. Although I haven't access to it yet so I don't know what it looks like.
If you want to do this, you MUST drive yourself. If you don't, no one else will!
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