Oh My!...Rockwell's Review on the 70D Locked

Started Sep 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Jerry-astro
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Earning it... really?
In reply to skanter, Sep 14, 2013

skanter wrote:

People certainly have a right spend large sums of money on equipment and use it however they want. But I find it inappropriate for people with little understanding of the creative aspects of photography to buy expensive, top flight equipment. Some people buy gear and just keep testing it, without taking any real photos. What's the point? Just collecting high-tech toys? One needn't be a "great artist" to start learning about the principles of composition, and what makes a good photograph.

IMO people should "earn" the quality of equipment they use by putting in the time and effort needed to achieve some level of skill and understanding.

Sam, I agree that there are an awful lot of people out there with near zero skills who buy expensive equipment because they can and really haven't a notion how to use it.  That said, your comment about "earning" the quality of equipment comes across as elitist and arrogant, though I doubt you meant it that way.  Frankly, people can spend as much as they want on camera equipment and it's no business of yours or mine.  It might seem like a terrible waste, but to use a parallel example, should someone well-heeled enough to buy a Lamborghini have to "earn" the privilege to do so by being professionally trained as a driver?  Don't think so.  I guess one can wish they had the same means.

In my own case, when I started with DSLRs over 10 years ago (Canon 10D), I probably bought well above my skill level.  For a lot time, my subject matter (mostly vacation shots) could easily have been handled by a decent P&S.  But, having the additional features encouraged me to learn more about photography and all the features I really hadn't been using.  While my skills are probably below many (if not most) of the enthusiasts populating this forum, I feel like I grew into my camera over time.  Maybe that's your notion of earning it, however, sometimes you put yourself into a better position to do so by buying a little above your needs and growing into it.

Back to the OP's topic: far as Rockwell goes... a total blowhard IMHO.  The only time I visit his site is when someone posts a link (such as this thread) and I decide to waste a little more time reading his blather.  Good for a laugh... little more IMHO.

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