1DX for amateur

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Zebster57
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Re: 1DX for amateur
In reply to Bronze Age Man, 4 months ago

Bronze Age Man wrote:

The distinction of an 'amateur' is a strange one. The proffessional paid to photograph the olympics or major sporting events is rare, their equipment rented or provided by the employer. Most 'professional' photographers scrape out a living with whatever they can afford, photographing whatever they are told to.

No one gets paid to spend countless hours stalking birds with a 600mm lens. The idea that it could ever be a paying proposition is humorous. The idea that any photographic career could be lucrative is becoming equally absurd. The "only an amateur" mindset is wrong. "Professionals" wish they could be amateurs, photographing whatever they wanted using the best gear provided by another life. The serious amateur drives the equipment market.

If you can afford the very best, buy it and enjoy it. Be the wealthy amateur the professional would aspire to be.

The 1DX series have many benefits above not needing an umbrella, focus speed, high ISO performance, burst rate, durability and longer product cycle life. With a New York dealer selling them at $5,200 they seem very reasonable. The pixel race is over, future improvements are mostly video related. If you don't want to pay for better video now is a good time to buy in.

Global TV and CBC news crews sent to the far north had stills equipment the same as mine or much worse. They were very happy to use my shots and maintain my complete amateur status, they really craved video! Of late I have great shots of several people that shortly after become deceased in a newsworthy way.

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Appreciative student of the late Joan Wakelin. 39+ years later still enjoying it!

Excellent response... my day job pays for my 1DX (I actually leased it and will deduct the payments) and supports my weekend photog business ... as above, I see many pros that wish they had my gear and my ability to shoot what I want.  As for wanting the best, why not, as many have said, life is short but a great camera doesn't always mean a great shot.  One of my best friends is a full time Pro and makes a very good living as a portrait and lifestyle photog, he has a 5DII and still uses his 20d's quite a bit!!  I have the 1DX as I shoot in dark arenas and need the ISO room to create a product my customers want, otherwise my 1DIII or a 1DIV would be very capable.

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