Amateur30D7d16-35 2.8L II24-70 2.8L70-200 4L IS II85mm 1.2L II50mm 1.4Digital from Spring 2006
Another surprised Aperture user here - can't understand why the premier apple converter wouldn't be included in a test such as this.
Whilst I agree with the pro photographer's sentiment - ie you need to pay for quality or you get rubbish - she doesn't make a compelling case.
Most families have to run a car and pay for health insurance etc. Those expenses are not specific to being a photographer.
The real answer is in the Bride's question - if photographers were really making excessive profit - others would step into the local market and fill the gap - that's the economy working. The fact that they "can" charge $3000 means that's what the market will stand.
All this assumes there isn't a local photographers' cartel operating of course - which in some towns may well happen...