Professionals Wanted for Interview for Class Essay

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MikeyBugs95
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Professionals Wanted for Interview for Class Essay

I'm writing a paper for a technical writing class and I need to do a quick interview with some professional photographers. I'm comparing Canon, Nikon, and Pentax and I need your opinions about the similarities, differences, pros, and cons between each. Thank you.

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MikeyBugs95 wrote:

I'm writing a paper for a technical writing class and I need to do a quick interview with some professional photographers. I'm comparing Canon, Nikon, and Pentax and I need your opinions about the similarities, differences, pros, and cons between each. Thank you.

So you're looking for pro's with experience with those three brands?

What form does the "interview" take?

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MikeyBugs95
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I should probably change "professional" to "career." If your career is photography, and you have enough experience with a brand to speak confidently about it, then that's what I need. And yeah, I don't expect everyone to have experience with all three brands. If someone does, great, but I just need a person whose career is photography whom I can speak to and quote in this paper.

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wilberforce_1 Forum Member • Posts: 69
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I suggest try contact this couple:

https://www.youtube.com/c/TonyNorthrup/featured

btw, don't pay too much attention to people on this forum who may dislike them. Everybody is disliked by somebody  

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ashleymorrison
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"Amateurs talk about equipment, Pros talk about money, Masters talk about light."

So you may find the sales people who work in a camera store would be able to answer your questions better... or the people who do the camera reviews, like those here on this website, may also be in a better position to help.

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richiebee
richiebee Veteran Member • Posts: 4,383
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MikeyBugs95 wrote:

I should probably change "professional" to "career." If your career is photography, and you have enough experience with a brand to speak confidently about it, then that's what I need. And yeah, I don't expect everyone to have experience with all three brands. If someone does, great, but I just need a person whose career is photography whom I can speak to and quote in this paper.

I've always used Nikon (DSLR's since 2009) and I've only been a career photographer for three years, but I don't mind answering questions if you like.

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IR1234 Senior Member • Posts: 1,773
Re: Professionals Wanted for Interview for Class Essay

MikeyBugs95 wrote:

I should probably change "professional" to "career." If your career is photography, and you have enough experience with a brand to speak confidently about it, then that's what I need. And yeah, I don't expect everyone to have experience with all three brands. If someone does, great, but I just need a person whose career is photography whom I can speak to and quote in this paper.

Sure. How are you conducting the interview?

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BAK Forum Pro • Posts: 25,524
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The people who suggested you interview the serious good testers provided good advice.

But no "career"photographer is going to be be a source for info on on 12 different current Nikons, Pentaxes, and Canons.

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john g Regular Member • Posts: 479
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I don't have time to interview, but I have used all those cameras and I will say this:

I like the reliability of Nikon, I presume that I'm getting the best state of the art technology. I do think that their cameras are lacking a little bit, for professional use, in particular, when I am shooting fast and furiously, and back in the film days when I would pass one Nikon off to my assistant for reloading, and was handed another, I find that my hands would sometimes turn the shutter speed / exposure dials inadvertently.

This still happens to me with Nikon digital, happened yesterday, I was crawling around on the floor, putting the camera down sometimes, picking it up, I noticed that my shutter speed had slipped from 125th to 160th of a second.

I'm using a D610.

Canon fits my hands better, I can say that.

When Pentax (oops, I'm thinking of Olympus, but perhaps it applies), first appeared on the pro scene, they looked so small and flimsy, but very quickly they showed their worth. Small, light, and reliable.

That's my 2 cents worth, in two seconds, anyway.

Good luck!

MikeyBugs95 wrote:

I'm writing a paper for a technical writing class and I need to do a quick interview with some professional photographers. I'm comparing Canon, Nikon, and Pentax and I need your opinions about the similarities, differences, pros, and cons between each. Thank you.

Ed Shapiro
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I would love to help but here are a few issues to consider.

Most professional photographers, like me, will select a brand or camera system to suit their individual requirements and specializations.  Once they establish a particular system, then build upon the basic body and lens and continuously augment their equipment inventory with compatible additional bodies and lenses,  It is rare that they will use a wide variety of brands and tend to stick with their favourite. Unless the gear becomes obsolete we usually keep it in service until it disintegrates. and replace it gradually with newer models.

Each brand has several modes or lines ranging from higher-end consumer models to so-called professional offerings. The digital single-lens reflex was the mainstay for many years and more recently mirrorless cameras are gaining in popularity. Some of us use more costly medium format digital systems for higher resolution requirements.

Professional photography has many categories, so each generalist or specialist can have widely diverse system requirements. Portrait photographers, commercial shooters, photojournalists, architectural photographers each have specific needs.

As for brands, frankly, it a matter of taste, budget, and service.  As for features, most pros don't need too many bells and whistles and super-automated features. Considerations are the layout of controls, the ergonomics, that's how the camera handles in any given photographer's hands. as for service-  if accessories, parts and service are accessible and reliable in the photographer's local.

Some of us grouchy pros, like me, oftentimes, call newcomers, that are overly preoccupied with the latest and greatest equipment "gear heads"!  OK- it's no nice to make fun of folks, but we tell the new kids to concentrate on thir technique and once they know their stuff, they can create masterpieces with a box camera and a cnadle. A little hyperbole never hurts!

Perhaps, as a technical writer, you may as others have suggested, enquire of folks in the retail or professional supplier's sector and write a piece on the fact the most of the major brands each have very similar models in each price bracket and aspiring professionals should buy a well made, reliable,  and not to the overly featured camer system and concentrate on lighting, composition, artfulness and business skills.

Good luck with your essay!

Ed Shapiro- Commercial and Portrait Photographer. Ottawa, Ontario Canada

justinwonnacott Senior Member • Posts: 1,100
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it might make more sense to interview retailers about who uses what and why. Individuals tend to use one system or to use one for big files and maybe another for small stuff like apsc.

Ergonomics has been the biggest determinant for me and I was pretty well locked in for life after buying a bag of lenses and a couple of bodies.  Changing brands became a non starter.

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