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“Why Would I Need A 1D To Shoot This?” The Absurdity Of Camera Judgement & Comparison Nailed In 27 Seconds

By Kishore Sawh on June 11th 2014


There are few things as laughable and equally irritating for me, and I dare say a lot of you informed and tenacious viewers, like the uninformed critique of camera choice of others, comparing based on nonsense, as if it was some sort of pissing contest. And that’s what it really can be like; judging the caliber of a contemporary or fellow photog because of the model they’re using. We know this is bollocks, and the offenders are of a benighted persuasion.

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Since it is so commonplace, it’s so easily identifiable, and this clip from HBO’s Veep is a sharp and funny interaction which just highlights SO well, how absurd it all is. Particularly enjoy the crassness of the moment when Jonah (proud, if ignorant, Canon 1D owner) utters smugly, “Not a 1D?” Then enjoy even more, the response. Happy Humpday ladies and gents.

Source: The Phoblographer

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jacob Jexmark

    I once shot a bunch of alternative fashion models for a clothing catalogue with cheap-ish super-zoom to prove a point. Client was very happy.

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  2. Kai Dean

    This is hilarious! I use a 550D which I used to be a bit embarrassed about but I like the challenge of pushing my kit a far as possible, sure I plan to buy a 5D MK?? (who knows what version we will be on when I buy one) at some point when I have the cash but I like to make the best of what I have and judging by the reaction of people when I show them my shots I am not doing a bad job!

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Kai, don’t be embarrassed about it at all. Some of the best photos I’ve taken, and many i know are on cameras some people would find shocking. Those who actually know what they’re doing are going to be able to pull brilliant images of almost any DSLR these days. Will higher end ones give you a better chance and let you work in different ways? Sure. Should that negate the fact that modern sensors and such on entry level DSLRs are capable of putting out pro results? Surely not. Your stuff is looking like you’re on the right path anyway. Cheers

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    • Ralph Hightower

      I’m not embarrassed by the camera gear that I shoot with. I’ve heard a few good-natured jokes about the camera that I shoot with, a Canon A-1: “You can still buy film?” “What’s film?” I added a Canon F-1N last year so I can use my FD lenses. I’ve shot sports with the A-1: NASCAR and baseball. I have the motor drives for the A-1 and F-1N.
      Six months ago, I joined the DSLR world with a Canon 5D. Sure, I covet Canon’s flagship camera, the 1Dx as much as I covet owning a Chevrolet Corvette. Can I afford it? No.

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    • Predrag Rebić

      You should not be embarrassed, I shoot weddings, with my Nikon D90 kit, and so far no client of mine is dissatisfied with quality of photos.

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  3. Joshua Flowers

    That was Hilarious! As someone who started his video career with a used $300 Canon Vixia I was often on the receiving end of such snobbery.

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