going pro w/ 20D?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Ron Rice, Nov 29, 2004.

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    Ron Rice Guest

    Hey folks,

    I'm in the process of making a huge career change, going from Computer
    Programming to Photography (actually Photgraphy was my original career
    many years ago, so I'm returning to my roots).

    I'm thinking about purchasing the Canon 20D and a few good lenses for
    various professional applications (stock, studio, events, fine art,
    etc.) I'd like to hear any comments on whether the 20D is suitable for
    professional work, or if it's necessary to spend the big bucks on
    something like a 1Ds MarkII?

    Ron Rice, Nov 29, 2004
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    YAG-ART Guest

    Quite a few pros use the 20D even for sports, read the forums at
    YAG-ART, Nov 29, 2004
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    Antonio Guest

    it won't be a camera or a set of good lenses which will make you a pro.
    Professionalism is limited by the photographer, not his camera in most
    There are some kinds of photography that require "special" equipment, but in
    general I would say it's not your case.

    Some nice ideas/motivation:

    Antonio, Nov 29, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Stock: maybe, but Medium Format would be better
    Studio: but that depends on WHAT? you're doing in WHAT kind
    of studio for WHAT kind of customer. Again, Med Fmt
    is prob a requirement and the 20D could be used in
    many situations as well
    Events: Yes, definitely (sports, social gatherings, concerts). For
    classical music, singing, etc, a "quiet" camera such as
    a rangefinder would be preferable. Weddings demand both Med Fmt
    and 35mm/digital depending on the package offered.
    Fine Art: Medium or Large format.

    You should perhaps "apprentice" for a bit to find your way.


    Alan Browne, Nov 29, 2004
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    Lionel Guest

    Kibo informs me that (Ron Rice) stated that:
    Yes, a 20D should be fine. Even when you've gotten to the point where
    you hit its limitations & need to consider going for one of the big
    boys, it'll still be able to earn its keep for most purposes.
    Lionel, Nov 29, 2004
  6. Pro's don't define themselves through the gear they use. If you sell
    pictures for a living, you're pro. Whether those pictures were taken
    with a digital, analogue, high end, entry level does not at all make a

    BTW: I think digital SLR are not sufficient for stock photography.
    Typical agencies expect 50 Megapixel and up, which you can currently
    only achieve through digital backs for medium format cameras or high
    end slide scanners.
    Bernhard Mayer, Nov 30, 2004
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    YAG-ART Guest

    I know lots of pros that use the Canon EOS 1DsMark2 for stock photo
    YAG-ART, Nov 30, 2004
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    Ron Rice Guest


    Thanks so much for the feedback. Several people commented on the fact
    that the photographer is more important than the gear. I totally
    understand that. I have two Fine Arts degrees--a BA in Photography and
    and MFA in Film. My "personal aesthetic" is well developed. But each
    pro photography niche has its own "minimum standards" of image
    resolution and quality, and this is where I'm lost.

    When I posted my initial message, I was basically wondering if 8
    megapixels, in combination with high-end lenses, would produce image
    resolution and quality that meets industry standards for certain types
    of work. From the various comments, I gather that the 20D is
    well-suited for events and such, but perhaps not for studio, stock and
    fine art. That's useful to know.

    One area I'd really like to explore is Motion Picture Still
    Photography. On every major movie production, there is a still
    photographer who shoots scenes for use in promotions. I know these
    photographers have gone totally digital, but I don't know if 8
    megapixels is enough to meet the needs of motion picture promotions
    departments. Any thoughts?

    Ron Rice, Nov 30, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Ron Rice wrote:

    It depends what the end use of the image is. Some of the artwork gets blown up
    quite large, as such resolution does matter. Much of the 'still' camera work
    for a motion picture is also to document the shooting and to provide still shots
    used in the movie itself. There may be several still photographers, a couple or
    a few associated with the production (credited), and others associated with the
    publicists for the talent (not credited unless stock used).

    So depending on the end use of the image (always comes up, eh?) the 20D may fit
    the need handilly and in other cases it will not.

    Find a local production company and ask for guidance ... take one of their
    photogs out to lunch/dinner and pump away.

    Alan Browne, Nov 30, 2004
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    Ryadia Guest

    Digital cameras are always going to push the boundaries until they become
    the norm. Currently the boundary which separates traditional photography
    from digital is a 4x5 inch film. Many studio pros use these "half plate"
    cameras exclusively but generally they too are entertaining the ideal of
    digital. I have 20D gear and for my 24" x 36" posters, I get exceptional

    Unfortunately the wall art photographs I make are still from traditional
    film.Yesterday I ordered a 1Ds. I expect now to remove the last obstacle to
    becoming 100% digital. The only suggestion I can make is to buy the most
    advanced camera you can. Soon enough it will become obsolete and need
    replacing. The real trick will be in choosing lenses which will move with
    your upgrade bodies. Once again, go for what is currently best.

    So here is some pertinent advise:
    If you know absolutely how to market your work or, you have someone you can
    pass the marketing to and they know what they are doing... Beg, borrow or
    lease the best equipment you can find. The 3 things which make a successful
    photographer in the order of importance are:

    1. Marketing, 2. marketing, 3 marketing.

    You'll note I said nothing about being able to take a good photograph. This
    is because some of them most successful photographic businesses in the
    world, are staffed by people with no unusual photographic ability. If you
    can't sell your work, you'll just end up posting some photos shot with
    horrendously expensive gear to "Shoot-In" for all the rif-raff to post their
    (unqualified) remarks about!!! And one last thing... What marketing skills
    do you have and what attention have you paid to this area?

    Ryadia, Nov 30, 2004
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    PDW Guest


    Could you please point me at at 50 Megapixel back as I can't seem to find

    PDW, Nov 30, 2004
  12. Well, for example http://www.sinar.ch/sinar/kamera/e_html/e_p3.htm talks
    about such resolutions. To quote:

    The Sinar p3 is fully integrated into Sinar modular system. This
    means that the 4x5" coupling frame and digital accessories of the
    Sinar p2 can be attached to the Sinar p3 by means of a conical
    bellows and effortless ease. This also applies to the use of Sinar
    Digital Back Adapters as well as the Sinar Macroscan for greatly
    increased resolution (up to 144 million pixels) and a greater digital
    imaging area (up to 6x6 cm or 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches). It also applies
    to the use of a Sinar p3 for chemical photography with roll film
    cassettes and sheet film up to 4x5".


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    Dragan Cvetkovic, Nov 30, 2004
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    JC Dill Guest

    JC Dill, Nov 30, 2004
  14. Oh really, well my comment wasn't heard from someone. I was _told_ by
    stock agencies that they expect 50+MP which I currently cannot achieve
    with my kit. So, if those pros you know would care to share the
    contact, I 'll happily consider those agencies.
    Bernhard Mayer, Dec 1, 2004
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    pakrat Guest

    6x6 medium format scanned at 3200 DPI is approximately 50MP.

    for a comparison of medium format vs the 1DS.
    pakrat, Dec 1, 2004
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    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    Most agencies allow upsizing images to achieve the file sizes they want.
    The clients have the idea that file size in megabytes equals quality, so
    the agencies deliver file size. Nevermind that upsizing the images does
    nothing to add quality; the clients want it, so they get it.

    The big agencies seem to allow digital originals from high-end SLRs like
    the 1Ds. You may need to enlarge the files, but many people are using
    these cameras for stock work with the large agencies. I've been looking
    into this myself, since the main reason I got out of photography (as a
    business) in the first place was film, and the only way I'll get back
    in is if I still never have to use film again. And it looks like this
    is now possible.
    Jeremy Nixon, Dec 3, 2004
  17. I think the D20 will be fine for getting started in this area. Spend the big
    bucks on L glass and keep the camera body investment low. Even a used 10D
    would be fine as the studios are used to doing magic with images I bet they
    could make a decent 6-foot poster out of a 10D image.
    you know who maybe, Dec 7, 2004
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    fortknight Guest

    Unless you are going to be using the camera where the camera is likely
    to be damaged, I would invest your cash in the glass. Really good fast
    IS glass will do more to make better images than the 1ds. Then when
    you are generating income, you can upgrade your camera, and use the 20d
    as backup...
    fortknight, Dec 22, 2004
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    Dave1 Guest

    It seems some Agencies are using the file size as a way of keeping
    their standards up

    It might be worth having a read of this

    In any case what I think is going on is that the stock agencies have
    been hit with a deluge of people who buy a D70 or a Drebel on Tuesday,
    want to go into the stock photography business on Wednesday, and the
    agencies want to nip that in the bud! A friend of mine in Europe told
    me that his agency told him a year ago: "... none of that 6MP (18 meg)
    crap." for public consumption and then whispered " ... unless it's
    really good."

    Dave1, Dec 25, 2004
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