Rebels need not apply.

Q: LISTED IN AN AD WAS “DO NOT APPLY IF YOU HAVE A REBEL OR D90. MUST HAVE D700, 5D MK III, OR BETTER.” GOT RESPONSES FROM MY LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP RANGING FROM “SCREW THOSE GUYS” TO “PAYING CUSTOMERS ARE ENTITLED TO ANY REQUIREMENTS THEY MAY PROPOSE.” HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH “BEAN COUNTERS” THAT ONLY SEEM INTERESTED IN THE GEAR, WHEN IT SHOULD BE YOUR WORK THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE?

A: Dear Potential Client,

I’m sorry that my gear does not meet your requirements. A decade or more ago you would have been asking for a Nikon D1. It had less than 3 megapixels. Photographers shot magazine covers with that camera. It was a staple among pro photographers. We couldn’t believe that it was only $5,000.

My Canon T2i that I bought ...

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