What makes a camera a Pro Camera?

2 months 2 weeks ago #736565 by TCav
(This was inspired by another topic which is no longer accessible.)

My thinking is that the manufacturer's support for a camera is what makes it "PRO" or not.

To be sure, features like a shutter speed faster than 1/4000 certainly qualify, but manufacturer's support in the way of accessories should be a criterion. For instance, Nikon's D7200 had an available vertical grip/battery pack, but its replacement, the D7500, didn't. Therefore, for my money, the D7200 was "PRO" while its replacement was not.

And reliance on third parties can patch together a "PRO" kit, but if the manufacturer doesn't think enough of their product to support it with its own doodads and knickknacks, then it was never intended to be "PRO".

What do you think?


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2 months 2 weeks ago #736566 by Nikon Shooter
The integration in a system is key to me. I would not go the DX way
anyhow because the system around that format is not wide enough
for my needs… just me.

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2 months 2 weeks ago #736569 by TCav

Nikon Shooter wrote: I would not go the DX way anyhow because the system around that format is not wide enough for my needs… just me.

My perception is that the DX system is (was) actually broader than the FX system... just me.


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2 months 2 weeks ago #736574 by Shadowfixer1
The person using it makes it a pro camera or not.

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2 months 2 weeks ago #736575 by TCav

Shadowfixer1 wrote: The person using it makes it a pro camera or not.

A pro can take great photos with any camera. My question was about what features attract a pro to a particular camera.


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2 months 1 week ago #736659 by db3348
For me ,  it's a solid, reliable build quality,  as well as the ability to fine tune settings .

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2 months 1 week ago #736724 by Crazyguy

TCav wrote:

Nikon Shooter wrote: I would not go the DX way anyhow because the system around that format is not wide enough for my needs… just me.

My perception is that the DX system is (was) actually broader than the FX system... just me.


I'm not following you on this, can you expound more on your thought behind?

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2 months 1 week ago #736729 by TCav

Crazyguy wrote:

TCav wrote: My perception is that the DX system is (was) actually broader than the FX system... just me.


I'm not following you on this, can you expound more on your thought behind?


DX cameras can use everything FX cameras can, plus all the stuff that DX cameras can use but FX cameras can't.


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2 months 1 week ago #736734 by Shadowfixer1

TCav wrote:

Shadowfixer1 wrote: The person using it makes it a pro camera or not.

A pro can take great photos with any camera. My question was about what features attract a pro to a particular camera.

The type of pro using the camera determines what is most important. Sports and wildlife require features that a wedding/portrait photographer don't need and vice versa. A combat/street photographer may require something different. As far as DX vs. FX, I don't see an advantage for DX. Everything you need is available for FX and if you are talking lenses, then many DX lenses are lower quality so that takes the availability advantage away. 

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2 months 1 week ago #736736 by TCav

Shadowfixer1 wrote: As far as DX vs. FX, I don't see an advantage for DX. Everything you need is available for FX and if you are talking lenses, then many DX lenses are lower quality so that takes the availability advantage away. 


But some DX lenses are better than anything FX users have. Case in point is the Tamron 17-50/2.8 (A16), which is better than anybody's 24-70/2.8 on anybody's 'Full Frame' body, not to mention the fact that FX lenses are better on DX bodies because DX bodies crop off distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberration and field curvature that appear when they're used with FX bodies.


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