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    Re: Ever feel ashamed about your D3100?

    Lol Anthony. You, Marcel and Rick (axeman) inspired me with your HDR work and created a monster


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    Re: Ever feel ashamed about your D3100?

    I haven't had the pleasure of owning a D3100 but actually wouldn't mind owning it because of its size and light weight. And yes it is still a Nikon DSLR. I think if I had that as a starting camera I would be working just as hard to take great photos, and would take it just as seriously as a photographic tool as anything else I've used. I was actually considering a D5100 or D3100 as a camera for my wife but ended up with a D7000 just because I wanted the flexibility to use FX lenses down the road.

    A saying by Ernst Haas:

    “The camera doesn’t make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to see."

    When I saw Ernst Haas speak about his work, I remember something he said about people's reactions to cameras. It went something like this (not direct quote as I'd have to look for my notes):

    With a pocket camera, the subject will relax and take a casual pose, with a motorized DSLR, the subject will start jumping around, and with a Hasselblad, the subject will assume an Irvin Penn style pose.
    So it isn't just what you do with the camera, it can also be sometimes how your subject will react to it, and I find that kind of interesting. There are certainly types of cameras suited to particular goals. I'd rather have a small camera if I was doing street candid shooting.
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  3. #23
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    Re: Ever feel ashamed about your D3100?

    These conversations remind me of experiences I've had in another hobby of mine: defensive pistol shooting. I've attended numerous matches and while I'm no top-flight pro, I can hold own out to the twenty-five yard line. Now, getting good at shooting a pistol rapidly AND accurately, often while moving or from behind cover, is about 95% "in your head", 10% raw physical performance and 2% what pistol and holster you bring to the firing line.

    I've heard the comments and been almost laughed at approaching the line with some pretty mundane, even cheap equipment but you know when the laughing stops? When I clean the clock of the hot-shot in the adjacent lane who's sporting the $5000 Gemini Custom using a bone-stock, $500 Springfield I had to borrow from my coach last minute. With minor variations on that theme, I've done it a few times at least and not because I'm particularly good, but because I know what matters in the game and what matters in the game is NOT what pistol I have in my hand. You can't buy good split-times, trigger control or the mental focus required to compete and win matches. This is because what matters is not WHAT you're shooting; it's HOW you're shooting it; it's your skill's-base.

    It's no different with photography: Spend as much as you want but you can't buy your way into good images, many have tried, many more will in the future and all will fail. Because what matters is not WHAT you're shooting; it's HOW you're shooting it.

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    Re: Ever feel ashamed about your D3100?

    Why would you ever feel ashamed of your equipment, it's what you do with the equipment!
    I've taken shots with my brother-in-laws D3100 and have one of the shots framed on my wall.
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  5. #25
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    Re: Ever feel ashamed about your D3100?

    Ever feel ashamed about your D3100?
    My favorite photos come from the D3100 as I've said and my spider shot is wallpaper on my laptop,tablet and phone! Lol
    I have to yet get a shot I like as well on any other camera. Lol


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    Re: Ever feel ashamed about your D3100?

    Quote Originally Posted by WeeHector View Post
    Do you ever feel ashamed when you admit to people that you only have a D3100?

    I must admit that I adore telling people I have an entry-level, general public camera that is the cheapest Nikon DSLR you can buy. I just love the look on their faces when they see the macro photos I have taken with it. I am a reverse snob and I love my D3100.
    Never. Period.

    I usually only got asked by folks that loved a particular photo I shared... you know the type. "Wow, you must have a great camera!" folks. The ones who didn't know cameras would go, "Ahhhhh!" and that was it. All I felt was pride in the fact that I produced something that caught their interest, and I loved the fact that I was able to do it with my wonderful little red beast. (since replaced by the PRIMAL beast)

    Those who DID know cameras usually responded with, "REALLY!?", and that gave me even more pride as I was able to produce something that caught their interest AND prove that it's more the photographer than the equipment.

    Either way, no shame. Plus, even though I have my PRIMAL beast, the D7100, now, I have no shame in saying that a D3100 is my backup, especially when most of the shots in my portfolio came from that gem!
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    Re: Ever feel ashamed about your D3100?

    I have to admit that I have spoken with several pros in the last few days who, having seen the hi-res versions of my shots, have told me I must contact a photographic agency. They are really blown away by the stacked images.
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    Re: Ever feel ashamed about your D3100?

    I have to agree with you there in a way. Though I know the D5100 is a good camera and I've seen awesome shots that Don took using one, I hated the feel of it altogether. I liked my D3100's feel much better even. But it wasn't until I got the D300 that I got the ooooh that feels right feeling! Sometimes that really makes a big difference when choosing what I like best! Lol
    Not very scientific, but it is a factor none the less for me!


    Quote Originally Posted by rocketman122 View Post
    in my field, there is a lot of **** measuring going on by your gear. the better the gear the better you supposedly are. gear influences peoples perception of you as a pro. I was conscious when I used my 50 1.8d not because of the siz ebut the cheap build. I also didnt like the D600 too much. not because it was the entry FF camera but because of the way it feels in the hand. everytime I would lift the camera, inside I had a sigh and said to myself, wow what a POS camera.
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    Re: Ever feel ashamed about your D3100?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill16 View Post
    I have to agree with you there in a way. Though I know the D5100 is a good camera and I've seen awesome shots that Don took using one, I hated the feel of it altogether. I liked my D3100's feel much better even. But it wasn't until I got the D300 that I got the ooooh that feels right feeling! Sometimes that really makes a big difference when choosing what I like best! Lol
    Not very scientific, but it is a factor none the less for me!
    Before I bought the D3100, I read a lot of reviews and one of the most common criticisms was that it was small and difficult to hold for those with big hands. I didn't have that problem myself but I must admit that I prefer the feel ever since I added the battery pack. The last time I tried it without the pack, I kept thinking I'd forgotten to put in a battery. Now it really feels solid and I'm not afraid that I'm going to drop it.
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    Re: Ever feel ashamed about your D3100?

    Sounds like I should get one!
    Great photos on here prove (if we needed it) that it isn't the gear.
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