Originally posted by a_greer
True, whilst I am not a photographer, I have been in events where they are and they usually carry many, many lenses, and even a couple differant bodies as well as extra cards and batteries...a laptop on site would almost requier a second man, do most photographers (outside of those doing major spreads for huge publications) have on site assistance?
I can only speak from my experience in the business with my customers. These guys may have several lenses, but not many many.They buy 20D's or even Rebels, or Nikon equiv. I've had to pull them kicking and screaming into the digital world in the first place. Most of them have small iMacs or an iBook. Many have the cameras but not the computers. They bring their memory cards to us to do the work. These guys don't make much money. There are more successful ones as well but most are just doing this for a living. No different than most people. They don't want to know much about the computer. For a lot of them, it's an unwelcome, but necessary evil.
You can't imagine how many had told me that they would be retired before digital becomes mainstream, only to come and ask for advice about it a year or two later.
It's not a put down, it's just a reality of the business. Younger guys are more willing to invest than the older ones who look upon the whole thing with suspicion.
They also don't understand why they have to upgrade their equipment. They never had to before. A new lens maybe, or a new body or flash when they get too old, but that's it. This idea of spending money on a regular basis has them shook up.
I've had several guys buy an all in one camera for $1,000 and complain that the pics weren't as good as from film. They think they should be because it costs more than their film camera with a lens or two. The pricing model has gotten them confused.
What I've found is that the photogs who were interested in the computer anyway are the one's who change the most, but the ones who aren't find it difficult. Remember that most people have older PC's. So while a photog might HAVE a computer, (s)he might not enjoy using it the way we do, and so isn't thrilled when told that this is the way to go.
I don't mean to be depressing, but we are not representative of most people. We get joy out of it. Most people slog through with virus's, trojan horses, spyware, etc. so when they do get started they are not always "with it".
I'm sure that this will change as time goes on and these guys retire. But many of these guys are in their 40's. They start out tentatively, with inexpensive equipment. I suggest they get a Mac, but they want to stick with their PC It's a struggle.
Now, don't flame me! This is what I see in the business. We've had many hundreds of customers. Thousands over 28 years. Most photog's don't like something new. I've actually had guys sweat when we told them that their favorite film had just been discontinued.
So, what I'm saying is that few of these guys are going out and buying PM's with high end boards and 23" monitors. Some will.