At a ministerial press conference yesterday. At the back of the hall - snappers with big 400 f2.8 lenses on monopods, Nikon D3s/D4s, Canon EOS-1s, that sort of thing. In the front row - a few guys with Leica M9s. I was in the front row with my Nikon D3200 and kit lens.
Yes, over the past 25 years, I've been in the back of those press conference rooms with a fast prime long-tom attached to a pro Canon body; I've been down the front with a Leica M and 'Cron. Today, my wonderful D3200 gives me results that in the final analysis differ not a jot from the Leica snaps in 95% of cases - on a website, in a newspaper or magazine. And compared to the Leica M9, the D3200's 18-55mm lens has VR, autofocus and - it zooms.
I feel it's picture editors and peer pressure that nudge pro snappers into buying kit that's unnecessarily expensive. "Look at me," it says. "I'm a member of the big boys' club."
Enough already. I've turned my back on photosnobbism :-)