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1. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Have you ever wondered when you've seen a traveller/tourist with a big expensive brand name camera hanging around his/her neck ... Does s/he actually know how to use it? Does the camera get used much OR is it just a new toy? Maybe even a status symbol?

2. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

That is generally the case with everything:

  • Cars
  • Cameras
  • Cell Phones
  • Children

... you know, all the usually annoying things

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5810 posts) 11y

Never really thought about it. I prefer taking a small camera, so it's less work lugging it around. There are those who enjoy their toys though - to each his own I say.

4. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

My camera is no-where near top of the range, but it did cost a few quid because of the features - and i just have it in auto all the time and point and shoot. I am definitely in the category of people that wishes they could get more out of photography, but won't learn how to get the best out of my camera.

5. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 11y

I don't know. Ok for some of course it is a status symbol.

But if i look at myself, i carry lot's of expensive camera gear and i don't like it if people know how expensive it is. It makes me a to easy target for theft. So for instance i don't use the camera strap that came with my camera that states with BIG letters DIGITAL on it.

I even stick some black tape on some of my brand name and type so that it looks old and beaten up.

So i think it's for some people a satus symbol but not for most.

Greetings,
George

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 11y

Amongst those with big expensive brand cameras, the things that serve as a status symbols are tripods.
Seriously, it's not funny how often you get looked down upon because you manage to make do with a handy rock rather than a 7lb tripod with uber-expensive ballhead.

('course, if anyone could figure out how to have one of those and still pretend to be "backpacking", let me know, and I'll be the first to take advantage of it. *craves any kind of even halfway decent tripod*) :)

7. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting Brendan

That is generally the case with everything:

  • Cars
  • Cameras
  • Cell Phones
  • Children

... you know, all the usually annoying things

Ahem, let me know when children become status symbols, usually I am looked at like I am a fool for over contributing to the population!

8. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 11y

Yes Sander my tripod is definitly a status symbol. But not by me but more by the people how see and know what it is (ok i have one of those expenicive carbon fiber tripods)

And Sander you must agree that a rock doesn't allways does what you want :-) Specialy with long exposure times (minutes) i prefere my tripod :-)

Greetings,
George

9. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

I say let them play the big man/woman. And when next year's "gotta have" model comes around, I'll be right there to take this year's uber expensive, hardly used, model off their hands for 1/10 the price!!

10. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Quoting Cupcake

Ahem, let me know when children become status symbols, usually I am looked at like I am a fool for over contributing to the population!

Hehe trust me CC, I know a few couples out there that have or are having children just to say to their friends that they do... kind of sad really.