As a macro photographer I have always owned consumer grade cameras, and have never even shot a pro level camera from the big brand names like Canon and Nikon. Most photographers would wonder why I don’t use the pro cameras. It’s simple, I teach workshops to people that shoot with consumer grade cameras. At least 75 percent of the people in my Macro Boot Camps own consumer grade lower priced cameras. For the people that sign up for my workshops they would like to know that they can get good quality images with their camera.
I’m speaking here to the macro photographers and not saying that a consumer grade camera will work best for other types of photography, so please don’t email me explaining how you need that expensive camera for what you do, this post relates to the macro field.
My workshop participants don’t want to hear that they need to buy the pro level equipment to produce good quality images, they want to know if they can get great images using their cameras. By me showing that I make a living shooting with consumer grade cameras, it gives them more confidence with their cameras. If they see my articles and images in Outdoor Photographer, or other magazines, they can say hey, his camera isn’t any better than mine, and he’s in a magazine.
The fact is that consumer grade cameras for macro photography will produce images that can be considered pro level quality, as I have done it. So people in my workshops can have the confidence to know that with some practice and knowledge they to can capture great images without emptying their bank account.