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12-13-2013, 02:58 PM   #1
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Getting jobs as Pentax user

Hey guys, i am recently became a pentax user 3-4 months ago. Before that i was a second wedding shooter for 2-3 years. But as soon as i switched to Pentax i found myself unable to find a job, in UK.

Well the first reason they don't want me anymore is i don't have a f2.8 tele zoom which is my fault. But why some "pros" very obsessed with Full Frame cameras and overlook brands like Pentax and Tamron ? i literally got answers like not being sure of my Tamron and Pentax lenses quality because they are not canikon or sigma & ofc using Pentax.


Ps: I do know and understand people wanting to work with others using same brand but why so much discrimination against Pentax ?

12-13-2013, 03:10 PM   #2
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Well, larger sensors certainly have their advantages. Even though there's little you can't do with the current Pentax system, I wouldn't be surprised if you were more likely to get hired if you invested in a camera that's mainly used by professionals.

I'm sure Pentax will release their full frame sooner or later

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The best argument - look at my work. If that is not enough, then you are probably not good enough.
I hope Pentax releases an APS-H with 1.2-1.3x crop factor, but not likely. I did converted from FF and their advantages are not so great compared to compact system of Pentax.

Oh.. and portfolio usually doenst matters since last 10 weddings jobs in my area was described as "Second shooter needed, Canon users with fast zooms welcomed" even Nikon users suffers in UK .. lol

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QuoteOriginally posted by Gurcem Eugene Zekai Quote
why some "pros" very obsessed with Full Frame cameras and overlook brands like Pentax and Tamron ?
The tools of the trade are Canon and Nikon. That's a reality bigger than both of us. Why that is may be unfair and partially unfounded, but if you want to make it as a wedding shooter the solution is obvious. Camera brand choice is not religion.

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The tools of the trade are Canon and Nikon. That's a reality bigger than both of us. Why that is may be unfair and partially unfounded, but if you want to make it as a wedding shooter the solution is obvious. Camera brand choice is not religion.

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Well said sir, I believe i shall be fine once i settled with the area and make some networking but for some people brands mean more than religion
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gurcem Eugene Zekai Quote
...as soon as i switched to Pentax i found myself unable to find a job, in UK.
With whom? Presumably you are looking to work with other photographers? If that's the case, why not go on your own?
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With whom? Presumably you are looking to work with other photographers? If that's the case, why not go on your own?
Agree 100%!

You work as a second shooter to get a portfolio and experience.

If you are shooting weddings for 2-3 years, I believe you should be more than ready to make your first steps as the main shooter.

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With whom? Presumably you are looking to work with other photographers? If that's the case, why not go on your own?
Believe me i really though about that, even opening a small studio. But unfortunately i never shot a church wedding or christian wedding in my life ( shot two weddings in UK and they were Islamic based). So my portfolio isn't very relevant and i do feel i need to know special "events" in weddings here before moving on as my own.

but one day.. one day
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gurcem Eugene Zekai Quote
Believe me i really though about that, even opening a small studio. But unfortunately i never shot a church wedding or christian wedding in my life ( shot two weddings in UK and they were Islamic based). So my portfolio isn't very relevant and i do feel i need to know special "events" in weddings here before moving on as my own.

but one day.. one day
It doesn't matter what kind of weddings it was. Really.
What does matter is:
1. How good are you at photography. Are your clients satisfied with the results you deliver?
2. How good are your communication skills. Do people enjoy working with you?

And forget this "one day.. one day" Don't limit yourself for no reason.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gurcem Eugene Zekai Quote
i never shot a church wedding or christian wedding in my life
Well, I would try to crash as many as possible (without a camera) just so you get the process, flow, rituals, and important parts understood. Scout out potential shooting positions, take some notes. If you dress up enough no one will question your presence.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Gurcem Eugene Zekai Quote
Well the first reason they don't want me anymore is i don't have a f2.8 tele zoom which is my fault ....
Well you said this yourself. I don't have wedding experience, but it seems someone in the photo pool has to have a fast telephoto. You could get the DA*50-135, which others say is an awesome portrait lens.
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I shoot college basketball photos courtside with a Pentax and get a lot of props and respect from people with FF cameras, so I wouldn't say it's impossible to get a decent job as a Pentax or even an APS-C camera user. (One of my colleagues uses a Canon T3i and gets pretty good results.)
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Well you said this yourself. I don't have wedding experience, but it seems someone in the photo pool has to have a fast telephoto. You could get the DA*50-135, which others say is an awesome portrait lens.
I have a Tamron 70-200 f2.8 but left it at Cyprus and took Pentax 55-300 instead.. My UK trip wasn't intended to be permanent

But jokes aside i don't feel ready to start my own business purely because for getting little bit of experience and initial investment

and thanks for the all comments and advices guys, you make me realize stuff that i overlooked
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