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    That describes every camera shop employee I have ever met... except the ones who knew nothing at all. I suppose if they were good photographers they wouldn't be working in a camera shop.

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    I resemble that (or I would have when I did sell cameras) !)
    Some camera salespeople tograph for the joy of it, and sell cameras for the pay cheque. There is nothing necessarily inconsistent with that.
    EDIT: the smiley face didn't come out in my initial post, so I'll add it here

    and "photograph" rather than "tograph"
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    I hear ya, Matt. I did not mean that to be a slur against an entire population... just making a comment. But in hindsight I see hwo someone may take offense. I'm sure that you, Ben and blockend are fine photographers.

    ... and for me... I suppose there is a reason why I am neither a professional photographer nor a camera salesman.

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    I agree that camera salesmen are not synonymous with great photography, although there are exceptions. B&H put some excellent tutorials on video, including aesthetics and history as well as gear, and their guys seem to know their stuff. My time was at head office, not customer facing, to use the current euphemism, and mercifully brief. I was then, as now, cynical about rampant consumerism with regards to photography, and even then trading down to meterless 1960s cameras while everyone was going auto. A square peg, even thirty years ago.

    I do recall one chap who ran his own shop and dedicated nearly all his spare time to photography, and he was very talented and extremely knowledgeable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    That describes every camera shop employee I have ever met... except the ones who knew nothing at all. I suppose if they were good photographers they wouldn't be working in a camera shop.
    My remarks don't apply to everyone that I have worked with in camera stores, and I don't agree with the mistaken logic of your assertion that "if people were good photographers they would't work in camera shops" erroneous,I have known many committed and excellent photographers who didn't want to do it for a living and needed the security of a regular job because they had wives and children, like many members of this site.
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    Sure, Ben, as I said, I wrote with too broad of a brush.

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