Like Army soldier in full battle order.... Rifle, pistol, jack knife all on...
For me, I will not feel shy and will attempt to chat with other photographer that uses the same camera brand to ask some thoughs or opinion if they given me some eye contact.
Was using Prosumer most of the time.
Anyway photography is about taking photo leh, nothing about camera.
BTW mine is Canon must be better than other brand right? People go to war also use canon sure better mah. Some more mine is 1000D must be 1000X better than 1D, no?
I went for a fashion show abt a month ago. I was using only my entry level camera with a kit lens adn was standing among the bunch of photographers with their professional camera with telephoto lens. They are quite ok with me and we snap with each other throughout the shot and we were really smiling at each other all the time. He even let me have a little more space to stand due to my other side is quite crowded.
So i think in the end is: Attitude
Not the cameras or equipment that rules. All people start out as a amatuer photographer, I think getting proud because of their equipment is not right at all.
Feeling shy because others have a better camera? Not really la... I usually snap so many pictures of them, make them feel a bit awkward, like "Why the heck is this noob taking pics of me???"
But shooting golf is annoying as annoying can be. Lots of fast walking with a lot of kit and a lot of kneeling down (hence kneepads) and standing up with a lot of kit. Early start, late finish. Have I mentioned a lot of walking? Fast. Over uneven ground.
The non-professional events are best cause usually you can blag a buggy ^.^
I do experience some "pro" photographer that score 0 in attitude - pointing the flash gun in other people's flash and fire and dizzle other Digicam users. Then give the attitude face when people accidentally knock on his white lens. (He is carrying 2 FF with 70-200mm lens I guess)
If one need a big camera to boost ego, then we should all feel sorry for him.
I had the same experience recently. In my first photoshoot, everybody was using dslrs and one caucasian even have a super-duper loooooooooooong lens. I was only using a tiny fz28 - anyways, after a while - it's still a camera.
I had lots of fun, met some cool dudes, took some decent photos and that's what photography is about.
It's making the best out of your equipment and taking memorable photos instead of some fashion parade.
Yanou, it's funny but I was thinking about the camera "status" as a matter of resistance. Like at the Canon Photo Marathon, I endlessly think about whipping out an obsolete compact camera, then getting a good ranking nonetheless. Sort of a way of proving the point that even very fundamental equipment is perfectly capable of taking on the great big kits...if the photographer is skilled enough. Unfortunately, I'm not personally at that level yet, but I sure as hell wana try =p
The Few...The PROUD...
Somewhere I read that the size of the equipment (lens) represents a phallic status to males. So the bigger (and longer) your lens, the more "manly" you are.