I participated in a photo contest this weekend... as a model! It was a pretty interesting concept: About 15 photographers from a local photography school each had 20 minutes with four of us in some large room, with some soft boxes, a few chairs, a makeup table and four of us. They could not walk out of the room with more than 36 shots. They were allowed to use light meters and tripods as well as their their camera, and i assume one lens, since i didn't see anyone change theirs. In two weeks now there is going to be an opening and we will see their best two shots from this day. I really enjoyed being able to see people with some formal photography education work. It was very interesting. There is just so many different personalities and way of working with models. But obviously, the most interesting thing was to check out everybody's equipment! Unfortunately i won't be able to know what camera shot what because of the rules of the contest. But here is what I was able to observe. First of all, students are all digital these days. Out of 15 or 16, only two were shooting film. The price of the original camera goes to a Minolta 9xi (i think this is what it was). First time i see one of these. The other film camera looked like Nikon EM with a normal prime. On the digital side the Canon 40D was the most popular. After that it was pretty scattered as far as models were concerned. But all but one were canikons. Only one guy had a Sony. What suprised me most though was how few primes there was. Only three or four. I think i saw a bunch of Canon zooms which i wouldn't be able to name, and there was a couple tamrons 28/75. This one i want so i recognized. Personnally, since there was plenty of room to move back and forth, i would definitely have gone with my 50mm... Anyways, i thought i would share because i was bored at work.