So. This is partly a rant and partly a question. Been looking around for a pro in the area to assist/second shoot. Most of them are really no good. There are a few, though, who do really nice work. So I contacted everyone whose work I like enough to want to assist. I get more or less the same response from all of them: "We really like your work. But you'd have to have your own dSLR setup." Fair, I suppose. But on the other hand it raises two questions for me. One is, if I had $10k to drop on a good body or two, good glass, and more strobes than I have now, would I really be asking to assist? The other is, if all I had was a Rebel XTI and a 50mm plastic fantastic, would you really want me shooting your projects with my sub-par equipment? Bear in mind, these are people with studios, plenty of bookings, and of course multiple backup bodies. So if you if you really like my work and have an extra body or two lying around then where does the problem lie? This puts me in a rather obnoxious state of limbo. What if I just wanted to assist in the studio, or help schlep your stuff around on-location? Does not having a pro-level digital rig bar me from that as well? In theory, it would be possible for me to save money for quite some time or take out a loan to buy a setup, but if I did that you can bet your britches I'd be out carrying my own weight and competing with others for business. So what's a relatively broke, recent college grad to do?