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convergent
06-01-2006, 06:15 PM
Both Canon and Nikon have a "professional service" program that you can join if you are a working pro. They both offer similar capabilities... expedited service, loaner equipment, etc. Ironically, Canon has no website for CPS in the US, although they do in other countries. Here is the information you need to apply for membership.

Here is an excerpt of some of the information in the attached PDF files:

Eligibility for CPS requires that sufficient evidence to substantiate your professional status be submitted. Please use the following guidlines:

1. Working Press
* Three tearsheets of work published within the last year.
* A copy of current press credentials.
* A letter on letterhead from editor or bureau chief stating your staff or contract position.

2. Freelance
(Canon understands that this is a broad category encompassing many different fields of photography. Therefore, please provide us with any four of the items listed below that best illustrates your particular field of photography as proof of eligibility for CPS.
* Three tearsheets of work published within the last year.
* A copy of current press credentials.
* A letter on letterhead from editor or bureau chief stating your staff or contract position.
* Samples of studio letterhead, promocards, brochures, price lists, etc.
* Three samples of recent work.
* Two letters from clients stating they have used your photographic services within the past year.
* Two copies of POs, invoices, etc. from clients within the past year.
* Copies of current membership cards from professional photo organizations (ASMP, APA, APNY, etc.).

3. Commercial / Studio
* Samples of studio letterhead, promocards, brochures, price lists, etc.
* Three samples of recent work.
* Two letters from clients stating they have used your photographic services within the past year.
* Two copies of POs, invoices, etc. from clients within the past year.
* Copies of current membership cards from professional photo organizations (ASMP, APA, APNY, etc.).

4. Government / Education
* Letter from supervisor / department head stating your position on staff and the type of photographic work done.
* Copy of agency / company ID card.
* Three samples of current work.
* Copies of current membership cards from photo organizations (ASMP, APA, APNY, etc.).

5. Miscellaneous
* Please send as many credentials as possible to verify your professional standing and a letter stating the kind of photography done.