It’s true, when deciding what CG application you are going to use it is best if you decide first what you want to do with it.
If you’re going to be making objects for games 3D Studio is best.
For Movies or television it is best to use Maya or Lightwave.
Cinema 4d is great for logos, and scenery and even some character animation. However I have used both lightwave 7.5 and cinema 4d 8, and personally, lightwave is not just easier to learn, but easier to set up character rigs, and many different photo realistic effects as well as many others… in fact if you compare a list of tools for each you will find that lightwave has alot more to help you choose.
Also, don’t limit yourself to learning one application, you may prefer one to another, you may hate lightwave and love 3D studio, you may hate maya and love cinema 4d, however rediculous these ideas may seem to some people, use what you find as easiest or best in doing what you require of a cg package.
If you want to work for a particular company find out what they use and train for that program…
If you learn many programs you widen your options.
Just because I like use lightwave more than cinema doesn’t mean you should even consider lightwave more than cinema it depends on what you want to do.
It really sounds like I insulted the Cinema 4D rep.
I represent no one, I use cinema 4d 8 and lightwave and 3D studio and am learning maya as well…
I have no prejudice when it comes to one package vs another except I like to use a package (this is my preferences) that is easier to get the quality results I am looking for.
I like the looks of lightwave versus cinema though cinemas look is not better or worse just different.
Like the saying about Bryce, anything done in Bryce is easy to identify as coming from Bryce.