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Old 05-06-2012, 11:08 AM
Johnny L.A. Johnny L.A. is online now
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Cameras and technology

A couple of threads on digital cameras got me to thinking. (Yes, I do that occasionally.) I like cameras. I have a bunch of them. I'd really like a DSLR. The trouble is that the one I want is expensive, and it keeps being replaced by more advanced models. It's like buying a computer. You buy one, and next week there's one that's better, faster, and cheaper.

That's not a problem with film cameras. Is my Nikon FM3a a more capable camera than my Olympus OM1N or Pentax K1000? Certainly. But in the end it's all about putting light on the film in the correct proportions. The K1000 does that every bit as well as the FM3a. I just don't have the option of having the camera do some of the thinking for me. And that's a good thing. It's fun to do it yourself.

With a digital camera though, you have to consider sensor size, memory, video capability, pages-long menus... and when you decide on a camera, there's a new one that's better. So I still have a relatively ancient Nikon CoolPix pocket camera. I don't need a DSLR. If I want to be creative, I can do it on 35mm. No instant gratification, and film stock is more limited now than it was a decade ago. With digital, I need two cameras: a pocket model for snapshots, and a DSLR for certain things that I'm never able to do with the pocket model. So I guess I'll just pick up a CoolPix L810, and it will last me another few generations of technological advancements.
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:10 AM
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:22 PM
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Based on previous generations of Nikon ultrazoom cameras, you can do a lot better than that model.
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:50 PM
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The comparison with computers is somewhat apt in that things are slowing down improvement wise. While new DSLR's are coming out, they arent making old cameras obsolete any more, many people are skipping generations or not even upgrading at all.

If you still find film makes a good picture I cant see why you'd think a current digital sensor wouldnt, even when new ones come out. But if you're happy with your camera, stay with it. Im an underwater photographer, and film died there faster than anywhere else, for fairly obvious reasons, but thats a fairly niche area.

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