Camera buying trends, do you believe this article?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by RichA, Jul 28, 2012.

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    RichA Guest

    RichA, Jul 28, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

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    RichA Guest

    Anyone who isn't a pro is an amateur. A advanced amateur is someone
    who is familiar with DSLRs and has learned about them. A rank amateur
    is a P&S or camera phone migrator who is completely unfamiliar with
    more advanced cameras but has decided to buy in either because they
    are influenced by trends or they have a genuine interest in improving
    their results.
     
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    Savageduck Guest

    A rank amateur has the distinct fragrance of putrefaction wafting
    around him, as he wanders around wondering what he is ever going to do
    this camera his wife has talked him into buying.
    All he ever wanted was a comfortable chair, a 60'' HDTV, a bucket of
    wings, and a case of beer, but his wife has to have pictures for the
    family he hates.
     
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    RichA Guest

    So maybe Canon's not so off-base producing that thing they just
    announced? I hope the default mode is "P" or something like that.
     
    RichA, Jul 28, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    Ah, I thought it was someone who got a dslr as a graduation present
    after completing OCS.
     
    tony cooper, Jul 28, 2012
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    Savageduck Guest

    ....but surely you are aware that the first thing the OCS candidate
    learns is delegation?
    He will no doubt hand his new DSLR to a grunt who will be charged with
    recording his march through the ranks to that command in the sky.
     
    Savageduck, Jul 28, 2012
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    tony cooper Guest

    Why do all threads end up with a Sisker reference?
     
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    Pablo Guest

    RichA escribió:
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    I heven't read the article, but I'm a "rank amateur" and I have a bunch of
    primes. I don't even carry the kit zoom in my camera bag.
     
    Pablo, Jul 28, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    Could also be someone who got a DSLR as a present for learning to use
    deodorant.
     
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    Savageduck Guest

    OCS grads have a particular odor, somewhere between old classroom,
    fresh meat, and athlete's foot, so that could be true.
     
    Savageduck, Jul 28, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    That would be closer to a dank odor.
     
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    Pablo Guest

    PeterN escribió:
    OED says

    " rank amateur n. a person who is completely inexperienced or inept at a
    particular activity; cf. sense A. 17a."

    The inept bit covers me, but I have *some* experience, so perhaps I'm really
    an "ordinary" amateur.

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    Pablo

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    Follow the link at your peril.
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    Ian Guest

    Hello Rich.

    Personally, I have to mistrust an article which refers to prime lenses as
    'obscure', as in
    'people are also starting to buy a once-obscure type of lens (outside
    professional circles), called a "prime" '.
    If the article said that 'people are starting to buy a once-popular lens
    called a "prime" ' then I'd be more willing to agree with it.
    Back in the 1970s primes were the standard type of lens and zooms were
    regarded as having dubious optical quality (and mechanical quality - I had
    two zooms which were faulty and one wrote off a Canon T90).

    Regards, Ian.
     
    Ian, Jul 30, 2012
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    RichA Guest

    That the writer was a novice the concept? I'd agree.
    I think we have to put ourselves into the shoes of the rank amateur
    to understand where these people come from. The writer likely got his
    info from conversations with camera store operators or employees who
    are much more enthusiast-oriented. However, the writer was likely in
    a similar position of "knowledge" as the rank amateur prior to that.
    Apart from a few odd instances, when the amateur sees an ad for a
    camera, inevitably it's for the camera and a kit zoom. He/she will
    also see (predominantly) zooms on cameras they see being used. Funny
    thing, I've had more people ask, "Is that a film camera?" of the E-5M
    when it has a short prime on it than the zoom, so maybe there is a dim
    recollection in some people's minds that SLR cameras once came with
    50mm primes, but probably not.
     
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    Ian Guest

    Hello Rich.

    Over here in the UK we have a magazine aimed at the Canon user / novice
    photographer. The magazine was happy to publish a comment that, because of
    the 1.6 crop factor, the viewfinder wouldn't show the whole of the
    photograph. I queried this and later read that the comment had been
    published due to an oversight by the staff.

    Regards, Ian.
     
    Ian, Jul 30, 2012
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