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Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Paul Furman, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. Paul Furman

    Paul Furman Guest

    Paul Furman, Jul 8, 2009
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : Jack London, writer
    : Arnold Genthe, photographer
    :
    : London: "You must have a wonderful
    : camera... It must be the best camera in the
    : world... You must show me your camera."
    :
    : Genthe: "I have read your books, Jack, and
    : I think they are important works of art.
    : You must have a wonderful typewriter."

    Not for a picosecond do I believe that conversation ever took place. But it
    makes a great yarn!

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jul 8, 2009
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Probably not <g> just an instance of that line which I stumbled on.
     
    Paul Furman, Jul 8, 2009
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    K W Hart Guest

    I respectfully disagree with your next-to-last sentence above: "Better
    equipment makes better pics."
    Better equipment _Allows_ the photographer to make better pics. Or provides
    additional capabilities to make better pics. Or provides more options to
    make better pics.
    As long as the camera performs certain basic functions: a light-tight box
    containing an image sensor, a means of controlling the amount of light
    falling on that sensor, and a means of focusing the light; the quality of
    the final picture is up to the photographer.

    At this point, someone needs to bring up the idea that improved equipment
    provides better _technical_ quality. My response to that is that if the
    photographer's equipment is technically lacking, he must realize that and
    confine himself to subject matter where the lack of technical quality is a
    plus. If the lens lacks sharpness, he should stick to portraits of babies.
    If the shutter is slow, he should avoid sports and use a tripod, etc. Better
    equipment takes away these constrainsts, but in my humble opinnion, the
    photographer who recognizes and works within the limits of his gear is more
    skilled than the one who constantly upgrades gear because "Better equipment
    makes better pics".
     
    K W Hart, Jul 9, 2009
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    Paul Furman Guest

    That's fun, I tend to try to bump the edges. I'm a total equipment geek
    but still it's insulting on a basic level to hear that compliment like
    in the quote.

    I hardly use my 85/1.4 oddly enough. My most used lenses are the 85/2.8
    tilt/shift, tokina MF 300/2.8 and various wide angle lenses so I just
    ordered a 24/3.5 tilt/shift... an uber-equipment-junkie choice, ack.

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    Paul Furman, Jul 9, 2009
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : >
    : >
    : >
    : > > In this case I guess we are to believe that because there is one
    : > > endeavor where the tools don’t have an impact on the final work that
    : > > the tools don’t matter for any artistic work, seems like really thing
    : > > logic, cute but pretty thin.
    : >
    : > It's a variation on an old joke.  The way I heard it (and use it) was
    : > with pots and pans.
    : > When my sister sees my pics she often says, "Oh, you've got to give me
    : > your camera!"
    : > I say, "If I buy you a new set of pots and pans will that make you
    : > Betty Crocker?"
    :
    : I have a suggestion for people who are bothered when people say they
    : must have a good camera to take such great photos, swap cameras with
    : that person for a day and go out shooting with them. If the camera
    : really does not matter then it will tell in the photos. Having seen
    : the photos from some of my friends cameras I don’t think I would want
    : to do the swap and hope that somehow I could pull off better phtoos.

    Suppose they call your bluff and do a better job with your camera than you do
    with theirs? Then what? ;^)

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Jul 18, 2009
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