NY Times On The End of Film and The End of the Megapixel Race

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Jeremy, Feb 2, 2006.

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    nathantw Guest

    According to Mr. Westfall of Canon, however, the future is hydrogen fuel
    nathantw, Feb 3, 2006
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    Mark Roberts Guest

    Agreed. It's oversimplified for the masses. But on the whole I'd rather
    see oversimplified articles that tell people *not* to just count
    megapixels that oversimplified articles that tell people megapixels are
    what's most important.
    I suppose it's by tiny incremental steps such as these that humanity
    drags itself inexorably forward ;-)
    Mark Roberts, Feb 3, 2006
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    Scott W Guest

    The 640K statment was an eary 80s thing, in the 70s we said that 64K
    would be all the RAM anyone would ever need.

    Scott W, Feb 3, 2006
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    Beach Bum Guest

    Envisioning a world full of evil killer camera robots hungry for human
    flesh - they don't strike unless your eyes are open and you have an
    appropriate smile. <g>
    Beach Bum, Feb 3, 2006
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    Beach Bum Guest

    Technically, since the CPU register can only hold a few 32 bit items at a
    time (64 bits on these new fangled computers), what we really need is very
    fast hard drives and no memory. <g>
    Beach Bum, Feb 3, 2006
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    Skip M Guest

    I remember arguing with the guy who built my first computer that I really
    needed a 5g hard drive. He couldn't conceive of an app that would require
    that much storage...and 5g was the largest I could buy at the time.
    Skip M, Feb 3, 2006
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    Mike Guest

    Don't generalize too much.

    I'd argue that 64-bit processors is all we will ever need in my lifetime.
    The primary reason, nowadays, for increasing the size of the basic word of
    memory is to address more memory.

    32-bit processors can address 4GB of memory

    64-bit processors can address about 17,000,000,000GB of memory
    Mike, Feb 3, 2006
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    Rob Novak Guest

    If, for one, welcome our new photographic overlords.
    Rob Novak, Feb 3, 2006
  9. Well, pretty soon we will have 100 gig flash cards, and hard drives will be
    a thing of the past......
    William Graham, Feb 3, 2006
  10. Reporter: "What will people do with all that memory?"
    Grace Hopper: "Waste it."
    If Google wants to live up to its namesake, Googol, then we will
    need 332 bits of address space. The memory itself will have to be very,
    very virtual.


    Nicholas O. Lindan, Feb 3, 2006
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    bjw Guest

    In Soviet Union, pictures take YOU!
    bjw, Feb 4, 2006
  12. Well, okay... if that's all we can have, we'll try to learn to live with
    Bob Harrington, Feb 4, 2006
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    Joseph Kewfi Guest

    The 640K statment was an eary 80s thing, in the 70s we said that 64K
    I'd say your assertion that jpeg will be widely available in 100 years is up
    there with the aforementioned.
    Joseph Kewfi, Feb 4, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    My PC first hard drive was a whopping 40*MB.*
    Mark², Feb 4, 2006
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    Kinon O'cann Guest

    In 100 years, I don't care. I'll be dead. But JPG will have the longest life
    of any of the currently available file formats simply because is the most
    widely used.
    Kinon O'cann, Feb 4, 2006
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    Ken Hart Guest

    Young whippersnappers!
    My first PC had a 20M hard drive, and I thought I had all the storage I
    would ever need! Of course, before that I was using the school's Digital
    PDP-8 with a 4K magnetic core memory.
    Ken Hart, Feb 4, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I read that article the other day ...

    It is right, more people are buying digital than anything else. And
    most people buying digital cameras are not buying DSLR's ... by a very
    wide margin.

    People are still shooting film with cameras that are anywhere from new
    to ancient. And they still will. Both places where I do regular
    processing, still do a good film dev and print business.

    The PMA is a marketing venue. Digital is the hot thing to sell. Is
    this news? Of course not, but Pogue has to write ... something.

    And as for Pogue, he's been writing articles in the NYT that fairly gush
    over P&S gadgets and does not give much lip service to "real" cameras.
    And why is that? Because most people who read the NYT, a decent and
    respected newspaper in itself, do not read it for camera advice.

    No more than you would read Outdoor Photographer for news-of-the-city,
    nation and world...

    Alan Browne, Feb 4, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    I remember using a cassette tape-based storage unit with an old Apple
    clunker that ran on a TV screen.
    It was essentially a standard tape recorder that recorded all sorts of
    horrible screeching noises that the "computer" interpreted as very simple,
    slow lines of code.

    Mark², Feb 4, 2006
  19. 640 Gigs is all the memory anyone will ever need.......:^)
    William Graham, Feb 4, 2006
  20. the NYT, a decent and
    It's a liberal rag.....:^)
    William Graham, Feb 4, 2006
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