Another Great Sunset


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It Never Ceases To Amaze Him

Hi everyone. Some of you probably know that I returned my V1, but I still like coming here to visit.

I spent some time this morning reading some of dp’s camera reviews and the comments posted by individuals regarding the reviews. It never ceases to amaze me that no matter what comes across the table there are some . . . well many that pick the camera apart. I’m convinced that if a manufacturer produced a PERFECT camera there would still be those that would find fault. Who was it that said . . . “you can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”. Isn’t it true? I have to feel sorry for those individuals because no matter what camera they purchase, they will be focused so much on what the camera can’t do that they will never enjoy what it can do. Hence, an unhappy photographer.

I know perhaps what some of you might be thinking . . . “why then did you take your V1 back”? Difference is, I didn’t find fault with the camera. It did what it was made to do, take excellent pictures. No question there. It just missed a few features that I would have liked, that’s all. But many individuals get so worked up and express such unnecessary negative comments. It’s totally uncalled for. My advice to these individuals, apply for a job. Obviously these companies are being deprived of their expertise.

Sometimes I have to stop myself from laughing out loud when reading these kinds of threads. If you find no fault with a camera but take it back because it missed a few features, then you did find fault with it. Of course one would have to ask two questions:

  • What features are you finding to be lacking?
  • Why were you not able to ascertain this lack before you bought the camera?

I am beginning to think that there are very few folks in this forum who really understand photography as a creative process. They are far too much like folks who when trying to buy a stereo system read the pamphlets to help narrow down their choice without ever bringing in their favorite CD and actually listening to it on the various systems available at the local big box store. My point is that they are more into features for features sake than in knowing whether what they are buying will be suitable to get on with the effort of image making.

There are those who dislike the Nikon 1 V1 because its sensor is “too small”. And yet they marvel at the fact that the vibration reduction (VR) feature of the camera works so very well. I can attest to this because shots made with a lens handheld at nearly 1/5 sec are pretty darn free of blurriness due to shaking. But it seems that few of us stop to think what makes this camera so effective in this area. I would venture to offer that its lightweight and small size are the key. But if you increase the size of the sensor then everything on the camera gets scaled up and suddenly you no longer have a low light level handheld marvel with which to shoot.

Something about “amateur enthusiasts” reminds me far too much of bicyclists who have the finest bikes in the world and hardly ever ride them because they are in search of a leather saddle of a specific color to go with the paint job that they just acquired. And even if the saddle was available there are the issues of finding matching pedals and handlebar tape. And of course if you fail to get a jersey that matches the bike’s color scheme you will never forgive yourself. Oh well…

You can often spot the wannabes in photography by the lack of images made and the length of the list of features that just won’t work for them until the next firmware release. Time for these guys to “fish or cut bait”. You either know how to use a camera or you don’t. If this camera does not work like the more expensive one you own, then learn what the differences are and cope. And once you have made up your mind that excuses are the refuge of those who cannot produce  jettison the complaints and focus on the images.

My guess is that plopped down in the midst of the last century most of these guys were never have made it as enthusiasts. Unless of course they would have done what everyone else did and that was cope with the shortcomings that are inevitable with any stage of development of a technology. But I doubt seriously that most of them ever would have done something like that. They would have instead found something a good deal less taxing that spending countless hours in the darkroom on a single measly print.