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Have We Arrived at the Final Destination with Digital Cameras?

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Interesting for sure. Time will tell how popular wearable computers (not great fashion statements) will become.

 

Personally, I think that it's more important that we learn to use our on-board computers -- i.e. the ones that we were born with -- more efficiently. They tend to get us into a lot of trouble.

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As far as I'm concerned, just looking at the client shoot I did today, the NIKON D800

is about as good as it gets.  Keeping in mind that the above statement is subject to

change.  The good old days of having a couple of F-4's, or before that

a couple of Canon F-1n's and glass was as good as it gets... Or the Leica M2's

and M'6's.  I remember sitting on my couch looking at my F1's and L glass  along

with a couple of M6's and Leitz glass from 21 to 90 and thinking that it does not

get better than this..... Well it did and I now feel the same way about my D800's.

 

I must also say that I had once said that they would need to pry my Nikkor 80-200 AF-ED 2.8

out of my dead hands,  I'm now using the Nikkor 70-200 AF-ED f4 and have not used my

80-200 in nearly a year....

 

The bottom line is that the best camera, lens, etc is the one (s) you have in your hands,

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As far as I'm concerned, just looking at the client shoot I did today, the NIKON D800

is about as good as it gets.  Keeping in mind that the above statement is subject to

change.  The good old days of having a couple of F-4's, or before that

a couple of Canon F-1n's and glass was as good as it gets... Or the Leica M2's

and M'6's.  I remember sitting on my couch looking at my F1's and L glass  along

with a couple of M6's and Leitz glass from 21 to 90 and thinking that it does not

get better than this..... Well it did and I now feel the same way about my D800's.

 

I must also say that I had once said that they would need to pry my Nikkor 80-200 AF-ED 2.8

out of my dead hands,  I'm now using the Nikkor 70-200 AF-ED f4 and have not used my

80-200 in nearly a year....

 

The bottom line is that the best camera, lens, etc is the one (s) you have in your hands,

+1 ... Nikon D800

 

I suppose I've found my final combo at age nearing 70 :  Nikon D800e and Sony RX10_iii. These two seem more than enough for all my assignment & stock tasks. D800e is mostly used for indoor shoots with range of glass from 14mm to 200mm.

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As far as I'm concerned, just looking at the client shoot I did today, the NIKON D800

is about as good as it gets.  Keeping in mind that the above statement is subject to

change.  The good old days of having a couple of F-4's, or before that

a couple of Canon F-1n's and glass was as good as it gets... Or the Leica M2's

and M'6's.  I remember sitting on my couch looking at my F1's and L glass  along

with a couple of M6's and Leitz glass from 21 to 90 and thinking that it does not

get better than this..... Well it did and I now feel the same way about my D800's.

 

I must also say that I had once said that they would need to pry my Nikkor 80-200 AF-ED 2.8

out of my dead hands,  I'm now using the Nikkor 70-200 AF-ED f4 and have not used my

80-200 in nearly a year....

 

The bottom line is that the best camera, lens, etc is the one (s) you have in your hands,

 

I'm in no way a technophile, but I get attached to technology that does great things for me.  Usually music equipment.

 

This thread reminded me of the Mini Disc (mini cd's).  They came out after cd's and faded away because they were surplus to requirement.

 

Vickie.

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I'm in no way a technophile, but I get attached to technology that does great things for me. Usually music equipment.

This thread reminded me of the Mini Disc (mini cd's). They came out after cd's and faded away because they were surplus to requirement.

 

As CDs are now doing :( (I love CDs).

 

Yes, I think you could say the same about audio equipment as has been said above about cameras - now is as good as it gets... until it gets better. Recording sound-on-sound on a twin-track reel-to-reel in your living room was pretty cool. Running state-of-the-art VSTs on Cakewalk Sonar is pretty cooler.

 

Alan

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I'm in no way a technophile, but I get attached to technology that does great things for me. Usually music equipment.

This thread reminded me of the Mini Disc (mini cd's). They came out after cd's and faded away because they were surplus to requirement.

As CDs are now doing :( (I love CDs).

 

Yes, I think you could say the same about audio equipment as has been said above about cameras - now is as good as it gets... until it gets better. Recording sound-on-sound on a twin-track reel-to-reel in your living room was pretty cool. Running state-of-the-art VSTs on Cakewalk Sonar is pretty cooler.

 

Alan

 

 

Oh yeah, no young people use CD's now.  You get the music videos too by streamng (on Youtube).  I only recently boxed all my CD's up.  Can't bear to throw my collection away.  Just have an amp and speakers now, connected to the laptop.

 

What music do you like?  (Must be Rock.  Can't be Jazz.   ;) ).

 

Vickie.

 

 

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I think the major changes will be in the ease of post processing.  PS, LR and ACR will get more and more powerful, making a lot of the time consuming parts of PP easier and easier.

 

jill

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I haven't used my SONY RX100 much since I bought my iPhone 6S Plus. I am leaving next week to pedal across Europe following the Danube River on an E-bike. My SONY RX100 isn't coming with me. It weighs too much! 

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I haven't used my SONY RX100 much since I bought my iPhone 6S Plus. I am leaving next week to pedal across Europe following the Danube River on an E-bike. My SONY RX100 isn't coming with me. It weighs too much! 

 

Have a good trip! It's a nice ride, or it used to be many many years ago ;-)

I would take the RX100 though, at least as a back up.

 

wim

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I haven't used my SONY RX100 much since I bought my iPhone 6S Plus. I am leaving next week to pedal across Europe following the Danube River on an E-bike. My SONY RX100 isn't coming with me. It weighs too much! 

 

You deserve a medal for doing that anyway!  (a light one!).

 

Vickie.

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I have cycled from Augsburg to Budapest along the Danube River, it is a fantastic ride and the infrastructure for cyclists is great. I rode with a Nikon D90 hanging around my neck so I had easy access to my camera and I could take photos of other cyclists while cycling. Back to OP I think that Camera will improve in the manner of cameras as computers with lenses so what if cameras had Photoshop or Lightroom so that all the processing can be done in camera. Or why do we need a camera? What if lenses are manufactured with a slot that you attach your smartphone and that is your camera and you download the Photoshop or Lightroom app or other appropriate camera 

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Most digital cameras still look like film cameras.  I think we will look back and laugh at them in 10 years time.  I thought zoom lenses would of gone by now.  Why not have a huge sensor and zoom in by cropping?  The sensor will cost more but it will save money on lenses and keep the camera smaller and lighter.  The technology to choose focus after taking a photo could be useful.  Cameras with multiple lenses also look interesting.  I like 360 VR and that's just getting going.

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Most digital cameras still look like film cameras.  I think we will look back and laugh at them in 10 years time.  I thought zoom lenses would of gone by now.  Why not have a huge sensor and zoom in by cropping?  The sensor will cost more but it will save money on lenses and keep the camera smaller and lighter.  The technology to choose focus after taking a photo could be useful.  Cameras with multiple lenses also look interesting.  I like 360 VR and that's just getting going.

No doubt you mean telephoto and not zoom. Well it is definitely possible to get a very decent nearly 1/8 crop (more like 1/7 in fact) of an image from a 36MP Nikon which would be still large enough for Alamy QC. I use a 50mm macro for flower photography and can do some serious cropping. And I expect it would definitely be possible to use just a standard or short telephoto on a high MP camera for certain sports photography, particularly if shooting for on-screen only. However, it doesn't give the same potential shallow depth of field as a telephoto. 

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I discovered yesterday my camera didn't have a memory card in it so I grabbed the first one I found and put it in. 19 shots later I was told it was full! Discovered I had found a 512MB card (yes, MB)

Anyone else remember when that was normal?

How big will they get, I wonder (or will they become somehow obsolete)?

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I discovered yesterday my camera didn't have a memory card in it so I grabbed the first one I found and put it in. 19 shots later I was told it was full! Discovered I had found a 512MB card (yes, MB)

Anyone else remember when that was normal?

How big will they get, I wonder (or will they become somehow obsolete)?

And smaller. Remember IBM MIcrodrives? At one time only way of getting a decent amount of storage- still have a couple somewhere.

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I discovered yesterday my camera didn't have a memory card in it so I grabbed the first one I found and put it in. 19 shots later I was told it was full! Discovered I had found a 512MB card (yes, MB)

Anyone else remember when that was normal?

How big will they get, I wonder (or will they become somehow obsolete)?

 

I saw 1tb the other day on a post someone shared on FB. I always wonder why there is no memory within the camera itself. I suspect its because at the moment there is more of a chance a sort of inbuilt obsolesence as we damage the pins putting the cards in and out. I once destroyed two backs within 15 minutes with a cf card which was slightly bent.

 

 

 

Me I wouldn't want a camera with a built-in drive unless it also had a removable card option. This is all about ensuring that I don't lose the pics. A camera is more likely to be damaged by dropping or getting stolen. I find having two card slots with one as backup gives great peace of mind ever since I got a camera with this facility.

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