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Aaaaarghh!! - Olympus


User_Removed 4 4.6k 1 Scotland
8 Nov 2011 8:06PM
In strict compliance with the 1st Principal of Nerdism, i.e. "why use one word when you can use four?", I see that Olympus have now officially designated the camera part that you and I have been happily calling a "sensor" as..... wait for it...... an "image pick up device". *

I kid you not. It is there in black and white in their camera manuals.

Maybe they will soon replace "shutter" with "light ingress timing controller".

Any other suggestions for those buffoons?




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* - p98 of PEN E-PL3 Manual



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redsnappa 12 1.9k United Kingdom
8 Nov 2011 8:12PM
I's ovvioulsy an error that happened in the japanese to engligh translation. No big deal.
cathal 10 492 4 Ireland
8 Nov 2011 8:20PM
They were too busy redirecting funds to the Caymen Islands to proof read the manual!
PattiW e2
9 24 2 United States
9 Nov 2011 12:11AM
I have always loved my Olympus . . . . now . . . . .I am confused . . . .
conrad 10 10.9k 116
9 Nov 2011 3:44PM
Translation is usually at the bottom of the priorities in any budget list, although it shouldn't be - it's more important than people think. And more and more translations of manuals nowadays are machine translations - you know, like Google Translate or Babelfish. If you want quality, you need a good human translator, is what I say. But I would say that, wouldn't I... Wink
ChrisV 8 827 26 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2011 6:07PM
That's in the User's Technical Operations Included Hard Copy Informational Literature, is it?

Could be worse; they could call it a Compact User Notes & Techniques book.
Ewanneil 4 1.1k 2 Scotland
9 Nov 2011 6:25PM
Sometimes the translations can be rather poetic. I once had a manual for a Fujifilm camera which warned about the dangers of using your camera near the sea "where salty wind may blow". I quite liked that.
beeza410 4 32 1 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2011 10:33PM
Hows about the shutter button as "The digital image capture start device", now that would make more sense to me, or am I just weird?
User_Removed 4 4.6k 1 Scotland
10 Nov 2011 10:17AM

Quote:Hows about the shutter button as "The digital image capture start device", now that would make more sense to me, or am I just weird?



In 60 years of photography it never previously occurred to me that the "shutter" button was actually an "opener" button. That's as weird as closing down Windows by clicking on the Start button.


Actually, when I started this thread I did not suspect that it might simply be a quirk that had crept in during the translation from Japanese to English. In fact, I am not sure that it is. Remember what Oscar Wilde said - "All professions are a conspiracy against the laity". And jargon is one of the weapons that professions use in their war against us.

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User_Removed 4 4.6k 1 Scotland
10 Nov 2011 10:19AM
....he also said that "Dancing is merely the vertical expression of a horizontal desire", which is a more interesting concept (and, undoubtedly, true).

Smile
adrian_w e2
7 3.4k 4 Scotland
10 Nov 2011 10:26AM
I am currently researching the use of Plasma technology in the textile industry. For some reason a lot of the original work has been done in India; trying to understand some of the published papers is a nightmare with their convoluted use of the English language. Quote " the shutter button as "The digital image capture start device"," is actually quite straightforward compared with some of it. Sad
mikehit e2
5 6.8k 11 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2011 1:16PM

Quote:....he also said that "Dancing is merely the vertical expression of a horizontal desire", which is a more interesting concept (and, undoubtedly, true).

Smile



I'm sure Anton DuBeck would not have agreed with you last year Tongue
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2011 1:41PM

Quote:In 60 years of photography it never previously occurred to me that the "shutter" button was actually an "opener" button.


Depends on how you look at it. It is a button which controls the shutter, which is the device that shuts off the light from entering the camera when you are not taking a photo. Perfectly logical, especially when you consider the similarities with window shutters on houses. Smile
jondf 8 2.5k
10 Nov 2011 3:53PM
Camera Strap - imaging device suspender belt

Viewfinder - aspect appropriator

Depth of Field Button - image extent facilitator
jondf 8 2.5k
10 Nov 2011 4:00PM
Mode Wheel - disposition proturberance

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