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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?
* - p98 of PEN E-PL3 Manual
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I's ovvioulsy an error that happened in the japanese to engligh translation. No big deal.
They were too busy redirecting funds to the Caymen Islands to proof read the manual!
I have always loved my Olympus . . . . now . . . . .I am confused . . . .
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...
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.
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.
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?
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.
....he also said that "Dancing is merely the vertical expression of a horizontal desire", which is a more interesting concept (and, undoubtedly, true).
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.
Quote: ....he also said that "Dancing is merely the vertical expression of a horizontal desire", which is a more interesting concept (and, undoubtedly, true).
I'm sure Anton DuBeck would not have agreed with you last year
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.
Camera Strap - imaging device suspender belt
Viewfinder - aspect appropriator
Depth of Field Button - image extent facilitator
Mode Wheel - disposition proturberance
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