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An old saying about a modern obsession


MeanGreeny 9 3.7k England
19 Feb 2009 10:45AM
Heard a phrase again today which I'd completely forgotten about:

"Asking a photographer what model of camera he uses is like asking a writer what model of typewriter he uses"

I think we [myself also guilty in the past] have got too concerned about gear and less about vision, attitude and intent.

Given the number of questions at the moment which start "Should I get the Canon xyzD or the Nikon Dxyz or the Sony Axyz should we be saying something other than praising the brand/system we happen to have bought into and feel the need to justify ?

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digipix76 7 577 England
19 Feb 2009 11:06AM
I think we have got too concerned about gear and less about vision, attitude and intent.......Totaly agree


Ian
joolsb 10 27.1k 38 Switzerland
19 Feb 2009 11:08AM

Quote:I think we [myself also guilty in the past] have got too concerned about gear and less about vision, attitude and intent.


Absolutely. Agree 110%.
RokGeetar 6 202 England
19 Feb 2009 11:15AM
Totally agree. Cameras are just tools to record the vision. Another saying "a bad workman blames his tools" comes to mind, and the opposite is also true, "an artist can use any brush".

It's so easy to lose track of what's important - if the end result is good, then the means (whatever they involve) are justified.
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2009 11:35AM
Or how about a photo variation of another phrase - Many batteries make flashlight work.

Or

A stitch in time saves a 9 shot panorama
cameracat 10 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
19 Feb 2009 11:35AM
I see what your saying, But the old " What Have You Got " thing applies equally in other areas.....Sad

One that springs to mind is " What car do you drive " ...AAaaagghh..!

That ones my pet hate, Standard reply is a red one, Or a hatchback, .......Or whatever springs to mind....LOL...Smile Depending on who has asked....!

If they are a right pain in the rear, An answer like Ferrari F40 can be a right laugh.....Smile

Next up is " What HiFi " .........Geeeeezzzzzz, I'm off......!
Snapper 9 3.8k 3 United States Outlying Islands
19 Feb 2009 11:36AM

Quote:Given the number of questions at the moment which start "Should I get the Canon xyzD or the Nikon Dxyz or the Sony Axyz should we be saying something other than praising the brand/system we happen to have bought into and feel the need to justify ?


Have to say that it is one of my first jobs on the forum every day to go through all the camera threads and hide them. Utterly painless and saves all the angst! Wink
mattw 10 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2009 11:48AM
I fully agree that too much emphasis is placed on kit - however it does have some relevance. Otherwise we would all be walking round with 1000D's rather then 5Ds, 1Ds etc.
podgod 10 494 3 Scotland
19 Feb 2009 11:55AM
I once worked with someone who was looking to buy a new camera, so he researched the topic in various magazines, websites and even asked my opinion. Every time he made his choice, an article would be published on a new camera that was just that little bit 'better', so, in the four years I worked with him, he never owned a camera and probably spent enough money on magazines to buy a camera that he said was out of his range.

Quote:one of my first jobs on the forum every day to go through all the camera threads and hide them

Didn't know you could do that - now I'm off to look Smile
john64 e2
10 824 England
19 Feb 2009 3:30PM
I'm sure I once saw on here a story about a photographer who went to dinner at a friend's house.

His friend's wife said something like "I've seen some of your photos, they're lovely, you must have a very good camera".

After dinner, the photographer said " That was a lovely meal, you must have some very good pans".
Carabosse e2
11 39.5k 269 England
19 Feb 2009 3:32PM

Quote:
After dinner, the photographer said " That was a lovely meal, you must have some very good pans".




I've actually used a line, similar to that, in real life in a similar situation.

It didn't go down all that well..................... strangely enough! Grin
PR 7 181 England
19 Feb 2009 3:46PM

Quote:I think we have got too concerned about gear and less about vision, attitude and intent


Absolutley agree, but dont you think think the manufacturers have a lot to answer for bringing new models out like there's no tomorrow. everytime you open a magazine/internet there seems to be an updated this or a new improved that, ok I know you cant stop progress, but how much technology do you need to take a good photograph ?
randomrubble 10 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2009 5:25PM
As photography is primarily a technical it's actually all about the gear.

I know that I take different pictures when I use my lensbaby as opposed to my Canon lenses. I also make different images with my old manual focus FD cameras as opposed to my DSLRs...
joolsb 10 27.1k 38 Switzerland
19 Feb 2009 5:40PM
Your're right. It is about the gear. But the gear should always be subservient to the image and the image to the idea.

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