What do you want from a camera?

Sorry for the absence. Day job drinking my blood!

Nikon has recently started a teaser campaign for they new release, rumored as a vintage full-frame camera, or as some websites are calling the “Digital Nikon FM2“.

Nikon FM2 - The vintage camera coming back? (photo: wikipedia)

Nikon FM2 – The vintage camera coming back? (photo: wikipedia)

Together with this discussion, a panel discussion about what do we expect from cameras 10 years from now was held at the PhotoPlus East Expo, last week.

That triggered some discussion with friends on what do we want from cameras today.

Some old timers really enjoyed the idea of a digital FM2, bringing back their love for this camera. Then the question went on ergonomics. I prefer todays ergonomics, where you can hold the camera for a while, and you do, and it feels comfortable. I don’t remember feeling that comfortable holding a F501 in the 80’s and 90’s!

Than, this perception changes from person to person. I have big hands, so a 60D feels good in my hand, so does a 5D. A 550D, for example feels small and weird, so does a D3100. And this is very important, because we shoot way more than before! I would shoot 30 shots tops in a day with a film camera. Today 300 shots is a very normal day walking with the camera. So, it stays longer in my hands!!

Add to it all the knobs and dials and the amazing ability of setting up all parameters, with one hand and seeing it change in the view finder. Do we really want to go back to a awkward fitting camera with no resources?? Well, some people do!

Another friend was on the hunt for a new camera. He had a Canon G5 (I guess …) and it was old and starting to fail. The big decision was what to buy. He rented a D5100, liked it, but ended up getting the new G16. Why? Because, in his words, it fits in his pockets! So is easy to carry!!

For me a G16 is not nearly as good of a camera as a 60D. But he’s got a point! He can carry it anywhere. Is in the pocket, whenever he needs it the camera is there, while I have to “go out shooting”. Is the same train of thought of street photographers, who want to go unnoticed.

I still prefer a new dSLR with the right lens, but there are alternatives.

Expectations are different for cameras, as are expectations for cars, or houses, or food. OK, everybody knows that, but I thought it was worth “expressing” it 😉 .


About Cris Da Rocha

Astrophysicist, DB manager, cyclist, musician and, why not, "photographer to be". Back to enjoy photography after many years ... it's cool. Might share something nice and get something new.
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