Huge Camera Fatigue

Is the guy with the huge SLR camera now a cliche? Five years ago I’d see him in the wild and think, “Oh cool, a real photographer. I wonder how many of his pictures have been published in National Geographic.” Now I think, “Look, another wannabe photographer.”

They used to get automatic respect. Now they get none. That’s what happens little niches become mainstream.

A true photographer is happy to use this…

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While the amateur “needs” this…

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jkc
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while it never hurts to have a nice lens, i know what you mean.

like it’s always the dudes on the basketball court with the top-of-the-line gear who are the worst players.

Big D
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Roosh, don’t be stupid. Anyone who understands a little about photography (and has more than $20 in their pocket) wouldn’t touch that disposable POS.

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As a DSLR user, I’d much rather use the DSLR because it’s a powerful tool that can be combined with high quality accessories to deliver good photos. Regardless, it still doesn’t cover up bad photography.

In contrast, even if you had a well composed photo, given that your camera has no options in regards to properly setting exposure, you can still churn out shitty photos. Hell, if you like film, go buy a manual SLR and buy some “decent” print film and shoot.

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“A true photographer is happy to use this…”

What is your basis for judging what a “true photographer” would be “happy” to use?

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I have a regular $250 digital camera that works well in the day, but it’s virtually useless at night and I have missed out on some of the most beautiful scenery shots (can’t get a vivid shot of the moon for example)! Also, my camera doesn’t take good long distance or action shots, so it’s not so good in moments where an awesome picture opportunity presents it itself suddenly. Why do I need these shots? My favorite thing is to blow up my own pictures, frame and hang them on my walls (my own personal art). Also, I give them as presents if they come out well. It’s just a fun, meaningless hobby.

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I forgot to say, I took a really good picture with a disposable camera once, and was not grainy at all when I blew it up. The only problem is that it’s hard to get a good shot in less than ideal conditions.

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You should borrow my DSLR for one day and then tell me if there’s any difference between it and a disposable.

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yeah… that’s off the mark.

sometimes a pocket camera like an ELPH is fantastic. they are compact and versatile.

other times, functions like manual control, and interchangeable lenses are required. for recreational photography or professionals…

in fact, the “amateur” canon depicted is their high end digital slr that costs around $5k (maybe more) and many of the people using them are photographers (as an extra digital camera sometimes) and cinematographers…

the canon 5d is a coveted camera for professionals.

the other one is some obsolete disposable that might’ve been popular at slumber parties in the 80s

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Ummm.. yeah. I’ve pretty sure I’ve never seen a true photographer using a $8 disposable before. Anyone who can’t tell the difference isn’t even a fake photographer. You’d probably be just as happy sticking with your cell phone.

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I hear what you are saying and obviously you are being somewhat sarcastic. The DSLR is definitely useful, but there are a lot of posers out there.

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My DSL has taught me photography concepts.
My purchase was way over my skill level, and I have progressed hugely by it.

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That’s totally true – you don’t need a five thousand dollar SLR to take good piks (with the exception being low light or sports photography).

I use the camera on my phone most of the time, my SLR is a pain to carry around

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Your pen and paper allow you a full range of control over your writing. A disposable camera gives you no control over your image other than where the camera is pointing. DSLRs give you control, something all true artists demand over their medium.

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I would guess most people using a DSLR aren’t trying to impress you. They’re trying to take pictures of their life so they have memories. Sometimes it isn’t about “art”. I have both a regular SLR, and a digital SLR, and while I appreciate the romantic “art” aspect of film, my DSLR takes pretty kicking pictures.

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True Artist right here, everyone else can suck it

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The key to a good picture is good subject matter.

IE Super fly girls in various stages of undress.

That is how I see it anyway.

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my earlier post nothwithstanding… i’ve seen amazing photos taken by good photographers with a simple cell phone camera.
the high DSLRs are just another tool in their arsenal.

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Hey, hey, hey, I am one of those people with a huuuge DSLR camera, and I am VERY proud of that razz

No, but I know what you mean. I have thought the same thing already. Bulky ‘professional’ cameras have now become commonplace, and many self-proclaimed photographers will judge you more on the equipment you use than on the actual photographs you make.

Some of my favorite pictures from the many, many I have taken were shot with my old point and shoot camera. But the thing is that a DSLR, when you really know how to use it and don’t have it just for show, really offers you more creative control over your pictures since it allows you to control things such as exposure, white balance, etc., etc., etc.

I don’t know, I still think real photographers continue getting automatic respect. You can easily differentiate the authentic ones from the fake ones; their attitudes are usually much less pretentious.

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This post must be a DC thing. I dont see big DSLR cameras OR disposables very often and I dont think twice about either one. Roosh sounds like the hater in this post. I suppose this is the 12th kind of Roosh hate: Roosh’s own.

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The sentiment’s right in some areas, but not here. A good example would be weightlifting, where people like to use all kinds of exercises to target specific muscles, and avoid the simplest and most important ones, like squats.

I hate how people have to be such a specialist about things, like the dude who buys biking gear with ads on it, to look like a Tour de France racer.

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I love the DSLR hobbyists who have so much equipment that they “need” a dedicated backpack to carry it all. It’s even better when you spot whole gangs of these geeks around town, all taking photos of the same statues and sleeping homeless people.

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I don’t understand the point being made in this post. More people are carrying DSLRs because #1 they are now affordable, and 2# because they take the best pictures. What makes you think they are trying to impress anyone?

Would anyone prefer to carry a Sony Walkman CD player over a 160gig Ipod?

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Must suck not having money for what you want huh Roosh?

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You can write just as well with a pen and paper as with a keyboard — but a disposable camera doesn’t produce the same results as a professional one. This post is absurd.

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Great post. My friend just broke up with his girl last week, and what’s the first thing he does? He goes out and buys a 1,400 SLR. He doesn’t even know how to use the thing and takes it everywhere with him. If anyone asks, I’m going to tell them he’s a Chinese tourist.

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Anonagon

It’s pretty hard to get cycling gear without advertising nowadays, at least in my area. It always seems to have something.

Roosh

Hear ya man. Just went to Spain for a few months and so many tourists are lugging big-arsed SLRs around. I don’t take photos for art-work I just do it to capture memories and my cybershot (won in a competition) did the job easily.

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i have to agree the disposable allows you to be spontaneous with a girl. you could just happen to see it in the store and buy it for “who knows what”

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I’ve taken great shots with my phone, compact p&s, toy cameras, medium format cameras, 35mm slrs and digital slrs. As far as tools go, I’d never give up on the DSLR. Adjustments that require multiple menus on the p&s can be made instantly with a flick of the thumb on my 6 year old DSLR, not to mention the difference a real lens makes.

I have no problem carrying it around. Then again, I’m in the 5% who use it to make money.

I do agree that way too many suburban parents have been choosing the DSLR since Best Buy began to carry them. But they are easy to spot, and their photos are even more obvious.

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Calling me “not a real photographer” is simply accurate. I do it as a hobby and I’m not very good at it, I know that as well as anyone. Maybe I never will be, but you have to try to get there.

Sorry the sight of the dude with the SLR is annoying but there’s a reason, of course: you can take pretty pictures with them!

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alright, you’re absolutely right. and i commend you for being the master of your domain or craft and making the most of everything. what would charlie chaplan do with the film cameras of today!?

but it’s like an electric guitar. you take the best you can get to produce the best. i’m an amateur photographer and i can’t imagine going without digital.

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A “true” photographer using a P&S is like a “true” writer using feather and ink. Too cumbersome.