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Monday, August 8, 2016

Looking at images instead of specifications.

Yesterday while at a car show, I was speaking to an old friend who had asked my advice on what camera to buy. We were talking about a specific Nikon camera that has yet to hit the market but has been announced. A gentleman in his early 20s interrupted our conversation with the vehement and uninformed statement of:

"I hope they come out with a camera better than the D810."

So, I asked him what was wrong with the D810 and he responded that there was nothing wrong with it at all.

"So, why do you think they should come out with a better one?", I asked.

He went into the same thing that every uninformed amateur (Yes, there are informed amateurs as well) goes into which is more megapixels and "better" low light sensitivity. I explained to him that my D800 has almost equal low light capabilities as my D3, and went into a short explanation of pixel size/density and how it directly affects high ISO/Low light sensitivity on DSLRs.

The more I explained this to him, the more I could see that he really had no comprehension of the more technical side of digital photography so I finished it up with this:

"Start looking at images more and specifications less."

I could tell that his capacity for understanding had been overloaded for the day.

Back when I was in the home A/V business there was the one type of customer we all universally disliked. The one who didn't bring in music to listen to in order to get an idea of how a system or component should sound but had buyer's guides and more importantly piles of specifications for each component. Apparently Total Harmonic Distortion for amplifiers was a huge one. I had a guy leave the store I worked at once because the amp he originally wanted showed .01x% Total Harmonic Distortion and another, competing amplifier spec read out at .001%.

Yeah. Nothing new about that level of idiocy. Back in the day we called people like that "Audiophile tweaks" (Well before crystal meth) and in photography we call them "Pixel Peepers".

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