Quality issues

Started Jan 13, 2005 | Discussions thread
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Dirk Rieke-Zapp
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Quality issues
Jan 13, 2005

I am wondering for a long time why consumers are still happy with the decline in image quality especially in digital cameras. 30 years ago the majority of people switched from rangefinder to SLR cameras. We gained more flexibility for the price of large distortion due to retrofocus wide angle lenses and ended up with bigger more expensive cameras. APS format died before it really started and now the mid range Digital SLR cameras are pushing through a APS format sensor as STANDARD- my DCS 1 had a sensor that size long long ago, no improvement here in 10 years. Even worse we are putting super retrofocus constructions infront of a camera that has a APS size chip, but use the mirror and light path of a 35mm camera - THIS IS STUPID. The earth starts curving in your images for no better reason but inferior optics or huge lens distorion. Olympus is right now the only camera system besides Kodak that sells full frame cameras only. The review about the E300 is wrong to state a 2x conversion factor, this camera gives 1:1 wide angle - still parallel light rays mean a retrofocus construction, but at least Olympus is honest. It apperas impossible for many people to think in any other standrad then 35mm, because they own 35mm equipment. The same group of people makes up the majority of camera buyers and since most of them own 35mm gear already it makes sense to keep the mount, but hey there is more than 35mm format...
Anyone rememebr the old Olympus Pen series, these guys like small formats.

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