I think Thom was right, again...

Started Mar 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
Teila Day
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In reply to Just a Photographer, Mar 27, 2013

Just a Photographer wrote:

antoineb wrote:

I beg to differ:  this "Thom" was apparently not aware he was comparing an immature technology, Digital, with a very mature one, Film.

Fully agree!

Because Digital is (or at least was) still relatively immature, new cameras have tended to bring REAL benefits.

And will continue to bring benefits for years to come.  We're not close to diminished returns with digital tech.

Indeed

But personally I think this is going away quickly:  my D7000 from 2010is still serving me well, has quite good IQ, and 16mp of resolution is plenty.  And the D7100 brings nothing more, and retains horribly slow CDAF and no AF in video.  So I likely won't upgrade this year, and likely not next year and so on.

Very right as technology progresses and camera's have (nearly) all the features you want, there is not much need to upgrade your camera anymore.

The key word in that sentence is "YOU".  Others might want more, and I'm sure technology will progress and be able to give those people what they want to make photography even easier.

There might be a time when you don't have to know anything about shutter speed/iso/aperture relationships; instead the photographer will not have to concern him/herself with iso, because we might eventually deal with a clean iso past 50,000, so letting the camera fully control it at that point isn't much of an issue.

What about DOF?  We might have cameras that allow the photographer to just vary the depth using a jog wheel after tapping the "DOF" button, and the "depth" changes in real time as you rotate the wheel back and forth.  You find the depth that you want and depress the shutter.  That's the future.

In your case the D700 was launched in 2008.  YOU bought one only in 2010, and you decided to upgrade in 2013 which makes 5 years from the launch date.

Yup instead of upgrading every 3 years, you'll now start to see the shift towards only upgrading to a new camera after 5-7 years. In 5-7 years time from now I think the want to upgrade will become even longer as the camera you'll buy by then can already do so many things that there is just no real need anymore. Camera's are now becoming mature products.
What we have witnessed over the last few years was the baby-boom of digital camera technology.

This "Thom" should have thought about that.

I think he didn't ever thought about it.

Printers will be super cheap.  We might be able to take a photo, scroll through a list of contacts (like on a smart phone) and tap where you want the photo to go, and the photo is sent to that person's printer (Aunt Kate, or XYZ Corp) and the printer either spits it out or holds it until the owner ok's the print... or sent directly to cell phones or tablets.

The possibilities are endless and a lot of "middle men" will be taken out of the equation as technology marches on.  I don't think the camera is even close to it's end of the road as far as new benefits are concerned.  I can think of 100 ideas off the top of my head

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