On putting money into 4:3 gear ...

Started May 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
Stacey_K
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Re: It's no different than film was....
In reply to CharlesB58, May 14, 2013

CharlesB58 wrote:

How often have we seen posts complaining about noise levels, and the offending photos are underexposed? Or complaints about softness in photos where camera motion is evident? Or blown highlights in a shot taken in direct/harsh lighting conditions?

Yes and for people who aren't as experienced, the newer sensors might have covered up their mistakes. They normally allow higher ISO, have less noise and higher DR. They are more forgiving of mistakes. Like I said in my post, I was able to get nice images with slow film, it just was more difficult and less reliable. I care about the end results and have no pride in "Hey I did this with a old _____ camera".

This thread started out talking about how older Olympus models can still produce top notch photos. They can, and do, and will continue to do so. And many of them, in the hands of the right people, produce photos that are overall superior to many we see made by supposedly superior cameras.

Not questioning that, as most of it does boil down to the photographer. What I do question is when people pronounce this from a position that sounds like to me "I am so good, I have no use for those better sensors/cameras!".

An analogy that seems to parallel this was back when I used to do semi-competitive cycling. Many people focused on their bikes rather than their fitness. Yet a person in really great shape on a mediocre bike would crush people who weren't in shape on the highest end bikes. It doesn't mean that the mediocre bike wasn't limiting that person's performance.

Now if the person would be forced to do less training to own a nicer bike, that would be a bad tradeoff. But still, that cyclist would be better using a bike that was not limiting their performance, all things being equal.

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