Oh My!...Rockwell's Review on the 70D Locked

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artlmntl
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Re: Rockwell's Target Audience
In reply to skanter, 10 months ago

skanter wrote:

howardroark wrote:.

I get your point and its a good one, but I'm going to present a counterargument anyway. What about someone who enjoys the technical aspect more than the artistic? What if someone wants to take really crappy shots, thinks they look awesome, and then print them at a huge size while retaining all that awesomely crappy detail? Does one have to be a great artist in order to enjoy photography or expensive equipment? Knowing how to use that expensive equipment is necessary to make the money worth spending, but I don't think a lack of the all powerful "eye" should make people enjoy the process any less (you know, "you really have a great eye" people say about photographers that can compose a shot, nevermind all the technical stuff that goes into expressing that "eye").

People certainly have a right spend large sums of money on equipment and use it however they want. But I find it inappropriate for people with little understanding of the creative aspects of photography to buy expensive, top flight equipment. Some people buy gear and just keep testing it, without taking any real photos. What's the point? Just collecting high-tech toys? One needn't be a "great artist" to start learning about the principles of composition, and what makes a good photograph.

IMO people should "earn" the quality of equipment they use by putting in the time and effort needed to achieve some level of skill and understanding.

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Sam K., NYC

Sam, I agree with you; but whoever has the money to buy the equipment can buy the equipment. What they do with it is their business.

I know someone who has a 60D with 18-135 kit lens. She uses it in full auto to take snapshots. I can't have a discussion about photography with her. She has no interest in that or in changing any settings. I doubt she ever read the manual, but she likes the camera.

I know someone else who buys a lot of really old, cheap 4/3 gear and even older film lenses with adapters. It's not really good stuff, but he uses that to seriously practice photography. He knows there are technical limitations of his equipment, but he won't spend any money on newer bodies or better lenses. I suggest it to him and he laughs. He shoots what he wants to shoot! It's weird. You never know what someone will buy or how they'll use it.

And I don't see this Ken Rockwell as a very credible source.

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