What's the big deal with the retro thing?

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John Rausch
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Steam powered next? Wind-up maybe? I don't get it. Seriously, I'm not trolling, I want to know the appeal.

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People like to live in the past.
It does look better than a dslr.
Its smaller.
And it looks cool for some people.

To me, its all these above hahahaha

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Les Lammers
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Seriously, what is a camera supposed to look like?

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seukel Regular Member • Posts: 496
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It has the function ... Know what I mean?
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Al Valentino Senior Member • Posts: 4,667
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Some people like and prefer it. It is as simple as that. I am one of those people as are many on this forum, at least until the model T came along.

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57even Senior Member • Posts: 9,470
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John Rausch wrote:

Steam powered next? Wind-up maybe? I don't get it. Seriously, I'm not trolling, I want to know the appeal.

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People like me find it much easier to use - especially on a tripod. I guess we just grew up with knobs and dials.

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Les Lammers
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The less buried in a menu the better IMHO. Taking a photo should be simple.

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LaFonte Senior Member • Posts: 2,744
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John Rausch wrote:

Steam powered next? Wind-up maybe? I don't get it. Seriously, I'm not trolling, I want to know the appeal.

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Since most of the people with disposable money are, ehm, older, this is solely aimed to invoke warm and fuzzy memories in that generation. Who ever is buying gets the nod. Wait 30 years and the retro cameras will look like iphone. And everyone will say how retro it is.

There are not many buyers left who still remember steam powered cars so I dont think cameras will go that way either.

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Conrad567 Regular Member • Posts: 493
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I come from the days of film.  I just have trouble remembering which unmarked button I set for ISO which dial to turn for my aperture, or shutter speed.  Sometimes I feel like navigating all of the menus is like trying to play a video game and I keep losing.  I just want to look down at the camera and say, "Oh yeah that's right, the shutter speed is here and the ISO is there and the F-stop is right there on the lens where I left it.  It makes shooting on the fly WAAAAYYYYY easier....IMO.

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Savas Kyprianides Veteran Member • Posts: 3,618
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We've watched since its inception as digital cameras were streamlined to the extent that it was like handling a bar of soap with tiny, inset buttons. The retro, to me, is a spring back to a form factor akin to mechanical means that took into consideration the shape of human hands and the benefit of direct manipulation.

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I am in my 40's and have spent about half of my "picture taking" life shooting with Digital and half before that with the film slr's.  It is more than just nostalgia.  For those of us who have experienced both, we long for the simplicity of the analog dials and knobs.  The endless menus of the modern era cameras are just exhausting and take the fun out of shooting.

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57LowRider Senior Member • Posts: 3,766
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Fuji form follows function.

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4054 Regular Member • Posts: 147
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Yes.

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Can anyone tell me how we can have custom settings for the important settings that can be recalled or operate a camera from a PC or APP if it has dials like the X-T1?

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Les Lammers
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No, and *I* don't have a need for it. But I don't see why it could not be done. One type of camera does not work for all and we have choices...a good thing.

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Yeah buddy! That soap was slippery..not for me.

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To me a modern DSLR is bulky and ugly.  Some smaller cameras lack external controls, which i like.  I gave both retro and i guess modern if you call a Ricoh modern.  It is about what feels good in my hands.

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Aethon Regular Member • Posts: 315
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I'll take you at your word that you're not trolling, so I'd answer in two ways:

  1. Dedicated dials instead of unmarked wheels are more intuitive, always available even when the camera is off, and make the camera easier and more fun to use.
  2. Blobby black plastic cameras are boring, soulless appliances. They're efficient, but so is a Ford Taurus. If you like that kind of car, that's fine. I just feel sorry for your loss and for the experiences you are missing.

So yes, as Luminous Landscape just pointed out a couple of days ago, the X-T1 may lose the ability to save a bunch of settings as a custom group. Boo-hoo. Mommy won't wipe my face clean any more.

I think the word retro is leading to you misunderstanding the appeal. It's not just that the cameras look nice and feel good (though those things are true) but it's that dials and aperture rings are actually a great way to control a multitude of settings.

If you don't understand, that's okay. There are lots of black blobs out there to choose from.

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Steam powered next? Wind-up maybe? I don't get it. Seriously, I'm not trolling, I want to know the appeal.

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The Fuji cameras incorporate very modern technology, so I find references to steam power etc. rather miss the point.
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LaFonte wrote:

John Rausch wrote:

Steam powered next? Wind-up maybe? I don't get it. Seriously, I'm not trolling, I want to know the appeal.

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John Rausch

Since most of the people with disposable money are, ehm, older, this is solely aimed to invoke warm and fuzzy memories in that generation. Who ever is buying gets the nod. Wait 30 years and the retro cameras will look like iphone. And everyone will say how retro it is.

There are not many buyers left who still remember steam powered cars so I dont think cameras will go that way either.

I think this is part of it, but retro has always had a bit of appeal to younger folks as well. Classic cars, vintage clothes, watches, guitars... Most things pass into history never to be revitalized. I don't expect to see cassettes or tube TV's come into fashion since they are clearly inferior to what modern technology has given us. On the other hand certain things have lived on for one reason or another. It could be just style, but there's often a functional aspect that modern tech has lost or is unable to replicate. Vinyl records still sound better than any of the common digital formats, fountain pens vary the weight of your lines, and Fuji's retro cameras give the user tactile controls over buttons and menus.

The think about retro is that not everyone is supposed to get it. That's part of what makes it cool. Why drive a classic car over a modern day one? Sure, the newest Mustang may blow a 64' out of the water when it comes to performance, features, reliability, comfort...., but which one will attract more girls?

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