When I look at these pictures, especially the Canon 200-400 lens it makes me realize how hard it must be for companies producing photographic equipment to make a profit. The cost for design alone for a lens comprising close to 30 elements must be difficult to recover. We users of such sophisticated should be lyrically grateful that we are able to enjoy this technology at probably well below its true cost. As a yacht owner I look at the cost of a few crude, by comparison, stainless steel fittings and marvel at how cheap my camera and accessories are.Strangely the cost of having fun on the water seems to be accepted with considerably less grumbling than I read on forum pages here.
ConanFuji: They've been stuck on 16mp for half a decade
There is nothing wrong or onerous about stitching digital images together to make a large print on the very few occasions that a 40mp source image is required. Why make compromises to performance determiners that we need on 95% of our photography to avoid the need for an easy workaround.
deriggs: Catalana, Two Hands, you all have bit taking hook, line and sinker.
Silence is the enemy of the vain and self-absorbed.
I cannot see what the problem here. Photoshopping to structurally and materially alter the content of a photo (eg creating a picture of yourself jamming with the Boss or standing on top of Mt Everest) should not be sanctioned . . . but altering the mood of a photo through skillful editing is surely a far more worthy form of artistry than winding up the knob marked "color saturation" . . which the protestors below seem to think is ok. I just don't get you guys!
I have met many accomplished, and financially successful, artists in my life none of whom felt the need to use the qualifier "pro" to describe what they did for a living. As an earning a photographer I have been frequently humbled, when surveying a genuine work of art, to reflect on the huge gulf of creative skill between that required to produce it . . and mine own. And yet I have never heard an artist attempting to elevate themselves by speaking, in sneering terms, at the tools chosen by their aspiring contemporaries. I am also sure they would not work themselves into a lather over the packaging used by Windsor and Newton. Buying esoteric equipment and giving up your day job does not make a photographer any more worthy than users of P&S cameras. Complaining about the appearance of the tools of the trade only confirms the fact that they are technocrats not artists.Were they alive today I doubt that Ansel Adams or Henri Cartier- Bresson would feel the need to enter this debate.