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Complete our survey for the chance to win an iPad 2

By dpreview staff on Nov 21, 2011 at 20:13 GMT

US photographic trade body PMA and dpreview.com are conducting a survey looking for the views of dedicated amateur photographers. The ten minute survey asks about your photographic use, the features you'd like to see in cameras and your use and experience of photo sharing sites and printing services (as well as helping us make dpreview a better place). It aims to get a clearer understanding of what committed non-professional photographers want from their cameras and related services and may even result in those things getting a bit better. Responses will be discussed at the forthcoming 6Sight conference. As a reward one lucky respondent will be sent a shiny new Apple iPad 2.

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Mau D7000
By Mau D7000 (Nov 22, 2011)

:) nice

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B64
By B64 (Nov 22, 2011)

Survey done. Sometimes wished I could enter more selections - e.g. I use more than one image manipulating program (GIMP, PS Elements, Lightroom) but could select only one.

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Nov 22, 2011)

That's te only point I got irritated at, as I too use a handful of the ones mentioned, and a few others, like Topaz, Zerene, and Neat!

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Chris Epler
By Chris Epler (Nov 22, 2011)

Yeah but that's why that question said 'MOST'...

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SilverFilm
By SilverFilm (Nov 22, 2011)

Wow, so many complainers.

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Gale Bizet
By Gale Bizet (Nov 25, 2011)

You have that right..
But they sure want to win.
I think they missed the meaning of the survey to begin with.

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kiwizznz
By kiwizznz (Nov 22, 2011)

Survey done and done. Didn't quite take 15 minutes.

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Antony John
By Antony John (Nov 22, 2011)

Survey takes about 10 minutes as advertised but this depends on how many 'Yes's' one answers to the 'do you ..' questions. If you answer 'yes' frequently then you will get more sub-tables to complete and then the survey will obvioulsy take longer.
Also, if it takes you 5 minutes to decide whether or not you use a DSLR for example, then it can take longer ;-)
Over all, it seems a comprehensive survey but it could have been shorter by using single answer multiple choice questions such as:
What is more important to you in your DSLR:
1. Low Noise
2. Pixel count
3. Video
4. Viewfinder
5. Gimmicks
etc.
What is your favourite Photo Edditing software:
1. PS
2. LR
3. NX
Why is this your favourite?
1. Final image quality
2. Batch processing
3. Ease of use.
More to the point but it depends on what DP were trying to learn from this survey in the first instance.
As some have indicated, it would be nice if DP were to publish the results.

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Lmorodrigues
By Lmorodrigues (Nov 22, 2011)

Done! ...it took me about 20 minutes to do it.

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ELLIOT P STERN
By ELLIOT P STERN (Nov 22, 2011)

here is a summary.

Gave up Dslr because of size and weight
Use Olympus and Ricoh mirrorless cameras. All of their lenses and Voigtlander with the Ricoh GXR M module.
Spend too much money on gear
Will spend more money on gear
Not brand loyal at all but I do like what Olympus and Ricoh have done with their cameras and lenses.

That's all I can giva ya.

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keepreal
By keepreal (Nov 22, 2011)

I am beginning to get a little old and lacking in energy, so the weight of my D300 and three zoom lenses is a bit much to carry around. But I would not forego an eye-level viewfinder or my Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG which I now use 99% of the time. The nearest Olympus and Panasonic equivalent lenses on the Micro Four Thirds System have too much distortion for my liking and I think a screen instead of a viewfinder is useless. You try holding such a camera really steady with your arms outstretched! And what about the glare of the ambient light on the screen - composing accurately can be difficult and getting it right can be very much a hit and miss affair.

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Nov 22, 2011)

Like many here I have been walking down two roads, during different times in my life, the too much gear road (too heavy, to bulky, too cumbersome), and the too little gear road (pockatable, but not as capable, not enough manual controls, not enough high ISO settings), so now I'm walking both at once, having a fairly nice DSLR/SLR/CSC kit, and a few really nice compacts, but I tend ot prefer those with manual controls, and high ISO, which non really does just now.

So I try to mix carrying a DSLR, or NEX, together with a compact, that will cater for the rest (if I have a wide prime on the DSLR, I bring a long zoom compact, and vice versa). Works quite well for me ;-)!

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ELLIOT P STERN
By ELLIOT P STERN (Nov 22, 2011)

I am sorry, I filled out a bunch of this survey but it just would not end. When my company send out a survey it has eight very pointed questions. You are asking way too much.

If you require that much data something is very wrong.

Elliot Stern

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Xentinus
By Xentinus (Nov 22, 2011)

lol actually its not a survey but two surveys :D

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NZ Scott
By NZ Scott (Nov 21, 2011)

If this is a US photographic body, does that mean they will only give the ipad to an American? No pointin me doing the survey, otherwise.

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Nov 21, 2011)

if you visited the survey you'd see that the prize is available to anyone, anywhere in the world.

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NZ Scott
By NZ Scott (Nov 22, 2011)

Thanks.

Did the survey. Waiting expectantly for my iPad.

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olyflyer
By olyflyer (Nov 23, 2011)

@Simon: That's why I bothered to fill in. ;)

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stevenstreet483
By stevenstreet483 (Nov 21, 2011)

I want a camera with huge dynamic range! Until then, I will continue to shoot film.

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spoorthy
By spoorthy (Nov 22, 2011)

I would love a camera with huge d-range too, but i still shoot digital because film is much too expensive i use more of a trial-and-error type photogrpahy

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keepreal
By keepreal (Nov 22, 2011)

I had kept to film for that reason but gave up nearly three years ago because the quality for lab processing of film has deteriorated, at least those professional labs I had been using and a few others I then tried.

Yes, on paper, you would expect a greater dynamic range on film especially if you use low contrast and low saturation film like Fuji Astia. However, if you shoot RAW with a quality camera (I mostly use a Nikon D300) and use a HDR program like Oloneo PhotoEngine and then Photoshop, even on single frames as opposed to bracketed shots, you can do far better with digital. Mind you, for action photography as opposed to street scenes and landscapes, that might be rather difficult.

If you are interested, I have four HDR or near HDR shots at http://www.flickr.com/photos/contrajur/5822169746/in/set-72157627418118502/ which I took recently using a single frame for each, except for the picture at the entrance to Zion National Park. Keep clicking on the shots and they display bigger.

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88SAL
By 88SAL (Nov 23, 2011)

Something about film is just more satisfying too.

We think and plan less with digital.

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exp1orer
By exp1orer (Nov 21, 2011)

what i want is a fully articulated COMPACT but powerful flashgun...as an enthusiast, i don't want to carry a camera (Pentax K5) with a gigantic flashgun on top of it...it scares other people you know :)

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spoorthy
By spoorthy (Nov 22, 2011)

I love my k-5 i find that i never need a flash. Combine the k-5 with a limited lens and you hav a very discreet pakage

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Bill Randall
By Bill Randall (Nov 21, 2011)

With the average population, me included, getting older a lighter DSLR camera would be nice. Exclude video. An external lightweight but powerful flash. Last, I would like to see an inteface between computer and printer that reflects the actual image taken and existing on the camera card. It should be possible to view and print on various computers and printers and be assured of the same image.

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Nov 22, 2011)

The NEX-5N is very close to that, but the viewfinder is a must, and unobtainable, since the Thai flooding, sigh!

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Mister Mike
By Mister Mike (Nov 21, 2011)

While more megapixels and higher ISOs are nice, improving noise, color, contrast, etc at all ISO settings, especially the upper ones, are most important to me.
mistermike@mistermike.net

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Earthlight
By Earthlight (Nov 21, 2011)

Darn I want that iPad... For my wife, she keeps trying to get mine! :)

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LoganVii
By LoganVii (Nov 21, 2011)

Well, I wouldn't buy an iPad yet, but if it's free...

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accupix
By accupix (Nov 21, 2011)

How about sharing the results with us since we provided the input at no charge? Or will 6Sight and PMA cuddle the results to only paying members and/or confrence attendees?

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Tom Arto
By Tom Arto (Dec 2, 2011)

Well, accupix, there's 'no charge' for using this site!

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aardvark7
By aardvark7 (Nov 21, 2011)

Do my views not count anymore as I've been a full time pro for the last few years?

I was an amateur before and when I'm taking shots of my family and holidays I'm pretty sure no-one pays me...

I do think the desciption of the survey runs the risk of rendering it less than useful, although that wouldn't make it unique amongst surveys!

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Nov 21, 2011)

I dislike Apple so much, I don't even want to run the risk of winning one of their products.

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Nov 21, 2011)

Ditto.

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StephenSPhotog
By StephenSPhotog (Nov 21, 2011)

I do dislike Apple too, but the iPad is simply the best tablet out there. No real contest, IMHO.

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jquagga
By jquagga (Nov 21, 2011)

Man, such crankiness on here of late. They could be giving away bricks of solid gold and you'd have people going, "Pff, I only take white gold. Resmelt it and we'll talk." It's an iPad. If you don't like it, people will actually pay you money for it. I already have an iPad so if I were to win this, mine would be a Tokina. However feel free to not enter. More Tokina for me!

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Tim Cooper
By Tim Cooper (Nov 21, 2011)

I suppose it's the best if what you want is a huge phone.

Not that I'd turn one down, but it wouldn't replace my Viliv.

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NetMage
By NetMage (Nov 21, 2011)

You're one of those people who think a bathtub and a swimming pool are the same - or a convertible and a pickup truck, right?

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spoorthy
By spoorthy (Nov 21, 2011)

why wouldnt u want a FREE ipad? i hate apple too, but its free! You can sell it if u dont want it.

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Nov 22, 2011)

I love Apple so much that it is a miracle I don't have iPhone! Don't use the internet when mobile, maybe that's why?!

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (Nov 22, 2011)

Yeah, okay, I did the survey, and in the off chance I win the damned thing, I'll just sell it.

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88SAL
By 88SAL (Nov 23, 2011)

@ jquagga. Bricks of bleached gold, thats a worthy investment... >_>. They will get a shock when a gun metal grey brick gets handed to them as they forget that white gold is NOT the same colour as rhodium, which is what they see in their souless chain jewellers. Paper thin appeal, kinda like makeup.

But now ive had mine, I agree. Id take it and sell it, take advantage of the glossy white wooled sheep.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Nov 23, 2011)

Well well, I'd rather somebody who does want it win it. And if i can give dprreview a tip, I think a lot of us would like to win a Fuji x10.

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Michael_13
By Michael_13 (Nov 21, 2011)

They forgot the most important question:
Q: "Do you need more megapixels?"
A: "No!!!"

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relate22
By relate22 (Nov 21, 2011)

You know for years I also said this until I started cropping some of my NEX-5 photos. It is amazing how much you can crop and still get a great photo and detail.

I am looking forward to the 24mp of the NEX-7. :-)

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rgibbons
By rgibbons (Nov 22, 2011)

In the survey I said Megapixels is important, but not because I want more of them. I want a camera with fewer (and larger better quality pixels). I specifically avoid buying cameras with too many small blury useless space hogging mega pixels.

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Nov 22, 2011)

Agree, but less noise, any day! Welll, noiseless 40MP would be OK, I guess ;-)!

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David Emery
By David Emery (Nov 21, 2011)

When it asks how much time "per week", this doesn't really recognize that at least for me, I take photos in bursts, most often when I'm on vacation. So over a year that might work out to a couple of hours per week, but for the last 2 weeks in India, for example, I spent 6-8 hours/day taking photos.

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Len Schweitzer
By Len Schweitzer (Nov 21, 2011)

Wish there had been a question about what I don't like about DPR. I'd have said I hated, and have from the very beginning, trying to read reams of white type on a black background. It's really offensive, hard to read and causes me to limit the time I stay on DPR. Luckily there's readability when there's a story or article I really want to read.

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tazztone
By tazztone (Nov 21, 2011)

thats actually one of the pros imo. exactly the other way round for me

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odyk
By odyk (Nov 21, 2011)

white on black is the reason I am hooked on DPR...

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jj74e
By jj74e (Nov 21, 2011)

they did do a survey awhile back, and most users reported in the poll that they liked the current look of the site. only a few said they would want it with a black font on white background, and even fewer opted for the third option i forgot.

i rather like how it is now; i hate having a glaring white background to read black text. it's much easier on the eyes, for me.

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rgibbons
By rgibbons (Nov 22, 2011)

I love the white type on black background, much easier to read, and I don't get blinded by the white background.

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Tord S Eriksson
By Tord S Eriksson (Nov 22, 2011)

I prefer this white on black text, but you need a decent display to tenjoy it, like an iMac ;-)!

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Sorb78
By Sorb78 (Nov 22, 2011)

I for one hate it. It literally makes me fall asleep. ZzzZzZzZ...

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tazztone
By tazztone (Nov 21, 2011)

holy.... that took about 30 minutes to complete (not 10 as advertized)

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sony1799
By sony1799 (Nov 21, 2011)

This survey is super long. Just warning ya'll.

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h2k
By h2k (Nov 21, 2011)

You're the second to say so. Thanks, so i will not get the ipod then.

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Sorb78
By Sorb78 (Nov 21, 2011)

My god, the survey went on and on and on and on and on and when I finally reached the end of it I typed in a faulty e-mail address. DOH!

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Nov 21, 2011)

send me a PM with the details and i'll get it changed

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Sorb78
By Sorb78 (Nov 22, 2011)

Done, thanks Simon! :-)

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IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Nov 21, 2011)

Don't bother entering, I've entered already and I win every contest I enter

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Lajos Hajdu
By Lajos Hajdu (Nov 21, 2011)

OK, I see now - it's worldwide.

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Lajos Hajdu
By Lajos Hajdu (Nov 21, 2011)

Is this for U.S. residents only, for worldwide? Will you ship the prize anywhere?

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Antony John
By Antony John (Nov 22, 2011)

Just on this planet at the moment.
Extended to Mars on the next survey ;-)
Mind you, I'm also wondering if the Sahara or Antartica are available from their couriers.

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Ed_arizona
By Ed_arizona (Nov 22, 2011)

I won already , slipped the tester $20

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Shomari
By Shomari (Nov 22, 2011)

DP is a good site with a great staff. I took the survey as a small favor to them for doing a great job and proving this level of service for free these many years.
My Reason.

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