Quality issues

Started Jan 13, 2005 | Discussions thread
RogM Senior Member • Posts: 2,289
I see this all quite differently..

Having been involved in photography for well over 40 years, my perspective on this is quite different. In the 50's and 60's we had box and folding cameras that rendered relatively fine images, but as manufacturers sought to cheapen the cameras and lessen the film costs, negative sizes shrunk from postcard-sized to postage-stamp size and even to sizes considerably smaller, with quality suffering all the way. Quality to me at least seemed to be something the American consumer had completely forgotten--only a memory recalled when thumbing through old dusty family photo albums.

With the advent of digital we have seen a complete reversal of this trend, with higher resolution sensors pushing quality standards higher with each generation of cameras. In fact, public expectations for image quality seem to me higher than they have ever been.

Dirk Rieke-Zapp wrote:

I am wondering for a long time why consumers are still happy with
the decline in image quality especially in digital cameras. 30
years ago the majority of people switched from rangefinder to SLR
cameras. We gained more flexibility for the price of large
distortion due to retrofocus wide angle lenses and ended up with
bigger more expensive cameras. APS format died before it really
started and now the mid range Digital SLR cameras are pushing
through a APS format sensor as STANDARD- my DCS 1 had a sensor that
size long long ago, no improvement here in 10 years. Even worse we
are putting super retrofocus constructions infront of a camera that
has a APS size chip, but use the mirror and light path of a 35mm
camera - THIS IS STUPID. The earth starts curving in your images
for no better reason but inferior optics or huge lens distorion.
Olympus is right now the only camera system besides Kodak that
sells full frame cameras only. The review about the E300 is wrong
to state a 2x conversion factor, this camera gives 1:1 wide angle -
still parallel light rays mean a retrofocus construction, but at
least Olympus is honest. It apperas impossible for many people to
think in any other standrad then 35mm, because they own 35mm
equipment. The same group of people makes up the majority of
camera buyers and since most of them own 35mm gear already it makes
sense to keep the mount, but hey there is more than 35mm format...
Anyone rememebr the old Olympus Pen series, these guys like small

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