What is the purpose of the Coolpix A?

Started Apr 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
Grevture Veteran Member • Posts: 4,188
What is the purpose of specialized gear?

The Nikon Coolpix A falls into the same category of cameras as (obviously) Ricoh GR, Fujifilm X100/X100s and Sony RX1. And apparently there are markets for several of these rather specialized cameras.

But in broader terms it also falls into the same category as any specialized photographic gear - gear aimed at a narrow target audience. Like super telephoto lenses, fisheye lenses, tilt/shift lenses, extreme close up gear, unusually sturdy tripods, unusual filters, radio triggers for flashes and cameras etc, etc. Not to mention DSLR camera models aimed at smaller target audiences: Like a Nikon D4, a Canon Eos 1DX, the Nikon D3x and so on. Not to mention medium format gear, or range finder cameras like Leica M series. And apparently there are markets for most of these rather specialized lenses, cameras and accessories.

So, then, what is the purpose of specialized gear?

Basically to enable different photographers to work in own their specialized way, to enable the capture of images that could not, or would at least be very difficult to, capture with more normal gear. This often come at a prize, both in terms of price and in how you have to work with the product (lug around a 400/2.8 for a day and you will know what I mean ).

I would want to pose a different question:

What is the purpose of (many of) these questions about specialized gear?

Any time any kind of specialized gear is presented, there will pop up a number of threads asking about the purpose of this kind of gear. Some might even be critical and question the viability of a particular niche product (or its price). Which of course is fine. When curiosity strikes, ask questions, and you will get information 

What does bug me from time to time is that some of these questions (and not so few of the answers) express a surprising amount of intolerance in regards to how other people choose to shoot the photos or spend their money. Some of these questions (and some answers) seem to be based on a perspective of "since I do not see a need for this gear, nobody else should, and if they do they are just helpless pawns of marketing, not real photographers, or have way to much money". This I do find a bit disturbing.

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