Mirrorless shipments surge....

Started Nov 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 15,663
Re: Roughly 3 types of hobbyist here, I think

MichaelKJ wrote:

Henry Richardson wrote:

CharlesB58 wrote:

What intrigues me is the degree to which some people seem to derive a sense of worth from whether their preferred type of camera is surging or sagging in sales.

I think that there are roughly 3 types of hobbyist (with overlap, of course) on dpreview:

1. Photography is the primary interest.

2. Gear is the primary interest.

3. The big camera corporations as sports teams is the primary interest. The business and sales stats are pored over and there is enthusiasm looking at and discussing which ones are winning, losing, coming from behind, etc.

I imagine that almost all of us have some interest in all 3 with different proportions depending on the person. I guess for me it breaks down something like this:

1. 80%

2. 18%

3. 2%

When a bunch of new camera gear is announced then it temporarily changes to something like this, I guess:

1. 70%

2. 27%

3. 3%

Henry Richardson

Great comment!

However, I think your estimates for category 2 are too low--although most gearheads would never admit that they care more about gear than photography.

Those percentages are for me personally.  Yes, I know that some people are much more interested in gear than photography.  And some are much more interested in the corporations and how they are doing in the championships than in photography or even the gear.

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