Why do you buy fast lenses/cameras?

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sportyaccordy Forum Pro • Posts: 15,122
Re: Why do you buy fast lenses/cameras?

Fregoli wrote:

Excellent post, yet again.

It seems that some others see smartphones as such an existential threat that they have lost all semblance of objectivity.

The fact is that, as you astutely observe, computational photography is very much in its infancy. To issue bold pronouncements that users of fast glass will have no interest in it is to underestimate its tremendous growth potential in the years ahead.

No, nobody feels threatened. These days, most shooting I do is with my cellphone. Amazingly, when I pick up my A7R2, it still works great! I, like many, like having options.

It's the constant deluge of fallacies and lies from smartphone zealots like you and mammallama. No, computational photography is not in its infancy. It's as old as digital photography. My D40 from 2005 had in body DRO. My 2012 NEX-C3 had multi-shot noise reduction and sweep panorama mode. Etc. None of this is new, but because smartphone zealots are totally clueless they think it is.

Similarly smartphone zealots like to suggest that camera companies stood a chance against the likes of Apple & Google. It is just unbridled insanity and stupidity. You get an inch from the success of smartphones and proliferation of smartphone based computational photography... you take a light year of fallacies and lies. It's annoying

The biggest killer of standalone cameras isn't "computational photography". I just had this dilemma this weekend. I went out with my family for dinner and to see the town a bit.... debated bringing the A7R2, but honestly just didn't want to lug it around. When I'm hanging out with my daughter I don't want to fumble with the camera... much easier and faster to open the camera app on my phone. Etc. And for my general end use with those photos/videos (sharing with family) the crappy IQ of cell phones is more than enough. Smartphones killed cameras with convenience.

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