Specs or performance, which is most important?

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Gary from Seattle Veteran Member • Posts: 4,123
Re: If you want to use an automobile analogy use F-1

cba_melbourne wrote:

Gary from Seattle wrote:

cba_melbourne wrote:

Gary from Seattle wrote:

cba_melbourne wrote:

What is the difference?

Specs are the guaranteed minimum performance.

Any performance above the specs is of course nice to have, but you are not entitled to.

If the spec of a car say it does 200km/hour on a flat highway, and your neighbor's same car does 220kmh and yours only 201kmh, you have no claim.

It is the driver that enables top performance but the performance capability has to be there for the driver to win in F-1.

Well, that is what we call talent. Talent is a natural aptitude or skill.

The most talented driver cannot win F-1 without a top performance car. An untalented driver cannot win in F-1, even with the best performing car and team at his service.

Now, that is very different in photography. A talented photographer can win with a completely obsolete camera.

But it was you that attempted to use an automobile analogy....

Which I still think works perfectly fine for specs vs performance.

But not if you introduce Talent. That is a completely different, and much more complicated thing. Especially in photography, where an element of art is almost always involved.

Well of course, but talent is also tied in to the ability to get the most out of performance as in birding (see Petr's post), or for Mozart who probably wouldn't have amounted to much without a high performance musical instrument.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born in 1756, was a great composer of music. You will recognize many of his tunes, even if not interested in classical music. He composed from the age of 5 years, and died aged 35. He had "talent" for music.


1) the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power

2) the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance

If the spec say it has an ashtray and yours doesn't, you have a claim.

Trivial things like frame rate you can easily check. But the really important things are not even listed in a camera spec sheets. Like DR or noise or shutter accuracy etc..

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