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01/22/2010 08:43:08 AM · #1
I've seen comments posted like this before, but I had to share, because it's funny (I think)

I took a pic of a friend's kid and sent it to her. I got this email this morning.

"Hello, One of my friends wants to know what kind of camera you have! She really likes how the pic turned out!"

Sooooooooo here I thought I was improving, but it turns out that all I needed to do was upgrade the camera :P

I think I shall now upgrade to an E-3 so I can get even better comments!

*sigh*
01/22/2010 08:57:24 AM · #2
Tell her you really like her cooking, then ask, "What kind of pans does she have?"
01/22/2010 09:01:55 AM · #3
Typical. I think that almost everyone who's not into photography thinks that it's all about the camera.

Once had someone who asked the same thing. She started buying the same camera, lenses etc. even though I told her that it had less to do with the camera but more with the one who pushes the button and what's done before pushing that button. She claimed I said this because I was jealous.
2 months after she bought the camera, she mailed me saying that "I gave her a very bad advise and that the camera I suggested was crap since her pictures didn't came out as she expected".
01/22/2010 09:02:52 AM · #4
Originally posted by Spazmo99:

Tell her you really like her cooking, then ask, "What kind of pans does she have?"


lol - I need more one-liners like this.
01/22/2010 09:04:24 AM · #5
Originally posted by Nadine_Vb:

She claimed I said this because I was jealous.
2 months after she bought the camera, she mailed me saying that "I gave her a very bad advise and that the camera I suggested was crap since her pictures didn't came out as she expected".


She sounds like a lovely individual lol. Maybe if she was more of a positive person, her pictures would have looked happier :)

I'm glad I didn't get comments like that - not sure how I would have responded.
01/22/2010 09:07:25 AM · #6
I have seen this time and time again from people who don't know much about photography. I usually tell them that the camera is only as capable as the photographer. I work in an electronics department and I sell DSLR's. I explain this to people all the time. Where I work, we sell the two Canon kits (T1 and XSI) and we sell the two Nikon Kits (D5000 and D3000), although I have been in a furious argument with our buyers to get the D90 in. Anyway, The first thing I explain to people is that these cameras are CAPABLE of taking better photographs than point and shoots, but if you put the camera in auto, and point and shoot, that is what you'll get. What's nice is, all the kits we sell come with an instruction DVD about the camera and another on photography in general. I usually recommend that people either take a class, or do your research on the internet. That's how I learned (what little I do know :) ) by surfing the internet. I also include a list of sites for beginners, and I tell the customer if they come in on Monday's or Tuesday's, when we are slow, I will show them how to use the camera. My main point to this whole thing is that you only get out of the camera what you put into it.

Lastly, we are second in our region in DSLR sales and first in fewest returns. I find that most people who are investing the money, are willing to take my advice on how to use the camera. I often use this analogy, if you go and buy Jimi Hendrix's guitar, does that mean you'll be able to play like him??? Cameras are no different, just because you buy the one that a professional uses, doesn't mean you'll get professional shots... Trust me, I have a D200, and my shots are far from professional...LOL
01/22/2010 09:10:58 AM · #7
So many people think like this!
A few of my closest friends even make those comments - "WOW your camera takes such nice pictures!"
They just don't realize it drives us bananas to hear that! haha


01/22/2010 09:12:23 AM · #8
Wear this! :-)

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01/22/2010 09:12:31 AM · #9
I sometimes get this comment as well, I try to take it as the compliment it is intended as. I've done crap shots with a DSLR and some of my best with a compact.
01/22/2010 09:14:23 AM · #10
Originally posted by citymars:

Wear this! :-)

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ha! awesome... I need to get one of these lol. Edit to add... I should link to this on facebook. The friend put the picture there and that is how she got the comment. hmmmm...

Message edited by author 2010-01-22 09:15:28.
01/22/2010 09:35:46 AM · #11
Yeah but you know if you put that button up, people are going to think you are braggin about the camera and think you are stuck up.

it should read,

my camera takes really nice pictures, not me
01/22/2010 09:37:46 AM · #12
Thats what the fine print is for :P
01/22/2010 09:41:54 AM · #13
roflmao that is what I get a slap for not reading the fine print!
01/22/2010 09:41:58 AM · #14
Originally posted by JulietNN:

Yeah but you know if you put that button up, people are going to think you are braggin about the camera and think you are stuck up.

it should read,

my camera takes really nice pictures, not me


I am stuck up. I use an Olympus :D
01/22/2010 09:42:39 AM · #15
Originally posted by colorcarnival:

Originally posted by JulietNN:

Yeah but you know if you put that button up, people are going to think you are braggin about the camera and think you are stuck up.

it should read,

my camera takes really nice pictures, not me


I am stuck up. I use an Olympus :D


You are such a snob!!!!!
01/22/2010 09:55:14 AM · #16
When people make comments like that, you could always say, "I use a really cheap compact." Then show them this Barbie Camera
01/22/2010 10:31:07 AM · #17
I usually tell people that my S3 Fuji allows me to have 1,000 new settings with which to screw up the pictures that would look great if I was using my pocket P&S.
ETA, Honestly, after shooting 40K clicks with the S3's, mostly manual settings, there are still some settings on it that I have never used, and I wouldn't know how to use them if I needed them.

Message edited by author 2010-01-22 10:35:34.
01/22/2010 10:53:20 AM · #18
Originally posted by JulietNN:

You are such a snob!!!!!


Indeed :)
01/22/2010 10:53:53 AM · #19
Originally posted by Marc923:

When people make comments like that, you could always say, "I use a really cheap compact." Then show them this Barbie Camera


Oh man - I wish I had thought of this before I told her what I really use. That would have been funny.
01/22/2010 10:54:50 AM · #20
Got this from another thread, but in case you haven't seen it

//newjersey.craigslist.org/pho/1562443455.html

Seem on target for this discussion.

Message edited by author 2010-01-22 10:54:55.
01/22/2010 11:17:19 AM · #21
Great discussion. It really gets my goat (which really isn't hard to get) when people say stuff like that. On a recent photo shoot, someone looked at an image on my d300 and said: "It's amazing what technology can do now, isn't it?" And this is true. It does make it easy-er but the fact that I had great lighting, a nice composition, the right lens and settings, and had planned ahead a bit certainly were factors as well.

To be a bit of a devil's advocate and to perhaps look from another perspective, there ARE cameras that just don't cut it and the color an usability are plain poor for the average casual user. For people that have experienced this sort of thing, the camera may have lead them to believe it WAS the camera, and in that case it might be true to some degree. So when you hand them a Canon or Nikon point-and-shoot in favorable lighting conditions, the illusion of "it's the camera" is validated.

To further illustrate this point, some cameras simply don't allow users to manually change things in situations that can use it and the "auto" mode never seems to do the right thing. We all know some cameras really ARE better -
I like the cooking / pans analogy, but I'd like to add another:
Golf clubs: There are scratch golfers with old wooden clubs and there are horrible golfers using custom Titleist Drivers and Cleveland wedges but someone is much more likely to hit a 325 yard drive with the new stuff - and given the most premium clubs, most golfers will have better results.

Edit to add: Not sure if it relates, but I really like the iPhone camera. Maybe because I wasn't expecting great results and was pleasantly surprised. I suppose knowing/learning the camera's limitations helps!

Message edited by author 2010-01-22 11:23:31.
01/22/2010 11:28:28 AM · #22
? Oh man, it's gone!

Originally posted by scarbrd:

Got this from another thread, but in case you haven't seen it

//newjersey.craigslist.org/pho/1562443455.html

Seem on target for this discussion.
01/22/2010 12:07:59 PM · #23
Originally posted by Sirashley:

...we sell the two Canon kits (T1 and XSI) and we sell the two Nikon Kits (D5000 and D3000), although I have been in a furious argument with our buyers to get the D90 in.


Funny how the D90 has kept its value while the D3000 and D5000 are selling for what, half its price? Further validates the D90 as my choice of upgrade!

And yeah, I've been told what nice pictures my camera takes. *eyeroll*
01/22/2010 12:11:53 PM · #24
You know, I do love my camera, so when people first started telling me how nice my camera was, I thought it was a compliment. But then I realized that whenever many people saw my work, they'd be like, "Wow, you have such a nice camera!" "What kind of camera is it?" "How much did it cost?" etc.

I really should start making witty responses to them...
01/22/2010 12:17:19 PM · #25
Originally posted by snaffles:


...And yeah, I've been told what nice pictures my camera takes. *eyeroll*


Funny thing, I seem to recall a time when you camera took horrible...err um not so good images. :O) Did you get a new camera since then?

Ray
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