FAQ for photographersI visit a number of photographer's forums and there are some questions that appear much more frequent than others. Will there be a camera that replaces model XYZ? Will that replacement be worth the wait? Is my lens really sharp? Most of those questions do not have a sensible answer - at least not in a chat-forum on the Internet. So below I've collected some of the non-sense answers I'd like to give to these questions:
- Yes, at one point there will be a new camera announced that will replace the one you are thinking about buying.
- Yes, the price of the camera you are thinking about buying will decrease slowly until it is replaced by a new and better model at a higher price point. You will always get a better deal by waiting, which is why you never should buy a new camera if you want the best possible deal.
- Yes, you should replace the camera you currently own with the new model. It is a well known fact that a camera stops producing good results as soon as its replacement model is announced.
- Yes, the quality and creativity of your photography will improve a great deal if you replace some equipment you already own with some other equipment.
- To check if a lens is sharp, run your finger along its edge. If your finger bleeds, then the lens is really sharp.
- If your prints are too soft, try printing them on cardboard.
- Yes, you should only buy Canon lenses for best results on your Canon DSLR. If you want good result with Tamron lenses, you must use a Tamron DSLR.
- To check your DSLR for noise, take a picture at high ISO. Then download it to your MP3-player and listen carefully.
- To get a 8x10" view camera turned on, you must talk dirty to it.
- The “circle of confusion” is a group of photographers, sitting around a table discussing depth of field.
Any more questions requiring answers?