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Old February 13th, 2011, 08:52 AM   #16
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I believe the true professional assesses and selects their equipment based on the features and capabilities of the equipment as it bears on their ability to produce their best work. But beneath the truly competent professionals comes the vast strata of the great unwashed camp followers whose foremost motivation is to be seen as 'in' and 'with it'. This herd will follow the lead of the latest perceived 'video gods' aka 'rock stars' and base their equipment selection on their choices. One of the best ways to spot these camp followers is to notice the vacant look in their eyes when equipment is discussed. The words they utter are just a string of quotations they have heard their favorite video gods say. You could present the best camera ever conceived to one of these and they would reject it if it didn't look like a DSLR because they desperately believe that if their camera doesn't look right, they will be condemned and rejected by their idols.

Competition has come to life again among the camera manufacturers. We will see a number of new cameras with compelling features emerge that will once again look like they are VIDEO cameras. One of the early runners is the Panasonic AF100. It got a lot of things right and a few things wrong. But what was the only comment the mindless herd had to say about it? - "It looks funny". It's time to evaluate the coming crop of cameras based on what they do, not how they look. Remember, DSLR cameras were designed to do a really great job of taking photos. Oh, by the way, some them can also shoot video.

Some of the early adopters of DSLR cameras used them because of the creative things they could do with them that were difficult and costly to do with standard video cameras. Some of their work was amazing. These true professionals are known by the work they do, not the cameras they pose with. Since they don't need any props to be respected, they won't be constrained by how a cameras is 'supposed to look'. One of the video gods who does terrific work has adopted a Panasonic AF-100 as his primary camera. As we see more of this, the 'social acceptability' of DSLR cameras may start to wane as more and more video gods make it acceptable to make other choices.

Last edited by Jim Snow; February 13th, 2011 at 09:30 AM. Reason: Model number correction
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