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Offline Rick Law

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Re: New phone, new camer... holy crap.
« Reply #25 on: May 20, 2016, 07:09:34 am »
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There is a reason why very high quality lenses cost thousands of dollars (Canon have been known to push the boundaries of 'glass' with some mammoth lenses; One such lens is their 5200mm which weighs about 100KG and costs USD$50k).
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(Back in the analogy photo days) I've done a few years of amateur photography, and then a few years of professional photography with a year or so being a full time photographer.

I can't agree with you more.  External factors such as lighting aside, nothing controls the quality of the photograph more than the lens.

(So even while we moved on from analog...)  Looking at the size of the cell phone camera lens, I just have a hard time taking them seriously.  I sold most of my equipment from my photographer days.  I kept only my cheapest camera set.  The portrait lens (for head-shots) for that setup is an 85mm F1.8 lens.  That lens has 15 elements if I recalled right.  It alone weights over a pound and the front glass diameter is 47-48mm!  Looking at the phone with a 1mm-3mm lens diameter, I just have a hard time thinking of it as anything but a toy.

But, cell phone cameras are not exactly designed to make a model's portfolio photos.  Most of the photos it took wont even be printed, let alone be blown up to cover half the side of a bus.  With so most of the ads being on a web page these days, I suspect the quality requirements is rather different these days.  Expectations are probably also drastically different these days.  So, this is just an old dinosaur talking...
 

Offline rs20

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Re: New phone, new camer... holy crap.
« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2016, 07:19:52 am »
But, cell phone cameras are not exactly designed to make a model's portfolio photos.  Most of the photos it took wont even be printed, let alone be blown up to cover half the side of a bus.  With so most of the ads being on a web page these days, I suspect the quality requirements is rather different these days.  Expectations are probably also drastically different these days.  So, this is just an old dinosaur talking...

When you consider that most cellphone photos just end up scaled to 1MP for temporary consumption on things like Facebook, the cellphone camera is perfectly suited to this particular task. But what amazes me is that people have stopped taking proper photos as a consequence.

To think that the typical child born today will have, in 10 years, vastly inferior quality photos available to see of themselves than a typical 10 year-old today -- that's hardly a crucially important thing, but I think it's telling of how short-sighted people can be.
 

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Re: New phone, new camer... holy crap.
« Reply #27 on: May 20, 2016, 07:28:54 am »
But, cell phone cameras are not exactly designed to make a model's portfolio photos.  Most of the photos it took wont even be printed, let alone be blown up to cover half the side of a bus.  With so most of the ads being on a web page these days, I suspect the quality requirements is rather different these days.  Expectations are probably also drastically different these days.  So, this is just an old dinosaur talking...

When you consider that most cellphone photos just end up scaled to 1MP for temporary consumption on things like Facebook, the cellphone camera is perfectly suited to this particular task. But what amazes me is that people have stopped taking proper photos as a consequence.

To think that the typical child born today will have, in 10 years, vastly inferior quality photos available to see of themselves than a typical 10 year-old today -- that's hardly a crucially important thing, but I think it's telling of how short-sighted people can be.

Reminds me of this.



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