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Editor Oct 13, 2005 89 comments
Many higher megapixel cameras allow you to make prints as large as 13x19 inches with no loss of image quality. How often do you take advantage of the large file size to make large prints? Please check one of the following:
Please comment briefly on whether having the largest megapixel count sensor available is important to you and your printing.
Having that high megapixel count is important to me because I want the ability to make large prints.
66% (154 votes)
While I know my camera can deliver large image file sizes for large prints I rarely make prints that size.
30% (71 votes)
Almost all my prints are 5x7 inches or smaller, so megapixel count is not that important to me.
3% (8 votes)
Total votes: 233
Editor Sep 13, 2005 98 comments
Canon's new digital SLR has a "full frame" sensor that covers just like a frame of 35mm film. Does having a full frame sensor versus an APS-C size sensor affect your digital SLR purchasing decisions?
Please comment briefly on this issue.
Yes, I see the difference and want to use my 35mm lenses without the multiplication factor on my digital SLR.
70% (235 votes)
No, I think the full frame and APS-C sensor makes no difference.
18% (61 votes)
I'm not sure of the benefits of having a full frame sensor versus an APS-C size sensor in my digital SLR.
12% (41 votes)
Total votes: 337
Editor Aug 16, 2005 40 comments
Most photographers agree that for the best quality, and steadiest images, a tripod is a necessary accessory. Aside from studio work with large format, how often do you use a tripod when you shoot?
Briefly comment on your experiences, pro and con, with tripods.
I use a tripod when I can and my results show it.
73% (74 votes)
I consider a tripod a bother, and rarely if ever use one.
12% (12 votes)
I would use a tripod more if I could find the right weight and model to use.
15% (15 votes)
Total votes: 101
Editor Jun 15, 2005 46 comments
Flash photography, both indoors when light is low and outdoors for fill lighting, has gotten more automatic and easier to accomplish than ever before. Yet, most agree that the built-in flash on current cameras does not produce the best results. Do you:
Briefly comment on the best flash techniques and gear for your work.
Yes, it comes in very handy for low light shooting.
21% (23 votes)
No, my zoom handles every situation and lighting condition I encounter.
21% (23 votes)
I carry both.
58% (64 votes)
Total votes: 110
Editor May 18, 2005 65 comments
Although zoom lenses are the most popular sellers today, some photographers still enjoy working with faster, single focal length lenses as well. Do you make a single focal length lens part of your travel kit?
Please comment briefly on when and if you use a fast (f/2 or faster) single focal length lens.
Yes, it comes in very handy for low light shooting.
24% (34 votes)
No, my zoom handles every situation and lighting condition I encounter.
20% (28 votes)
I carry both.
56% (80 votes)
Total votes: 142
Editor Apr 19, 2005 51 comments
As more digital SLRs become available the price will necessarily drop. If you don't own one yet, but are considering a digital SLR, and price is a strong consideration, at what price point would you make the move?
Briefly describe the top three features that an affordable digital SLR would have to have in order for you to consider it as the camera for you.
About $600
36% (38 votes)
Between $350-500
45% (48 votes)
The price is right now, but I haven't decided on which one to get.
20% (21 votes)
Total votes: 107
Editor Mar 31, 2005 43 comments
Backup for digital images is critical. There are a number of options available, including CDs, DVDs and separate hard drives. Which one do you use?
Briefly comment on the best way you have found to backup and catalog your digital images.
I backup all my digital images on CDs.
44% (54 votes)
I have switched to DVD backup because of the larger capacity.
20% (24 votes)
I work with a separate hard drive.
27% (33 votes)
I haven't started that yet and all my images are on my computer hard drive.
9% (11 votes)
Total votes: 122
Editor Mar 14, 2005 32 comments
There are many more options today for getting prints from digital image files. There are labs, kiosks, online services and of course personal desktop printing. How would you say the majority of your prints are made?
Please comment briefly on your experiences with a kiosk, lab or online print service.
I print most of my digital image files at home or in my studio.
57% (51 votes)
I print the most important images at home but use kiosks, labs or online services for the majority of my work.
9% (8 votes)
I have all my work printed by a kiosk, lab or online service.
27% (24 votes)
7% (6 votes)
Total votes: 89
Editor Jan 26, 2005 35 comments
Scene modes on cameras are pre-programmed solutions to common exposure and lighting situations, such as Portrait, Action and Night Scene mode. Some cameras now have as many as 20 Scene modes as options. Do you...
Briefly comment on the metering method that has worked best for you.
Use Scene modes often, as they help you solve what could be tricky exposure problems.
17% (21 votes)
Mainly rely on aperture- and shutter-priority exposure modes to get the same image effects of the Scene modes.
50% (61 votes)
Work in manual exposure mode and use spot, center-weighted or Matrix or Evaluative metering patterns, compensating exposure when
32% (39 votes)
Total votes: 121
Editor Jan 04, 2005 116 comments
According to industry surveys, film processing has dropped almost 20-30% in the last year. Would you say, in the last six months:
Briefly comment on how you see your film useage in the next six months.
I have shot just as much film as I did before
43% (171 votes)
I have shot less film, probably close to the industry figure of 20-30%
19% (74 votes)
I don't shoot film anymore
38% (149 votes)
Total votes: 394