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Editor Nov 20, 2006 79 comments
Nikon, with its new D40, and other companies are coming onto the market with compact, relatively inexpensive DSLR cameras. This trend will continue. If and when you decide on your first or a new DSLR, how important will the lenses you already own (new and old) be in your consideration of one brand over another?
Please comment briefly on how likely you are to buy a new DSLR in the coming months, and how your investment in lenses will or will not affect that purchase.
Very important. I have a large investment in lenses already.
76% (165 votes)
Not very important. I would purchase depending on the features and ease of use.
11% (24 votes)
I am shopping for my first DSLR, so the price/features ratio is my prime consideration.
13% (29 votes)
Total votes: 218
Editor Oct 26, 2004 32 comments
New digital SLRs have higher megapixel counts than ever before and it looks like they'll keep on offering larger and larger image file sizes. What megapixel count do you think is sufficient for the type of work you do and the size prints you make?
Please comment briefly on how much resolution (in terms of megapixels) you think you'd need to get quality that matches your best present film camera.
6 megapixels
31% (30 votes)
8 megapixels
31% (30 votes)
10+ megapixels
39% (38 votes)
Total votes: 98
Editor Jul 23, 2007 22 comments
There are numerous options for learning about photography these days, including workshops, college courses, online courses and self-learning through books and articles. How do you keep up with the newest technology, techniques and tools?
Please comment briefly on how you continue to educate yourself on all the changes occuring in photography.
I am self-taught and use books, magazines, peers and online resources.
94% (216 votes)
I attend workshops and/or courses at a school.
5% (11 votes)
I use online courses from online schools, web sites and manufacturers.
1% (3 votes)
Total votes: 230
Editor Dec 11, 2006 27 comments
Some cameras are becoming more like multimedia devices, with wireless sending now become part of even point and shoot digital cameras. Does having extra "connectivity" options make it more likely that you would choose one camera model over another?
Please comment briefly on how you share your images with family, friends and associates.
Yes, I like the extra convenience and ability to share pictures quickly while on the road.
54% (129 votes)
No, it wouldn't make any difference and I am fine using email and web sharing as is.
39% (95 votes)
I'm not sure how it works and what the benefit is so I don't know right now.
7% (17 votes)
Total votes: 241
Editor Sep 10, 2008 57 comments
Now that Sony has released the Alpha 900 with a 24 megapixel sensor, image file sizes will be near 70MB when opened. Do you think that your work would benefit from such a large file size?
Please comment briefly on how you think a 70MB file would impact your photography.
Yes, the bigger the better.
67% (224 votes)
Yes, the bigger the better.
4% (13 votes)
It’s not for me now, and I will await further testing and developments.
29% (97 votes)
Total votes: 334
Editor Jul 20, 2006 59 comments
More and more colleges and photo schools are dropping their darkroom classes, and some have even stopped teaching photography using film. Do you think that learning about photography via film, and darkroom work, is essential, or should schools just head right for digital right now?
Please comment briefly on how you think photography is best taught.
Learning via film and darkroom work is an essential part of a photographic education, and appreciation.
33% (84 votes)
Why waste time on film? Digital is the future and that's what should be taught.
29% (74 votes)
Film and darkroom work is a great foundation for learning about digital, so it should be the first thing taught, followed by dig
38% (96 votes)
Total votes: 254
Editor Dec 15, 2005 55 comments
Affordable DSLRs are becoming more widespread. But integral lens digicams with 10X and 12X zooms are also available, with prices close to or lower than even affordable DSLRs. Which type best fits your style of photography?
Please comment briefly on how you weigh these options when making a buying decision.
Even with wide-ranging zooms on digicams I still want the option afforded by a wide range of interchangeable lenses.
66% (165 votes)
The 10X zoom digicams have every option I need, and are more portable than a DSLR body and many lenses.
22% (54 votes)
It
12% (30 votes)
Total votes: 249
Editor Apr 14, 2009 42 comments
In-camera image processing includes curve control settings, color adjustments and even, with the new Olympus models, some "art" filters. Does this strike you as convenient and a great way to handle image attributes when you make the image (saving time in processing later) or do you prefer to do all or most of your processing after downloading?
Please comment briefly on the attributes you set in the camera, even if you shoot raw.
I like the fact that can a lot of processing work done by the camera and don't want to be bothered later.
50% (83 votes)
I shoot raw only and do all my processing later.
36% (59 votes)
I shoot raw but still set up the camera for certain image attributes and let the camera microprocessor handle certain tasks.
14% (24 votes)
Total votes: 166
Editor Mar 20, 2006 25 comments
At the recent PMA Show both Canon and HP introduced pigment-ink desktop printers, joining Epson in that arena. From what you understand as the difference between dye-based and pigment inkjet printers, will you make the choice on your next inkjet printer based upon the ink type it uses?
Please comment briefly on the features you look for in a desktop photo printer.
Yes, my choice would be pigment over dye-based inks.
52% (46 votes)
No, I would base my choice upon price and paper size capabilities.
19% (17 votes)
Not sure of the differences between the two.
29% (26 votes)
Total votes: 89
Editor Sep 14, 2009 67 comments
Many effects filters previously available for the lens are now easily added using software. However, some photographers still use UV or Sky filters for lens protection, and a polarizer, grad and ND filters as light modifiers. Do you still work with filters over the lens?
Please comment briefly on the filters you think are useful. If you shoot IR please mention your favorite IR filters.
Yes, but only for protection of the front element.
21% (56 votes)
I still use polarizing, ND and grads over the lens.
76% (198 votes)
I don't bother with filters anymore.
3% (7 votes)
Total votes: 261