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Editor Oct 21, 2008 116 comments
With digital SLRs now offering 20+ megapixels for each frame, what do you believe are your realistic needs in terms of file size for your images. Is 20+ MP (resulting in 60MB+ opened files) overkill, or do you feel that the more MP the better?
Please comment briefly on the megapixel horserace as you see it.
I don't see the need for such large file sizes.
65% (251 votes)
The more MP the better.
24% (93 votes)
I am not sure how many MP would be right for the work I want to do.
10% (40 votes)
Total votes: 384
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 Jan 16, 2009 89 comments
If a good, family oriented digital camera were made here in the US would you try your best to buy one?
Please comment briefly on this topic.
) Yes I would and I think that we should encourage manufacturing here in the US.
71% (234 votes)
Not necessarily; I would buy based on other considerations.
29% (94 votes)
Total votes: 328
Editor Apr 15, 2010 31 comments
The Internet is filled with information about photography and certainly can be used as a source of knowledge. But is it where you get most of your information about photography and making images (and not just about gear)? Of course, we assume you learn a lot from the pages of Shutterbug, but where else do you go for photographic learning?
Please comment briefly on what you consider the best way to learn more about photography.
1) Yes, I would say most of my photographic learning is via the web.
29% (19 votes)
No, although I do follow some web pages, I also attend classes, workshops and seminars.
38% (25 votes)
I am mostly self taught by working with my camera.
32% (21 votes)
Total votes: 65
Editor Oct 08, 2009 61 comments
High-ratio zoom lenses certainly are convenient, but may give up speed for convenience. Prime, fixed focal length lenses generally are faster, but obviously do not offer the convenience of zooms. Do you currently own a fast, fixed focal length lens?
Please comment briefly on what you see as the advantage of a fast prime lens.
Yes, I count on it for low light and shallow depth of field.
36% (64 votes)
No, I enjoy the convenience of zooms and don't need another lens in my kit.
32% (56 votes)
I carry both all the time.
32% (56 votes)
Total votes: 176
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 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 Dec 15, 2008 110 comments
Kodak's new Ektar 100 color negative film offers what they claim is the finest grain and best and most accurate color of any color print film ever made. Is Kodak whistling in the wind, or do you think that having the "best film ever" will get you to return to film, or dust off the old film camera to give it a try?
Please comment briefly on whether or not you have exposed a roll of film in the last six months...and whether or not you might plan to in the coming months!
No thanks, I've made the switch and won't look back.
41% (208 votes)
Yes, it might be worth a look.
16% (82 votes)
Yes, I never abandoned film and am glad that Kodak is still developing new products.
42% (212 votes)
Total votes: 502
Editor Dec 08, 2009 61 comments
With airlines charging for bag check-in and enforcing single-bag rules, efficiency in packing is even more important. Do you find that if you travel by air you tend to pack less camera gear than you'd like?
Please comment briefly on your airline travel camera packing strategy.
Yes I usually cut down on lenses, flash etc. so I can travel without hassles.
65% (80 votes)
I have an airline standard rolling backpack or pack that usually lets me take everything I want.
34% (42 votes)
I have a secure, heavy-duty check-in container that allows me to check my cameras as luggage so I can take all the gear I need.
2% (2 votes)
Total votes: 124
Editor Nov 04, 2005 47 comments
Digital image file management is becoming an ever more important issue for photographers. How do you organize your digital images?
Please comment briefly on your approach to digital image organization.
I keep them on my hard drive in folders, then back up with CDs.
69% (151 votes)
I use an image organizing software program specifically designed to help me rate, organize and create a catalog of my work.
20% (44 votes)
I keep all my images on my hard drive, and haven't tackled the issue yet.
11% (25 votes)
Total votes: 220