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    Re: Who needs more than 6 MP?

    Quote Originally Posted by faberryman View Post
    I tend to think yes. You make an image with the camera at hand.
    Absolutely, but how much are the motives I choose influence by the camera, its functionality and limitations? If you ask the same question if the lenses are discussed, it obviously matters a lot, but with cameras?

    Here's an example:
    When I started shooting motor sports, I used a Fuji S3, and I know that the motives I chose were influenced heavily by the limitations of that camera. Later, I changed to a D80, then to a D300, D2Xs, D700 and finally to a D810. With the latter two, there were few limitations, and my photos reflect that. The photos are not necessarilly better, but they are different. The downside was that I got all these bursts of 36MP images of which none was in focus. With the S3, since I only shot RAW, I had a buffer size of 3 frames, and the buffer took more than 40 seconds to flush. Because of those limitations, I always prepared better, and the hit rate was high.

    With film and with old digital camera that were limited in so many ways, I always worked harder and I always gave the framing and exposure more thought. I suspect that, because of this more elaborate way of taking photos, I might have seen motives that I wouldn't have seen with the current crop of advanced cameras.

    There's no way of proving this of course, and as you point out, we shoot with what we have, but the more I think about it, the less I'm inclined to upgrade my camera bodies, although I often give the opposite impression

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    Re: Who needs more than 6 MP?

    Fuji S5 with Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 @ 50mm and f/4


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    Re: Who needs more than 6 MP?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    With film and with old digital camera that were limited in so many ways, I always worked harder and I always gave the framing and exposure more thought. I suspect that, because of this more elaborate way of taking photos, I might have seen motives that I wouldn't have seen with the current crop of advanced cameras.
    Are you basically saying that new cameras make you a lazy photographer. If so, I'd stay as far away from that EM1X as I could. Too many fps to distract you from the task at hand.

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    Re: Who needs more than 6 MP?

    Quote Originally Posted by faberryman View Post
    Are you basically saying that new cameras make you a lazy photographer. If so, I'd stay as far away from that EM1X as I could. Too many fps to distract you from the task at hand.
    Absolutely. Technology makes photography easier, it doesn't make me a better photographer. This is not unique to cameras. Most progresses in consumer technology make most people lazier.

    If I buy the E-M1X, it would mostly be because of build quality and ergonomics. Oh... and it looks cool too
    However, at the moment, I'm more likely to buy a G95 with the grip. It's a third of the price, uses batteries that I already have, and has excellent ergonomics too, very much like my old GH1 and 2. Or maybe I should buy another Fuji S5. They are cheap now, and image quality is still good

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    Re: Who needs more than 6 MP?

    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    Now don't misunderstand me. I'm fortunate enough to be able to shoot:

    Phase One IQ3100 with XF kit and Actus DB outfit
    Fuji GFX 50s outfit
    Leica M10 kit
    Leica M246 kit
    Sony RX100 VI
    Nikon Df kit with wonderful AIS glass
    Ricoh GRDII
    Sigma Merrills full kit - yup all of them.

    (oh, and a bunch of film Leicas)

    And the overwhelming thing as I get older is that technology and art are not related. I could shoot a wonderful image with any of those cameras and the technical capabilities wouldn't matter a jot. (Ok, the Leica lenses do have a special look but I digress)

    I suspect that it's similar to asking a great writer what typewriter they used.
    Finally!!!!

    A voice of reason and wisdom!!!

    Actually a lot of voices of reason and wisdom!

    How did I miss this thread? Hmmm... I have to get a CD reader to download/upload? my images from the D1/D2 cameras I used in the past. Those images are still not obsolete and neither are the cameras. I wish I had been able to have kept them.
    Best regards,
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    Re: Who needs more than 6 MP?

    I've a similar history as many others here: D1, R-D1 etc, and while I agree that 6MP can certainly be enough, I'm glad to have the additional pixel depth that I'm shooting today (24MP Sony NEX 7 and a6000). I just bought a 20MP (albeit 1"-type sensor) Sony RX100 Mk3, I'm liking the additional pixels for cropping into its 24-70mm range to approximate having a 200-300mm viewpoint without carrying my APC cameras and lenses.

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