Does this camera mean difficult times ahead?!
What is the quality of images like from this light field camera? anyone know? Does this replace the need for expensive cameras with numerous expensive lenses?
Will it change the photographers world as we know it?
Does it mean the demise of the professional photographer?
#1. "RE: Does this camera mean difficult times ahead?!" | In response to Reply # 0benveniste Nikonian since 25th Nov 2002Sat 22-Oct-11 11:25 AM
While it's an intriguing idea, the public annoucement was only a couple of days ago, and there's not a lot of hard data in that announcement.
The only prediction I feel comfortable making is that it will not lead to the demise of the professional photographer. Of the skills required to be a successful professional, the acquisition and operation of the camera and lens are among the least important.
If you want to photograph a man spinning, give some thought to why he spins. Understanding for a photographer is as important as the equipment he uses. - Margaret Bourke-White
#2. "RE: Does this camera mean difficult times ahead?!" | In response to Reply # 0Covey22 Charter MemberSat 22-Oct-11 01:20 PM
#3. "RE: Does this camera mean difficult times ahead?!" | In response to Reply # 0Drbee Nikonian since 05th Aug 2004Sat 22-Oct-11 02:25 PM
Even if you have carte blanche for usage, in a professional setting, the usable image is produced after the fact. In a reportage scenario, that means great editorial flexibility in interpreting the image and a delay in rendering the image, that may be just one hurdle in the entire scheme of things.
The concept is very intriguing from a technology point of view, but the producers of the camera seem to be entering the market place very cautiously with the current TOU. I wonder if they don't have a clear vision as to the target role of this camera and are keeping it "locked up" until something sorts out. Other technologies have done this, Polaroid with it proprietary film (and charges) for a relatively inexpensive camera, printer manufacturers with their expensive inks for relatively inexpensive printers. Polaroid eventually licensed it's film products, printers have to contend with counterfeit inks (and the various technologies to try to prevent their use). If you go to open "standards", Leica had to contend eventually with third party lens manufacturers and an old Nikon lens will fit and sometimes work on the most modern of DSLRs. It's a tough call on how to enter the market. Lock it up or make it open. It helps to have something that people can't do without when making that decision. Right now there are lots of alternatives to a new imaging technology. Time will tell....
#4. "RE: Does this camera mean difficult times ahead?!" | In response to Reply # 0dasbose Registered since 19th Jul 2011Tue 25-Oct-11 01:16 AM | edited Tue 25-Oct-11 01:28 AM by dasbose
In short, no. The pro photog is so much more than the camera. Most people hire a photographer because the images they produce; in essence a photographer's composition and artistic vision is what is being purchased.
I do find the technology intriguing. I could see using this tech to fine tune a slightly out of focus shot that I didn't nail spot on due to circumstances; sports or a client's young child playing at tilt play. I also shoot wide open a lot of the time so being able to adjust the focus point after the fact would be nice.
I could see a photojournalist benefiting from this tech as well. Imagine you're in a war zone along side a squad of Marines in a fire fight. Just hold this camera up exposing little if none of your body and snap a shot, focusing later when you're back safe at the base.
I read the ToU and think that is only for their Light Field Picture Player and images posted to their site. Just don't upload to their site. Besides, if you're going to make prints, you'll need to export it to jpeg anyway. Even if you do, they say the largest you'll be able to print is 5x7. That blows the deal for me.
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