What Your Choice Of Camera Says About You

Freelance photographer/journalist/comedian Gordon Lewis has published his hilarious observations of the various camera tribes, coming to several very funny conclusions. Those lacking senses of humour should probably not read on.

Just as the clothes you choose to wear, the food you like to eat, and the people you associate with say something about you, so does the camera system you buy into. The following observations are based on close association with the various groups of camera owners and from having belonged to each group at one time or another. Those who belong to the "lacking any sense of humour" or "offended at the drop of a hat" groups are strongly advised to read no further.

Canon owners

You appreciate the benefits of owning a camera system that leads in cutting-edge digital imaging technology and that offers a wealth of body, lens, and accessory options for every level of photographer, from lowly consumer to top professional. You will switch to Nikon.

Nikon owners

You appreciate the benefits of owning a camera system that leads in cutting-edge digital imaging technology and that offers a wealth of body, lens, and accessory options for every level of photographer, from lowly consumer to top professional. You will switch to Canon.

Sony owners

You believe that Sony's innovations in consumer electronics and video technology, its leadership in digital imaging chip production, its in-body image stabilisation, and its use of Zeiss optics results in a unique design synergy and products of exceptional value-because that's what it says in the product literature. You also believe in astrology, UFOs and the Easter bunny.

Pentax owners

You're the sort of person who would buy a $US1500 DSLR body so your stash of thread-mount, K-mount and M-mount lenses from decades ago (collectively worth $US75 at the markets or garage sale) won't go to waste; either that, or you've never heard of a Spotmatic, Pentax LX or Takumar, you just think you look cool sporting a day-glo red camera that takes real pictures. You think people are laughing with you, not at you.

Olympus owners

You're the sort of person who buys North Korean beer, Peruvian underwear and French cars, not because you actually like them but because no one else does. When people question your choice of camera system you respond that Olympus images have a certain "soul" and that photographs are what matter, not the camera. You have no friends.

Leica owners

You know that no other camera other than a Hasselblad gains as much instant respect among the cognoscenti as a Leica. Although this relieves the pressure of demonstrating actual photographic prowess, it increases the need to be familiar with the subtle differences in visual signature between an Elmar, Elmarit, Summitar, Summicron and Summilux. You are either stinking rich, living in your mother's basement, or one lens purchase away from a divorce.

Panasonic, Fuji and Samsung owners should be relieved rather than offended that they were not included. Comments are welcome as long as they are civil. Extra points will be given for self-deprecation.

This post originally appeared on Shutterfinger.

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    Samsung owners

    Its comes attached in your phone.

      I'm assuming from the context, this article is about a stand-alone cameras.

    Fuji owners should be relieved?!! I recently got an HS-10 for a holiday in the Sahara - it takes AA batteries which is great if there is no power to recharge batteries and the 30X zoom is amazing as are all the other features. I was checking out the price of same model in a Dubai camera shop and the guy said "what do you think?" I said they are great and that I own one. He said "yeh, they are a great beginners camera". A**hole" I thought as I left the shop with a dented ego. I guess Fuji owners have low self esteem and an adolescent penis. At least I can get AA's anywhere!

    I am an avid Olympus follower because they matched my capacity to be fastidious ,from the time of the 1/2 frame slrs which demanded fine grain films,careful processing and enlarging to produce deliciously stunning 18x20 prints to the OM series that were light and state of the art especially the last of the film SLRs the OM4Ti, which was a light camera with light lenses and crisp well exposed photos,as an amateur wedding photographer I have may couples who after more than 20 years still sing praise,the camera was extra portable and relatively unobstrusive, SO.. I waited (intuitively) for an Olympus digital that would accept my old OM lenses in manual mode and Voila' the EPL1 with the OM lens adapter has come to the rescue, I hope to purchase one before christmas and try out my Zooms and Mirror lens ,my bellows etc and see what kind of effects the digital back will provide,
    I used to mount my OM lenses on the Pen FT body and the advantage was that the central part of the various lenses was used to capture images, if you hark back to your days of Physics(Optics) you will remember that the central part of the camera lenses usually have the best resolution,least chromatic/spherical/barrel/pincushion etc aberrationso the image ins the best possible for that lens usually.
    I am also hoping that Olympus will make an adapter for the Pen F lensexs to be used on the EPL-1, I am itching to see the result with the 1.2 std lens and the shorter zoom.
    If the adapter will allow me to use the slide copier with extension tubes then I will have a 12 MP copier.
    EPL-1 body then is virtually the equivalent of the old Polaroid back/Speed Magny arrangementfor the film cameras.
    I was also keen for the equivalent of the varimagnifier angle finder and the EPL-1 has one.
    I had better stop this indulgent free association
    Happy snapping

    THIS IS FUNNY BECAUSE IT'S TRUE. I SELL CAMERAS (ALSO SAD BUT TRUE) AND THESE ARE PRETTY ACCURATE DEPICTIONS OF CAMERA BUYERS.
    CANON AND NIKON OWNERS ARE LIKE HOLDEN AND FORD OWNERS, LOYAL AND PRECIOUS ABOUT THEIR CAMERA CHOICE. PROS WILL CHANGE TO THE OTHER SIDE IF IT SUITS THEM.
    SONY OWNERS (PREVIOUSLY MINOLTA OWNERS) LOVE THE INNOVATIONS AND ARE GENERALLY NERDS.
    PENTAX OWNERS HAVE A LOW BUDGET AND TECHNICALLY IGNORANT.
    OLYMPUS OWNERS ARE JUST IGNORANT.
    LEICA OWNERS ARE PRETENTIOUS AND RICH OR JUST PRETENTIOUS.
    ALL OTHER CAMERA OWNERS ARE TOTALLY CLUELESS, WANTS A COMPLETE STRANGER (THE SALES PERSON) TO DECIDE WHICH CAMERA UNDER $500 BEST SUITS THEM (LIKE WE CARE....) AND THINKS DIGITAL RESOLUTION IS MADE UP OF MEGAPISTALS OR MEGAPICKLES.

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