The text below the first photo is plagiarized from my own Facebook page.
NOTE: This is a semi-tongue-in-cheek response to a lot of real-world and forum conversations I have been privy to in the past number of months. There is a fair bit of sarcasm in here but I stand by the fundamental point of the article:
People new to visual imaging don’t seem to have the same interest in learning the fundamentals that I and my “old school” contemporaries did and I feel that long term growth is stunted as a result.
80 years ago the mantra of a successful photographer was “f8 and be there”, at least on the documentary side of things. In fact, I knew that adage by the time I was 8.
Now with the dSLR kiddies spreading like wildfire, the adage seems to be “f0.8 and be… whatever.”
I have routine discussions with new shooters when I watch my buddy’s ciné rental shop who don’t understand WHY they can’t have a “Zeiss prime zoom lens, full frame from 10mm – 500mm at constant f1.2 for $500”. “Think how many you’d sell!!!”, they scream in their shrill little voices.
There are a couple of issues in there, not the least of which being PRIME and ZOOM are two completely different concepts.
Zeiss is the ONLY acceptable lens. Why? Because they read on an internet forum that is the ONLY lens that <insert name of internet celebrity photog-du-jour> would EVER use.
Don’t even get me started on the physics of creating a FAST zoom (f2.8 is FAST in a zoom… darned glass that allows focusing and variable focal length keeps “eating up” light).
Oh, AND you want a 50x zoom lens. For under $500. AND you don’t want it as heavy as a Canon L 70-200 f2.8
<quietly rocks back and forth in a corner, ripping his hair out>
ULTIMATELY, the concept is described by the dSLR Kiddies best themselves:
“I don’t know WHY they don’t just make it…”
Exactly. You DON’T know why and you are so full of yourself that you won’t take the time to LEARN why and appreciate every single incremental leap forward in lens technology in the meantime.
These are the same folks that answer “f7” when I ask them what they think 1 stop faster than f8 is. f-stops are an inverse reciprocal! f5.6 is one stop faster than f8, which is in turn one stop faster than f11.
Except it isn’t really. f-stops are merely representations of the size of the hole created by the iris compared to the objective of the lens. T-stops actually measure TRANSMISSION of light through a lens… but that is for another discussion/rant.
I read MOUNTAINS of books on photography to get where I am today… and I don’t consider myself a photographer.
Pick up a book, you MacBook toting slackers!
Or as you call it… Treeware.
Oh… and while you’re at it…
GET OFF MY LAWN!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go take some aspirin… the inside of my mouth hurts from having my tongue planted so firmly in my cheek… <wink>