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Current favorite still-image camera type:

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Film camera (35mm or smaller film)
  801 votes / 4%
Film camera (film > 35mm)
  570 votes / 3%
Fixed-lens digicam of some kind
  1869 votes / 11%
Digital SLR in conventional 35mm size
  6555 votes / 38%
Micro 4/3,Q, or other newfangled mount
  978 votes / 5%
Whatever came with the phone
  4251 votes / 25%
I [am indifferent toward/hate] them all equally
  1473 votes / 8%
Other; I'll explain my favorite below
  334 votes / 1%
16831 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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Current favorite still-image camera type:

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  • Re:"35mm DSLR" (Score:4, Informative)

    by timothy (36799) Works for Slashdot on Thursday January 31, 2013 @04:44PM (#42754849) Homepage Journal

    You're right about that, buuuuuuuut ... I meant body size. (As opposed to the generally smaller-bodied interchangeable lens cameras with 4/3 and Micro 4/3, etc.) Polls, dangit, need to have more of an explanation box for parsing options ;)

    As you say, the sensors are mostly smaller than 35mm film, but it's the body/system I'm getting at. There are more and more full-frame DSLRs, too.

    (On my mind, after getting intrigued by a lot of cameras I can't currrently afford / justify / rationalize, including cinema cameras, like the very intriguing Blackmagic Cinema Camera, which one-day-eventually may come in an active MFT mount, in addition to the promised but not yet delivered MFT passive version. Until a month or two ago, I had no idea how many options there are now in MFT, and I've ordered a refurbed Panasonic.) Like computers, seems there's never a good time to buy -- my order caused the universe, or at least Amazon, to now offer the better-for-video Lumix GH1 for only slightly more than I paid for a G2. Ah, well ;)

  • Re:DSLR (Score:5, Informative)

    by excelsior_gr (969383) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @05:36PM (#42755439)

    So, let me see, the first two options are strictly based on the media and its size (film, millimeters), the third option has to do with the overall size of the camera, the media and the interchangeability of the lens, the fourth option differentiates itself by referring again to the media and its size (digital, 35 mm) while it blurs the waters by throwing a confusing "conventional" in there just for the fun of it, while the fifth option refers to the size of the media (that is implied to be digital) and the type of the mount (which has no relevancy whatsoever to all previous options). At least with a Cowboy Neal option we would have a constant point of reference...

  • What did you pick? (Score:5, Informative)

    by msauve (701917) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @07:37PM (#42756771)
    Because none of the choices include the by-far most popular cameras sold today - the digital point-and-shoots, with autofocusing zoom lenses.

    I suspect that's what was meant by "fixed lens," but that's the wrong term - a fixed lens is one of fixed focal length (although there are apparently people who use that term differently [], but still not for point-and-shoots), so that choice really covers what's found in most smartphones (another obviously missing choice). Really, 2 choices for film cameras? Is the ghost of Ansel Adams present on /.? The Kodak (and Fujifilm, and Ilford) film businesses are almost kaput, mostly limited to art and technical markets.
  • by JanneM (7445) on Friday February 01, 2013 @09:34AM (#42760117) Homepage

    A non-zooming lens is called a prime lens, actually. A fixed lens is usually interpreted as one that is non-removable.

  • by Zarhan (415465) on Friday February 01, 2013 @09:40AM (#42760157)

    What are you smoking?

    I have a Canon 5D Mk II, with 35 mm CMOS, and I frequently use the camera with e.g. 50 mm lens and set it to f/1.4 to get plenty of bokeh. There's also a bulb setting. I use that every time I attach my camera to a telescope and do a few minutes of exposure. And of course you can set white balance to whatever you like, or what exactly do you mean by "3 color sliders"?

    And plenty of places show that digital has long ago surpassed 35 mm film in quality, and also larger formats (with less margin though).

  • Re:"35mm DSLR" (Score:5, Informative)

    by Phat_Tony (661117) on Saturday February 02, 2013 @01:54PM (#42772047)
    What I think the poll options are intended to mean, for those of us into photography who keep picking at them:

    1. Small format film camera
    2. Medium or large format film camera
    3. Permanent lens digital camera.
    4. DSLR
    5. Compact System Camera (or SLD, Single Lens Direct-view. The name for this category is still solidifying.)
    6. Cell phone camera
    7. Cowboy Neal
    8. I'm going to complain about lack of options

    What's wrong with what he said, for the nitpicky:
    1. "Film camera (35mm or smaller film)" Nothing wrong. Covers the majority of film cameras, 35mm, APS, 110 roll film, Kodak Disc, etc.
    2. "Film camera (film > 35mm)" Again, nothing wrong. Covers all the common aspect ratios of 120 roll film, including all those popular medium formats like Hasselblad, Mamiya, Yashica, Rolliflex, etc. (or many of these can take medium format sheet film). It also covers on up to viewcameras - press cameras (Graflex) and studio cameras, 4 x 5, 8 x10, etc. Or George Lawrence's 8' x 4.5' camera.
    3. "Fixed-lens digicam of some kind" The nitpick here is with the use of the term "Fixed-lens," which in photography, "fixed" usually refers to a lens of "fixed focal length," meaning a prime lens, not a zoom lens. It doesn't usually mean a lens that's permanently attached to the camera. Most digital point-and-shoot cameras have permanently attached zoom lenses.
    4. "Digital SLR in conventional 35mm size." 35mm is actually an unconventional size for a digital camera sensor. There are certainly several full frame DSLR's out there, but they're the high-end exception. Most are APS-C sized, and then there are the Olympus and Panasonics with 4/3, and probably some other sizes out there. While this list divided film cameras by film size into a comprehensive dichotomy, this classification of digital cameras leaves a lot of cameras homeless, that probably should have fit into this category - aside from APS-C and 4/3, there are a few digital rangefinders, there are Medium Format digitals. 5. "Micro 4/3,Q, or other newfangled mount." The problem here is the attempt to use new mounts to cover a new body type that's become popular. The name for this is still up in the air, but Compact System Camera may be winning. It's the Olympus PEN's and OM-D's, Sony NEX, Panasonic Lumix G series, Nikon 1, Pentax K-01.
    6. "Whatever came with the phone." Or came in a phone. Whatever.

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