I Guess I Need to Get Rid of my SLR...

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Julie K, Jul 22, 2004.

  1. Julie K

    Julie K Screenwriter

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    if I want to be a "fun, fearless female"...

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0407/04072108benqdce40.asp

    Oh my, I just can't be fun and fearless playing with my new Canon 70-300 DO with its lovely green ring, now can I?

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    Seriously, while there may be a market for a "fun" point and shoot camera, this sort of condescension is puke-inducing. Market the camera's features (or lack thereof [​IMG] ) to everyone - it's not like you need various bits of male anatomy to use a more complex camera.
     
  2. Cees Alons

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    Julie,

    You're forgetting about the unfunny, fearful brain-parts of the human male. Apparently. And "he" is not 'intuitive'.

    Come to think of it, it's actually insulting to both sexes. [​IMG]


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  3. Dan D.

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    How do you like the 70-300 DO so far? I got to play use a friend of mine's last month for a while (on his 1D MkII no less - I really hate him some times [​IMG] ). I was pretty impressed with it. I've read lots of gripes about it not being "L" quality, but I thought it was superb.
     
  4. Julie K

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    I don't understand those gripes. The 70-300 DO isn't an L lens (although it can come pretty close) and people complaining about its non-L status are missing the point, IMO. I really like its small size and unobtrusive presence. I've been very pleased with this lens and I think it's going to be on my 10D a lot of the time - much more than a big old white lens would be (although I certainly wouldn't kick one of those big old white lenses out my door...)

    But wait, can I be fun and fearless with it? That's the real question, I suppose.
     
  5. Jay Taylor

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    Wow! The BenQ camera has VOP (Voice Over Photo).

    So if you take a picture of a birthday cake you can dictate the recipe with the photo!
     
  6. andrew markworthy

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    Julie, if it's any consolation, this sort of advert annoys a lot of men as well.

    What I find fascinating is why the advertisers assume that such a camera won't appeal to a lot of men as well. Not every male is technology-obsessed, for goodness' sake. I think the camera looks quite neat for a reasonably up-market 'happy snap' camera (and let's face it, a lot of time even if you're a 'serious' photographer, when you're on vacation/at a social gathering that's all you want or can carry). However, the advertisers seem to want to create an image that you're Barbie if you buy it. Thus at a stroke not only do they alienate female customers, but male ones as well.
     
  7. Michael Harris

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    Gee, you can match the female camera with the Lady Smith & Wesson.[​IMG]
     
  8. Jeff Ulmer

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    But you can save a few bucks on a monopod...

    This ad is just plain lame. Fun and fearless is lying in the mud on the back side of a motocross jump with your $9000 L lens, dodging debris hwile trying for that perfect "rider over your head" shot. Using a dinky little red camera isn't fearless at all.
     
  9. Julie K

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    I would have thought that would hurt a bit...
     
  10. Thomas Newton

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    No thanks. This is what happens to your photos if you're careless enough to store them on the floor in a room full of toddlers and crayons.
     
  11. Max Leung

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    Go for it Julie! I'll buy your camera and lens to cover the cost of that hot puppy of a Benq digicam...it's $400 MSRP right?





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