Anti-alias & moire

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Thwarp, Oct 25, 2017.

  1. Thwarp

    Thwarp TPF Noob!

    Oct 18, 2017
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    Wow, all of you offer great, consistent advice. I also appreciate the open discussion on sensors.

    Braineack put it best when he said : "I honestly think you're reading too much, confusing yourself, and getting caught up in things that aren't important. I think you'll do better if you ask us."

    For this very reason I came to the forum in the first place. "you can learn a lot from a dummy" (wink wink, nod nod, nudge nudge nude)

    This is a also why I posted this thread, to get assistance in assessment of the issues which as I suspected where pretty much inconsequential/insignificant; and as such you've helped me rule out the D7500.

    Articulated screens are nice and I've used mine on the 5100 to get nice pictures of critters and pets. Just articulate, use live view, compose and shoot without having to get down and dirty. Just bend over and, click!

    But will I use it as much as I have? Doubtful, because when I did use it I was merely dinking around, examining the creative possibilities of low angle shots. The notion of having wifi, Bluetooth in a camera doesn't excite me one bit either. Neither does touch screen. We're already spoiled enough with all the things these cameras do for us with bells and whistles and the ease of post production software that offer amazing photos such as HD. I prefer reality based photos, what we see is actually best in my book. Though I certainly appreciate those stunning HD, multiple bracketed, added colors of the milky-way from places like the Arizona desert and Utah, it's not what we see with the naked eye, not even with the most powerful telescopes. Despite this they do offer the benefits of letting us see the incredible detail of creation which we don't normally see. Incredible detail!

    I'll be looking at the d7200 and the d5500 instead of the d7500. I've seen more than a few video reviews of the d7500 which confirms everything you folks have said. Other than the bells and whistles, it's not worth the additional money.

  2. fmw

    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Sep 30, 2006
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    Braineack makes a good point. A reality in hobbies is a common interest in details and trivia. Hobbyists like to get into those things to a great extent. Photography becomes about cameras more than it does about images.

    I've been contributing to a thread in another forum that is comparing two prime lenses of the same brand and focal length but with different maximum apertures. The hobbyists are talking about things like bokeh contrast and the rendering of "transitions" whatever those are. They show images made with both lenses at common apertures and you would not know one from another if they didn't label them and then they dissect things I can't even see in their jpegs. It reminds me of the discussions I have read in audiophile forums which go well beyond nonsense.

    The internet can provide good information and it can also provide information overload. There is a lot of misinformation posted on the internet as well. I've posted some myself unwittingly. The trick isn't to find information. The trick is to figure out what is correct and applicable to you and what is not. And the internet doesn't help you do that.

    My advice about camera equipment is to buy what you like. All of it does what it is supposed to do. There are differences in approach and conveniences but they will all make about the same images. If the images are what matter - and they should - then the equipment is generally trivial. You've seen the old saw that good images are about good photographers, not good equipment. It is true. It is true that better equipment rarely results in better images. It is all about what is between the photographer's ears.

    Back in the 1960's I attended one of Ansel Adams' workshops in Colorado. Adams is probably the most famous American landscape photographer in history. He took us out to make images in Rocky Mountain National Park. He brought a beat up old wooden 8X10 view camera and a wooden tripod. He made some images along with the rest of us and then showed us what Ansel Adams was all about in the darkroom the following day. We all had images of the same subjects Adams made that day but none of us came anywhere near ending up with a print comparable to his in the darkroom. The man was genius in the darkroom. It wasn't the camera. It wasn't the subject. It was the photographer. No wonder his fame has endured all this time.

    Don't worry about the equipment. Go make some images.

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