Release Notes: Everything Just Needs to Be More PC

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Belboz99

The Photography industry is full of proprietary stuff as well...

 Back in the day, the most you had to worry about was which lens mount you used.  Lenses are and have always been worth more than the camera body itself, especially when using multiple pro lenses, therefore, once you select a lens mount you're more or less stuck with it unless you want to replace $1,000 - $10,000 in lenses along with your new purchase of a body.

 

However, after they started automating the shutter, advance / wind, and focusing mechanisms in the 80's things just got worse...

 Basically every manual-focus SLR can use any other manual-focus SLR's shutter release cable, flash,  flash sync cabling, battery, and of course film.   With the release of the AF SLR, that all changed, suddenly you needed electronic cabling and more "smart" connections for the flash, which the manufacturers used to push thier proprietary interfaces.

 Today, almost every flash has a different pin-out on the shoe, and the Minolta / Sony shoe is inverted compared to the others.  Every shutter release uses an entirely different cable.

 Now of course with Digtial, we've got lithium Ion batteries to meet the vastly increased power demands over the old watch batteries of yester-year, which of course all are proprietary.  And the gold standard of 35mm film cassette is now either an SD, SDHC, MircoSD, CF, XD, Memory Stick or it's numerous varients, ad infinum.

 What your left with is that the only two conections that are standard on a DSLR today are the tripod socket (thank God!)  and the shoulder strap lugs. :/

Dan

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Belboz99

Just an aside, I still own a perfectly working Mamiya C3 TLR (Twin Lens Reflex).

 It still works just fine, it accepts a standard 120 roll of film, and uses no battery.  It's simply mechanically wound, and advanced, and includes no light meter.  (a good photographer will never trust an on-board light meter anyway, his / her eyes are of far more use).

 

The Mamiya is now past 44-47 years old (depending on actual date of manufacturing), and it still is fully functional.  I can pick up any flash unit used for any other camera made from 1950's to 1980's and it will most likely work.  Any shutter release will also work.  It has no need for batteries.

 

Dan O.

 

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Mighty BOB!

Hear hear!

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mesiah

Will, maybe you should take your own advice and ditch that iphone. Right now the message the consumer market is sending is: We will allow you to hold us back and even deliver an inferior product or network as long as the product looks cool or makes us look cool. If you are going to make statements like this you can't falter just because you are mesmerized by the shininess (is that a word?) or some new app that tells you how many steps it is to the bathroom.

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willsmith

As soon as the IT department supports an Android phone that I like, I'm there. I've been carrying a Droid around for the last week, and while I really like the OS, the hardware is pretty weaksauce compared to the iPhone.

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nekollx

 *waves Sprint Instinct*

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lunchbox73

Wait, are you telling me the proprietary $40 usb cable for my cell phone wasn't designed with my best interest in mind? I don't believe it.

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nekollx

 Amen

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