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Things I Miss (features & experiences from cameras past)

 
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Mar 10, 2012 12:25 |  #1

As a very happy new owner of a Canon 60D, I find myself reflecting on things that I miss from past cameras I owned:

  • Voigtlander Vitessa -- the look and feel. Classic. I hope that camera's still somewhere in my parent's basement, and didn't go to the great "garage sale" in the sky.
  • Canon A1 -- that 'first new camera' experience
  • Canon T90 -- aside from--or maybe because of--the weight, the camera felt terrific in my hand.

    The T90 had a great Exposure Lock feature: when using spot metering, pressing the exposure lock multiple times would cause the camera to average those readings. This was ideal for high-contrast scenes. For example, place the metering spot on the critical highlight, press the exposure lock 3 times, then meter for the shadows, press the exposure lock once, and the exposure would be an average of those 4 readings. This was simple, intuitive, and gave the photographer great control. I hope that this feature makes it into a future release of Magic Lantern.

    AA batteries. Sure, the intelligent battery in the 60D is nice, but they are expensive, require a dedicated charger, and the proprietary batteries mean you loose the convenience of being able to find batteries in just about any market or kiosk world-wide.

    Eyepiece shutter. The T90 had a nifty little lever on the side of the eyepiece to close a shutter when taking long exposure shots. No need to remove the padded eyepiece cover. This was a much classier (and undoubtably more expensive) solution than the crappy piece of plastic that Canon supplies now.
  • T70 -- Why did I buy this anyway? Oh yeah, I needed a backup body to toss around. Nothing much to miss about this camera.
  • S30 -- I miss the small size and weight. The 'stitch assist' mode for panoramas was helpful, and something I'd still like to have. Most of all, I liked the sense of 'rediscovery' of photography when I went digital (actually, this is not something that I miss now, because the 60D has brought that sense back for me in a way that the next 3 cameras on the list did not).
  • S60 -- I miss the time-lapse mode -- select an interval (1-60 minutes) and the number of frames to shoot (2-100), and the stitch assist mode.
  • XTi -- What do I miss? The light weight and, hmm... um.... what... Next.
  • XSi -- What do I miss? The light weight and the ability to specify the number of shots to take when on self-timer (1-10). This is ideal for the ubiquitous self-portrait vacation shots and larger group portraits. Again, I hope this feature will some day make it into Magic Lantern.


Finally, I miss having aperture control on the lens. Having started with FD lenses, when I'm shooting with manual exposure I sometimes still reach for the lens itself to change the f-stop. For me, there's a cognitive disconnect in having that control on the camera body and off the lens.

So, what do you miss from the ghosts of cameras past?



  
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Mar 10, 2012 12:29 |  #2

+1 for the T90 averaging function. Loved that... Ergonomics were (and still are) great. EOS cameras are what they are today because of the T90's styling.

BTW, the 1-series bodies have the eyepiece curtain...


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Mar 10, 2012 15:12 |  #3

That averaging meter seems like a really great feature, would love to see that in a modern camera!


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Mar 10, 2012 15:18 |  #4

armis wrote in post #14063045 (external link)
That averaging meter seems like a really great feature, would love to see that in a modern camera!

Merely need to pay enough money...it is in the 1Ds bodies.


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Mar 10, 2012 21:54 |  #5

I miss looking down into the top of my old argus 120.


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Mar 10, 2012 21:57 |  #6

EOS 3 eye control focus.


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Mar 10, 2012 22:03 |  #7

I miss the wonderful feeling of shooting image #25 on a roll of 24 and thinking I just got a freebie, then image #26, then #27, then thinking.... oh crap.

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Mar 10, 2012 22:08 |  #8

I wish the metering systems of modern cameras were not so infernally dependent upon the light transmission characteristics of specific focusing screens. The Olympus OM had a very, very wide range of focusing screens optimized for different FL ranges, and with different focusing aids best suited for that same FL range, and you could swap out the screens and not have TTL metering adversely affected, whereas the Canon dSLRs have a very limited focusing screen selection which does not introduce error in metering.

I also wish that ETTL flash was as reliable and accurate as film camera TTL flash.


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Mar 10, 2012 22:20 |  #9

Wilt wrote in post #14063072 (external link)
Merely need to pay enough money...it is in the 1Ds bodies.

Seriously? I wonder if it will be in the 1Dx... I'd LOVE to have that functionality; wonder why it went away. Seems like a smart thing to have kept.


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Mar 10, 2012 22:21 |  #10

Snydremark wrote in post #14064847 (external link)
Seriously? I wonder if it will be in the 1Dx... I'd LOVE to have that functionality; wonder why it went away. Seems like a smart thing to have kept.

Canon positions the tiers of its cameras based, in part, upon sophistication of features or the presence/absence of features. So it kept one of the best features for its top tier of cameras.


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Mar 10, 2012 23:06 |  #11

I miss the eye-controlled focusing that I have in my A2E.


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Mar 11, 2012 01:33 |  #12

rmsppu wrote in post #14062423 (external link)
The T90 had a great Exposure Lock feature: when using spot metering, pressing the exposure lock multiple times would cause the camera to average those readings. This was ideal for high-contrast scenes. For example, place the metering spot on the critical highlight, press the exposure lock 3 times, then meter for the shadows, press the exposure lock once, and the exposure would be an average of those 4 readings.

This is called "multispot metering" and it's on the 1-series cameras (at least the Mk III ones). It was on the Olympus OM-4 in 1983.

Even better: meter a midtone, then wave the camera around to check for blown highlights/blocked shadows. Or meter a highlight and turn exposure compensation until that highlight is at 2 2/3 stops.




  
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Mar 11, 2012 06:47 |  #13

I miss having a good camera that actually fit in my pocket :)


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Mar 11, 2012 08:54 |  #14

I miss the simplicity of a camera that just had like M and A mode. I would like something smaller!


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Mar 11, 2012 19:39 |  #15

I miss being able to rewind the film and do multiple exposures




  
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