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Apple iPad: "Photography related equipment"?

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Jun 10, 2011 21:10 |  #1
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Once again, I find myself frustrated by the policies of POTN.

I Recently bought an iPad 2, after seeing some of my fellow photographers in my friends circle using it as a key part of their workflow. Displaying RAW files to clients using a 3rd party app, as a digital portfolio, making it easy to take your work with you into the field, showing clients your work, organizing multiple folders of images, videos shot with DSLR's, etc.

I am NOT an Apple guy, so I decided to sell mine, here. I've seen MacBooks and other computer related gear sold on the marketplace forums here, so, assumed an ipad would be fine. It's a digital device, and part of the gear list of almost EVERY photographer I know.

Post mine for sale here, and get a curt message from POTN telling me my topic was deleted because it's not "photography equipment related".

I disagree with this, but who am I to argue with the POTN regime?

So, I'm curious if other photographers would agree that the iPad is NOT equipment related to the field of photography? Any less so that MacBooks or other computer products sold on the forums at any given time?

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Jun 10, 2011 21:28 |  #2

I would say that it's about the same as any other computer product when it comes to photography-relatedness. It's certainly not photography-specific, but it can definitely play a major role in a photographer's workflow.

If i had to rank it above or below a computer on that scale I might say slightly below, just because the iPad has a stripped operating system. I do like some Apple products, but the iPad, in my opinion, just isn't that great.

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Jun 10, 2011 21:36 |  #3

NovusPhoto wrote in post #12572978 (external link)
I disagree with this, but who am I to argue with the POTN regime?

The whole point of a regime is you don't argue with it, and if you try you will always lose.

Fortunately POTN is not a regime, it's a community over seen by a benevolent committee who volunteer to support a benevolent owner.

As such, feedback is welcome, just through the correct channels, as laid out in the guidelines and rules.
I suggest you have a read of them, as they also include rules about commenting on moderation in the open forum.

As for your problems with the iPad it is something that was discussed at length by the Mods, and I am sure will be again.

Many of us own iPads, I happen to use mine to take notes during client meetings and to show proofs for print ordering.
But, we have come to a very clear consensus that they do not fit our requirements for photography equipment.
I could do exactly the same things on my Phone, so allowing the iPad in starts us on a very long and slippery slope into filling the classifieds forums with things that have only the loosest connections.

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Jun 11, 2011 08:43 |  #4

I also have iPad 2 and love it.

If we would allow iPad and iPhone (same device, different size) and all other touchpads from Dell, Samsung, HTC etc. we would never get a chance to see an ad for camera or lens, the sheer volume of old iPad and iPhone sellers is too big.

In future we will have solutions to this problem, but not now.

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