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My God, how can people be this stupid?

 
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Apr 05, 2012 02:12 |  #1

I was at JB Hi Fi today (they sell computers, cameras, DVDs, CDs televisions, car stereos, that sorta thing) and I overheard a sales assistant talking to some customers...

"Professionals generally tend to use compact cameras because they get better high ISO performance than digital SLRs because their sensors are smaller."

I was in shock for half an hour.


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Apr 05, 2012 02:31 |  #2

Ya can't fix stupid.


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Apr 05, 2012 02:37 |  #3

i couldnt keep my mouth shut, i would have to have said something to him


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Apr 05, 2012 02:42 |  #4

Tiberius47 wrote in post #14212930 (external link)
I was at JB Hi Fi today (they sell computers, cameras, DVDs, CDs televisions, car stereos, that sorta thing) and I overheard a sales assistant talking to some customers...

"Professionals generally tend to use compact cameras because they get better high ISO performance than digital SLRs because their sensors are smaller."

I was in shock for half an hour.

That's why "P" mode stands for Professional :lol:


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Apr 05, 2012 03:02 |  #5

OP, dont you know the smaller the sensor, the smaller the noise? =)

you sure the sales assistant was stupid? you sure he or she wasnt just lying to sell a camera? this is a sales person were talking about here.


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Apr 05, 2012 05:09 |  #6

imjason wrote in post #14213044 (external link)
you sure the sales assistant was stupid? you sure he or she wasnt just lying to sell a camera? this is a sales person were talking about here.

funny how commissions make people say the strangest (stupid?) things !




  
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Apr 05, 2012 05:21 |  #7

imjason wrote in post #14213044 (external link)
you sure the sales assistant was stupid? you sure he or she wasnt just lying to sell a camera? this is a sales person were talking about here.

Yeah, that was my first thought. But (unless he had figured out that the punter was really thick) it's a stupid line to go with, as everybody must have seen the paparazzi on TV, jostling around waving things that clearly are NOT compacts, or seen the photographers at sports events, conspicuously NOT holding out a compact at arms length to compose an image on the screen.

The interesting thing is, did the customer buy the camera? Only by knowing that can we tell who the really stupid one was. The salesperson for saying that, or the punter for believing it. Either way, for the good of the human race, one should be sterilised to prevent them breeding and weakening the gene pool.




  
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Apr 05, 2012 05:31 |  #8

Well, that's kinda rude.. Don't tell me when you just started on this, you already knew everything beforehand? Everyone has to start at something. Doesn't matter if it's a salesman or the buyer. Maybe he is just misinformed.


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Apr 05, 2012 05:39 |  #9

chrisandaivi wrote in post #14213245 (external link)
Well, that's kinda rude.. Don't tell me when you just started on this, you already knew everything beforehand? Everyone has to start at something. Doesn't matter if it's a salesman or the buyer. Maybe he is just misinformed.

well they he shouldnt be a salesman without a knowledge of what he is selling


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Apr 05, 2012 06:02 |  #10

chrisandaivi wrote in post #14213245 (external link)
Well, that's kinda rude.. Don't tell me when you just started on this, you already knew everything beforehand? Everyone has to start at something. Doesn't matter if it's a salesman or the buyer. Maybe he is just misinformed.

Of course I didn't know everything when I started. Heck, I've been at this lark for over 30 years and I still have a lot to learn.

However, I did know enough not to spout off bull***t if I had no idea what I was talking about. If I don't know something, I say so or keep quiet. As the poster above said, if a salesman doesn't know what he is selling he is in the wrong job. If he is new on staff, less knowledge is excusable, but making it up as you go along isn't. If asked something you don't know the answer to, you look it up in the manual, or ask a senior sales person. You don't make up bovine manure,

As for the customer, well if they see a $200 point and shoot next to a $5,000 DSLR and believe that the pros use the p&s because it takes better pictures, they are clearly not putting much thought into the process. Plus, like I say, we constantly see images of professional photographers in the background on the news, at sports events, etc., not to mention in real life. Even somebody who knows nothing about photography, would be surprised to see a wedding photographer (for example) turn up, take a compact out of their pocket and shoot the whole wedding on that.

So, I see no problem in calling "stupid" when I see it. As for the Darwin Award reference, that is clearly a joke and not a serious suggestion. If I do something stupid and my mates say "you shouldn't be allowed to breed" I would laugh at the joke.




  
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Apr 05, 2012 07:25 |  #11

imjason wrote in post #14213044 (external link)
OP, dont you know the smaller the sensor, the smaller the noise? =)

you sure the sales assistant was stupid? you sure he or she wasnt just lying to sell a camera? this is a sales person were talking about here.

Even if that were the case, he should have been trying to get them to buy and SLR because it costs more! So yeah, he was stupid. Shouldn't have been selling cameras.


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Apr 05, 2012 10:26 |  #12

Tiberius47 wrote in post #14212930 (external link)
"Professionals generally tend to use compact cameras because they get better high ISO performance than digital SLRs because their sensors are smaller."

I was in shock for half an hour.

the sales assistant is (poorly) attempting to compensate for a part of his anatomy that is small by using the sensor analogy. Ignore it and move on, I doubt he even knows it's happening.




  
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Apr 05, 2012 11:39 |  #13

And I was wondering why all my photos were turning out real sh*tty.

Now I know.




  
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Apr 05, 2012 12:13 |  #14

Tiberius47 wrote in post #14212930 (external link)
"Professionals generally tend to use compact cameras because they get better high ISO performance than digital SLRs because their sensors are smaller."

Ignoring the untruth about noise being lower with a smaller sensor...

...what about the BS that pros tend use compact cameras?!

Has he seen TV newscasts of pro photojournalists with Nikon P&S compacts?
Or scenes on TV episodes of CSI where the crime investigators are shooting with Olympus P&S compacts?
Or PBS programs of Art Wolfe out shooting landscapes with Canon P&S compacts?
Of images of sports photojournalists shooting football games with long lenses attached to their smartphone?


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Apr 05, 2012 12:16 |  #15

My brain just gets error messages when i hear this stuff, i can't even comprehend what some people say/think. How does that guy drive to work safely?


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