Once removed: A few days ago, just for a smile, I posted a link to a picture Pete Tsai took of his girlfriend through Vivian Maier's camera at the Chicago Cultural Center exhibition. First of all, it turns out there's a whole sub-sub-genre of such pictures, called "TTV," or through-the-viewfinder, where people shoot pictures with digital cameras of images on film camera viewfinders. That was a new one on me. Matthew Miller told me about it. But the update: it turns out that TOP reader Dan Fogel was at the exhibition too, and took a picture at of a guy who was taking a picture the way Pete did. I wonder, is this Pete? Or another guy who had the same idea?
Most expensive in 1970: For a followup question to his last column, Ctein is trying to find the answer to this question: what was the most expensive camera you could buy in 1970? This currently has the brain trust stumped. Anybody know?
Polling: The poll about when you bought your digital camera came about because a commenter to an earlier post claimed that there are people out there shooting with cameras that are a decade old. My subjective impression is the opposite—my sense is that the half-life of a digital camera is about three years, and that very few people are shooting with digital cameras more than six years old. But I had no objective data to back that up. So I thought I'd ask. I was right, as it turned out...at least where our readers are concerned. How many people are still using pre-2005 digital cameras? The answer, with 3,568 responses to the poll as I write this, is: very, very few. Of course that's only a snapshot of now, as the camera market, and camera technology, is constantly changing.
It does strike me that the long-term reliability of digital cameras (even high-end ones) does not seem to be very good. The fact that people tend to frequently update to newer and better technology might have served to mask that fact up till now. With the pace of advancement slowing, though, the pace of updating will slow, too. Sooner or later, people really are going to start wanting to use their digital cameras for a decade and longer. Will the cameras be up to that challenge? I wonder.
Pulling: Despite TOP topping Reddit with yesterday's post (thanks to Lynne Anderson for telling me about that), the biggest draw on TOP in recent weeks was the Remuddling post! Traffic spiked way up for that one, hitting a several-month high. I guess it pulled in a lot of people who are interested in home remodeling and residential architecture. In this business, ya never know what's gonna spike.
Parallel poll: And finally, by popular demand, a parallel poll for those on the other side:
[UPDATE 11/19/12: Vizu Polls closed down, so I've taken a screen shot of the poll results and substituted it for the live poll. Best I could do to preserve the post. —Ed.]
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