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    i can't help but notice that there is an increased sighting of people (of adolescent age)
    lugging their DSLRs over their necks in town. They are usually in groups, hanging around, walking around, socialising, "partying", window shopping, people watching, chatting etc, doing everything except shooting. They are usually spotted with the entry line DSLRs such as 1000D, 450D, D40, D60. This could be due to the lower cost of owning a DSLR, greater awareness on photography, increased support from educational institution, or even clubsnap. It just reminds me of the good old marina/centrepoint kids days (w/o the fancy DSLR of course) but with a new gadget.

    No pun intended in this msg, just like to voice out something which i noticed.

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    I second that.

    On the bright side, we might discover a few more talented photographers. =)

    Else, they might create probs (i.e shooting in places that they aint suppose to) and all of us would take the rap for it. =(
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    I view it as just another method of socializing, which is healthier than some other alternatives.

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    Default Re: is "photography" becoming a fad?

    well i don't know the numbers, but there were many many thousands of DSLRs sold in Singapore in the past couple of years.
    naturally it would be logical to assume that many more Singaporeans are DSLR owners with each passing month.
    With a fancy new toy (of course one that costs a significant amount of $$ too), you'd naturally be tempted to bring it out as often as possible, to take photos of funny moments with your friends, and perhaps make them envious that your DSLR can capture much better shots than their 8 megapixel 'wonder phones'

    * i think this explains about 80% of the occurences of ppl with DSLRs around town
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    Default Re: is "photography" becoming a fad?

    which only means more supply in the 2nd hand market
    after all photography is a good way to get close to the fairer sex

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    which only means more supply in the 2nd hand market
    after all photography is a good way to get close to the fairer sex

    PLs tell me how.. hahaha...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahbian View Post
    I view it as just another method of socializing, which is healthier than some other alternatives.
    True. i agree.

    But there was once, i saw a teenager on the bridge shooting female and sexy lady tourists who are walking pass under the bridge with a long zoom kit lens.

    And he was stationary for like 15 mins (i was enjoying the breeze and smoking) and was "preying" on his subjects.

    Just hope he don't abuse photography.

    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    which only means more supply in the 2nd hand market
    Which is good for us.

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    this is all about cost. nobody ever thought that slr can be so cheap these days. like d40 is priced close to high end pocket camera.

    matter fact, when i bought mine, i was thinking of getting d40 or canon G9 (THE BEST PS CAMERA). i finally chose d40 and never regret my decision.

    some people just dont like to bring big camera with them (esp female). and this is understandable since female always like to carry purse so its kind of a hassle for them to bring another bag.

    anyway, i think with slr becoming so cheap these days, people realize its all about convenience vs better quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Legoz View Post
    PLs tell me how.. hahaha...
    TFCD tfcd.... shoot models... racequeens.. etc etc etc! then get contacts pass pictures... and tada!!
    chezburgr i can haz?

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    i don't see the myriad of new photographers as a fad and i certainly hope it won't be just a fad.
    This hopefully can catapult our local art scene, to clinch that more vibrant image that the government want to
    pursue amongst the youths here.

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    anyone can shoot.

    not because anyone can become a great photographer but because a genuinely amazing photograph can come from anyone...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TigerOyster View Post
    i can't help but notice that there is an increased sighting of people (of adolescent age)
    lugging their DSLRs over their necks in town. They are usually in groups, hanging around, walking around, socialising, "partying", window shopping, people watching, chatting etc, doing everything except shooting. They are usually spotted with the entry line DSLRs such as 1000D, 450D, D40, D60. This could be due to the lower cost of owning a DSLR, greater awareness on photography, increased support from educational institution, or even clubsnap. It just reminds me of the good old marina/centrepoint kids days (w/o the fancy DSLR of course) but with a new gadget.

    No pun intended in this msg, just like to voice out something which i noticed.
    I think they're practising to be future Clubsnappers

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattlock View Post
    I think they're practising to be future Clubsnappers
    Think many of them are already here already. And thats not a bad thing.
    Last edited by ahbian; 2nd November 2008 at 01:06 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Legoz View Post
    PLs tell me how.. hahaha...
    wah lau eh, you still need me to teach you how to kau XMM ah?

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    hahaaa maybe can get SDU to sponsor us then! >.< But even ladies today are getting interested in photography! Everyone loves and appreciate a nice photo, i guess thats why it blossumed together with reduced prices nowadays. Just hope they dont abuse it too much and create a public nuisance out of photography~
    Shoot with your heart, not for greed/ego..

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    i guess its not exactly just a fad, but more like how photography is becoming more popular, expecially since the entry-level dslrs are very user-friendly and relatively affordable. and i suppose you'd see more youths carrying them around town more is coz its usually them who bring around a camera wherever they go.

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    are we that disturbing? lol
    i dunno abt the others
    but as for me.. im taking photography seriously -- hopefully professionally in the (near) future

    im using d60 as well for its reputation for being a good first slr
    considering generally generates no income - except on chinese new year - those $1000+ prices arent really that cheap.. it took me like 3 years to actually get my first slr

    need to learn much from you pros!

    btw what age is appropriate to handle a dslr, you think? just curious

    PS: dont worry, it's not a fad. it's a lifetime passion

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    I happen to be one of these young photographers...Am 14(going on 15).Actually many of these young people holding DSLRs are not photographers...Many just use their DSLR as a PNS since DSLRs are dirt cheap these days.I bought my first DSLR over 2 years back and since then,my D200 has dropped by more than half in value.
    Even then, I see many of these photographers lugging around 5Ds,Billinghams and whole collections of lenses.(I happen to be one of these...).

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    btw what age is appropriate to handle a dslr, you think? just curious
    There is no such age IMHO.I have been carrying a D200 since 12 and recently, have learnt to deal with the weight of my 70-200 on my D200...

    However, the weight of my DSLR (more than 800g) did require some time to get used to...

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    Better they snap away than start loitering around or starting fights in arcades no?
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