just shrug your shoulders and make believe you don't understand a word they are saying.
and if they don't relent, blurt out nonsense from a restaurant menu ..
then i show them my M4 or speed graphic or nikon f2 and say "My (fill in the blank) could crush your iPhone/digitalthingy and photograph the remains."
Ah...you guys are cracking me up! Thanks! :)
I also don't have, and never will have a cell phone.
When the telephone became available, after a while, people thought they couldn't live without it. Then the cell phone came along, and now people think they can't live without that.
When people ask me why I still shoot film, I tell them I enjoy the process more, and try to limit the amount of time spent in front of a computer. Many of them look quizzically, wondering why I would want to limit my time in front of a computer.....
You can't win. Just shoot and be happy.
Picture this: a camera on a tripod with the darkcloth over the photographer when someone stops and asks what's going on. The photographer lifts the darkcloth off revealing an iPhone on the tripod. The person who stops says, "Oh, I see, never mind."
iphones and cell phones are icons of modern life supplanting the once ubiquitous film camera.
"Bacon, eggs and toast, four ninety-nine; hamburger, fries and a Coke, five ninety-nine; chocolate pudding, two fifty; T-bone steak, baked potato and salad, twelve ninety-nine...." ;)
They'll either back away slowly looking at you funny, or just leave to get something to eat. :D