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    Most over rated feature

    I was reading the thread discussing DOF preview buttons, and it gave me an idea for another, somewhat related but more general discussion.

    What would be your vote for the most over rated feature in a camera?

    To me it would be the instant return mirror found in virtually all modern SLR cameras.

    My first serious camera was an Exakta VX iia, and at first I found the black out when firing a shot somewhat disconcerting. However, after I got used to the idea I came to rely on it as a kind of feature. Basically, the last thing my eye would see prior to the blackout would be sort of imprinted in my mind and would be pretty close to the actual shot. When I got a more modern camera with an instant return mirror I was at first I liked it, but then I noticed that I was less able to visualize the shot at the instant of taking than when I had the old Exakta.

    Now, I have obtained some Kiev 60 cameras, and the advantages of the mirror blackout seem to be coming back to me, along with the idea that the instant return mirror is an over rated feature.

    Oh, one more thing: another advantage of the non-instant return mirror is that it is very easy to tell if the film needs to be wound to the next shot.

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    Autofocus.

    Program mode.

    High frame rates (except in very few specialized situations).
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    Autofocus.
    You must have great/youngster vision.
    WYSIWYG - At least that's my goal.

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    Auto anything.
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    My vote goes to full-program mode on modern 35mm cams. [points thumb down]
    WYSIWYG - At least that's my goal.

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    I agree with David, autofocus is overrated. I have a little digital bridge camera and it's autofocus kinda bothers me! I geuss I'm just an oddball.

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    Yes, AF is the most overrated feature for me as well. I do like focus confirmation, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg View Post
    You must have great/youngster vision.
    No, I'm just in denial. At some point, I think I'm going to have to have my nose lengthened to read with my current prescription, but I practically don't need a loupe to focus my LF cameras any more. I just look over my eyeglasses and it's like having a 2X loupe.
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    AF is great for us older (past 40) photographers whose eyes do not focus well at the 30-36" apparent reading distance that the focusing screen is made to appear to be in the SLR!

    What is highly overrated, in addition to the DOF preview, is the Auto ISO function in Canon dSLRs.
    Also, the AF auto zone selection automation is overrated.
    And the digital SLR eTTL/iTTL/dTTL auto flash, compared to the film camera TTL.

    And in current auto zoom head flash units, the power output is seriously overplayed, but are actually less powerful than flash units like Metz 45 or 60.

    But apart from DOF Preview, in film cameras there are not a lot of other things that are overblown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg View Post
    My vote goes to full-program mode on modern 35mm cams. [points thumb down]
    it does have its place though... "hey mum, can you just take our picture? Ta..."
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