Quote Originally Posted by BradS View Post
I was out for eats and drinks at a local jazz place the other night and all around me folks are whipping out their smart phone, taking photos and doing whatever they do with 'em after that.

Nobody gives this kind of activity a second thought these days...

so why is it that every time I pull out a camera, I get at least one, usually several people standing around staring at me and asking dumb stuff like,

"What kinda camera is that?"
"can you still get film for that?"
"how many mega pixels is that?"
"Is that black and white?"

and the one I really dislike....

"Why would you use that?"

Why can't people just leave me the F&%^$ alone and let me photograph stuff like all the iPhone wielding people?
People are naturally curious about unfamiliar things. In that context, the questions you mentioned are not at all "dumb"; they are normal and understandable.

If you were driving an antique car, people would ask about it. Likewise for riding a unicycle, setting up an easel and painting, hunting for meteorites in the park with a metal detector or any other activity that is unfamiliar to most people.