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    Posted: 20 February 2022 at 20:29
Quite regularly, sometimes in shops, out walking or in cafes, people comment about my camera; "that's a nice camera... what a posh camera... nice camera mate...etc..." from complete strangers.

I shoot with an A77, which I normally carry on a Peak Design capture clip. Amusingly, when out on location with my work's professional camera crew (armed with A7RIVs and A7SIIIs), it was me who was stopped by a stranger to ask about my camera

My thoughts are about public perception - reckon it's because the A77 looks like what we (as a society) still imagine a camera to look like? We've had decades of SLRs/DSLRs/SLTs looking vaguely similar so this is the aesthetic we perceive a camera to look like? Or that big+bulky = good

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There is definitely some truth to that.

When I was shooting events with a DSLR (a900 or a77ii) I'd always add on the vertical/battery grip. And a large part of that was just for show. So I'd have the "largest" camera and people would know I was the "event" photographer.
Which also meant keeping the old "uncle bob with his new camera" clear of my shooting, easier.

It's a bit of theatre, and it helps manage group's of people's expectations if you "look like the event photographer".
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I've not had that with any of my E-mount cameras. I did get a bit with the gripped A99ii, but the most nice camera, posh camera comments have been about my Pen F or my Leica, both of which are smaller (and used with smaller lenses) but have a retro look that appeals to some.
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I've only had that with one digital camera - which was the a99 with the grip. I was at a nephews wedding and people kept commenting on the camera. To be honest I stopped using the grip so much after that, as I'd rather keep low-key.

I do get it with analogue cameras. Going through airport security the guy searching hand luggage was most taken with the OM2n I was carrying. While the Rolleiflex quite often gets strangers commenting on it as 'a nice camera' (mostly around Greenwich, which is a bit more 'hipster' than other local towns).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 February 2022 at 16:24
It is all situational. I took this picture with my A6000:


Other people in more or less the same position as I did were sent away. They simply walked past me. Like, that is a real camera. In this situation the perception was that is a serious photographer.
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