…But I Have a 1D: VEEP Nails Status Symbol Vs. Tool Debate

Posted in Equipment by Nathan Lee Bush on June 6, 2012

It’s a rare experience for a television show to totally nail the idiocyncracies of a niche community, such as the photography world, but VEEP has managed to perfectly parody the conversation that takes place thousands of times on forums and IRL every day. I knew I liked HBO’s new political comedy, starring Seinfeld’s Julia Louis Dreyfus, but this camera snobbery conversation scene just won it a place in my heart forever. A description won’t do it justice, so just watch the clip.

In 30 seconds, the scene distills the classic camera as status symbol vs. tool debate to its essence. I once learned from a medium format camera company rep that a surprising portion of sales came from superrich enthusiasts who just want “the best” camera to take their family vacation shots with, so they end up with a spending tens of thousands of dollars and wind up with a car-priced paperweight. Another experience comes to mind when I asked a seasoned New York Times photojournalist what he used, and he revealed a thoroughly battered mid-range DSLR three or four generations old. The sensible photographer uses the right tool for the job, pushing its potential to the edge, while the cash flush status seeker just wants “the best,” regardless of his or her actual needs.

via 1001 Noisy Cameras.

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