I figured I would post this topic here only as this forum seems a bit more civilized when it comes to debatable topics. Were I to post this in the photo section on birdforum, WWIII would errupt!
I've noticed that long time photographers seem to have a grievance (for lack of a better word), against the changes that digital has brought into photography. On birdforum, members often ask why certain things have been "dumbed down" so to speak. Perhaps that too is for lack of a better word. Simplified is the word I would choose. This is the case with everything going digital. At one time, you took pictures on film. You listen to music on phonographic records or cassette tapes and you watched videos on VHS tapes. All were specific to the devices they worked in. All were analog and required a lot more moving parts as well. They were more mechanical devices than anything. One could not be shared really with the other and all of these media, degraded over time.
Now we have the digital age. If you wonder why your camera is equipped with video, thank the micro chip and the compact disc, or course them if it really bothers you that much. The CD, which was originally designed for music, wrote in binary code, making it possible for computers to read them. With this advance it was now possible to put computer programs, pictures and videos on compact disc, all with the help of micro processors. It only makes sense that camera technology would follow. And, like so many other things that have gone digital, lots has been simplified and lots of features added. Everything has gone digital these days even television. No longer are you required to have the skill to adjust those rabbit ears just right for a perfect image. But now you can pause and record shows without a VCR or tapes.
I could go on but I'd like to hear some responses. Why is it that there is so much more resistance to this change, which is inevitable and will continue? Don't be surprised if one day your DSLR will serve as some sort of communication device as well. Hell cell phones can now take pictures and shoot short videos.