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Camera counts in the wild (just for fun)

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by wt21, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Like birders who do bird counts, we should have a thread where people can post camera counts!

    Was at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston this weekend. If you live in the area, and you haven't been since they did the renovations, you really should go! It's like a world class museum now. It was always good, but IMO it's now great, adding in a HUGE American wing and upping their modern art.

    Any rate, did some informal camera counting. By my un-documented observation, I noticed One NEX 5 w/kit lens, 1 Fuji X100s (had a nice talk with this person, and this was their first digital purchase, having just moved out of film) and 1 EP3 with a 40-150, or maybe it was a 14-150. I also counted about 3-4 Lumix LX-series cameras (wasn't sure if they were 3, 5 or 7s).

    I believe I saw a Leica film camera and likely an old Nikon film camera. I saw also maybe 4 Nikon DSLRS.

    The rest of the observed cameras fell into 3 campus: Superzoom, pocket/cell phone, Canon DSLR. There were way too many of each to keep a mental count. I would say it was fairly evenly split. The one thing about pocket/cell cams, though, is people who didn't seem to have a camera could have been sporting a cell camera, pocket camera, or even one of the pocketable serious compacts, so they likely go unreported.

    Maybe keep this thread going with other people's counts??
     
  2. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Not so much a count but a report of a rare bird sighting. Visited London recently for work and was sitting in the window of a cafe trying to warm up with a hot brew early in the morning and a young dude slinks past me. Around his neck is a super shiny Leica M - silver lens, silver top and bottom plate and silver tape. Ducked out to the street to get a second sighting and confirm the breed (digital, film, etc,)...but it was lost in the forest of morning commuters rushing through Trafalgar Square.
     
  3. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    yes but sightings of extremely rare ones have to be verified by an international panel of experts before the sighting is accepted (after all, look how easy it is to mistake a IIIg for a IIId from a distance, unless you know the exact plumage variations ... let alone "reskinned" cameras, which are really just domestic hybrids ...)
     
  4. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Plus which list authority are we going to be using to "tick" ?

    Plus should we be doing a "patch list", "region list", "life list", "year list" ...
     
  5. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    I am fully aware of the need for arbitration from a Rarities Panel. I can share a little of the jiz of the sighting. Definitely an M - not a Barnack. At first I thought it was a Hermes Ltd, but my gut says it was an MP ala carte if it were film....or digital it could have been a
    Leica-M9-P-white-limited-edition.jeg.
     
  6. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    If we could get Barrrie on board, then a few of us could get together around where lots of cameras roost (Traflagar Square perhaps) and set up mist nets.

    Then we could not only verify the numbers but perhaps ring the cameras. Then if other enthusiasts set up similar ringing in, say, the Champs Elysee, Red Square, Beijing and Times Square, we can then see how far they travel
     
  7. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Champion idea. A banding program would chart some of the migration patterns - especially of flocks....like the X100 and OM-D ;) On that note I'd love to map where all the cameras I've sold over the past five years or so have traveled. :blush:

    Having said that I am always keen on the rare ones that elude the nets...
     
  8. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Did this with a couple muscle cars that we had owned [Chevelle SS 454 & Mustang 69 Mach I], kept contact, briefly anyway with the new owners to see how they [and our cars] were getting along.

    I always imagine the life of an old film camera when I get one. Where its been, what its seen.. and like to think of its experiences leaving an aura with it when it moves on. All the possibilities, particularly with the old ones :)