Originally Posted by photolitherland
... I always hang out at the Houston Camera Exchange, one of the souths best camera stores imo and I always see people in their with incredible camera equipment but see their photos, and they suck a lot of the time. Pisses me off. Then theres other people that own nicer shit than me and I have to explain to them what aperture means and how to use their cameras on manual settings. Oh well.
The gadget technology has evolved, but the activity hasn't.
Nearly fifty years ago I used to hang out occasionally at Wiles Camera Shop on Kirkwood Avenue, just off the IU campus in Bloomington, Indiana. One of the regular customers was a woman who would arrive in a chauffeur-driven Cadillac and bring her top-of-the-line Leica rangefinder camera into the store. The proprietor would load a 36-exposure roll of Kodachrome and make the appropriate settings for the day's weather, and she'd go out for an afternoon of picture-taking.
When she finished, she'd come back to the store and the owner would rewind the film and send it to the lab for processing. I never saw any of her slides, but I probably wouldn't have been impressed.