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The mirrorless camera invasion

Hindustan Times | ByRajiv Makhni
Jun 06, 2015 01:26 PM IST

New tech is bridging the divide between complicated DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Smile!

Meet the DSLR junkie: goatee, tattoo, long unkempt hair, ugly green vest with more pockets than God intended a garment to have, huge Lowepro bag plus a bigger bulging backpack, mouthing jargon like "shutter priority" and "ISO settings".

He lugs a giant, black, very ugly DSLR camera and is dismissive of anything less: "Not for my line of work, dude. I need something professional". The photos are excellent but he spends 10 minutes on each image to explain how his trusted DSLR achieved such perfection!

Now, meet the Selfie gang. They’re usually a self-obsessed clan, 80 per cent of them almost always dressed in black. They’re at a drinks and dinner place but when Chittiyan Kalaiyaan plays, everyone dances and gyrates.

How to capture this epic performance? A passing waiter is kidnapped, a phone is thrust into his gravy-smeared hands and he’s commanded to take their ‘selfie’ (oblivious to the fact that if he’s taking the picture, it’s not going to be one).

The group huddles, 75 per cent pout, the rest swivel 90 degrees and then pout. The waiter takes the picture and everyone gets a quick ‘dekho’. The dark background, harsh strobe lights and the bodies in black together make for a truly horrible picture.

But within seconds the image has been uploaded, shared, commented, liked and loved by thousands.

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