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misleading camera shop promotion 18-55 mm lens for wildlife

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I was going by a camera shop with a large poster promoting a SLR lens package deal

 

it has a 18-55 mm lens with a great close up of a mother elephant with baby in the camera's screen

 

that lens is for landscapes, portraits and parties

 

this is all seriously misleading ,if anyone took that away with them they would be very lucky to get any closeups of wildlife with the featured lens

 

the advertising agent thinks that they can interest people to buy the camera and take it on safari

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I made a comment to the man standing on the pavement near the door

 

his comment was that advertising is not expected to be accurate

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He was right. You can never fully trust advertising.

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It's not as if it would not be possible by any means to take the displayed picture with that lens, especially in a captive environment.

 

Even out in the bush I have found myself on more than one occasion too close to elephants for even the 100mm end of my zoom to be of little use.

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Good point @@Whyone?

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you might get lucky but it is very unlikely to happen that way

 

cameras should not be promoted on the image of a slim chance ,when the best use for the lens is a party

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If cameras were promoted with the majority of normal photographs taken with 18-55mm kit lenses then we would be overwhelmed with dire selfies, drunken uncles at weddings, bad party flash shots and never ending toddlers and babies first steps. You can't blame them for using images that are a bit good surely. At the risk of pointing out the totally obvious, a lot of advertising is total hogwash, but some of it is clever creative hogwash and looks good and sells products. The marketing shots of lodges could also be construed as misleading. Not every guest tent gets 17 lanterns on the deck!!!!!!

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I might be a bit odd , but I think things should be promoted honestly

 

the choice of image shows that they think people want to go on a safari

 

I hope they go to sth Africa as the selection of books in the airport shop is so much better

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If the picture was taken with that lens then it is honest.

If the picture was not taken with that lens then it was dishonest.

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My main lens is a Sigma 50-500mm... quite a few of my elephant photos have been taken at 50 - 70 mm.

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that the photo in question was taken with the 18-55mm kit lens... just not very likely!

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To change an expression to take in the African bush

 

if that lens was used, then wharthogs might fly

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I mean real wild whatrtogs with legs ,a mounth and extrnal teeth ,not some human creationm using the name

 

try getting that plane down inside a termite mound hollowed out by an aardvark

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I think this topic has run it's course so it will be locked

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