View Full Version : Can you spend just a few minutes to help me with a project?

05-22-2007, 10:31
Hi - I'm new to this forum. I'm not a great photographer but I do enjoy it (and don't do nearly enough of it!) Everyone here seems really engaged in the world of photography and I'm hoping you can help me with a project for school.

My MBA team at UCI (university of california, irvine) is doing our final marketing project on cameras since we all enjoy photography. We've set up a short online survey to collect anonymous data to use for our report.

If you are willing to help us, we'd appreciate it so much! It should only take about 10 minutes to fill out the survey. If you (optionally) submit your name, we'll acknowledge you in our final report, and I'll post a link to the report in my profile for all to see.

Here's the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=886823922108

Thanks for your consideration.

05-22-2007, 10:42
Just finished it for you :)

05-22-2007, 10:58
I've done it too - happy to help

05-22-2007, 11:04
Done and done (need 10 characters).

05-22-2007, 11:05
Me too! :)

Steve Bellayr
05-22-2007, 11:12
completed...doubt if I was much help as I use film cameras

05-22-2007, 11:14
I've done it. It took only 9 minutes.

05-22-2007, 11:27
Count me in.

05-22-2007, 11:46

Amy, if I may suggest a twist on your report, it'd be interesting to do an analysis on how many photographers still consider film as an alternative, not obsolete, and why.

Who knows it may affect the choices made by companies down the road.

05-22-2007, 11:54
done :-)))))))))))

05-22-2007, 12:03
I added my two cents..

Al Patterson
05-22-2007, 12:10
I also filled out the survey.

05-22-2007, 12:11
How many cameras?

Ha! This is the 98% response from this group to be sure.

You need additional options for that one. The last response should be "I'll do an inventory and get back to you."

Good luck with your project.

05-22-2007, 12:21
Yup, done.
Good luck with your studies and future career.

Ming The Merciless
05-22-2007, 12:45
I did it also. Best wishes.

05-22-2007, 12:58
I'll do it too, but you've chosen RFF for random subjects? Most here are disinterested in what most would consider 'mainstream' photography... There are strong biases in this group in favor of older/ simpler gear, street photography, and (gulp) film- particularly the REALLY "obsolete" type, B+W.

05-22-2007, 13:11
Thank you all. We're not worried too much about a random sample, and we're collecting data from referrals from all kinds of sources. We are interested in the opinions of film users, very much so. Although one of our main ideas has to do with how well Leica is/is not competing in the digital age, we can't understand that without understanding users of both film and digital cameras. So the input from all of you is quite valuable to us, actually.

I recently read that camera film sales make up 67% of the Global Photographic
Products market. I was incredibly surprised until I read on and realized they were including photographic medical devices as well. But it may also be the case that outside the "developed" world film still rules? And many professionals and lovers of photography seem to still use and even prefer film. We're still hunting down data on that topic and I'll let you know if/when we find it.

05-22-2007, 13:26
Just finished

05-22-2007, 13:55
I did it too.although my heart is broken!
Leica and Canon!! NO Nikon??!!!


05-22-2007, 14:01
I had the same problem. I own neither, never have, and probably won't unless Canon builds something simpler and more compact or Leica makes something more affordable.

05-22-2007, 14:11
Only 4 cameras ?- are you sure that you are in the right place ?

Did it though - but not your average camera user !

Marc Jutras
05-22-2007, 15:10

Good luck!

Revolucion Artistico
05-22-2007, 15:34
I just finished as well. I leave very close to UCI, great campus I take pictures there often. Good luck.

05-22-2007, 15:47
That didn't take ten minutes- six maybe. I don't think I rushed.

05-22-2007, 16:03
Just did my bit...


05-22-2007, 17:12

05-22-2007, 17:16
This forum talks about GAS, but check out gas of a different type.....


05-22-2007, 17:20
Your survey seems to assume that all purchases are made in stores. I got my last camera in England via Ebay and a previous one, wrapped in good Yak cord, from Siberia. Just a thought.

05-22-2007, 17:25
I'm glad to help.

05-22-2007, 17:43
Well, that was nice. I got to vent a bit about digital photography. I am proud to say my most recent "camera" purchase (as opposed to lenses) was a Nikon N75 that my wife actually asked for since her digital P&S broke and she wanted to return to using an SLR and film. Yay. So, for next to nothing, I bought her the N75 and a 50mm AF-D lens. Thus the question in the survey about advertising and the most recent purchase was completely inapplicable. The camera store that I bought the N75 from was desperately selling it on clearance. And, for RFF, the question about maxing out at "4+" cameras is funny indeed.

05-22-2007, 18:03
Completed, thanks! Camera advertising is interesting, most people I know are extreemly brand loyal, they know what is coming out ahead of time, know how technology is trending and know what features will entice them to upgrade. So, I wonder how much advertising really effects photographers, or rather what kind of people are attracted to these advertisements. My father was always loyal to Canon, and since I was a child he always pionted out the "benifits" of using Canon cameras and lenses. Aside from many nice hand-me-downs:) I tend to prefer Canon myself. Anyone else influenced by their parents preference?

05-22-2007, 18:13
Done...I think I took longer than 10 minutes...sorry...

05-22-2007, 18:21
Just got done too.

I too am working on my MBA, love SurveyMonkey. I would have not jumped from every day to 1-2 a week (camera usage question). I fall somewhere inbetween, my survey class was very picky about that.

Market class for me is next year. Good luck!

B2 (;->

05-22-2007, 18:22
My father was always loyal to Canon, and since I was a child he always pionted out the "benifits" of using Canon cameras and lenses. Aside from many nice hand-me-downs:) I tend to prefer Canon myself. Anyone else influenced by their parents preference?

Totally. My dad had a Yashicamat he bought in 1961 in Hong Kong while in the English Army (Royal Signals). He lovingly passed it on to me and I promptly lost it (well, within a couple of years). I'm on my 5th one now trying to make up for it.

05-22-2007, 18:27
I tried to do the survey earlier this afternoon but the survey site was too busy. So I waited and after dinner, spent a few minutes.
It'll be interesting to see the final results of your project, Amy!

05-22-2007, 19:13
Great idea, Amy, please share your entire project, study, presentation, everything. I would love to see your approach and what your school wants. When I do marketing I hope to have a group as fun as yours sounds.

B2 (;->

05-22-2007, 19:15
I did mine, but I don't think it will be what you want to see. I'm not susceptible to marketing. As are most of the members on RFF.

Rodinal Addict
05-22-2007, 19:53
Me too also.

05-22-2007, 20:19

05-22-2007, 20:31
Done! But I never saw a monkey :(

05-23-2007, 01:26
Done my part. Hope you enjoy the forum.

05-23-2007, 01:45
I just do it! good luck!

05-23-2007, 06:31
I did the survey last night.
Based on a number of questions that were either not applicable or were lacking choices in order to answer, I respectfully suggest that you confer with a photographer or two next time you design a survey, in order to get better and more complete results.
Having said that, good luck with your project.

05-23-2007, 07:38
Ditto, you should take a survey of what questions to ask photographers. :D

05-23-2007, 07:50
I've gladly helped as well ;)

05-23-2007, 08:02
But it may also be the case that outside the "developed" world film still rules?

Nope. They may be getting their first camera ever, but they're moving straight on to digital. The same generation-skipping phenomenon occurs with most technology types; there isn't, for example, a booming gramophone industry in China or Africa.

Did the survey, though.


05-23-2007, 08:19
Done , too.

05-23-2007, 09:35
moi aussi..

Bill K.
05-23-2007, 11:44
All done, good luck Amy, hope you get an A+


Bill K.

Gray Fox
05-23-2007, 12:48
I jsut did mine, too, but I think it needs a couple other questioning branches to it, but I also understand that it is for a class project, not to explore our needs.

05-23-2007, 13:02
Am I the only one skeptical of this? Clearly "she" joined RFF just to post this.
If I were interested in marketing, I doubt I'd choose cameras to study...


05-23-2007, 19:58
Actually, I joined the forum to read comments from photographers who use RF cameras. After reading through some of the messages, I thought you all might be able to help me. And I really do appreciate your help, and have read through all the comments.

As I said, I'm not a great photographer and don't know nearly as much about it as any of you (nor do the other members of my team, obviously, given the comments on our survey design!) But we chose to study about cameras because it was interesting to all of us and something we all had at least some experience with. We've definitely learned a lot.

I'm sure many of you will probably find our conclusions trivial or wrong, but the point is less about accuracy (at least for me) and more about learning and experiencing a new world. Thanks to all of you who helped!

I'll post the link to the final project after June 2. Since I am reading your comments, any other insightful input you might have is appreciated!

05-23-2007, 21:52
Looking forward to seeing your results, and hope your class is rewarding and a success.

Until I read Amy's last post, I sort of discounted your skepticism. Now I'm convinced, she's clearly collecting targeting information for Al Qaeda, the CIA, or more likely both.

05-23-2007, 21:56
Am I the only one skeptical of this? Clearly "she" joined RFF just to post this.
If I were interested in marketing, I doubt I'd choose cameras to study...
Yeah!!! Maybe her project isn't really the poll but to see what our reactions are to the poll!

Or she's a witch.
Amy, I'm sorry but if you float, we'll have to burn you.:D *

Chris, I'm not sure what's to be skeptical about, beyond my computer's IP address, don't think I've given away any personal info and she's been back twice since her first post to respond to the comments here.

*gratuitous Monty Python Reference.

05-23-2007, 23:09
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