as a hippy i worry at your emphasising the cultural feature of the group concerned. i'd like to know, for the sake of 'peace among the nations' and without getting too heavy, what features of a person identifies her/him in your mind as a hippy?
as a hippy, i know and have known many people who identify as hippies. as with any group of people, some are more credulous than others and some are more prone to letting their imaginations run away with them. so for the sake of what they used to call 'political correctness', it would seem to be a good thing to get it off hippies. without taking offence, we are a people, a people of peace and we like to be treated with respect.
not all hippies believe in magic, though many do, and those who do are not the only people who believe in magic.
druidry is about magic, after all - the gwersi teach magic, the thinning of the veil, the philosopher's stone, the ancestors, afterlives and fairies and spirit animals who guide us. an array of opinion is possible concerning all these things, and rational, realistic skepticism is necessary, but scoffing and scorning doesn't clarify anything.
be that as it may, i am aware of large numbers of intelligent, rational people who do not identify as hippies who have studied the orbs that appear in some photographs who have assured themselves very scrupulously that they are not the result any known physical cause, who even thought of checking the cleanliness of their lenses and the defects of their equipment, lighting, techniques, etc. okay, they cannot help but observe that orbs occur most frequently in the photographs of believers who have actively sought signs of fairy presences, who truly believe them capable of showing themselves and earnestly desire them to - conditions conducive to the thinning of the veil, to the magical manifestations they seek, and which are absent when scornful skeptics set out to disprove the phenomenon. if you invite magic, it appears. if you are hostile, you kill it.
but how true is it that all photos with orbs are taken with poor quality cameras?
That was when I took a few cameras and began snapping pictures of the area.
The really good cameras got clear pictures and the cheap cameras (of course) had "floaties" all over them.
The pictures had 'floaties' because the older cheaper cameras had dust on the interior of the lens. The light bounced off the inside of the camera and was recorded on the pictures.
the above begs some questions. you seem to imply that
1. you took down details of all the cameras that took photographs which showed orbs, e.g., the brand-names, the original retail price plus all other indicators of quality, the age, and condition.
2. you actually had the consent of all other photographers present to dismantle their cameras in order to check for the presence of this dust (which incidentally affects only some photos and no two alike).
3. the dust concerned created orbs on only some photos and never the same pattern of orbs on any two. so this is dust that disappears for some photos and reappears for others?
4. you checked the inner lenses of all cameras present and proved that this magic floaty-dust was on all the ones that took orb-bedecked photos and not on any that took orbless photos only.
4. you have shown under test conditions that by putting dust on the interior of the lens of a camera that has never taken photographs with orbs in them, you can make them take orb-bedecked photos exactly resembling those claimed to be magical.
if not, you must understand that your argument resembles that of people who scoff at crop circles, claiming that they could be made by one skilled motorcyclist dropped into the field by a helicopter, while nevertheless, crop circles keep happening and no-one has ever come forth to demonstrate.
or in other words, you are casting an orb-killing enchantment as surely as those you deride are casting a magic inviting enchantment.