Blogger Ming Thein: GH3 a "consumer appliance"

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
MichaelKJ
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Re: Ming is one of few camera reviewers who actually takes great pictures.
In reply to Jorginho, Mar 30, 2013

Jorginho wrote:

danijel973 wrote:

What I find annoying in the entire matter is that he is routinely referred to as "a blogger", which is a convenient way of getting around the fact that he is an excellent commercial photographer with some of the most technically perfect and beautiful results I've seen in the world of product photography. He's "a blogger" in the same way Einstein is "a mediocre violin player" or Hemingway is "an alcoholic from Florida". "A blogger" is someone who has no other distinction or qualification other than writing a blog, and to many people here a top photographer suddenly becomes "a blogger" when he criticises their camera.

In short: we need not go ad hominem. I find the Hemmingway and Einstein comparison overdoing it quite  a lot. Ming is not the Einstein of photography in my book, but I think he is very good at it. Whatever, that is completely irrelevant.

What is relevant is what he concludes and how he comes to these conclusions. He lacks skills to give a helpfull review for those who want a GH3 cam and use it to the full. He has a very personal view on ergonomics (which is okey) and he has made it clear he simply did not use the camera as much as he used others and blames the camera for it. He can blame it for his reluctance to use it, he cannot blame the cam for acting upon this feeling. That is his choice. In doing so he introduced his bias into his review.

In that sense, he comes close to a blogger and not to a reviewer I think. In this case. We should not generalise this to all his reviewing/blogging etc.

Imo, the blogger/reviewer distinction is meaningless.  A blog is a discussion or informational site published on the world wide web. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog

Thus, blogs can contain very informative information as well as useless and inaccurate opinions. And, reviews can range from highly useful and credible evaluations to a highly flawed and worthless opinions.

It seems to me that you and many other people here are trying to redefine "blog." Philip Bloom and Andrew Reid are respected professional videographers who both have sites that most would consider blogs.  Reid and Bloom have both made favorable comments about GH3 on their blogs and Reid said that his review will be up on his site soon.

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