Thanks, Thom Hogan, for your contribution here
Thanks, Thom Hogan, for your contribution here
Jan 13, 2009
This may strike some as an odd post, as I'm not in the market for a D3X and only scanned some of the 150 messages in the 'Thom Hogan d3x review' thread. But I was struck by how patiently and politely Thom responded to critics -- some of whom weren't nearly as civil in their posts to Thom -- and want to point out, at least:
His review wouldn't have elicited that kind of reaction if his expertise weren't so obvious. Visit bythom.com and his background and breadth of knowledge shines through. People care what he thinks because he obviously knows his stuff.
Thom, thanks for sharing your views on the D3X, and for contributing here. At least one forum visitor ought to say so, and I have.
Thom, I have been a lonnng time reader of your web and post on various sites. Thanks for contributing your time and knowledge!
You are very much appreciated by many here on DP!
“You know, the camera is not meant just to show misery. You can show things that you like about the universe, things that you hate about the universe. It's capable of doing both.” - Gordon Parks
Me too, Carl
as always...one of the trusted sources I rely on for info.
Have yet to see anything he reccomends be off base once I have gotten ahold of anything he has written about.
Not a Thom deciple....just a deciple of "what works" Thoms advice is just usually in that arena....which gives us his best gift...consistancy.
Wether your a photographer, or just about anything in life.....consistancy is a well desired attribute.....and Thom has it in spades...
So...for all the work you do Thom...and all that you put up with (especially here in the forums)....my hats off to you.
The SOUL of a photographer is in SEEING the beauty ....
The GOAL of a photographer is to use their craft to capture it.
You CANT have one without the other.
One more thank you, Thom
BTW how many of his e-books have you bought? (D-100 & 200 for me and D-70 for a friend)
If you have low standards, you can take a look:
I can see that I'm not alone.
I think it's time to bring up a potentially touchy subject that warrants more coverage on message boards, and might -- just might -- relate to the incendiary reaction to negative reviews posted about some cameras.
Please take a look at this 2006 article about public relations firm M80:
which rounded up online fans of given brands/products and coached them on how to participate in guerrilla internet marketing campaign. Here's one quote from the article:
"Neupert’s legions stood ready, at a moment’s notice, to attack Internet message boards with rave reviews of the television series “24” and send passionate e-mails deconstructing the history of Marvel superheroes."
Message boards like this one at dpreview are tremendously, incalculably important in shaping the views of potential buyers, and posting to them is ab-so-lute-ly free. PR shills who forge online identities and craft messages can work behind the scenes with impunity, with virtually no chance that they'll be ferreted out and exposed as hired guns.
I understand that many will defend a given camera because they feel passionate about the brand, or -- more likely -- because they just took a $4,000 or $6,000 or $8,000 plunge on a piece of equipment, and are genuinely offended to see it knocked.
But: why is it that any negative equipment review is so readily leapt upon and picked apart by online users? Post that the so-and-so Canon or Nikon or what have you is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and no one (it seems) will object. But if someone dares to write that the company might have blown it, that the camera isn't worth the money: suddenly, a backlash erupts.
I am not accusing anyone who criticized Thom Hogan's review. Honest. But I have seen this pattern before -- of incensed users emerging from the woodwork when negative words are posted -- and would be surprised if it didn't mean something.
I have to say, as a long-time Nikon user, Thom is an asset to the Nikon community. His unbiased and educated reviews are very helpful. His expertise is appreciated. And his books are invaluable. I've never met the man, but I am grateful for his generosity and expertise. Whenever I have a question about Nikon equipment, I go to his site first. Thank you Thom, and keep up the good work.
Solid, unbiased, thorough and highly respected reviews, responses, approach.
I'm certainly not the only Nikon user who's benefited from Thom's knowledge, both here, through his camera guides, and on his website. Not only that, but I've been inspired by the example he sets in his very obvious love for nature and our planet. Way to go Thom, and thanks for all the good you have done, and will not doubt continue to do in the future!
It should be said that I am also happy this is not another post harping on that other guy who has a website.
Chris, Broussard, LA