Blogger Ming Thein: GH3 a "consumer appliance"

Started Mar 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Hen3ry
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Re: Blogger Ming Thein: GH3 a "consumer appliance"

danijel973 wrote:

Hen3ry wrote:
I also read Ming's piece with some astonishment. The emotion is obtrusive throughout, the language is extreme. Irrational is a very moderate judgement of it.

I must admit I find this to be a very awkward statement. You see, emotional responses are by definition not rational, but that does not mean their basis is not rational. For instance, he could have tested the camera, seen that it behaved poorly in many respects, and then vented an emotional expression of his experience. This does in no way deny the validity or rationality of his experience. In fact, emotional response to equipment that is supposed to be an extension of one's creativity is much more important than quoting the spec sheet; this is the very reason why people read reviews by pro photographers instead of just pixel-peeping spec sheets and comparometer results on dpreview.

So when a reviewer's emotional experience fails to meet our own emotional expectations, it is quite pathetic to attempt to deny the reviewer's rationality in order to protect one's own emotions from pain (caused by attachments and projections).

Dani, that's fair comment to a point, except that the fact is that I don’t have a dog in this fight. I have no attachment to the GH3 -- wouldn’t buy it, in fact, as I have no interest in video and I certainly don’t want anything bigger than my E-PL3 or the G5 o E-PL5 I'm thinking of moving to.

I was looking at the language -- as a professional writer and teacher. The language Ming uses is extreme  -- terrible this and terrible that. Then: "The target market videographers are bound to be unhappy" -- he is clearly not a videographer or he would be giving his opinion or speaking of his experience on that, not talking about "the target market". Alternatively, he should cite a videographer to whom he passed the camera for comment.

Sure there is emotion involved, but we are looking for a professional's response which will involve emotion but controlled emotion (that's what being pro is all about', not what we call in Australia (and perhaps where you are) a dummy spit.

That's simply not professional.

Cheers, geoff

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