Interesting article posted by Kirk Tuck...All the cameras are better than you are

Started Mar 4, 2014 | Discussions thread
amalric Forum Pro • Posts: 10,839
Re: This is a gear site, what do you expect people to discuss?

sigala1 wrote:

amalric wrote:

sigala1 wrote:

amalric wrote:

Pixnat2 wrote:

Thanks for sharing, that's a good read.

I mostly agree with what he says about photography.

I notice that many influent Photographers and bloggers seems to converge to one point now : we have reached a sort of plateau of optical performance.

Differences in IQ between FF, APS-C and m4/3 are minimal, as are every "improvement" advertised on every new sensor.

So IQ war seems over. Now we can concentrate on Photography.

We, amateur photographers, will not need anymore to upgrade every year. Camera companies are in trouble

Even more 'gear sites' like this, where people discuss impossible minutiae at day's length.

That's where you see the limits of Education. They won't be able to discuss Photography, because they have no History of it.

Some know more or less their genre, but that's it.

This is and has always been a site about discussing gear. That's why the sub-forums are organized by TYPE OF GEAR like Canon SLRs or Micro Four Thirds.

If you don't like this topic, LEAVE! Go to other online forums where they discuss the topics you'd rather discuss.

You are not the owner of the site, and clearly it was people like you my post was referring to, so no wonder.

This place is still called Digital PHOTOGRAPHY Review, so one must assume that it was only vested COMMERCIAl pressure that turned it in a travesty of its title.

BTW I still own m4/3 matériel and I have residual interest in the stuff, so I peruse it for that purpose. I only object to be in such poor company as you.

Happily there are still better minds like Kirk Tuck that tend to say the simple truth for your discomfiture - you are probably not worth the simplest camera. Let's say a P&S?

This site has always been primarily about reviewing digital cameras from a technical perspective, and not about photography in general. I am sure the owners of the site would agree with that. In fact, they state it on the site:

"Digital Photography Review's mission is to provide the most authoritative reviews of, the fastest, fullest news reports about, and the most comprehensive database of consumer digital cameras in the world ..."

So it's a site about "consumer digital cameras" and not about photography.

So why did they chose  such a strange name to their site? If you check my membership you'll see that I am one of the oldest, and I can still remember this as a British site, with purpose much closer to his original name. Auri sacra fames - greed sweeps all.

OTH it is clear that in the Portrait genre, a grasp of lights and psychological interpretation, both of facial expression, attitudes, dress codes even hair is v. relevant to good Photography, and is needed well beyond and before a camera.

So is social and political competence when you do Reportage. You must know the language of Photography, well before checking the sharpness of a lens, the sensitivity of a sensor.

If I stay here, despite the crassness of  some of the public, is because I promoted mirrorless and m4/3 in the belief that it would advance photography, notably because it would make composition easier, and advance skill with 'a camera always with you'.

BTW even if you took photography as a sport, you would understand that buying  a gun for hunting, or  a golf  bag of tools is only the beginning - always. The skill is all, and so you deserve, or not,  your tools.

I am sure that at the Club House they must have a word for those who keep buying equipment and never progress in their skill - a word of contempt.

How much more in Photography that deals for the most intellectual of the senses - Sight, and its relationship with Brain. Are you trying to prove that you don't need any brain? Or that you use it only to buy things? And do tests on your poor, sad pets & brats?


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