“Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering.”

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Richard Butler
Richard Butler dpreview Admin • Posts: 2,681
War is over, if you want it
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Thorgrem wrote:

As DPR doesn't give a sh*t about all this negativity on the front page with MFT articles, they sure don't mind that the front page becomes such a nasty toxic place in all the articles that people avoid it altogether.

That's absolutely not the case. The challenge is: 'what to do about it?' And that's not nearly so easy as you might think.

For every comment saying "This is a 20-50mm F3.4 equiv" (which is true, but not necessarily helpful), there's another saying "it's still F1.7 in terms of exposure" (which is equally true, but not any more helpful). Or one saying "it's only F3.4 equiv in terms of DoF" (which is untrue, and hence not at all helpful).

Where's the line between reasonable comment and antagonism? Even if we could all agree on that, it's not possible to police every single comment.

We tried to publish an article that tested and explained equivalence specifically to try to defuse these arguments (because equivalence doesn't favour one format over another or dictate what's right for you: at worst it highlights the size/price/IQ balance of each system, but that's there whether you care to look or not).

A rational response to "it's a 20-50mm F3.4 equiv" might be "Yes, but there aren't any such lenses, much less ones with the really impressive MTF curves Panasonic is showing." or "If such a lens existed, lovely, but would it have all the video and gimbal-friendly features that this lens has?".

But perhaps the most astute response might be to think 'sure, so what?' and then not rise to the bait by responding.

Since we don't have the capacity to review and assess every single comment, it's up to each individual to consider whether they're fighting or contributing to the nastiness.

Richard - dpreview.com

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