- No, that's not lame, b/c some people are just into optimization
There's nothing wrong with optimization, but how prudent is it for a photog to switch systems for one factor (DR) if that photog hasn't learned to take advantage of that one factor?
- You seem to speak of the knowledge of any given photographer as static. What if he/she's technique exceeds that of a lesser camera within a short period of time? Or what if the extended abilities of a better sensor help he/she realize a unique style to his/her photography that would've been otherwise unrealized? Or any of a # of other scenarios.
Nah, I'd never say that a photographer's knowledge or skill set is static. It's always growing, but most of that growth comes from framing an image, releasing the shutter, taking constructive criticism to heart, refining your technique, and releasing the shutter again. Sure nicer gear raises the ceiling higher for what can be achieved, but you have to be realistic about what features and specs (like DR) you really need vs. what you want but might never use. If I have a complaint about my gear, but then see images that kick the $hit out of mine that were captured with lesser gear, it really makes me question whether or not I'm doing everything I can to get the most out of what's in my camera bag.
- Why require a so-called 'tech head' to produce photos to prove his/her discussion is legit? Why are you assuming he/she is bad until proven otherwise? It baffles me. I never walk into forums assuming someone is a bad photographer to begin with. Because when you assume, you run the risk of making an...
I don't assume anything. I've seen some truly gifted photogs get flamed online and treated as if they're novices for no good reason. The tech heads I'm referring to are the guys who talk a bunch of trash about DR and Nikon's and sensor superiority, go out and buy a D800, then post a bunch of underwhelming snap shots to show off how great their gear is.
- The Canon system generally works for me as well. But I've run into a # of situations where I didn't feel comfortable printing large or raising shadows b/c I saw the banding all the way to the print. I could do without those scenarios, especially if it doesn't require me sacrificing too much else. That's what these discussions are about... optimizing what we work with. In fact, it's precisely b/c of these conversations that I was intrigued enough to do my own tests to see just how much better EXMOR sensors are over my entire 5D line (not all of us have the luxury of shooting Canon & Nikon interchangeably whenever we want, so this has been a learning experience for me). Actually, before doing many of these tests myself, I was disinclined to even believe DXO... my opinion was completely reversed when my own tests confirmed their observations... and these well-controlled tests happen to explain what people are seeing in real-world shooting scenarios. So, in my mind, these discussions are incredibly productive, b/c they solidify the reality of difference between these sensors (a reality that a lot of people were unwilling to accept when DXO initially published their findings). In fact, your statement to the effect of 'yes, now we all know that Nikon's sensors are better than Canon, accept it, move on'... I would argue that, yes, we do seem to know that now... but many more of us know & believe that precisely b/c of these blog postings & these discussions. Remember when LTRLI initially posted his assessment of the DR of the 5DIII? People just blasted him left & right, & boy am I glad I didn't. I questioned his methodology, b/c I also wanted to understand it. Now it seems generally accepted that his estimates were pretty much spot on. So, these discussions can be incredibly productive in helping us all arrive at some objective conclusions. And if you don't care, just leave us be, you know? These tech head vs. photographer discussions are so off-topic and are just adding noise to otherwise intelligent discourse.
I agree that these discussions can be productive, but there has to come a point where it's more productive to do something about it - whether it's switching systems, experimenting with new technique in the field or in post, etc - rather than arguing with Canonites that are either in denial or completely dismiss Nikon's DR advantage.