Love this site and the various topics that seem to get people hot under the collar. But am amazed at the rather low level of knowledge out there on the subject of photography and the poor quality of work being showcased in these forums. Is it just me or do others agree?The OP may be a fine fellow (with only 2 posts it's hard to tell), but let's face it- this post was a troll. He makes two rather subjective, condescending statements without supporting evidence and thereby infers his superior knowledge and skill?
This place is primarily a hobbyist forum, nobody expects an Encyclopedia Photographia and we’re all here for fun and entertainment with our widely varying abilities. I wouldn’t ask anyone to provide a pedigree UNLESS they're criticizing others and claiming expertise. So- put your money where your mouth is, dude.
The OP claims to be a landscape, wildlife and commercial photographer who is purchasing a 1Dx. I'm wondering why he feels the need to critique the images that are shared on this site (mostly by amateurs trying to learn the basics) and why he doesn't provide his portfolio's website address to give others a frame of reference.
Instead, he decides that for his first two posts, he will create two new threads, both somewhat inflammatory and neither one saying anything interesting or constructive.
...And yet he has taken the time to post links to a very lukewarm deal on the 7D and promoting it like it was the greatest deal ever. (I know it is just lukewarm because just this month I added a fifth 7D to my inventory for $1149 including the 28-135mm lens with a U.S. warranty, and it was shipped instantly and in my hands the next day from an authorized dealer. Other well-known price points on 7Ds have included several instances of the body only for $1,100. So for the admin to advertise the "body package deal" for $1,349 was simple commercialism just like Ken Rockwell does.)
1) Perhaps you don't know the difference between an "Ad Post" and a news post. Ad Posts are sponsored and paid for. They are ads. They are one of the things that keeps this forum in business and allows the rest of us to post and share.
2) Please enlighten us as to what dealer is selling you five 7Ds with a 28-135mm kit lens for $1,149 each, including U.S. warranty. That is a great deal. Sounds too good to be true. I'm sure everyone on this forum would like to know the details. Especially since CanonPriceWatch.com indicates the lowest price ever for that kit was $1,500.
Back to the original post for a bit.
I don't come to this forum for advice or critiques of my images. I'm here because I enjoy reading about and speculating on new camera equipment. Let's all admit it, this is primarily a gearhead forum. That doesn't mean that gear freaks can't be good photographers. (If you look up any of the member websites, you'll see a lot of very accomplished photographers.)
I'm here because there are people who care about and understand the technology of photography to a far greater degree than I ever will. One can be a good photographer without having any technical knowledge and one can be a great technician without having any photographic skill. But, generally, it helps to have a little of both.
It's a hobby and entertainment for me and frankly, I kind of enjoy the company. I have the illusion that I actually know something about some of the participants and I appreciate that. I can discuss and debate with people from across the world, which is something I can't do otherwise.
It's also fascinating to me to see the variety of careers that encompass photography. People like V-8 Beast who turned a love of cars into a career. There are a number of very good wedding photographers. There is a professional Polo photographer. There is someone who runs a rental studio for other photographers to use to take pictures of silicone enhanced models. Until ignorant idiots drove him off, we had MacFly, who was clearly one of the best celebrity photographers in Hollywood.
If I'm interested in buying a new piece of equipment I can post a question here and Neuro (who owns everything) and others will give me a broad range of advice.
If I'm curious about how sensors really work, I can ask and I'll get dozens of answers that I won't really understand, but I'll find informative anyway.
In fact, I find the OP's statement about "low level of knowledge" not only condescending, but ill-informed. For a bunch of amateurs, I'm always surprised at how much some of the contributors to this forum know about technical subjects.
In short, I really couldn't care less about the quality of the images that people post on the sharing portion of the forum. If that's why you come here, there is nothing wrong with that, but it's ridiculously unfair to evaluate the forum and its participants on that narrow basis.