Can we please get a minimum of objectivity???

Discussion in 'Digital Discussion & Q&A' started by deudeu, May 18, 2008.

  1. deudeu

    deudeu TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2007
    Messages:
    327
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Paris, France
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I am very tired of a lot of people on these forums that just sound like Canon and Nikon salesmen and are lacking any type of objectivity, and are giving advice to people and just don't make any sense.

    I know there has been plenty of arguments about this but I am starting to be fed up with stupid people. I have a lot of time at work, so i spend a lot of time on forums, mostly talking about politics and photography. You would think that the photography forums would be a place where people would be a little more open minded since we are talking about an art and it's tools, not about ideology.

    Anyways, I think that some things need to be set straight, even though it seams some people will never listen.

    YES, Nikon and Canon have, so far, been coming up with professional bodies and most of the other companies have not.

    YES, for the expert level cameras, until recently, that IQ on both of those brand camera was slightly higher.

    This being said, the DSLR market has been going up the roof and there are some consequences to that.

    The first one is that there is more and more offers on the market. Olympus, Sony, Pentax (and Samsung) have been working on their offer and diversifying it. All of those companies offer some interesting bodies that can take some pictures that are just as good as what you can do with Canon or Nikon.

    As far as full format cameras are concerned, shortly, Canon and Nikon will have to deal with Sony and Samsung (thus probably Pentax as well). The same way the APS-C cameras of Sony and Pentax are just as good as the Canon or Nikon equivalent, the FF ones will probably be just as good.

    As far as lenses are concerned, the two big ones do have a larger offer available for new lenses. But the old lenses should be taken into consideration, and this makes a difference.

    Pentax, has had the largest increase in marketshare in Japan last year. This is true because they offer affordable quality cameras and lenses and because Japanese people sure know about cameras. I suspect that this trend will keep going, not only for Pentax but for the non Canon or Nikon cameras in general.

    So PLEASE, when you give advice to newbies about what system to get, take all this into consideration. Don't tell people that if they go for something else than Canon or Nikon they will outgrow their system because it is simply not true. Plus, if you outgrow something like a K20D that means that you should be making very big money with your pictures and you will be able to afford some other system if you wish so.

    On a final note, Samsung just patented a system that resets the pixels when they get filled up. It then counts the number of times each pixels got filled up and adds it to whatever value the pixel has at the end of the exposure. This makes the dynamic range virtually unlimited... Where were Canon and Nikon on this one?

    Sorry for the long rant... It is most likely not needed, and it will most likely serve no purpose, but i am just tired of those people who lack all type of objectivity and are for Canon or Nikon just because it is the first system they've picked up.

    EDIT: Sorry if I did not mention Panasonic, olympus, leica (digilux not the rangefinder), Fuji, or Sigma. Those companies also offer some very interesting cameras and should not be dismissed!
     
  2. rooky

    rooky TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2008
    Messages:
    80
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    So you are basically saying that we shouldnt have an opinion or give one unless it takes every possible product out there into consideration? Why cant we just have an opinion and if somehas a better one, then they can add theirs. Isnt that what forums are all about? Better yet, might be better that you spend even more time on here so you can respond to everypost with the utmost of accuracy.

    I think you should relax.

    The people that get one here and post opinions or advice are just trying to help. And many of us don't have time to study everything. It is a give and take. Personnally, I simply appreciate as many opinions as I can get. Even if they do lean one way or another. I'm a grown man, I can decide whats important for me and follow up.
     
  3. KOrmechea

    KOrmechea TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2008
    Messages:
    212
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Flint, MI
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    When recommending products, people tend to recommend those they have experience with. The fact that most people around here recommend Canon or Nikon equipment is due to the fact that most here use Canon or Nikon equipment. It's what they know. Would you recommend a product you've had little to no experience with?

    Those that shoot other brands also tend to speak-up when questions arise. The forum may be biased, but it's only because the market is...
     
  4. deudeu

    deudeu TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2007
    Messages:
    327
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Paris, France
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    People are allowed to have an opinion, and I value it.

    Exemples of what people should say to express their opinion: "I really like the D80, it's been treating me well". "If you take a lot of wide angle pictures and consider buying a Full Frame soon, be aware that only Canon and Nikon offer some at the moment". "I don't think that the lense choice available for X brand is sufficient, this brand seams better". This is totally acceptable.

    Exemples of things that really annoy me: "why don't you buy a real system?" "Only Canon/Nikon makes real cameras", "if you go for this brand you will be sorry later"...
     
  5. deudeu

    deudeu TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2007
    Messages:
    327
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Paris, France
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    And then there is those people who jump on a thread call "E-410 or K200D" and say "no man, you should go for the XTi" and then I am annoyed. Sharing your experience with what you own is different than trashing everything else.

    It is true that this thread aimed at a minority, but a minority that i tend to be irritated with and that should be informed.
     
  6. Sw1tchFX

    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Messages:
    7,500
    Likes Received:
    478
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    [/quote]only Pentax can be trusted on the long term to keep their mount.
     
  7. deudeu

    deudeu TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2007
    Messages:
    327
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Paris, France
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I thought the old lenses didn't metered on any of the bodies. I learn something everyday.

    I know it is all subjective. Everything is. Objectivity arises when all the opinions are combined together. But in order to attain that you need to respect the opinions of others.
     
  8. Sw1tchFX

    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Messages:
    7,500
    Likes Received:
    478
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I think you're over analyzing this ;)
     
  9. dslrchat

    dslrchat TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 5, 2008
    Messages:
    274
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I highly doubt anyone here is getting paid by any manuf to boost sales.
    That being said, In My Honest Opinion, it seems you are asking people to hold back on their personal opinions and experience. Which really defeats the purpose of forums.
    Granted, everyone asking a question needs to take the answers/reply as an Opinion and Not fact.

    This is how a forum works.

    Not Knockin, just my Opinion.
     
  10. MarcusM

    MarcusM TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2007
    Messages:
    1,236
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    St. Paul, MN, USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    As others have stated, people give recommendations *mostly* based on what they know firsthand or based on their own experiences. If they know Canon or Nikon, and they like their current system, then that is what they will recommend.

    If they say things like "get a real system" (referring to Nikon or Canon), then who cares? Comments like that are usually taken with a grain of salt anyway, right? People are going to do their research and they'll figure out what they want. If someone is dumb enough to be sold on comments like that, well then that's their problem.
     
  11. Battou

    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 10, 2007
    Messages:
    7,997
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Slapamonkey, New York
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    You need to bare in mind that there are not really that many people shooting on multiple brands of body of the same era and classification at the same time. Most of us use one camera at a time be it Nikon, Canon, Leica, Sony, Samsung, Poleroid or what ever. People are going to issue their advice around what they know in the hopes of being most helpful. Advising a person to go out and spend a grand on a camera you can not tell them how to use if need be is just plain foolhardy and irresponsable.

    Canon guys are always going to say buy the Canon, Nikon guys are always going to say buy the Nikon. This way after the person buys the camera and comes back with a question, the same people who advised it can also tell them how to make it work.

    I put a lot of effort into being unbias in general queries, but when it comes down to suggesting cameras it will always be the cameras I know full well how to operate...and they are thirty year old Canons.
     
  12. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2003
    Messages:
    9,713
    Likes Received:
    203
    Location:
    Brisbane, Australia
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I agree. How about this for a simple quick test: Hands up those with XTis who wish they'd gone with Sony or Pentax....

    No one? Not surprised.

    Often the recommendations here are being objective. Now I won't talk anyone out of a system, but I'd be the first to recommend Canon or Nikon. If the price is right, the bodies fit the use there's no reason not to recommend the XTi for instance.

    For the most part I haven't seen any actual bad advice here. And that's just what it is, advice. If you want objectivity you'd go and check the body out yourself and not ask an internet forum what they think.
     

Share This Page