>Your profile would suggest that you are past the beginner >stage and you state that you are an engineer. Since no camera >body or lens comes off the assembly line exactly the same, >although made in the same factory and using the same specs, >such a test as you would like to see is not practical even in >controlled conditions by one person but especially when being >done by different people in different locations, imo. >It appears nothing is wrong with your gear but that doesn't >satisfy you. You state that you are scared to tweak the menu >yet all you have to do is do a camera reset or do as all >competent engineers do - take notes on each phase that you go >through, compare results, make changes as necessary and if you >aren't satisfied, start over. The learning process doesn't >cost anything but time and effort.
I guess as an engineer I like to follow (Or WRITE!) tests that are predetermined.
Also as an engineer, I know enough to not blindly go where I am not skilled.
Photography is a right brain activity, engineering is a left brain activity. I know enough to know when I am out of my comfort zone.
Engineers ONLY live in their comfort zone, that is the way it is.
Yea, I can take a picture. I gotta do something while I am learning to compose a photograph. Engineers love to multi-task!!