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An Open Letter to Nikonians

SoCalMan

Bonsall, US
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SoCalMan Registered since 27th Jun 2006
Tue 21-Nov-06 02:23 AM

We Nikonians are a large, diverse group of people with one thing in common: a love of making pictures. Therefore, it really annoys me that there are a small number of “politically correct” posters (and moderators) who seem to feel that anyone who tests a lens is somehow artistically deficient. “I don’t have time to test my gear, I am too busy out taking pictures!”

This arrogance can be corrosive and very destructive. Just today, a Nikonian posted a question concerning the $1,000 lens he had just purchased. He was very unhappy with its sharpness, but he felt compelled to say, “Yes, I know I should not be testing.” How very sad. What utter nonsense.

Maybe the best solution is to separate the two camps. Why not create a moderated thread called “Lens Testing”, where the non-artistic geeks can post information about the technical strengths and weaknesses of the equipment they have just paid a lot of money for.

Maybe I am just tired of pejorative phrases like “pixel peeping”. Perhaps those who look down on pixel peepers should read the biographies of folks like Ansel Adams, who spent hundreds (thousands) of hours pixel peeping.

Jim Meketa

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