I am sorry, but I must rant. Please indulge me. Today’s rant is about the PixelPeepers and the MeasureBeaters. They’re everywhere. They populate the online photo forums and camera clubs like a disease. You know, the folks who can’t take a picture to save their life, but who can cite every worthless detail and sharpness rating of every lens made. They’re the people who have an opinion about every lens and camera whether they’ve used them or not. They’ll argue over terminology, and any other minutia possible in order to prove their superiority.
They will tell you that thus and so piece of gear is no good. They’ll swear that so-and-so’s software is worse than their favorite software.
I could go on but it would be too painful. You get the point.
Here’s my simple plea – ignore them – PLEASE! Whatever their intentions, these people are harmful to photography. They make people feel inferior because theirs is not the sharpest lens of all; Or their camera body is not the fastest; or their memory card not the biggest.
They’ll assure you that your printer is too slow, your monitor too small and your compact flash card potentially flawed. And for some reason, photographers seem genetically pre-disposed to respond to all of this.
By way of illustration let me ask you a question. Do you own a car? Is it a Porsche? If I were a Peeper or a Beater I’d say if it is NOT a Porsche, then you must sell your car and get a Porsche because by all reports, Porches are faster, sexier and better than any car you drive.
Now I know, maybe your car works just fine. It gets you to work and school and home again with no problem. But don’t you think you need a Porsche?
Get it? You DO NOT NEED A PORSCHE! Nor do you need the most expensive camera and lens made to make a good photo. Nor do you need the fastest computer with the most RAM.
Photography is about SEEING! It’s about COMMUNICATION!
I am a big gear head. I admit it. But I don’t put gear over creativity. So buy that third party lens. If it makes sharp images for you and, your images evoke an emotional response in the people who see those images, you’re a winner. Use last year’s computer – nobody has to know.
And don’t get drawn into arguments with these people on the forums. The best way to get rid of them is to ignore them.
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