Grant me that I read the web for a living, so maybe I've become, shall we say, sensitive. But, often, when I read peoples' comments on new or just-introduced cameras—here or elsewhere—I fancy I can usually tell whether, deep down, they're considering it, or dismissing it. No matter how probitous, even-tempered, and analytical their thoughts might be, that binary calculation often seems to rise up from behind it: interested, or taking a pass?
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Featured [partial] Comment by Rory O'Toole: "I think that the switch should have a middle position—'dreaming.' And don't underestimate the amount of time people can spend dreaming—from reading online, considering what they can sell to raise funds, trying it out in the shop...."
Featured Comment by Michal K.: "Well, I do spend a lot of time online reading about photography. I always find it amusing to read Canikon comments-wars. I'm not sure if everyone up there could be put into 'consider/dismiss' frames. Sure—many of them are dreamers—they would love to make good photos, but instead go out and try, they spend too much time pixel-peeping and reading reviews. I believe most of them just want to 'exist' for a while—say to the world, 'hey, I'm here!'By the way, I love my seven-year-old 6-MP DSLR, and I have and use about six 35mm cameras. I am by no means pro, that's why I don't believe upgrading would improve my photos in any way. But, at the same time, I've got my likes and dislikes—I do like all of the new Fujis and I don't like new Olympus OM-D. I doesn't mean I consider buying either."