"It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter."
—David Hume Kennerly, Pulitzer Prize
winning photojournalist and former White
House photographer for President Gerald
R. Ford, in the early '80s, when I asked
him what camera he used
Someone suggested yesterday that a lot of Fuji and Micro 4/3 mirrorless users "hang out" on TOP.
I have to say I hate that idea. I like that those people are here, of course, but I don't like the thought that I'm making other people feel unwelcome just because I blather on about what equipment I like. So I just wanted to mention that it doesn't matter. I don't care what you shoot. Whether you shoot infrared film in a toy camera, won't touch anything that doesn't say "Leica" on it, have three of the biggest pro Canons, have never shot with anything that has anything less than a fixed 10X zoom, are proud of your new Sony or think electronics giants shouldn't even make cameras, love your Samsung NX1 (that right there might be the most I've ever written about the NX1), love your Phase One back, love the camera in your Android phone, won't shoot with anything but a Foveon sensor, are a fanatic for lightweight view cameras, have $80,000 worth of top-end cameras or think anyone with more than one inexpensive used body is a snob...we love you all the same.
Honestly, it doesn't matter to me. I'm not able to get all enthusiastic about more than a few brands, because, well, I'm not able to use everything all at once. But that doesn't mean I scorn what you use.
If you're happy with your photographing and your photographs, that's all that matters.
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Featured Comments from:
Wes: "I've never understood why photographers get so emotionally attached to their gear. Make one negative comment about a particular brand on a photo forum and prepare for an attack from multiple fronts. Remember, it's just a tool.
"P.S. I have an NX1. It's the most enjoyable camera I've ever used and no one will ever take it from me. It's perfect."
Stephen Cowdery: "Actually, Mike, I think yours is the least 'fanboy' of all the photo sites. The Micro 4/3 format appeals to anyone who is looking for a jack-of-all-trades camera, so it is only logical that you should cover it, and that you might have a favorite 'Flavor of the Month.' At least you cover it instead of dismissing or ignoring it. A quick look at your Categories in the sidebar shows a wide range of your interests with Cameras and Camera Reviews only a small part of the whole.
"TOP is also a site blessedly without the usual trolls, thanks to your moderation of comments."
David Bateman (partial comment): "I just think a lot of people use Micro 4/3 cameras. More than the sales numbers imply. I look for used lenses on eBay every once in a while and I always see a huge number available for 4/3. Not so much for Fuji."
Steve Jacob (partial comment): "I think that Micro 4/3 and Fuji have hit the mark with a particular demographic that largely represents TOP readers, which is that of mature enthusiasts. In other words, it doesn't surprise me that many of your members arrived at the same place you did."
Dave Miller: "I think I must be a terrible brand snob, one of the worst. I own Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Fuji, Sony, Sigma, and Panasonic cameras. But not one single Olympus...."