Each time a new camera hits the market, a torrent of commentary, reviews and comparisons quickly follows. That’s fine – from time to time we all enjoy a dose of gear-related extravaganza.
But then the 100% crowd comes out. Digital files are subjected to meticulous examination. Every inch, every corner of an image is put under the microscope and millions of eyes bleed red until they find what they are looking for.
The army of “experts” begins the discussion. Dead pixels, chromatic aberrations, smearing, colour bleed … you name it. Then the hunt turns into a public lynching.
Please don’t blame us – we tried very hard. Kasia and I received THE e-mails. Have you seen this problem with the X-Trans files? A link is attached with some sort of snapshot – usually a very, very crappy image. My first thought would be: “Why would anybody take such a bad image?” I guess the quality of seeing is not relevant here.
However, out of courtesy we look and look even more deeply. Then we get tired, grab a coffee and look once more. Then we realize we are in trouble. It is a lose-lose situation. If we write back that we don’t see much there, then the words idiot, Fuji cheerleader, amateur, etc. fly our way. If I do find something but not “it” then we risk another barrage of explicit words.
But we’ve found a solution – it’s not ideal, we admit. Kasia and I just go back to what we do. We focus our attention on seeing, on our subject, composition – on creating imagery. We work on projects that are close to our interests. Then we print our images and print them large. We hold these prints in our hands and smile. We cherish this process of creation and if in the midst of it we enjoy our gear – let it be.
Sorry 100% crowd. We just don’t see it or maybe we don’t get it! Pick the answer you like.
P.S. We are peaceful people and we want to extend the olive branch to the 100% crowd. Here you go, this is for you but please don’t ask us to look. We are perfectly happy with what we see.
All 100% crops (X-Pro2, XF 50-140mm F2.8, XF 35mm F1.4, XF 14mm F2.8) – click for a larger image.
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