Most of what you've written above is a completely valid point of view. There are many people on this forum, and others not on this forum, who find these endless debates about technical matters; which camera has less noise; which lens is sharper; does 14 bit A/D conversion make a real world difference in Canon's latest models; do DB images really have a 3-dimensional effect that distinguishes them from 35mm etc etc, very, very tedious.
It might be because they have difficulty understanding the maths and physics or that they are simply not interested. Perhaps such discussions make their head hurt. I can only speculate as to the reason.
You are entitled to think I'm spouting drivel. I'm entitled to think I've provided sound guidelines on methodology in comparing cameras of different formats.
My philosophy on such matters is, my views are sufficiently right until proven (or demonstrated) as being wrong or inadequate. No-one has done this yet in this thread.
I'm not persuaded by verbal abuse, belittlement and disparagement. My definition of drivel is 'that which is incomprehensible'. I'm sorry you haven't understood what I've been saying.
As for talented people leaving the forum, the only good reasons I can think of is that they have either been the subject of verbal abuse and their pride is hurt, or they don't find the forum interesting.
I'm not in the habit of verbally abusing people and it seems a quite extraordinary request on your part to suggest that I should stop writing what interests me because some talented photographer might not find what I write interesting and leave the forum.
talented people who used to contribute important information based on their practical information such as James Russel (who was abit long winded but importantly wrote based on their experience with their cameras and work!) are leaving because they have to sift through a whole load of garbage questioning by people who obviously feel like they need to prove some sort of technical point.
We didn't ask that you come here to "save" us with your technical knowledge that isn't grounded in practical usage. I'm amazed you have the gonads to post so much in a MEDIUM FORMAT subforum without ACTUAL EXPERIENCE with it.
You need to be aware of the people who make up this subforum are NOT the same kind of people from dpreview, which is what made this subforum such a bloody useful read. made up of alot of professionals (take a look at rainer's work,enough said). One single post of his has much more credibility than a whole bunch of yours. What are YOUR credentials to back up your posts???
It's not about hurt egos, it's just a bloody pain when people who actually have experience with the products they talk about and actual work experience get drowned out and forcefully questioned by some guys who want to act like camera technicians.
If you really want to act that way I suggest you join a DB company as a product tester and spokesman.
you say "I'm entitled to think I've provided sound guidelines on methodology in comparing cameras of different formats."
Then why don't you go DO IT and TEST the cameras instead of TALKING about it on a forum.
Don't give that bull response about how you can't get the camera in chiangmai and whatnots...australia especially!I know enough australian studios that use DBs!
If it will shut you up I'll be willing to let you test my back for an hour in Singapore next month.
do it, prove your point, and stop clogging our forums with your insistent questioning. Be proactive for once since it seems to bother you enough to post 4,400 times.