It would seem as if the locking of the thread has something to do with a slight dust-up between one of Michael's buddies, Yair Shahar, with Emil Martinec where Yair replied in a dismissive way to a post made by Emil (who is well known on LuLa) and suggested to Emil that "perhaps it is time for you to step out of the shadows and tell us who you are and what you do? It seems silly to talk to a nickname...". This is somewhat ironic, since Yair goes by the screen name of YaYa, although he does give his name as a footnote to his posts. Emil is a professor of physics at the University of Chicago and the discussion devolved to how a PhD in physics pertains to photographic expertise and then to a less than well received article on LuLa by another PhD.
I agree with Edmund that the thread did cover some interesting topics. Discussion of high end dSLRs is not really off topic in a MFDB forum, since many prospective users are interested in how the two formats compare. Referring to the Nikon D7000 sensor as thumbnail sized shows condescension and did not add to the demeanor of the discussion.
Bill, some pointers for you if I may
I am not "one of Michael's buddies". We know each-other since 2006 and we've had professional dealings (including my visit to mexico last year) over the years. If you have anything to say to me you can contact me directly 24/7/365 as you have all my contact details (inc. mobile number) and full name in my signature
I did not know who Emil was until he cleared it up. I should have apologised for not looking him up. I only ever visit the MF forum so I did not know him from anywhere else
I'm a happy Nikon user of a camera with a thumbnail-size sensor. I like the camera but I'm also aware of its limitations. I dismissed the images that were used by Emil since I did not find them very informative. This was my opinion and I still stand behind it. I still think the DxO's reports only tell half the story of a camera (or less) hence why I was joking about the differences between my F5100 and the D7000 in their comparison...
I have no science degree which is why you will never catch me waving around scientific terms. I speak photography to photographers regardless of their genre, background or interest. I'm here to share my experience and to help those who want to learn about digital medium format photography
Edmund and I have been around the block a few time and I'd like to believe that we know each other's crooked sense of humour by now. I think we also share the belief that an image is made out of light, subject, colour, texture etc. and not out of photons and microns...
Anyway it's getting late here and I had a long day travelling to another country and back.
Again feel free to contact me at any time if you need any further clarifications
(PS I got "yaya" as a nickname since the army days and I've been using it as a screen name for many years but always attached to my real name)