Not really sure why you've taken my comment so personally, Jeremy. There was nothing arrogant, self-aggrandising or condescending intended in the statement. What I was merely saying was that too great a leaning on one or the other approach to evaluating a camera, or lens, or flash, or whatever isn't the best approach. To read that as my 'looking out for' anyone is beyond absurd. There's not a shred of logic in such an interpretation. Agree or disagree all you want but if you're going to take such personal affront to my stating my opinion, well then fuck you.
Slobodan, I'm sorry but that's nonsense. You're claiming that sites like DPReview or DxO Mark are the only reason there has been innovation in the camera market? That's like saying Ralph Nader is the only reason there's been innovation in cars. It's preposterous. You're saying that companies won't innovate on their own? Come on. It's not beyond my comprehension. Nor is it entirely without interest. For crying out loud read what's actually written.
h, no that's not what I'm saying. And again read what I said about the technical knowledge to take a good picture being different from the knowledge of the inner workings of a camera. I don't need to know how precisely a rotary engine works to be able to drive a Mazda. WRT the 'use ISO 160' or whatever other similar message, again, I'm not opposed to data. If someone can post accurate data that refutes a subjective statement then that's fine. I think we both know that there's ample 'bad data' out there too. This article
and the referenced video on Vimeo stirred up quite a bit of controversy a while back. Good data or bad data? But it doesn't need to be a doctoral dissertation on the subject to do that. As far as 'better' results with a D4 or D800, better is a wildly subjective term. What is 'better' in one instance for one person may not be for another. Yes, I do think that at times people can get caught up in the details and lose good pictures as a result. It's also true; however, that technically perfect pictures aren't always the best either.