I don't run this forum, the direction it takes is none of my business, but as I read some of the posts I wonder how many photographers under the age of 40 actually participate.
I know the assistants I work with don't. They're too busy reading and posting in the hundreds of blogs, twitter accounts and instigram sites to care.
They go on the web to learn and entertain themselves and honestly could care less what camera is a better deal.
What they do care about is what camera might help them produce a unique look.
What they are smart enough to realize is to do their own research, testing and post work so they can judge any camera on it's own merits, by using it as it's intended.
They use everything they can get their hands on from Iphones, 5d3's, Mamiya 7's and some . . . now hold on this might surprise some people, but they actually own or would like to own a medium format digital camera.
They make take a dozen Iphone images a day, but when they have something worthwhile, they ask to borrow in this order . . . our medium format backs, grip/hmi lighting, REDs.
That tells me something.
The Greater Fool?
I wasn't referring to cameras as commodities, any more than I think if I sell our studio rubbish bins, vehicles or filing cabinets we'll turn a profit.
Every successful person I know, in any business or endeavor that wasn't built on a trust fund was the greater fool. They took the unconventional road and made it work for them. When everyone looked right, they turned around and looked left.
They are realists, dreamers and explorers all rolled into one.
Anyway this is my last post on this thread as all it does is open another door for more negative camera bashing and it would be nice if that door was shut.
Everything that should not have been said has, anything worthwhile has been passed over.