The post about Sean Reid's review of the OM-D, etc. today has some confirmed some things I've been thinking lately about ReidReviews. While I'm a subscriber to ReidReviews and think they are well-written and generally extensive in their converage, IMO, I find them to be of of limited value. The reason for that is that they come from a very narrow "market segment" of photography: black and white street photography.
While Reid's specific requirements and how well any camera meets those requirements for this segment are well-articulated and discussed in detail, where I find his reviews lack the breadth that meets my personal needs for a camera review in they only represent a single, narrow set of user needs.
And the fact is, that many photographers have very different needs than just B&W street photography (some don't do B&W street photography at all), and work with their cameras in multiple settings and user scenarios. You never see a ReidReview about how well a camera might function for use wild animal, sports, reportage, editorial, commercial, or "artistic" photography, for example. I can see how the Leica Digital M's are the embodiment of a camera that best meet's Reid's needs, but the fact of the matter is that you'd never use, or effectively could use, a Leica M9 for motorsports photography.
So, while I find his reviews to be of interest, I only find them to be of moderate interest because of this singular focus on a very narrow application. I'd really rather see a broader set of requirements and user contexts evaluated and assessed with how well the camera meets those requirements from any camera review.
I'd also really wish he'd move away from the Flash-based web site so I could read his reviews on my iPad.