Fandoyism always exist. I don't use the Red forum because
Of the incredible level of fanboyism involved, just can't deal
With it. I had a tech question on red color and posted here,
At the risk of having little or no imputs. This Forum is rather
Sweet and more than blind fanboyism, I see passion.
I agree with you Fred, the RED forums can be informative and a good place to find equipment, but they can also be over the top about the RED cult.
Then again, lately our forums have become very negative coming from a small number of participants.
I work a lot of hours.
It's now 2:46 am and I'm putting a first cut online and working on a creative treatment due tomorrow.
I only go on these forums to learn, share but mostly to enjoy a brief break from my work.
I don't like negativity born out of personal agendas. I like it when people share what works for them, I love it when they show interesting photographs, but just to be negative turns me off.
I almost dropped out completely, but instead decided to block a few participants and rarely read what they post even if I'm not logged in.
I don't see the point and btw: I don't really mind what anyone says as long as it's not purposely hurtful, as everyone has a different opinion.
What I find funny about these posts railing against larger than 35mm cameras is there is proof from the recent Phase One interview that most of these opinions are wrong.
In fact if I was the CEO of Phase I'd kind of have a chuckle to myself when I'd read that larger than 35mm is doomed, especially when they came off their best financial year.
Regardless of the minority though vocal opinion, medium format has more offerings and is more widespread today that it was 10 years ago. We may have lost Sinar backs, but gained Pentax on the lower price scale, Leica and new Phase backs at the high end, Hasselblad in the middle.
All of their softwares and workflows are much more professional than they were even 6 years ago and in the case of C-1, they are the gold standard for tethering for almost every format.
I also find it curious that the people that are 100% positive that certain equipment is too expensive, won't buy it anyway, so I really doubt if Phase, Leaf, Hasselblad or Leica really pay any attention to those comments.
Me, my Leaf and subsequent Phase backs have been very, very profitable and good for my business. My 2 RED 1's and Scarlets have been more than good for my business the last two years.
My old Leica M8 probably isn't that profitable, but a lot of fun.
If people don't believe that, fine, because I just chuckle to myself.
My take is that most professional photographers have more than one system and I just bought a 1dx, have another one planned to purchase and even with that don't see them as a replacement to my REDS or my Phase backs, even though the 1dx for me shoots a great file with very nice skin tones and good video.
They're just different cameras for different purposes.
Now I also plan this year plan to buy a new medium format camera. I'm waiting for the h5d to come out and test it within our workflow next to a Leaf and a Phase.
Don't know for sure if or what I'll buy, but i think this is going to be a very good year.