So we have the triade. The top 3 of periodic topics in wich we all learn and progress a lot.
In importance order for the photographer.
- MF vs DSLR
- the DR topics
- and the Bits and resolution ones in wich this one belongs.
I totally agree that skills are the most important thing and also that there is no reason why we all should use the same camera. The question triggering all these discussions is "what camera should it be?".
There are a series of factors underlying this discussion that can make it very frustrating for some people and trigger some comments/discussions that don't appear to belong to the realm of adult conversation.
- We have been thoroughly educated to be consumers, which means to prioritize our current wants on top of our possible future needs. In other words, we are manipulated into giving up our own free will to manage our wealth, pushed to give it away to aquire something that is likely not to deliver the real world benefits we once imagined,
- Internet has given the possibility to a huge number of people to express themselves without feeling the responsibility that authors used to feel before publishing something that would be read by a large audience. Many people around also don't use their real name for a variety of reasons. Another of the side effects of this is to expose to more eyes the old reality that some people are so much richer than others that whatever they buy doesnt make a ripple in their bank account, which means that they may not care about the performance of their equipment as much as someone for whom it is going to be the only camera they buy in the next 5 years.
- Underlying all this, we have the digital revolution that perhaps impacted photography more than any other segment. Besides huge benefits, it has resulted in a huge inflation of the price of equipment, probably unheard of in any other segment oh human activity I am aware of. It has also resulted in an acceleration of the performance of cameras such that most DSLRs are in fact good enough in terms of image quality to handle many jobs that used to be the domain of MF film only.
In this context, what is true, what is a myth? What do we need, what do we want? Can a real man shoot landscape without a MFDB?
This can make it very confusing for some new entrants to decide how much they need to invest in a camera to get capability he/she needs. In my view, this also explains the somewhat violent reactions of some people around here who are reacting not to just 16 vs 14 bits, but to the whole package of things underlying this discussion.