It’s silly season again in the camera review world. With the introduction of the mirrorless Nikon Z6 and Z7, the pundits and wannabe pro photographers are coming out of the woodwork, making pronouncements on a camera they have played with for only a short time, or not at all. It’s great fun reading and viewing the frantic videos of how Nikon got it wrong. It’s the camera industry equivalent of CNBC doing the play by play of the stock market. And, you know how ridiculous (and incorrect) those talking heads are.
First, you have to understand that people who have shot the Z7 and reporting on it, are biased. All people are biased, to some extent, including yours truly. It goes without saying where the Nikon Ambassadors stand — the conflict is obviously baked into their title. Then, there are the camera review sites and bloggers who get early, but currently, limited access. These sites are in the review business — that’s their job. While the bias is a bit more subtle, they are not going to bite (not too hard) the hand that feeds them review units.
Next, you really can’t tell how good a camera is until you use it for a while. There are initial impressions, of course, but these impressions can be wrong. Most review sites don’t test cameras for very long. They can’t. Because of the constant flow of new gear, they are off to the next shiny thing, as soon as a review is written.
Finally, you have the hoards of commenters passing judgement on a camera they never used. Before you put much trust in a review, look at the photographs the reviewer takes. Do they shoot the same subjects that you do? Requirements for a wedding photographer are very different from a street photographer or landscape photographer. I’m also willing to bet that many reviewers and commenters don’t have much of a photo portfolio. They probably spend more time talking about gear than taking photos. I rather put my trust with people who actually make photographs.
I shot the photo above with an old and very modest camera, at least by today’s standards. I’ll reveal which camera I used in a couple of days. I’m willing to bet that for many of the pundits, that camera is more than enough. Because, as they say in Texas, “If you are all hat and no cattle”, any camera will do. By the way, that giant ceiling fan is made by a company called Big Ass Fans. I shot this at the JW Marriott, with the then tallest tower in Austin, the Austonian, reflected in the window.
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