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| p.2 #10 · Feisol, Gitzo or Manfrotto Tripod??? |
Agreed Lasse. However, have you ever heard of one of the Nikonian admins recommendIing RRS tripods which is also a very good brand (better than Gitzo IMHO)? Therein lies their conflict of interest because they sell Gitzo.
On a recent post by a senior administrator, "The only professional ball heads we can recommend are: Markins Q3, Q10, Q20; Arca-Swiss Z1; Novoflex ClassicBall 5." Seriously, what happened to all the other ultra high quality ballheads that they can't recommend such as the Arca Swiss cube or RRS ballheads or quite a few others?
Then, there is the infamous test that a senior Nikonian...Show more →
I left Nikonians a few years ago, largely because of the heavy-handed self-promotion of the admins. I was a contributing member, but didn't support the move to a pay-to-read format, and I was always bothered by how heavily they promoted their particular products (the less said about the officious "Nikonian" credentials/badges the better). Quite a few of us left around the time, and the site's dual identify as both a forum and a business was a big part of it.
You're mistaken about Neil R., though. When I was there, he did a lot of tests, and posted quite a few results -- and more than once they went against the admins' orthodoxy. I never got the sense that he was the least bit invested (materially or otherwise) in promoting Nikonians products, and he always seemed to call them like he saw them. His tests were also genuinely instructive exercises, too, since he paid particular attention to the difficult shutter speeds between 1/s and 1/60s, assessed hands-on vs. hands-off shooting, etc. He's not a shill.