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I came over to Fred Miranda forums in 2005 (to buy a 1DII for $3000, but that's another story). At the time I had been on DP Review and was getting most of my photo information from that forum. Over the years I drifted away from DP Review and spent nearly all of my photo forum time over here instead.
Put bluntly, I don't really care for the crowd over there. It's nothing personal against anybody there, I just feel like the mindset there isn't what I'd like to be around on a daily basis.
Now with that said... anyone who has...Show more →
It's a matter of what standards you have and what your needs are and, in the case of professionals, the needs of your clients. When you buy into a brand of dSLRs, that's often a five-figure investment and then to see a system fail to meet your needs or to become so maligned clients would choose those with other systems is deeply frustrating and costly.
When I was shooting 135 I loved it until I saw how grainy large prints were. I moved up to 120 but wanted to shoot landscapes with perspective correction and so I switched to 4x5. It's not perfect and it is expensive (so I mostly shoot 6x12), but finally I found a system that did what I needed and the sense of empowerment you get from feeling like your gear is at the level you need to produce results that match your vision is great.
This is just a hobby so my needs are whatever I feel like they should be, and are not dictated by clients, but it's frustrating being held back by gear, especially for those who shoot at a high level (not me, I'm a beginner) and whose standards are exacting. I use a lot of Canon gear, a 5D Mark III for stills and a C100 for video, and I love how ergonomically strong and reliable this gear is, plus I dig some of Canon's lenses a lot. However, my needs are not that high end and my eye not that exacting. If I were a better photographer/videographer, I would surely demand higher end gear and grow frustrated with my prosumer gear (that doesn't even come close in terms of IQ to the cheaper D800 and Black Magic Cinema Camera from what I'm told). When that day hopefully comes, I'm sure I'll be frustrated having to re-invest, and I would like more highlight latitude and less shadow noise on both these cameras to be perfectly honest.
I remember trying out a tilt/shift lens and realizing it didn't cut it next to 4x5 and the frustrating experience that was for me. I'm sure every shot those guys on dpreview take with their technologically lagging Canon gear gives them a similar, somewhat infuriating experience. If, like me, you're not up to that level yet, just be glad you're still happy with your gear! (As I am, I love both my Canon cameras, minor flaws aside.)
Either that or they're just shooting test charts and measure their worth in gear rather than results. But that would seem stupid.