The posts today conclude the publishing of my writings on this subject. They were originally written for a local photo club magazine (which is not – yet – on the web). I found myself constantly defending using my D70 when “everyone” (including myself) had “better” cameras. But I never once saw images from me (or anyone else) that suffered badly from being captured by this or that camera as long as they were modern DSLRs (2004 or younger). Much more problems with lenses – bad lenses can really have an impact on image quality. But if you stay away from the bad ones, there are many good enough lenses. Among those, ergonomics and functionality matter the most.
Sure enough, if you make wallpaper-sized prints, you would certainly notice even minor differences. But in the slide film days, would you stand up and walk to within a few feet of the projector screen and claim the image quality was bad? No, that’s not the intended viewing distance. Same for digital. Digital images are captures of something, not magnifying glasses to view details hidden. Anyway, I grew tired of explaining my position over and over, and instead wrote these small essays. To my surprise, because of the written format (and possibly more coherent argumentation) people now started to appreciate my position, maybe with the exception of the sensor essay which many found hard to accept. A few stubborn “enthusiasts” kept reiterating the “manufacturers’ dream view” of every new item being better just because it is newer – even after they were faced with being unable to tell images from different camera generations apart. Be that as it may, now these writings are being made available on the Internet. Enjoy if you like, but above all enjoy taking pictures and stay off the tech spec and pixel-peeping tracks.