A Rant on Gear Reviews
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I am beginning to wonder if any piece of camera equipment or software is ever panned. I am sure that someone loves every bit of tech other than just its creator and the company supplying it, but that does not mean mass-market satisfaction. When I read reviews I am keen to see the pros and cons, read about the rough spots. Far too many reviews can be summed up as saying the product is amazing. Let’s be frank, nothing is perfect. When shopping I look at forums searching for the one naysayer that might be onto the truth. I did find one person who panned a lens I like and I would agree with him, if I were using the lens for the same purposes he was. It is really hard to get the full facts on products so that there are no gotchas, its best to try them first. I have bought more than one product that promised to do something, which it did, but neglected to say anything about the hoops one has to jump through to get there. On the other hand, I bought a product (a soft box) that some have said just barely meets expectations. I have found it works for me and has other benefits I had not thought of and I have told the manufacturer. I would be happy to write reviews but I would want to make it very clear to buyers what they are getting and what I based my tests on.