September 26, 2014 at 3:58PM

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I like cameras (yes, even 4K ones)

After reading that title, how many people thought about writing a long philosophical message about how cameras are just a tool? I don't mean to be rude... but were you?

If I enjoy camera and technology news, why does that offend anyone? If I were to pose a question asking about one camera vs another, why does that merit such a negative response? I love engaging in casual conversations about cameras, lights, computers and other technical things of the trade.

The condescending responses are very discouraging. Some of the most talented guys in this community are the most humble ones. They offer a great deal of valuable information. I am thrilled to be connected in this community and I think it's so cool but that aspect of this is really a bummer.

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For whatever reason, people enjoy being polarized. As in, you can either be focused on creating great stories OR you can be knowledgable and interested in camera tech. Absolutes are easier than acknowledging that there can be a mix. And they are more fun to argue about on the internet.

I think we all are guilty of getting a little to fixated on camera tech and believe the little lie that if we just had this particular thing, our work would be better. But doesn't mean that we have to ignore camera tech to be better at our craft. We can do both, if both are in control and intentionally compliment one another.

September 30, 2014 at 11:37AM

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David S.
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Haha, sorry... totally agree with you but you wrote... to the letter, what I mentioned in the first sentence. If we were standing by the Quizno's at NAB or at a Film workshop, we probably wouldn't say any of those things. We'd just talk about what movies we like or talk about the new AJA camera.

We probably wouldn't have a philosophical monologue or argue or anything. I just wish the community were just a bit more personal and less like people's blogs. Blogs aren't fun.

September 30, 2014 at 12:11PM

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Josh Paul
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