Building on a couple of Dave's recent posts here on DxO mark and how you use your gear I thought I would add a few thoughts.
Predictably, the DxO Mark information published caused the outbreak of forum wars on a certain forum. I say predictably, as whenever I drop by there, there are always fights going on. Which sort of got me thinking that if people made the most of what they had and stop worrying over tiny little numerical differences then the forum world would be a happier place. As if by telepathy, Dave's second post linked above covers this
I found this great link from Luminous Landscape which puts most of the stupidity that I read in a pragmatic sense of order. It is worth a read.
In terms of Dave's second post, I can wholeheartedly endorsehis views.
Having seen many images taken by users of Canon 1Dmk111 and even the latest mark IV on various forums, with such great lenses as the 500f4L prime, they still make a complete hash of it in many ways. Either composition, basic handling and in particular post processing.
Loads of images get totally mashed with really poor RAW processing, and many times the Adobe products of ACR and LR have been very badly used.
In these cases, instead of shelling out 4K GBP, they would be better spending it on the right software and some training of how to use it.
I will cover this in more detail in my next instalment of user review of the Canon 7D, as much of the noise issues that some people are troubled with are easily dealt with.
Finally, I hope many of you UK readers caught the last episode of Simon Kings Shetland Diary on Thursday just gone. If not, get the iPlayer sorted - there was some great Red Necked Phalarope footage.