I got a new work laptop 2 weeks ago, and because it did not have the host reassignment trick on it, I took advantage and read the Fuji Talk Forum daily for the last few weeks.
I found myself drawn into the threads on the HS10 and especially the silly ones on comparing this toy with dSLRs. Sheesh …
I got to the point today to where I reinstated my password and came within a whisker of replying to a post on sunshine_boy’s thread on dSLR crops etc. It was all typed and just needed a press of the submit button.
I think the poster’s name is sorynx or something similar, and his or her post was a typical series of misstatements about kit lenses versus small sensor cameras and so on … opinions with no data as usual.
As I said, I was annoyed enough with the bullshit that I almost replied. And then I realized that this was a slippery slope, so I stopped myself at the last moment, killed my password again and disabled DPReview access on my new laptop.
I am back again to the inconvenient read-only access I have through my MAC mini, which I may yet disable as well.
And for the record …
My D700 has a minimum of 5 or 6 stops on the HS10 when both noise and detail are accounted for … that makes my D300 somewhere in the neighborhood of 4 stops. The D5000 is even cleaner.
The HS10 is not better at 720mm than a Nikon entry dSLR with kit lens cropped 2x. Sometimes, it’s not even close to the dSLR.
A kit lens at f/8 is only one stop down at full zoom and thus still has tons of leeway on ISO. I.e. the statement that you lose half your advantage is misinformed.
There … that’s better :-)