vengence wrote in post #16951635
I think that's a terrible assumption. An ignorant idiot will post a horrible reject. To assume that the horrible reject is even worse than that would be a mistake. Instead take the best pictures in the thread that have the sun in the corner of the frame, and expect never to get better than that. If I picked the worst images of the image sample threads, I'd never buy another lens.
Having just put together a review of using the 10-18, there are a number of conflicting inputs when choosing photos (the lack of sun just added to this
There is that temptation to only include great photos, perfectly framed and exposed to show off the very best you can get from the lens. That's fine when creating ads for lenses or building a portfolio, but I feel misses the point of showing more realistic images.
When picking images for my own review I resisted the temptation to avoid any that were not perfectly square for instance. One of the things you quickly learn if new to UWA lenses is that only a slight tilt up/down will quickly tilt verticals very much. I use such lenses a lot and can still get it wrong sometimes Taking every shot of a review (of a cheap lens) with a tripod with mirror lockup and delayed shutter release just misses the point, from my own POV - that's for the more detailed lab type reviews that I just don't have the patience to do.
There are some, such as out of focus shots, that I'd only use if for example there are focus problems (there weren't - the IS works well too).
I don't do many lens reviews, and usually have a lot more time (I did set a personal challenge to get one of the first reviews in this instance so I'll usually have more images to choose from.
It's been interesting to see the many reactions to the review as well - including some quite bizarre ones which seem to have read an entirely different article - ah well, that's the internet for you