Pagman wrote in post #17051991
I see a pattern forming here, i used to be a regular(very regular) canon specific poster at first with my pedigree of canon cameras, but now i have been a naughty boy and gone to the less than white side.
Anyway as I'm a Crop frame shooter and "cough cough Nikon User" I'm not very accommodated on the Dark Side on here as in there words " they specialize in full frame and my genie re is not in there group(grown up moved on from Crop Frame)
So i come back home - post on here and what do i get? - "Go to your own site, you don't own a canon"
So I'm left in "Linbo Land" and don't belong in either
Are you sure that people are saying that because you don't own a Canon? I've seen quite a few Nikon users post here without getting that kind of treatment.
Also, I notice that you have your gear listed in your sig. I realize that some people have practical reasons for doing so (like, people ask about their gear alot, so it's easier to just list it in a sig rather than to keep seeing inquiries). But, like, does that apply to you? No one ever asks me what gear I'm using, so I just plain don't mention it. I'm not saying that this will work out for you (that would just be speculation), but have you considered or tried simply removing your gear from your sig? If no one's asking, do you really need to tell them? How often is your gear really relevant to the discussion anyway?
Anyway, I don't know. I'm just spitting out thoughts here.
But hey, you could look at it like this. Recognizing who's opinion you should value is important, but equally important is recognizing whose opinion you SHOULDN'T value. If you're in a tech-specific discussion about specific Canon gear, then it's totally valid to inquire if you've got experience with that gear. However, if you're in an image-centric discussion, then it's about the image. if you're in image-centric discussions and people are questioning whether or not you've got experience with Canon, then that's a big red flag to me. That's telling me that this person cares more about the gear than they do about images, and that it might not be worth my time to entertain them on the matter. But, again, that depends on context. These forums are largely gear-oriented, and many threads relate to specific gear (how to operate it, technical details, etc). Those kinds of threads can hinge on specific experience with certain gear, and it can be worth questioning such experience if you've got a sig which lists only Nikon gear. Still shouldn't be grounds for outright dismissing what you have to say, but I can totally see it being worth asking.
In any case, I avoid gear-related talk as much as possible unless I absolutely have to do it. And I haven't had a problem similar to yours.