tdlavigne wrote in post #17683104
I think of it more like "This is what you can get IF you do the necessary post-work", but even with the images that aren't retouched...most of those are jpgs straight out of camera. The camera applies all sorts of corrections and adjustments from sharpening, contrast, CA corrections, color balance, etc (depending on which profile) all of which greatly affect the way an image looks.
Ideally everyone would post raw samples but that can get tricky for a number of reasons. Instead I just try to look at as many different examples as possible when starting to research gear, and look for patterns that would suggest good/bad performance.
You miss the fact that it is completely impossible to post a raw photo. Every piece of software that can turn raw data into something you would call a photograph INTERPRETS that raw data and makes judgements/decisions about how to render it. There is no such thing as a raw photograph. Your idea to post raw samples makes as much sense as posting film shots BEFORE developing the film. It can't be done. As stated, every photo you've ever seen has been processed.
Aswald wrote in post #17683130
Actually, OP has a point. Perhaps for Camera and Lens section, Admin can suggest that the samples loaded should not be retouched.
Otherwise, the only other way is to ask the poster for a untouched file.
The only way to accomplish that is to post the actual raw file in some sort of file-sharing site. What would be the point? You'd have to look through PROCESSED images in order to determine which files you wanted to download. After you download the raw file, the only way to see it is to PROCESS it into something resembling a photograph. Purpose defeated.
The only time I've ever actually done this was when I downloaded some raw files generated using a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 UMC. I wanted to see for myself how LR handled the distortion and vignetting corrections. In the end, I was looking at... guess what... wait for it... here it comes... PROCESSED IMAGES!
Until someone figures out how to turn 01001000100010011110010100111100001001000100010001000100010... into something your brain can understand as a photograph, you will always be looking at processed images.