kdrk888 wrote in post #16573795
Why do some folks use the word "racism" so randomly? I guess that's the popular trend now. Everything is race-related. Aren't Japanese and Chinese the same race? ? Why can someone who prefers made-in Japan lens over a made-in China lens be called a racist?
This spat just looks to me like a classic forum posting case of a writer assuming others will read their posts in a positive light, and readers assuming the most negative intention on the part of the writer. I see it so often on forums - and it's the source of so many unnecessary flame wars (where one guy takes offence at something the other guy didn't mean, and instead of trying to clarify the meaning, the first guy goes on the attack).
Instead of writing "Made in China -> very dissapointing [Sic]", imagine if it instead had read something like "As far as I'm aware the Japanese lens manufacturers will generally build their best lenses in house, but farm off the stuff that's built to a price to Chinese factories. That's disappointing as I was hoping this lens would have a more premium build/quality control."
The above may be factually incorrect (lenses built in Japan being better/Chinese stuff made to a cost) but the point is the intention is clear - an assumption about economics, rather than racial profiling.
Because the original post was so short, it requires interpretation on the part of the reader. I understood it to be a comment about economics; but if you're not clear then others may read something different.
My $0.02 is that building in China may mean there's a little more variability in the samples (if quality control is lighter) but if the (same design) lens were being built in Japan it's unlikely it'd be worlds apart in terms of image quality, but almost certainly much more expensive due to the economics of building in Japan.