You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede camera. I think it's kind of strange how personally we take it when someone criticizes the brand or model of camera we use. "Call my wife ugly, say that I smell, but if you slag off my Panny you can go to hell." It seems to be almost a tribal thing; rather like football supporters we develop fiercely loyal allegiances and fans of other football clubs (or cameras) are considered the enemy. It's sad in football, but in some ways understandable as the sport is based upon competition between teams and on the pitch there can only be one winner, with no such thing as an honourable draw (we woz robbed). But why the same mentality with cameras? I replaced my Black & Decker hedge trimmer with a Bosch last week, but my neighbour didn't accuse me of going over to the Dark Side. In photography the situation seems to be complicated by rivalry between formats as well as brand. Nikon and Canon full frame users will temporarily form a truce and join forces to repel any suggestion that Micro Four Thirds may have certain advantages or, in some situations, produce pictures almost as good. Similarly, proponents of Micro Four Thirds, who are keen to promote the format and establish it as mainstream, are just as apt to squabble amongst themselves when the issue of Olympus v Panny is raised. I've lost count of how many times I've seen the wish expressed that another manufacturer such as Fuji might join :43:. Yet surely all that would do is turn a pistols-at-dawn duel into a three-cornered bun-fight. Why can't we embrace diversity and recognize that choice between formats and within formats is a good thing? It strikes me as rather odd that the average photographer will nod in agreement if you tell him that his pictures are rubbish but he is likely to thump you if you say that his camera is rubbish! Are we losing perspective here, or is it really the case that you can burn my house, steal my car, drink my liquor from an old fruit jar - do anything that you want to do but don't step on my blue G2's.