No doubt, the internet is quite obsessed with pixel-peeping. It ruined everything.
Coming to you from Camera Conspiracies, this hilarious video lampoons how pixel-peeping has changed the way we think about lens design and usage. A lot of photography culture obsesses about pixel-level sharpness and uses it as a golden standard by which to compare different lenses. In recent years, we have seen an explosion of very large, very heavy, and very expensive lenses that do push the boundaries of sharpness more and more, but at a cost. While this has produced a range of very impressive optics, there has also been some pushback over the size of the lenses and their clinical character. A lot of photographers have embraced vintage lenses for their smaller sizes, lower costs, and character, and some manufacturers have responded with lines of portable f/1.8 primes and the like. No doubt, there is an admittedly imperfect correlation between image quality and size, and it seems we are starting to look for more of a balance between the two.
Regardless of which side you fall on, the video is well worth watching if you need a good laugh or two (just beware that there is some profanity).