Originally Posted by airscapes
And yes, I think we should be very afraid of where we are going now.
LOL ... I could share my suspicions ... about .... ..... .... must .... control .... fingers ... of ... wrath .... but I won't.
.... OK, I can't stand it anymore so I'll just say it once and be done with it. A large part of my rage about all of the issues we've covered above is this:
It always seems like the latest "instrument you really, really need to buy to get a good result" is priced just low enough to temp smart-ass DIY'ers like myself (who by the way has been dabbling at this calibration thing for 7 years longer than this forum has existed***,) but at the same time priced just "high enough" to discourage droves of people from abandoning their "pro-calibrators," who are willing to pay even more for the extra-special, NIST-labled instrument with the kung-fu grip. Then suddenly the previous "instrument that you really, really needed to buy" becomes "obsolete and completely worthless."
I'm not trying to imply that anyone is evil here, I'm just providing a little long-term historical perspective so folks might better understand the recent "Lewis Blackness" of my posts.
Nor, would I imply that this is solely a calibration business thing ... there's always the auto industry, which probably invented the model.
***PS: This is also how I know that the "homemade optical comparator contraption thingy" and "eyeballing it" methods really are a complete waste of time.