It sort of has to, one most of the time uses the tool the way it was intended to be used, therefore different cameras either force or allow us to shoot differently. For example my Fuji Xpro allows me to shoot in almost total darkness something that was very difficult to do with my film cameras or evemy medium format digital. So the camera by its ability lets me shoot images I may not have noticed before, etcI don't know WHY this is true, but I definitely see this in my shooting as well.
+1 again for mei like us all mixed in one, I love looking at what cameras everyone is using and have found some gems in here that I would never have searched for in another forum. Breaking into too many will only make a thinning out I think, Keeping us all in the one spot is cool. IMHO of course! And what do I know, I'm just new here
hehehe the only person who ever asked me about gear on Flickr is an SC memberEven Flickr is very gear oriented. So many times I get asked on Flickr how I like some camera or lens. If I strip out the EXIF, people ask me what I used.
on other sites that also use the server software on which this forum runs (vBulletin), the user can elect to exclude subforums. It may need an addon of course which might cost money. I suggested this in feedback post ages ago and Amin said he would do it. (here: https://www.photographerslounge.org/f19/excluding-forums-975/)I would like to see a means of filtering out the discussion of gear and the images.
A non gear related forum would be the most marvelous thing to do IMHO! I agree with what you said about coming back here even when one switches gear, that is one factor that has attracted me here in the first place. I don't post in the gear specific forums or even sections anymore.For me, S.C. is basically the mothership. I blogged here for years before there was a forum, and I love that it encompasses all types of cameras, so people who like the community don't leave when they switch cameras.
At the same time, my main system is Micro 4/3, and I enjoy spending time on a site dedicated to that system. I spend more time at Mu-43.com than anywhere.
I think a lot of folks like having a system-dedicated site, and TalkNEX is developing into a really nice place for NEX users. I'm not shooting much NEX these days, but I enjoy visiting there - great community and photography.
Now I'm thinking about adding two more sites to the "S.C. Network":
The first one is something I've given a LOT of thought to over the years, but I think it will take a lot of work to do right, and I'm not quite ready to go there yet. Basically it would be a forum for sharing images and discussion, and gear talk would be completely not allowed. No "what lens did you use?" or anything of that kind. Strictly for discussion of the images, etc. I know there is a need for such a place, but I need more time to figure out how to do it. It's something that I'm sure would fizzle out without the right start, because - frankly - people like gear.
The second one is much easier and something I could get up and running in a day or two. A forum/blog for Fuji users. I have been a fan of Fuji for many years (wrote this blogpost almost 5 years ago to the day), and I think they're absolutely nailing it with all of the X cameras.
A huge factor pushing me to start a Fuji X site is that many if not most of the friends I've met via Mu-43, S.C., and TalkNEX have become Fuji users, and I want to create a place where I can continue to hang with everyone. I know about Fuji X Forum. How is that place? Are many of you active over there? Do you think there is room for another dedicated Fuji site?
Would love to get some feedback/suggestions about these ideas.
Btw, I just bought xtogs.com - seems like a nice, catchy, short URL if I decide to do the Fuji thing. Was pretty surprised that domain was still available!