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Is a separate SUPERZOOM forum needed? - Poll

Discussion in 'Superzoom Salon' started by Luke, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. No, I like how it is and I think will further dilute activity on the current subforums

    2 vote(s)
    10.0%
  2. Yes, I prefer my superzoom chat to be isolated from discussions about compact cameras

    9 vote(s)
    45.0%
  3. I'm indifferent. I just look at the threads that interest me and couldn't care less where they are

    9 vote(s)
    45.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    There has been some discussion about the want (or need) for a separate forum for superzoom cameras. I understand the viewpoints both for and against. Amin has also expressed to me that he really has no preference.

    So I have created a poll to measure the interest from everyone here. The poll results will be used to inform the final decision.

    Thanks for taking the time to vote and/or voice your interest or concerns.
     
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  2. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    And thanks to you as well, for taking the time to create the poll and give us a voice :).

    It seems to me that most people look in the threads which interest them and don't participate in those which don't, I have several cameras, and will participate in threads for those, and also in threads relating to cameras which may be on a wishlist. But because there are already so many threads, I do not have time to read everything. I doubt that anyone does. I definitely prefer the superzoom threads *not* to become lost in amongst all the others.
     
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  3. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    I'm not in favour of specialist forums in general
    they have their uses but by & large its better to have exposure to a mixed bag of tricks
    I don't often visit the Leica forum or the M43 etc - my loss, but if we have more diversity here it helps maintain a better balance
     
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Roger, to be clear, this would not be a new forum (as in a website), but rather a new sub-forum. I have never used the Forums as my navigational point, so it doesn't affect me at all. I only use the recent discussions sidebar to navigate. Anything older than that doesn't show up on my radar, but I'm here often enough to do that.

    So if the decision is made that there is a benefit to keeping superzoom discussions out of their current spots (which is in either of these two sections.....
    Fixed-Lens Cameras - Sensor Size 1" or Larger or
    Fixed-Lens Cameras - Sensor Size < 1" )......... then they will end up with a new Subforum located here.... https://www.photographerslounge.org/forums/ under the
    Other Gear Talk banner (since one can't group them all together by sensor size).
     
  5. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
    Scotland
    Karen
    :coffee-79: I just read the recent discussions, don't really dig much deeper. Slightly off topic, I do miss the PAD and weekly photo challenges, and the podcasts.

    Bring back the Podcasts. I'd like a weekly Ray and Amin view on the world of photography! (Pweez)
     
  6. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    Luke - I understood that but perhaps I'm in the minority of not giving too much weight to the equipment used provided I like the images shown.
    I don't think compartmentisation is the way forward for this forum
     
  7. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    The subject matter for superzooms is so different that I think a separate subforum would be good. Trying to think now of the actual subject matter - birds and small animals at distance mostly - but anyway that's what it comes down to for me - i.e. usually something like "superzoom" is camera-related and something like "birds" is photo-related, so I don't know whether I would look for images on the superzoom subforum or look under nature and birds etc., or just stick to the latest posts on the sidebar. The great thing about the sidebar is it's not only the latest posts, but exposes me to a variety of images, cultures, articles etc.
     
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  8. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    As a superzoomer myself, I think it would be useful to have one place where information about superzooms (and perhaps other long-reach camera/lens combos) could be aggregated. There seem to be more and better versions coming out.

    As a matter of course, I usually check "New Posts" to see if there is anything that interests me.

    Cheers, Jock
     
  9. Livnius

    Livnius SC Veteran

    475
    Jun 3, 2012
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Wouldn't effect me either way as I peruse the forum via the 'Recent Posts' tab.
     
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  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I use the sidebar, and the new posts tab, but occasionally also Forums. And in doing that I note that some of the existing forums have nearly no activity at all (casio?).

    I'd like to see a superzoom category in "Other gear" and as usual of course we would be posting many photos in the Images threads. I'm someone who will always have one or more superzoom cameras... (currently I'm on three, because I still have my elderly C760uz which zooms to 300mm equ. as well as the new Nikon and the middle aged Panny FZ100)
     
  11. marlof

    marlof Trying to focus

    Dec 25, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Marlof
    I always enter this site through the "new posts" option, or through another search option. I couldn't care less from what subforum these threads originate. So I voted indifferent.
     
  12. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

    559
    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    I generally agree with that, except that if you are starting a thread yourself you need to navigate your way to the correct sub-forum first. Also, if you are looking for something posted a while back, you need to be hunting in the right place unless you can find it by searching key words.

    -R
     
  13. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Karen, sorry to disappoint, but I barely have a view at all of the world of photography anymore, let alone a weekly one! I've had my two most used cameras for more than a year (Coolpix A 2 1/2, DF over a year, and the G7X about 9 months). I've kind of lost interest in the new gear. So I wouldn't be much use in a podcast, let alone a weekly one!

    -Ray
     
  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    There is a new subforum called Superzoom Salon that is now open. You will find it under the "Other Gear Talk" forum. I reckon Jock will bookmark it and make that his entry point to the website. :biggrin:

    https://www.photographerslounge.org/forums/138/


    I have begun moving threads over there already. The only thing I am really unclear about is what all should be over there. For sure all the "big black blobs" that look like mini-DSLRs will go over there. What about the Stylus 1? How about the little jacket pocket rockets? Should a threshold of 200mm equivalent be the minimum. Initially I thought it should be 300mm, but that would rule out the RX10 which is very definitely a bridge camera.

    I'd like to hear your thoughts on this.
     
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  15. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Wow, this is great! Thanks, Luke.

    I would think 300mm, but I have no objection to the RX10. Certainly the FZ150, FZ200, FZ1000 . . . how about we ask folks to nominate their cameras that they think should be included?

    Again, thanks!

    Cheers, Jock
     
  16. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I'd say anything that qualifies as a "bridge camera". The DSLR lookalikes with fixed lenses. I am not going to be upset if my TZ60 is not included. Even though it has a 30x zoom (720mm equiv) I don't regard it in the same way as a superzoom. Others may disagree and want theirs included. I'll go along with the crowd on that one.
     
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  17. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Don't forget the older ones, Jock. I'd be a wee bit upset if my FZ100 was excluded, also my C760uz. However... I'm happy to let them go, but any new shots will be posted in the new forum.
     
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  18. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013

    I had a brief play with the Stylus 1 last week - very impressed & would like to see more images taken with it
     
  19. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
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  20. dalethorn

    dalethorn Guest

    Oh gosh - now I will *have to* buy the G3x just so I can play in the new subforum.