Perhaps i can provoke some activity. I am the proud new owner of an F5. (I also have a D80 and D300.) I mostly shoot digital but was encouraged by an inspirational talk at my local camera club. It is in excellent condition but I am about to put it and the accompanying lens through a test to find out what works best. i will start with colour but hope to do some monochrome work on this camera.I don't have any detailed questions yet but many of you have already passed through this phase so what general advice would you give a "beginner". The lens is a nikon 35-70 f2.8 and I also have 20mm, 50mm, and 85mm primes. I normally shoot nature, landscapes and travel but would like to do some street photography or photojournalist type work.
I have to agree that Nikonians is not as active as it once was. I belonged over a year ago and let my membership lapse. It was much more active when it was free. I am really disappointed in the lack of activity in all of the catagories. When my membership is up I will probably not renew it.
And what "statistic" are you actually referring to because it certainly is not "posting" activity. Today, you have in the Cafe posts from 5/14 on the first page. You would not have that old of post on the first page back in perhaps 2004. Sure....you may have activity in the D7000 forum right now but it is a new piece of equipment. You will have this this bubble when it comes to equipment. There are ebbs and flows to the equipment forums. After a while things die down until that next piece comes out and affects the forum it is placed in.
The fact is that posting activity was way down before they decided to make this a pay site so blaming this all on the pay thing is not all correct but I doubt it can be said that making this a pay site did not affect things. You lost a lot of interesting posters. Even the idiots like me kept things lively around here. Before the requirement of making donations, I did give for a number of years at a higher level then "silver" so I did support. The lack of activity coupled with the requirement of paying did not sit well with me and I faded away. It was like the government increasing taxes during a recession.
I just got a wild hair a couple of weeks ago and paid my minimum $25 to see what is going on. The place is still rather dead compared to how it once was.
I agree with you Mel, I joined here in 2002, but when I have visited this forum for the second time, I am surprise that I need to pay for my membership to be re-activated, expecting that I would be able to join the forum actively but it is not what it used to be, certainly somehow disappointed. Where are those film gurus & those film advocates?
The weird thing, is that I did consider selling some of my Nikon bodies a couple days ago, to help fund a replacement car. The ones I considered getting rid of were the F, the F2AS, and the FM2n. Planned to keep the F4 and the F5. Looks like I don't need to do that, though, so my gear remains safe, and the F was taken in for a checkup and to have two pieces of foam replaced on it.
I think you may be on to something here. The autofocus pro bodies were cannibalized to some degree by DSLRs. I'm planning a trip in a few weeks to a national park, taking the fast glass, etc., BUT I'm torn as to whether to take a film camera or not. I love shooting the F4 and F5, but the lab I've used for years doesn't do film any more. (Found out the hard way.) I know of another one locally who does a good job that I could use, but it has become much more of a hassle and an expense to get film processed in the last few years (and we're not even talking about being processed and printed well). I might put the MB 20 on the F4 and take it. Some chromes would really be nice. Then I would need to get them scanned. . .see what I mean?
I'm a member of several photography forums - most of them film-related - and all of them are considerably more lively than Nikonians. I think the reality is that one runs out of things to say about one single brand of camera. The fact that one also has to pay has probably driven away a considerable number of participants. I doubt that I will renew my membership when it next lapses.