Rating the various photo news groups/review sites/forums

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by RichA, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    They're all different, most offer something of value.

    Dpreview.com: Good reviews, if you avoid the language part (which is
    phrased to manipulate) and concentrate on the testing. The forums are
    a hyena nest. As long as you only post some images and don't
    criticize any product whose forum you are on, you might like them.
    Don't do equipment reviews or tests, you are bound to annoy someone.
    Vociferous posters will scream not to pixel-peep and then go on to
    tell you why their equipment is great, especially when you pixel-
    peep. Still, a HUGE number of participants, the busiest forums on the
    net.

    Forum.ManualFocus.org: Small forum, concentrating on using generally
    older lenses on old and new cameras and on older cameras themselves,
    typically SLR and rangefinders. Pretty decent for opinions on old
    lenses, mostly economical ones, odd ones. Lots of advice on
    repairing, cleaning old stuff.

    Rangefinderforum.com: The rangefinder forum. Highly intensive
    discussion on all kinds of rangefinder cameras, their use, fixing,
    maintaining. A really good forum. Classified ads too. When forums
    are high enough in quality, and the people are too, you can run a
    classified dept without fear of rampant fraud happening.

    Fredmiranda.com: Primarily a high-end Nikon and Canon hang-out,
    equipment and use discussion. Probably the best place for those
    interested in esoteric and high-end lens use on Nikons and Canons.
    Participants, many are in a higher income bracket and you get some
    funny stories on their quests for the ultimate in optical perfection.

    Photo.net: You'd think with a URL like that, there would be major
    participation. There are a number of forums here dealing with all
    kinds of equipment, but activity, except in the Canon and Nikon
    forums, but nowhere near the likes of Dpreview's activity level. Not
    bad.

    APUG: The largest bastion of the film fanatics. A huge number of
    forums dealing with every aspect of film camera use from shooting to
    darkroom to large format. The forum to go if you like film. You
    could spend years there going through the back messages.

    Forumgetdpi.com: A good set of forums for various camera
    manufacturers, lots of activity in the micro 4/3rds and 4/3rds forum,
    especially for those who mount all kinds of different lenses on those
    bodies. Pretty much apolitical (unlike Dpreview) and lots of good
    information. Oddly enough, could not get on tonight, something was
    up.

    Photozone.de: Mostly calmly-stated lens reviews. They aren't selling
    product like some forums, and their reviews avoid the effusive and
    needless sales rubbish you read on others. Just the facts. Also,
    interesting basic forum layout, like a tree.

    Usenet: The only really free forums, unmoderated. Not as much
    activity as years ago, since providers declared war on usenet. Some
    useful stuff, spam, unrelated topics.

    Luminous Landscape: A high brow Canadian site that does reviews on
    very high-end and regular equipment. Run by a real photographer.
    Good for reviews if you want your opinions handed to you. No
    scientific testing, just opinions on how cameras function in the
    field. Good all round site. They also sell video tapes and such with
    lessons on how to use Photo Shop, take landscape photos, etc.

    Nikonians: Great Nikon forums, but it's a pay site. Dpreview is good
    for Nikon stuff and it's free.

    Forthirdsphoto.com: Very good site for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica 4/3rds
    gear, selling, using, etc. Good for rumours on new stuff. Civil, way
    more so than the Dpreview Olympus and micro 4/3rds forums.

    l-camera-forum.com (leica) A huge forum for all stuff Leica. Very
    good for those immersed in that brand.
    RichA, Dec 23, 2009
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  2. RichA

    sobriquet Guest

    On 23 dec, 02:19, RichA <> wrote:
    > They're all different, most offer something of value.
    >
    > Dpreview.com:  Good reviews, if you avoid the language part (which is
    > phrased to manipulate) and concentrate on the testing.  The forums are
    > a hyena nest.  As long as you only post some images and don't
    > criticize any product whose forum you are on, you might like them.
    > Don't do equipment reviews or tests, you are bound to annoy someone.
    > Vociferous posters will scream not to pixel-peep and then go on to
    > tell you why their equipment is great, especially when you pixel-
    > peep.  Still, a HUGE number of participants, the busiest forums on the
    > net.
    >
    > Forum.ManualFocus.org:  Small forum, concentrating on using generally
    > older lenses on old and new cameras and on older cameras themselves,
    > typically SLR and rangefinders.  Pretty decent for opinions on old
    > lenses, mostly economical ones, odd ones.  Lots of advice on
    > repairing, cleaning old stuff.
    >
    > Rangefinderforum.com:  The rangefinder forum.  Highly intensive
    > discussion on all kinds of rangefinder cameras, their use, fixing,
    > maintaining.  A really good forum.  Classified ads too.  When forums
    > are high enough in quality, and the people are too, you can run a
    > classified dept without fear of rampant fraud happening.
    >
    > Fredmiranda.com:  Primarily a high-end Nikon and Canon hang-out,
    > equipment and use discussion.  Probably the best place for those
    > interested in esoteric and high-end lens use on Nikons and Canons.
    > Participants, many are in a higher income bracket and you get some
    > funny stories on their quests for the ultimate in optical perfection.
    >
    > Photo.net:  You'd think with a URL like that, there would be major
    > participation.  There are a number of forums here dealing with all
    > kinds of equipment, but activity, except in the Canon and Nikon
    > forums, but nowhere near the likes of Dpreview's activity level.  Not
    > bad.
    >
    > APUG:  The largest bastion of the film fanatics.  A huge number of
    > forums dealing with every aspect of film camera use from shooting to
    > darkroom to large format.  The forum to go if you like film.  You
    > could spend years there going through the back messages.
    >
    > Forumgetdpi.com:  A good set of forums for various camera
    > manufacturers, lots of activity in the micro 4/3rds and 4/3rds forum,
    > especially for those who mount all kinds of different lenses on those
    > bodies.  Pretty much apolitical (unlike Dpreview) and lots of good
    > information.  Oddly enough, could not get on tonight, something was
    > up.
    >
    > Photozone.de:  Mostly calmly-stated lens reviews.  They aren't selling
    > product like some forums, and their reviews avoid the effusive and
    > needless sales rubbish you read on others. Just the facts.  Also,
    > interesting basic forum layout, like a tree.
    >
    > Usenet:  The only really free forums, unmoderated.  Not as much
    > activity as years ago, since providers declared war on usenet.  Some
    > useful stuff, spam, unrelated topics.
    >
    > Luminous Landscape:  A high brow Canadian site that does reviews on
    > very high-end and regular equipment.  Run by a real photographer.
    > Good for reviews if you want your opinions handed to you.  No
    > scientific testing, just opinions on how cameras function in the
    > field.  Good all round site.  They also sell video tapes and such with
    > lessons on how to use Photo Shop, take landscape photos, etc.
    >
    > Nikonians:  Great Nikon forums, but it's a pay site.  Dpreview is good
    > for Nikon stuff and it's free.
    >
    > Forthirdsphoto.com:  Very good site for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica 4/3rds
    > gear, selling, using, etc.  Good for rumours on new stuff.  Civil, way
    > more so than the Dpreview Olympus and micro 4/3rds forums.
    >
    > l-camera-forum.com (leica) A huge forum for all stuff Leica.  Very
    > good for those immersed in that brand.


    flickr: Lots of interesting stuff to find there, but the people who
    maintain flickr are a bunch of retards, so you can't expect a decent
    interface, though the first impression might
    be that is has a sleek interface with many features.

    picasaweb: Offers better quality than flickr (e.g. significantly more
    free space for a free account and less restrictions in general), but
    the search options are not as elaborate and there are less community
    features.

    piratebay: Not really a photosharing site, but you can still find
    digital photo collectors there who like to exchange their collection
    with other photography/art/porn lovers while ignoring the spurious
    threats from the intellectual property mafia.
    sobriquet, Dec 23, 2009
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  3. RichA

    NameHere Guest

    On Tue, 22 Dec 2009 17:19:40 -0800 (PST), RichA <>
    wrote:

    >They're all different, most offer something of value.
    >
    >Dpreview.com: Good reviews, if you avoid the language part (which is
    >phrased to manipulate) and concentrate on the testing. The forums are
    >a hyena nest. As long as you only post some images and don't
    >criticize any product whose forum you are on, you might like them.
    >Don't do equipment reviews or tests, you are bound to annoy someone.
    >Vociferous posters will scream not to pixel-peep and then go on to
    >tell you why their equipment is great, especially when you pixel-
    >peep. Still, a HUGE number of participants, the busiest forums on the
    >net.
    >
    >Forum.ManualFocus.org: Small forum, concentrating on using generally
    >older lenses on old and new cameras and on older cameras themselves,
    >typically SLR and rangefinders. Pretty decent for opinions on old
    >lenses, mostly economical ones, odd ones. Lots of advice on
    >repairing, cleaning old stuff.
    >
    >Rangefinderforum.com: The rangefinder forum. Highly intensive
    >discussion on all kinds of rangefinder cameras, their use, fixing,
    >maintaining. A really good forum. Classified ads too. When forums
    >are high enough in quality, and the people are too, you can run a
    >classified dept without fear of rampant fraud happening.
    >
    >Fredmiranda.com: Primarily a high-end Nikon and Canon hang-out,
    >equipment and use discussion. Probably the best place for those
    >interested in esoteric and high-end lens use on Nikons and Canons.
    >Participants, many are in a higher income bracket and you get some
    >funny stories on their quests for the ultimate in optical perfection.
    >
    >Photo.net: You'd think with a URL like that, there would be major
    >participation. There are a number of forums here dealing with all
    >kinds of equipment, but activity, except in the Canon and Nikon
    >forums, but nowhere near the likes of Dpreview's activity level. Not
    >bad.
    >
    >APUG: The largest bastion of the film fanatics. A huge number of
    >forums dealing with every aspect of film camera use from shooting to
    >darkroom to large format. The forum to go if you like film. You
    >could spend years there going through the back messages.
    >
    >Forumgetdpi.com: A good set of forums for various camera
    >manufacturers, lots of activity in the micro 4/3rds and 4/3rds forum,
    >especially for those who mount all kinds of different lenses on those
    >bodies. Pretty much apolitical (unlike Dpreview) and lots of good
    >information. Oddly enough, could not get on tonight, something was
    >up.
    >
    >Photozone.de: Mostly calmly-stated lens reviews. They aren't selling
    >product like some forums, and their reviews avoid the effusive and
    >needless sales rubbish you read on others. Just the facts. Also,
    >interesting basic forum layout, like a tree.
    >
    >Usenet: The only really free forums, unmoderated. Not as much
    >activity as years ago, since providers declared war on usenet. Some
    >useful stuff, spam, unrelated topics.
    >
    >Luminous Landscape: A high brow Canadian site that does reviews on
    >very high-end and regular equipment. Run by a real photographer.
    >Good for reviews if you want your opinions handed to you. No
    >scientific testing, just opinions on how cameras function in the
    >field. Good all round site. They also sell video tapes and such with
    >lessons on how to use Photo Shop, take landscape photos, etc.
    >
    >Nikonians: Great Nikon forums, but it's a pay site. Dpreview is good
    >for Nikon stuff and it's free.
    >
    >Forthirdsphoto.com: Very good site for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica 4/3rds
    >gear, selling, using, etc. Good for rumours on new stuff. Civil, way
    >more so than the Dpreview Olympus and micro 4/3rds forums.
    >
    >l-camera-forum.com (leica) A huge forum for all stuff Leica. Very
    >good for those immersed in that brand.
    >


    rec.photo.digital
    rec.photo.digital.slr-systems

    Overrun with role-playing trolls and wannabe snapshooter photographers.
    You'll be lucky if you see one post per month with factual information. The
    largest TROLL offenders being RichA, PiddlyPuppyGang Weisselberg, Alan
    Browne, Paul Furman, SavageQuack, SMS, J. Clark, Erick Stevens, Robert Coe,
    Bruce, George Kirby, Annika, Chris H, Bob S, Ofnuts, Charles, Scott W,
    Chris Malcolm, John McWilliams, Bowser, Ray Fischer (fishing as all trolls
    do), et. al.

    The list of resident role-playing pretend-photographer trolls is far too
    extensive to list here. You only have to watch how often they post. They
    live in newsgroups posting everything from their mommies' basements.
    They've never even owned one camera in their lifetimes. The closest they
    ever came to a real camera is from online ads, reviews, and downloadable
    manuals from which they garner all their blatant speculative ill-informed
    and inexperienced misinformation.
    NameHere, Dec 23, 2009
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  4. RichA

    Bristolian Guest

    Bristolian, Dec 27, 2009
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