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Is Dynaxdigital dying?
« on: September 19, 2016, 10:44:00 PM »
It seems awful quiet compared to what it once was?

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Re: Is Dynaxdigital dying?
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2016, 11:01:06 PM »
Welcome back.  We have not seen you around for some time and that is the issue.  With the rise in social media a lot of folk are using this and eschewing the web forums.  I think that you will see it in all areas and the only ones still thriving are those where the contributors like arguing with each other.
Personally I avoid these.

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Re: Is Dynaxdigital dying?
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2016, 01:43:58 PM »
As John says, there has been a significant decrease in active membership - in part that is down to the rise of social media, etc, but also the decline in 'traditional' A-Mount Sony users.

While the new E-Mount is doing well, a significant number of users are Canon or Nikon converts - who probably already use other more general forums so tend not to venture onto quieter sites like this.

Several of us are still here though, too stubborn to move on  :lol:

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Re: Is Dynaxdigital dying?
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2016, 04:09:48 PM »
Your dedication and helpfulness is really appreciated. It would be a shame if the expertise of Faldrax, John plus others and the young American lady I met F2F to buy an A700 some 5 years ago is lost.

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Re: Is Dynaxdigital dying?
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2016, 08:49:55 PM »
I'm sad to say that as much as I'd like to be more active here myself - AND see others also posting as a few years ago - as I get older I seem to have less 'time' to spend and my present working shift pattern leaves no time in the morning or in the evening to edit any shots I take. I've only 'dropped by' now to mention why I'm not as regular with topics/threads as before :(

Having little spare time means I haven't edited any shots for some time and therefore uploaded to any sites to share here or elsewhere unless it's been some snap I've taken using my phone and then uploaded to Instagram. The phone is a Samsung G5 so, technically, can't upload to share here as not Sont taken.

At this time I am disillusioned with Sony since having changed 'up to' (?) the A7Rii about a year ago now (?). Unhappy that Sony didn't bring out an adapter that would allow the use of 'A' mount glass able to use ALL - or nearly all - functions of the A7Rii. I've ended up exchanging 90% of my glass for three Sigma Canon EF mount lenses with the Sigma MC-11 and have a couple of 'E' mount lenses.

Looks like I'll be changing my work shift pattern to a 'permanent lates' of 2pm to 10pm (which isn't great) but I may find the time in the mornings to edit some photos and start sharing again... hopefully.
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Re: Is Dynaxdigital dying?
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2016, 01:19:41 PM »
Hopefully the announcement of the new A99II will rekindle interest in the A-Mount - I'm waiting for more detailed reviews and comparison tests, but have a feeling it might be good enough to get me to spend the large pile of cash needed for one!
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Re: Is Dynaxdigital dying?
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2016, 04:30:54 PM »
Will wait and see I think whether to stay A or E or other mount. I don't have any good glass so its not much of a loss to me to move.

Indeed I hope the announced a99ii plus hopefully more glass and some cheapers bodies just may rekindle interest. I just fear it may be a little late?


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Re: Is Dynaxdigital dying?
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2016, 10:01:39 AM »
Hopefully the announcement of the new A99II will rekindle interest in the A-Mount - I'm waiting for more detailed reviews and comparison tests, but have a feeling it might be good enough to get me to spend the large pile of cash needed for one!

A mount is not dead. Since they manage to make the camera focus without the need of PDAF then eventually in future the system and lens can be used with future technology.

The only mistake Sony made it was that they didn't show any support on A mount these 4 years and many FF user left to E-mount or another brand and now they trying to win back customers by making the battery grip from A77/II compatible this is my opinion

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Re: Is Dynaxdigital dying?
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2016, 11:55:57 AM »
I have to agree with you Rex in respect of the mistake by Sony.

I moved over to the 'E' mount with the A7Rii, was disappointed with the Sony adapters for using 'A' mount, got a couple of 'E' mount lenses and then went with the Sigma MC-11 when it came out with a couple of Sigma 'Art' glass but in Canon 'EF' mount because the MC-11 didn't take 'A' mount. I am happier with the with the MC-11 BUT have some disappointment in the way it reacts with the Sigma 1.4 50mm Art and the Sigma 24-105 f4 'Art' with the focus 'hunting' in Aperture priority when NOT fully open :(

I don't have this issue with a Canon 17-40 f4 on the MC-11 nor with the Sigma 150-600 f5-6.3 Sport (again Canon mount) so I am 'thinking' about a move to Canon - - - but which one? Having sold/exchanged 90% of my Sony 'A' mount glass I don't feel I can trust a move back and take up with the new A99ii :(
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Re: Is Dynaxdigital dying?
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2016, 01:30:56 PM »
I'm with you there also Frank. I have almost completely moved over to E-mount and will not be buying the a99ii which is a shame. As good as the A7ii and A7rii are they are flawed and focus is a bit on the slow side never mind the poor battery life. They do all i need however and are very good at it. Only thing i struggle with is keeping up with the pup when i'm trying to get pics of her and Landscapes generally don't move apart from the obvious.

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Re: Is Dynaxdigital dying?
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2016, 04:29:52 PM »
I have one a6000 & a7ii. The a6000 is for sale. The a7ii is usefull for all my lens.From Minolta MD to Sony/Minolta A mount SSM. Simply  with e-mount you can adapt any lens especially the old primes from Minolta MD.

The a-mount is build for speed with big lens. There is no equivalent e-mount body and lens to go heat to heat with a77ii  & a99/ii.

For example :
-AF range  doesnt exist in e-mount a feature that Canikon are dreaming long time
-Battery grips on e-mount is a toy on a-mount is a real grip with functionality.
-No joy stick on e-mount
-No fully articulate display on e-mount
-Quality of lens/picture. Even the G musters are not so much better than the a-mount.

Definitely someday Sony will implant these features to e-mount and then it will be the time that they dont need to invest in 2 system for different use.Until the a9 will be introduce we have time to use the SLT technology

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Re: Is Dynaxdigital dying?
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2016, 07:49:46 AM »
it has been around nine months since ive been on here,   time for me has been a big issue,  regarding dropping numbers what i notice everytime i log on is the number of users, usually  only one or two, but it its correct the number of visitors can number in the hundreds at the same time.  Obviously lots read the posts here but dont want to have any input, not sure how to change that.
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Re: Is Dynaxdigital dying?
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2016, 06:25:23 PM »
Hi all, it's the long lost forum owner.

I saw this thread and thought I'd chip in as it's something I am always monitoring and pondering what the future of this site will be.

The site is steadily declining in terms of traffic to it. At the start of the year we were seeing around 200 sessions per day, which isn't huge, but this has dropped down to around 115 sessions per day over the years. Forums are not as easy to run and maintain as they used to be. Facebook has had a massive dent in the popularity of separate forums and as others have said, social media makes it far easier to share and comment on photos rather than going to the trouble of uploading files, adding the url to the post and eagerly awaiting feedback.

So I've been thinking whether this site has a future or not. Is the overhead of running the site worth it? Then I pop back occasionally and see several of the "old timers" still here and keeping things running, and the odd conversation going on which gives me a warm kind of "maybe it still has life in it" feeling..... but it all depends on the members to make that happen.

My own circumstances have changed since I started this site all those years ago. I have actually moved away from Sony altogether, I've changed my style and genre of photography and even though Sony produces cameras that suit that genre (street photography) I haven't been particularly inspired to consider them as an option. I'm not sure if that's the feeling a lot of photographers have about Sony, there just doesn't seem to be that buzz around the brand that there used to be.

So what about this site? Well, it's entirely up to you. It doesn't, at the moment, cost a lot for me to run. We haven't suffered too much spam, and there is a great deal of useful information to be searched for any budding photographer, not just Sony users. So my question would be to you all, what do you want it to be?

Does it need a bit of a refresh? Maybe slim the forum down a bit and archive the old stuff? Is it that the name hinders it with the very old Sony brand name?

I'm more than happy to keep it running and ticking over, but I will say that my involvement is likely to be just that, keeping it ticking over behind the scenes.

It doesn't generate any money, it doesn't attract any advertising, and the traffic levels aren't heading in the right direction, but it's a good site with good people investing their free time in it and I'm grateful for that.

So over to you all. Share your thoughts.
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Re: Is Dynaxdigital dying?
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2016, 08:52:14 PM »
Hi Gary,   the fact that you still keep this site running,  despite having moved away from Sony altogether,  is i feel extraordinary.  99% of people would have lost interest in running a site when they themselves have moved on in a different direction.  For that i say thankyou.  For myself i found this site just under 12 months ago when i was looking to purchase a new macro lens for my Sony A77,  and found it most helpfull in that regard using the feedback provided by the few that still frequented the site. After a month or so and on returning back to NZ i didn't so much loose interest, as lost time to keep visiting the site. i only wish i had found the site earlier.

The news of the A99II rekindled my desires,  thus i am back - really looking to see feedback from others on the new camera.   I am only an armature photographer, but do enjoy what i do,  and yes modern trends have completely changed the way we do things.  With not only Facebook and twitter,  you also have the likes of flicker that have Sony sections, and I'm sure there are a lot more,  but what i have found is they tend to be a bit of a "show only" forum.  at least here you do get some feedback albeit not as much as it was in the past. A professional photographer will invariably have their own facebook site set up, if not their own website,  and in my opinion they are not looking for feedback on their photography - most would be scared of any criticism that may arise, however i was always brought up with the belief (with all things in life) that you should use criticism as positive feedback, using it to improve what ever it is you are doing. 

That being said it is the trend these days to not use forums like they used to be,  and i can fully understand should you wish to close the site.  You mentioned perhaps a revamp or re branding of the site - i guess (and i know nothing about running websites or forums) that to do that would be a major undertaking and a lot of work on your part.  I'm not sure how or what you would do to change it - is there a way to make it easier to post photo's  or have non members (IE just an open forum) be able to make comments - though i can  see that would open up the site to shall we say "undesirables - is there another way to prevent this. Facebook itself is constantly changing so as to keep generating popularity, though there are predictions that even facebook will be non existant in 10 or so years.  As stated above i have found this site helpfull in my limited time on here,  but that alone is not a reason for you to keep running the site,  I will enjoy it while a can, as no doubt will some of the other regulars. Thanks for keeping it going as long as you have.
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Re: Is Dynaxdigital dying?
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2016, 05:49:09 AM »
Garry,
Along with Charles, I monitor the comments most days.  However I cannot recall the last time I posted an image as I do not have a flickr (or similar) site and really take images for me.
That said, as a photography club member, I compete regularly with our image size for digital of max 1080px(high) and 1920px(wide). The file size is usually close to a meg but it would be easy enough to reduce the quality of a 1080/1920px image down to 3 or 400kb but to have to make a special size just to post an image on the forum is more time than I care to spend.
Given that we do not now get many images would it be possible to take a more relaxed approach to image dimensions and file size?

The only forums that seem to get a lot of traffic are those like (no I will not name it) where folks love arguing with each other and I avoid them.
As to adding brands, it is your site but there are already those sites and, if we attract folks slinging off at alternative brands, or arguing, then I am outta here ....john
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