Eh! Another forum.

Discussion in 'Welcomes and introductions' started by OzRay, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I'd guess many of you know me from other photo forums and I was kind of circumspect as to whether I really needed another one to keep tabs on. But after several prods, I thought that maybe one devoted to m4/3s could be useful. :smile:

    For those that don't know me, my main photographic bent is covering news and sports for a newspaper in Melbourne, but with Olympus 4/3s gear. :eek: I'm also an Olympus Pen 1 and 2 owner, and want to put this gear into more use in my photographic work.

    The Pen 1 and 2 are now my main working travel kit, with a bunch of manual focus lenses (when flying or otherwise having to travel light). So my interest in this forum is mainly to do with all aspects of manual lenses, both old and new. My oldest lens, as far as I know, dates back to 1966; still a pup in many respects, but fine glass nonetheless.

    Cheers

    Ray
     
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  2. Dalton

    Dalton Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 24, 2010
    Portland, Oregon USA
    Dan Ferrall
    Welcome to the forum, Ozray!

    I always appreciated your contributions at DPReview. I look forward to the value you will add to the content here.

    Dan
     
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  3. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Thanks Dan

    Hopefully I can add to what the good people here already do so well.

    Cheers

    Ray
     
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  4. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Welcome Home Ray. I have read you in many forums.
    Any issues/questions, please give me a ring...
    Shooter
     
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  5. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Awesome! Welcome Ray :drinks:

    Things are looking better and better around here :yahoo:

    Cheers

    Brian
     
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  6. Bill Gordon

    Bill Gordon Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Gee, gosh, golly Ozray is here at last....you will like this spot...much better than all the rest put together!!~
     
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  7. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Enough prodding got me motivated. The forum at least focusses on the particular format, so things don't get lost in mixed format discussions.

    Cheers

    Ray
     
  8. voyager

    voyager  

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    Dec 31, 2009
    Dpreview is going to start blocking the forum!
     
  9. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    They can block it all they like as far as I'm concerned, word will still get around. At least in these forums you don't get the cross-dressers and kids with nappy rash, like on that forum, whose only purpose is to stir the pot.

    Cheers

    Ray
     
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  10. deckitout

    deckitout Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 28, 2010
    Essex UK
    Welcome aboard Ray, you have some great images on your site.

    I agree about DPreview, it's about the bitchiest forum out there, I do browse but never post.

     
  11. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    I want a job where my expenditure on photographic kit is "tax deductible"

    Welcome
     
  12. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Essex
    John
    Awww, Bill - what have we done to upset you at Four Thirds User? :biggrin:

    Thought I might start to see a few familiar faces around here. :2thumbs:

    As for Ray, don't think our paths have crossed before but you sound like a great guy to have around. :smile:
     
  13. Bill Gordon

    Bill Gordon Mu-43 Top Veteran

    John, I love Four Thirds Users, Olympus UK E System and mu-43.com. I am sick of the nit picking, arguing, and people who make a point of argument at DPR.
    This site is a breath of fresh air just as the other two sites I mentioned, in fact on your side of the pond what I like, and that is why I continue to return to the UK, is the civility of the discussions, and of course, the great photography of places where history began for North America!!
     
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  14. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Essex
    John
    Haha! Nice to see you here, Bill. I agree that this site is very complimentary to the other two we have in common - we've obviously got similar tastes. :smile:
     
  15. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Phil/John

    Thanks, I'll try and be supportive and hopefully through forums like this, word will get back to Olympus, in a more civilised manner, as to what dedicated users are looking for in the format. Bill and others convinced me that it's worthwhile giving the forum a go. :smile:

    And I have to say that the photos on both of your sites are excellent.

    Cheers

    Ray
     
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  16. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Essex
    John
    Thanks Ray, although I have to say that Phil's subjects are somewhat more interesting than mine! :wink:
     
  17. voyager

    voyager  

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    Dec 31, 2009
    Well, most of the user created Micro Four Thirds forums (mine included) are full of incredibly nice people. I love them.
     
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  18. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Welcome to the forum, Ray! When I first started this site in mid-December, I had my own doubts about what the value of starting a Micro Four Thirds forum would be with such active MFT forums on some of the big sites like DPR. It hasn't taken long for Mu-43 to develop to the point where those doubts are gone for me. We've got an amazingly positive group of folks here, and I think that the focus on the format really helps.
     
  19. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Amin

    I think it helps immensely that the forum is dedicated to one brand/type of product; I'm in some motoring forums as well and it's the same thing. while we may from time to time have disagreements about particular issues, in the main, we support the common good. And if anyone gets out of line, it's a lot easier to control, not being a monster like DPR.:smile:

    Cheers

    Ray
     
  20. voyager

    voyager  

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    Dec 31, 2009
    It's harder to control than you'd think actually.