03-23-2023, 03:49 PM
(This post was last modified: 03-23-2023, 03:55 PM by mike.)
AGREED! I generally look for articles for the same reasons.
I'm still not convinced. Perhaps DPreview had some patents AZ wanted? I just can't imagine any company the size of AZ buying a review website just because it's cool or they could advertise on it. That makes no sense unless they had something else to offer. There has to be an ulterior motive.
I think the original motive for Amazon to DPR was their visitor traffic, this allowed them push shopping links all over the place. It looked like good plan review, influence, sell... But as we know by now internet traffic is not a "thing" anymore on photography gear sites. And there is one more factor (here in US) sales taxes. B&H and Adorama have manged to help the buyer save on sales taxes. Amazon as seller is always in 8-9% disadvantage.
I've been visiting and contributing to DPR forums for nearly twelve years, ..... it's a photographer's institution .... then one fine day and it's gone ..... today's "must have" is tomorrows landfill ...... a shame indeed .......
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Count me among those who definitely prefer articles to videos.
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I've seen some other sites that are new for me, but nothing compares to the good old Photozone anyway. :-)
I don't think that there'll be a takeover.
Reviewing stuff is a people business, and I reckon most of the staff has moved on. During the last years, Chris and Gordon were the primary drivers anyway.
While I can understand why people have bashed Amazon for the decision, the site was surely a loss-maker. They had 12 people working for it. This just wasn't sustainable.
There are now probably 20 relevant reviewers around camera/lens equipment. Back in the day, there were 5. The "reviewer community" is consuming its baseline at the moment.
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