As previously mentioned, 35mmc is now 3 years old. Whilst the majority of the content – at least if you judge by word count – is still written by me, I now have fairly sizeable chunk of content contributed by readers. I mention this, as quite often I get contacted by people asking me if they can submit a post about some SLR or medium format camera. In fact just yesterday I was asked if I was interested in buying a Mamiya RZ67 so I could review it for 35mmc. The Mamiya is pretty much the polar opposite of the sort of camera I’m interested in, and indeed the niche of the website to date, so the answer was obviously no… But, the question did make me think…
Firstly, it occurs to me that’s it’s not all that obvious to the casual reader that this website is focused on such a niche topic. Secondly, just because I get my kicks out of small cameras, doesn’t mean everyone else who reads, or indeed wants to contribute to this site does. These thought processes were slightly compounded by the fact that when Ray published his review about the wonderful Makina 670, no one seemed to bat an eyelid – in fact if anything the post gleaned more interest than a good deal of the 35mm cameras posted on here.
What this all has made me wonder is whether or not I should just expand the niche of the site a bit. Perhaps there is space for contributors to the site to write more about other types of cameras, or if I should just stick to the niche. The issue is, I feel far to close to the problem to answer this question myself… So I thought I’d ask you, Mr & Mrs Regular Reader; what do you think?
I must admit, I am inclined toward option 2, and though I don’t want my opinion to sway anyone else’s, since it’s my site I thought I might as well put my gut feeling into black & white.
Let me know any other thoughts in the comments below!