I've been reading these boards for ages, (have the habit as well of refreshing the frontpage atleast once a day, I've gotten that bad) and it only hit me today, if you guys are looking to meet up/meet other photographers you should come along to The Camera Club (www.thecameraclub.com.au
) in Sydney's Bondi.
We have a facebook page where you can also get in contact with me and our other members here http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=146152152074581
We're starting to get some recognition have had various people approach us asking for help building there portfolio etc, and well... To be honest, most of us who run the place have a bit of bias towards Canon (I think most of the boys on the team have 5D mkII's), so Canon's pretty well represented.
I use a 7D and mainly shoot band stuff, so no flash (though I have a 580EX II for when I need it) I'm all primes (28mm 1.8, 50mm 1.8, and 85mm 1.2 L II), I grew up on medium format without zoom, and it's a habit I haven't kicked because I like my low f/. At the moment I'm trying hard to work without something a bit wider (aka. saving up for a 16-35 L II).
Look forward to hearing from you!