Silat Shooter

Silat Shooter

Lives in United States FL, United States
Works as a Shooter
Joined on Nov 21, 2007

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On Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores news story (195 comments in total)
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timblk: This is the bottom line;
If the manufacturers/suppliers such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji etc, will stop dropping their pants for the big boys and treat the little "brick & mortar" the same this will not be happening, of course they will deny that they do such things. I have worked in the photographic retail business and has seen invoices that were by mistake send to us and it clearly showed lower prices and or special terms and perks. This same scenario happened with circuit city, they kept shipping to them with special prices and perks, and owed the suppliers millions, how stupid are they, meanwhile the small guy could not be late with a few dollars, otherwise they would get 100's of calls to collect such. Now we all pay for this. Also, it is the fault of local photographers that want to go to the local store and feel & stroke the equipment and then mail order it!!!
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESS and they will be around to help you, stop making excuses.

I have seen customers in a store take up a sales person's time asking questions and comparing camera and then pull out his phone and call B&H and order right in front of the sales person. Saying he's saving the Tax and it's a little cheaper! I was blown away!

I also know of a dealer that had two stores, one in NYC and one in another state. He order a super popular camera for his out of state store and two days later ordered the same camera for his NYC store. The NYC store got delivery immediately while the out of state store was backorder, yet that order went in FIRST! He told me, he knew then that out of state store can't compete in this marketplace. Shortly after that he closed the out of state store.

So I concur with everything you mentioned! They helped kill the little guy. But the government also for not address the no-tax on mail order purchases gave a huge advantage to NYC big box dealers and Amazon. These state governments cry that they're broke but this miss this?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 12:16 UTC
On Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores news story (195 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Sad, and I hope the employees have the good sense to not try for jobs in the ever-contracting photo industry. That's like losing a job at Best Buy and eventually landing a job at Sears.

Reading your post, I found myself nodding my head in agreement and recalling what I hear all too often "these images are GOOD ENOUGH" when they show me photos on their phones that they share daily on Facebook or some social media site.

I hate to say that I actually do know someone that got a D800 and went around her child's school and handed out business cards. No clue about lighting, background distractions, she just thought it would be a good part time job.

So what killed the industry. the smart phone or the big box online E-tailers or the manufacturers pandering to the big box stores?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 11:44 UTC
On Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores news story (195 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Sad, and I hope the employees have the good sense to not try for jobs in the ever-contracting photo industry. That's like losing a job at Best Buy and eventually landing a job at Sears.

Good Point but for many in the photo industry, it's all they know. So the transition to another industry can be very challenging. Not to mention, that employers (in this economy) take fewer risks and hire within their own industry. It will be tough for many of those ex-employees. Truly a sad time.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 13:51 UTC
On Chicago-based Calumet Photographic closes U.S. stores news story (195 comments in total)

There are a number of variables that played a part in the demise of Calumet & other photo stores. Clearly Amazon, B&H & online played a role in this, but I think the camera manufacturers may have played a bigger role in this as they supplied the bigger online retailers first and better and did little to protect the pricing structure, as long as they were getting orders from the big box e-tailers. So the smaller brick and mortar stores were getting the 'hot' cameras AFTER the big run on them happened and at very little margin. Add that photo finishing dried up soo badly, folks weren't going to these local camera stores anymore for their images.

The other issue I heard from the these smaller retailers was that customers would come in to touch and feel the cameras and figure out what they wanted and THEN go online to purchase it. They got tired of being the local showroom for B&H, etc. Thus lower their stock. Add to that the life cycle of cameras has shortened so dramatically

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 13:19 UTC as 22nd comment
On ZEISS announces 'no compromise' Otus 55mm F1.4 news story (507 comments in total)

First Review is out and WOW,!! This lens is the new benchmark.

http://diglloyd.com/articles/ZeissZ/ZeissZ-Otus-55f1_4.html

"Conclusions

Photographers looking for the very best in imaging quality need look no further. When everything is considered, the Zeiss Otus 55m f/1.4 APO-Distagon is without a doubt the finest lens ever produced for a 35mm SLR or DSLR (or rangefinder). It sets a new benchmark.

The Otus 55/1.4 APO-Distagon on a high resolution DSLR makes a strong challenge to medium format on total imaging quality (not just resolution). Moreover, in resolution terms, the 55/1.4 has ample reserves for a future 60/70/80 megapixel DSLR."

Direct link | Posted on Oct 10, 2013 at 14:23 UTC as 11th comment

Great Stuff! My favorite is the umbrella and paper 'in the wind'! That was funny and a great idea!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2013 at 04:22 UTC as 19th comment
On Classic lines when clients want you to work for free news story (142 comments in total)

Enjoyed reading and seeing this post! I have fallen prey to this bullsh*t myself and feel like a fool for thinking there may have been a chance at real money in the future. I've since smartened up and now pass on these "great opportunities" even when they offer "all I can pay you is $150 dollars this time but I'll make sure we take care of you on the next job." Thank you but I have a job that day.

Unfortunately, most people think that if you own a DSLR, you're a photographer and anyone can make nice images.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 15:00 UTC as 28th comment
On Celebrities who love photography news story (66 comments in total)

Ann Curry too!

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2013 at 18:53 UTC as 48th comment
On Celebrities who love photography news story (66 comments in total)

Brad Pitt, I have read is an avid Leica shooter.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2013 at 18:52 UTC as 49th comment
On Google pulls plug on desktop version of Snapseed news story (65 comments in total)

I like Snapseed for desktop. For P/S images it's fast, easy and gives great results. Bummer news! There are days I don't feel like going through Photoshop, for those occasions Snapseed is terrific.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2013 at 18:58 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? news story (1514 comments in total)

There are a few that have merit for the prize, will probably be a biased result based on brand loyalty but there are a few I'd enjoy owning.
OM-D -sweet, weatherproof, compact, 5 axis IS package
D800 - IQ, IQ, IQ
5D Mark III - nice satisfying shooter
X-Pro 1 - that viewfinder and Fuji color
GH3-video, grown-up package
RX100-best IQ in your pocket
RX1- Lust

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 03:33 UTC as 631st comment
On Leaving my DSLR at home: An iPhone experiment post (171 comments in total)

Great story! Thanks for sharing! I had a similar experience on our family's summer vacation. It became a personal challenge to see if I could make interesting images with just an iPhone. As you mentioned, I also became more engaged in "seeing" the image before putting lifting the phone to photograph. Also found that I enjoyed the instant gratification of shooting, editing and posting the image with one devise.

It became a dilemma for me as I wanted to shoot more with my iPhone than my DSLR. Loved hearing "you took THAT with your PHONE?!?!" There's a satisfaction in that

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2012 at 22:02 UTC as 23rd comment
On Roger Cicala looks at the Canon 40mm F2.8 STM pancake lens news story (138 comments in total)

Thanks for the review link. Read it, and feel better about ordering one.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 18:08 UTC as 45th comment
On User Review: Gura Gear Kiboko 30L Backpack article (112 comments in total)
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mikeoregon: Thanks, Carsten, hope you will keep looking and letting us know what you find. I hike and shoot in the mountains here in Oregon with a day pack carrying camera gear, food, a rain jacket, headlamp, etc. and I still haven't found a lightweight pack that can carry it all, plus a tripod.

I have two friends that have this backpack and they like it very much! Like others here, I need a backpack that can carry other personal items other than my photo gear when I'm out. Especially when hiking or traveling by plane, I need to have options to carry laptop, some clothing, toiletries and nutrition and other obscure items. Have yet to find one be-all solution.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2012 at 17:10 UTC
On Canon EOS 5D Mark III low-light ISO series samples news story (344 comments in total)

These samples are impressive! Looks very usable all the way up to 25,600. That's honestly a HUGE improvement! I agree the asking price is high at $3,500. But no denying, Canon addressed the 5D II shortcomings. Question is it worth $1400-$1500 more?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 14:51 UTC as 97th comment
On Book Review: Vivian Maier, Street Photographer article (150 comments in total)

Vivian Maier was a nanny for a rich family. On her day's off, she would go out with her camera and take pictures purely as a hobby. She never made any attempts to sell or display her work, way back when. She was by no means, wealthy or doing photography commercially.

The people behind the images today purchased a lot from a storage facility and discovered within the lot, these negatives and after reviewing them thought they had something.

So if the images are viewed with that in mind, I think you find yourself with a bit more empathy for her. She does have some great images and not all are of people in need. Most are of urban Chicago life at that time. Some have commented that her images lack professional discipline and artistic consistency but she was not a professional photographer. Just a 'weekend warrior' doing what so many here on this forum love to do, take pictures. There were a great many rolls that weren't even developed by her in the lot, and the rest were negs.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2012 at 04:01 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On Book Review: Vivian Maier, Street Photographer article (150 comments in total)

I have the book. I think she has amazing work and it well worth owning!

As others have mentioned here, there are plenty of Vivian Maier's out there who will never be discovered. Nice to see one of them found and highlighted!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2012 at 02:51 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
On Apple chooses Instagram and Snapseed as Apps of the Year news story (16 comments in total)

Both are great! Love Snapseed! My go-to app for PP on my phone.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2011 at 21:24 UTC as 3rd comment

Cute & creative idea but....
Wrong Sensor for anyone looking at interchangeable lens system camera, should have at minimum been the same as the S95, LX5, etc

At $800 kit price, waaay too much competition with better IQ

NO OVF, has anyone at Pentax been reading ANY Photo Forum and seen the excitement generated by the Fuji X100 and why?!?!?

This reminds me of the old Pentax 110 with tiny little interchangeable lenses. It was neat but we all wished that camera was that small and took 35mm film instead of 110. History repeating itself???

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2011 at 14:01 UTC as 133rd comment
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