Peter A. Stavrakoglou

Lives in United States Kingsport, TN, United States
Joined on Dec 10, 2003

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Robert A: You know, I'd be all over this system if the camera body offered a viewfinder. I just can't compose on a camera-back screen.

@Robert890, count me in as "one of them in the crowd". I rarely use the screen on my EOS R to compose and have no real need to be able to do it with my Sigma SD1 if I could. We all have our preferences, doesn't make one right or wrong.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2020 at 19:34 UTC
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photo_rb: An item I did not see mentioned is the pen like tool with a brush on one end and a carbon disc on the other. Always been curious about their effectiveness.

I use them and find them to be very effective, I use the Lenspen brand. I use them to clean smudges off - they clean off the greasy smudges very well. There is also a product from Lenspen made of the same material for cleaning eyeglasses, it's called "Peeps".

Link | Posted on May 13, 2020 at 15:55 UTC
On article Mendel Mendlowits, founder of Adorama, has passed away (83 comments in total)

Very sad to hear of Mr. Mendlowits' passing. Sadder still to hear he was a victim of the COVID-19 virus, without which he would still be alive today. May his life remind us of how people can overcome the worst adversity in life and rise to the top, as he did.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2020 at 23:58 UTC as 5th comment
On article Mendel Mendlowits, founder of Adorama, has passed away (83 comments in total)
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PLShutterbug: On a trip to NYC in January I visited Adorama for the first time after buying from them for many years. After B&H, I was amazed at the tiny size of the Adorama storefront.

They have always done well by me.

PLShutterbug - compared to B&H, Adorama is small. However, compared to a lot of other camera stores, I always thought it was pretty big. I liked the layout and product placement at Adorama.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2020 at 23:53 UTC

Ver 1.6 is available on Canon USA

https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/support/details/cameras/eos-dslr-and-mirrorless-cameras/mirrorless/eos-r?subtab=downloads-firmware

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2019 at 17:43 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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Alan2dpreview: Since this will be tried by NY Supreme COurt, will there be a jury? If so, will layman jurors have to determine the tax law? If so, what happens if they rule in B&H's favor? How would that affect this situation regarding rebates across the state?

@Scottely, not in New York. The Court of Appeals is the highest court.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2019 at 16:42 UTC
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Ed Ellks: If only B&H could counter-sue the Attorney General for being an idiot and wasting taxpayers' money on a suit they cannot win. This sounds a lot like one or more NYC competitors trying to make B&H pay legal fees and damage their reputation.

@KelvinHammond , I would think that government in NY is far more corrupt than in your state. NY is probably second only to NJ in corruption. But there are many great resellers in NYC. True, there are a lot of rip-off camera dealers in NYC but there are a lot of good ones too, like B&H, Adorama, Focus Camera, Cameta Camera (on Long Island but close enough to NYC).

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2019 at 22:57 UTC
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Dragonrider: If NY really has a law that says Mfr. rebates should be taxed, the sensibility of it will come into question as this case litigates. Typically, Canon sells stuff from their own store for the same price as B&H, (and I have no doubt that will be pointed out). So now, in order to be consistent, the law will have to include manufacturers giving rebates to themselves (a pretty bogus notion) and the NY AG will have to sue Canon, Sony, et al for back taxes. My sense is that B&H has a pretty strong case here and the AG is trying to pee up a wet rope.

@HowaboutRAW , Canon's USA headquarters is located on Long Island, New York in Melville. They have locations in other states too.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2019 at 22:54 UTC
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chaos215bar2: "It's worth noting that just because other retailers charge the same sales tax at checkout doesn't necessarily mean they're not appropriately paying taxes on the rebates they've received from the manufacturers — income that, according to the lawsuit, B&H hasn't paid taxes on to the tune of millions."

Do we have any evidence of this? Why would retailers pay sales tax out of pocket?

"Gerstel himself notes that it's their job to 'collect and remit' sales tax collected from the customer, but what he fails to mention is the tax on the remaining money B&H receives from the manufacturer to make up the full cost of the products."

I'm sorry, what? Again, what US retailer charges tax to anyone but the customer?

"New York takes part in the SEC Whistleblower Awards…. Thus, Mr. Gerstel's claims that the noted LLC is 'anonymous' is a bit of a stretch…"

So, we know who's behind the LLC? Why are you trying to tie anonymity somehow to the fact that the award is allowed under law?

@Curtis Khan , Canon (or any other manufacturer) does not collect sales tax from B&H when they sell items to them. That is a wholesale transaction and is not taxable as long as B&H, is registered in NY to collect and pass on sales tax to NY State. What you are referring to in your country is, I believe, a VAT tax which is applied "right along the chain" as you noted. That's not how it works in the USA. Sales tax is paid by the end-user - the consumer. Every state sets their own sales tax rate. Within each state, cities, counties, etc. can also add to that sales tax rate.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2019 at 22:50 UTC
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Anders_Nilsson: The NYAG is exploiting technicalities in order to boost revenue to keep an obviously corrupt state afloat a while more.

If B&H instead had done the following, would it have left them off the hook?

1: Customer wants to buy a camera at the discount price
2: B&H store clerk clicks on the "bogus repurchase" button in the computer. This triggers a sale of the camera back to the supplier at the MSRP. Immediately (a fraction of a second later) the camera is bought back from the supplier by B&H at the discount price.
3: Customer is now offered the camera by the B&H store clerk at the discount price.
4: Transaction completed and sales tax paid at the discount price.

I assume there is no legislation against the supplier buying back stock at the price it sold it for earlier? Notice that in the above example it is the same camera all the time, it never leaves the store.

@hikerdoc, I can't argue with your contention that the AG is looking for a heightened name recognition. But also at work is NY State's insatiable appetite for people's money (aka tax revenue). They'll never have enough.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2019 at 22:37 UTC
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Kashim: So their defense is that everybody's doing it and that makes it not illegal? (It is in fact illegal.) And the second part of their defense is, why are you picking on us? Go pick on a big box retail chain. I have no interest in any of it, but it's certainly a strange/comical approach.

@EtheAv8r , in NY State, a consumer pays the sales tax on the price of an item before a rebate is deducted - that's the law. Whether or not these manufacturer's discounts that B&H is having an issue with is a rebate or not is something different.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2019 at 22:35 UTC
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Banderras: "...income that, according to the lawsuit, B&H hasn't paid taxes on to the tune of millions."
Sales tax is not an income or revenue tax.

"Gerstel is claiming the full tax price would be passed on to customers. ... but what he fails to mention is the tax on the remaining money B&H receives from the manufacturer to make up the full cost of the products."
He does not fail to mention it - it's in the first line of your paragraph - the full tax price would be passed on to customers. Sales tax is not an income/revenue tax, it is paid by the purchaser, the seller only collects it, it's been said in this said article. The only failure BH might have commited is to collect the additional tax from the buyer. And that is what Gerstel is stating. And it's not a practice in any industry including photgraphic equipment retail.

Banderras , the wording is very important. You noted a $500 "rebate" on a $1000 camera. In NY, the consumer pays sales tax on the rebate amount, meaning in this sale they would pay sales tax on $1000, not on $500. These manufacturer discounts that are at the heart of B&H's issue with NY State are another matter.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2019 at 22:32 UTC
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Alan2dpreview: Since this will be tried by NY Supreme COurt, will there be a jury? If so, will layman jurors have to determine the tax law? If so, what happens if they rule in B&H's favor? How would that affect this situation regarding rebates across the state?

Cases in the NY State Supreme Court are heard before a jury. But that is not the highest court in the state. The NY State Court of Appeals is the highest court and those cases are heard before a panel of seven judges, no jury.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2019 at 22:21 UTC
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biggercountry: It’s so discouraging that nearly everybody here who has commented on the politicization of global warming chooses their “facts” through their partisan filters. Just think how much better the world would be if it wasn’t filled with people for whom being “right” is the overriding concern of their existence. A little humility, please… after all, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that our lives depend on it. The most significant existential threat to humanity is not global warming… it’s humanity.

Seriously, how is saying "you feel like you have to make up a BS story" not insinuating I was lying? Ever hear of Scholastic Weekly Reader? We received and read those in school in 60s and 70s (that was when I was in elementary school) and that publication warned of an upcoming ice age.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2019 at 04:31 UTC
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biggercountry: It’s so discouraging that nearly everybody here who has commented on the politicization of global warming chooses their “facts” through their partisan filters. Just think how much better the world would be if it wasn’t filled with people for whom being “right” is the overriding concern of their existence. A little humility, please… after all, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that our lives depend on it. The most significant existential threat to humanity is not global warming… it’s humanity.

AlanG - you're pretty much calling me a liar. I thought I could have a civil discussion with someone like you but you proved me wrong.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2019 at 21:30 UTC
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biggercountry: It’s so discouraging that nearly everybody here who has commented on the politicization of global warming chooses their “facts” through their partisan filters. Just think how much better the world would be if it wasn’t filled with people for whom being “right” is the overriding concern of their existence. A little humility, please… after all, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that our lives depend on it. The most significant existential threat to humanity is not global warming… it’s humanity.

@AlanG, when I was a young elementary school child in the 1960s, we were being warned by scientists of the upcoming ice age. Now it's man-made global warming. Follow the money and you'll see that it is far more than "pure science" fueling this. Make no mistake, there is money to be made in fomenting this so-called crisis. And let's not forget the people like Al Gore and celebrities like Leo DiCaprio who have a larger carbon footprint in a year than an average family has in multiple years. People like that do not do the cause any favors.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2019 at 21:06 UTC
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Peter A. Stavrakoglou: He doesn't like the politicization of so-called "climate change" yet he makes the political statement "Well, if we’re going to talk about our President - and I think it’s generous calling him that". Bit hypocritical, IMO.

"Where it comes to politics, everyone is a total and utter partisan" - that's as true and accurate a statement that can be made. The problem is that partisans on opposite sides quite often can't have civil conversations anymore.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2019 at 21:01 UTC
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Spectro: Was hoping Sigma improved on their foveon sensor tech and used it here.

That one is next, with a full-frame Foveon.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2019 at 02:49 UTC
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Horshack: Apparently the cosplay theme on that day was to dress up as accidental police shooting victims.

SteveAnderson thanks for the well wishes. Sent you a private message.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2019 at 18:14 UTC
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Horshack: Apparently the cosplay theme on that day was to dress up as accidental police shooting victims.

Steve, I stand on the Constitutional rights I have to keep and bear arms, just as we do to free speech, etc. The founders felt that this right is important enough that they applied a separate amendment just for that right. I don't open carry and have no plans to. I will conceal carry but at the moment I am trying to recover from a motorcycle accident that badly damaged the forearm on my dominant - therefore shooting - hand. It will be a long time before I can use my hand again like I used to. Leaving sanity behind can also be a charge leveled against those against carrying guns. I recall one person telling me, and I quote, "no one should be allowed to own a gun, I couldn't care less about your rights". Now that is bordering on insanity, IMO.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2019 at 19:43 UTC
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