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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Some B&W images February 26, 2021
    .The more contrast-rich first one is my favourite, if you're asking for opinions, Sury. The silver lining is really rich and looks great over the rolling hills.Thanks for sharing and your neighbour has good taste.YildizStatistics: Posted by aster — Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:50 am
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    We have a lone oak tree that is the symbol of our neighborhood called Cathedral Oak (a la lone cypress tree at Pebble beach)//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lone_CypressThese shots were taken for our neighbor who wants a 60"x40" (150cmX100cm) print. Recently I took few shots, both asHDR that was converted to B&W and using internal preset (rich tone B&W) […]
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  • Alpha A-mount System • Re: Adjustment of over warm Jpegs February 25, 2021
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    Hi perhaps some one can help. On a review of the A37 by Chris Gambat, he said he wasn't to happy with the over warm Jpegs but found hidden deep in the menu a facility to turn off the over warm pictures, I have never ever found this on my A37 and A57, now I […]
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Minolta (Sony) 500F8 Reflex February 23, 2021
    Great capture.You are lucky to have gotten that shot. Bucks are super careful about showing themselves. What's up with the left ear?JBTaylor, the left ear is straightened up right behind left part of the antler. YildizStatistics: Posted by aster — Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:57 am
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UK prices – a steep climb ahead

This is a very short post. I’ve been talking to a few directors of importing companies in the UK over the last few days, as people return from holidays which many in the photo industry take in early January. The word is this: while prices right now, and at Focus on Imaging 2009 Feb 22-25 show, may remain low and even be cut to liquidate existing stock, the rises which will hit us in mid-2009 will knock the wind out of you.

To quote one importer: “In 2008 the Yen went up by over 40 per cent against the pound. It’s still rising. In order to cover a 35 per cent increase in landed costs the SRP of our products may have to rise as much as 50 per cent”.

Already, in January, the dealer price of Alpha 900 bodies has increased enough to put the street price back to its original level and a further increase should return it to almost the original SRP by March.

Be warned – the 10-15% increases implemented by Canon, Nikon, Sony and others this month will be followed by equal installments. Even if the pound makes dramatic gains against all other currencies there will be a period of high prices and some reluctance to drop them as rapidly.

Our advice to anyone who has been waiting for prices to fall as the recession cuts deeper, is grab anything you see which appears to be a fire sale price and fits your planned system building. There will be bargains – several large chains will be forced to realise the value of stock in hand rapidly or go out of business. Those bargains will not be repeatable and will not last for 2009 or until “the economy picks up again”. In Britain at least you have a window of a month or two, and some things you planned to buy in 2008 but didn’t will already cost you more if you can find them.

– DK


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