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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 10:23 pm
by Psyonide
So, you're into photography somewhat?
What's the digital?

PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 10:26 pm
by Khris
Canon PowerShot A80.

My film compact 35mm is a Pentax Espio 135M.

My film SLR is a Nikon F75.

I work in a photography store, mind you.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 10:30 pm
by Psyonide
Ahhh. One of my mates works in his parent's photo shop... fond of cameras, not to fond of photos.

How's the A80? I know someone with an A85 and he's pretty happy with it.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 10:32 pm
by Khris
I like the A80 over the A85 because the 80 has a swivel screen...although the A95 has that swivel screen and an extra megapixel. But oh well; 4 can suffice for me.

Canon is the brand for your everyday digital cameras, with Nikon coming in a reasonable second.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 10:37 pm
by Psyonide
Yeah. It's pretty amazing how far digitals have come over such a short time.

We've got a Nikon Coolpix 995, and in terms of colour and detail cameras that cost half the price (as it did way back when we got it) stand tall over it these days.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 10:43 pm
by Khris
Prices have gone down ricockulously in the past two years.

When I got my Canon about a year and a half ago, its retail price was $599.99 CAD. Now, the A95 which is one megapixel higher as stated above, is $449.99 CAD. It's nuts.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 10:56 pm
by Psyonide
Yeah, which makes me happy. Price drops are great ways to justify buying expensive things.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 10:56 pm
by Khris
Yeah...or hefty staff discounts directly from the manufacturer.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 11:03 pm
by Psyonide
Ohhh, nice.
I just ordered a CF card at cost price through my mate, but I don't think he can get that on cameras. Unfortunately.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 11:04 pm
by Khris
Memory cards have also gone down drastically. When I bought a 256MB CF the retail price was $100. Now it's down to $55.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 11:13 pm
by Psyonide
I paid the same price for a 1gig CF card (cost price mind you) as we did for our 256mb one last year or the year before.
Then again, it's not like the way the IT industry works is anything new. I could have the same computer components I paid for last year for about half the price now.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 11:13 pm
by Khris
Yeah, goddamn bastards. It rewards those who procrastinate.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 11:17 pm
by Psyonide
Nah. Unless you're buying new 'top of the line' stuff then the saving is merely reflecting that what you're getting isn't the best anymore.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 11:20 pm
by Khris
But that makes it no different from what it was before.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 11:54 pm
by Meteuro
My mother lies to me. I told her to make sure that I am present when she buys a new computer.

I wasn't.

The end result is that we got a crap computer priced much, much higher than it was meant to be.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 12:00 am
by Psyonide
Yeah, that happens.
Older people don't like to admit that they have no idea about current technology. It's a law, or a town charter, or something.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 12:04 am
by Meteuro
And the salespersons at Harvey Norman are blood sucking monetary vampires who take advantage of this.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 1:00 am
by Psyonide
I don't think it's exclusive to Harvey Normans, but yeah.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 8:23 am
by Khris
I'd like to just step in and establish myself as an exception to the fact that most sales people like to take advantage of the cluelessness of customers and make them buy something that they have no clue about and probably won't like in the end. When customers are looking at cameras in my store and have no idea what features they want or what they are looking for, I tell them to do some research.

But maybe I'm just dreaming of a perfect world, where customers are informed and salespeople are legitimately helpful.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 2:14 pm
by spinachdip
I sell fruit too tourists.

when I feel like not being legitimatly helpful, my customers are left with a bad taste in their mouths.


PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 8:22 am
by EventSpire
Khris wrote:I'd like to just step in...