The usual topic of conversation re: product availability seems to be about film or darkroom supplies.
I am noticing another side effect of the consumer migration to digital cameras: in the last two months, I have noticed that it is increasingly difficult (and expensive) to find disposable batteries on store shelves.
As recently as last year, downtown Toronto was awash with little electronics and camera stores that carries the usual and unusual little batteries that have been favoured in the last 10 years of film cameras. But in the last two months, the CR-2s and CRV-3s etc seem to have all dried up. I now have to trek to a camera superstore like Henrys, or pay through the nose at The Source (nee Radio Shack.) And the selection at Radio Shack is slim enough to make me worried.
This is a bit disconcerting, because these are the batteries from the latest era of film cameras. Thank goodness for AA battery grips -- but I sometimes prefer to use cameras like the Nikon F80, or the Pentax ZX-M, without the battery grip. I feel like without the AA grips, I would be getting really worried...
Has anyone else noticed a decline in battery availability?