the busy bender
Just thought I would share....
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Matthew
> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 2004 7:25 AM
> > Subject: back parts
> > I am in need of a ground glass frame for a spring back. I was
> > wondering
> > if you sell just the wood for the frame that holds the GG. And if so,
> > are these pieces pre-cut to accept the glass.
> On Wed, 4 Aug 2004 08:35:01 -0700, "Jay Bender" <email@example.com>
> > Yes we sell the parts.... no, they are not pre-cut to accept the glass.
> > Our ground glass frame is an assembly which is made of four outer pieces,
> > 4 tiny parts glued to these pieces which the glass rests upon, and two
> > more parts that hold the glass in from the other side. I assume from
> > your question that you do not own a Bender camera. Are you adapting this
> > to some other camera? It may be the wrong size for your camera, and we
> > do not do custom work for other camera brands. Thank you,
> > Jay Bender
> > Bender Photographic, Inc.
> > http://www.benderphoto.com
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Matthew
> To: Jay Bender
> Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 11:08 AM
> Subject: Re: back parts
> Thanks for the info. (and no, I don't have one of your cameras) I
> realize you don't do custom stuff, but I am making a custom 4x5 back
> thought I would ask about yours instead of trying to adapt something
> ebay. So, basically yours is a straight frame of wood and the glass is
> held by these four tiny pieces. Hmmm...can I ask how this design holds
> up in the field? What is the cost for the pieces of this assembly?
On Wed, 4 Aug 2004 11:41:39 -0700, "Jay Bender" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Hi Matthew,
> I don't want this to sound rude. It may, but please accept my apology
> for this in advance. I am extremely busy and have very little time
> for emailing as I get an awful lot of it from my base of camera owners
> and those who are considering a camera purchase. What it boils down
> to is that I just don't have time for design consultation. You are
> building your own. That's great. Go for it. I wish you well. My
> spare parts are offered as replacement parts to Bender camera owners.
> You sound plenty smart and probably have the skills you need to make
> what you are trying to make. You don't need me. Again, I apologize
> if I'm seeming rude..... it is just a necessity as I don't have time
> to continue our conversation for the potential 50 cents I might make
> here. Sorry to be so blunt, but life is short. Thanks for
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 3:36 PM
To: "Jay Bender" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: back parts
Life is too short for people too worried about money to answer a simple
question. I was not asking for your design consultation, nor would I
want it. I just wanted to know how the thing I wanted to buy held up in
the field and how much it would be. Please get over yourself Mr.
Bender. I will waste no more of your precious time. Don't bother to
Sorry Matthew, but I have to side with Bender on this one. If I spent all my time with the tire kickers and/or people trying to pump me for my knowledge so they can do it themselves I wouldn't make a cent. In todays world of thin margins you have to do a lot of turnover to keep the doors open. In the old days when you made decent margin you could take the time to help someone like yourself out. Unfortunately most of us have to put food on the table.
You can thank the Walmart mentality for the current state of affairs. Everyone wants everything for next to nothing and don't want to pay for knowledge and expertise. It all boils down to the lowest dollar gets the sale. To bad really because it doesn't foster an attitude of sharing or rewarding skill and expertise.
I think Bender was very courteous, unfortunately you didn't follow his lead.
Matthew, your experience sounds like a real bender!
I have a 5x7 Deardorff. When I bought my new 8x10 Wehman View Camera I told Bruce Wehman I wanted a 5x7 back for it to maintain my 5x7 capability. Bruce's response was "find a 5x7 spring back on eBay and I'll mount it for you. I found one for $35.00 and Bruce mounted it (and he refurbished and refinished it). Beautiful!
I kept the Dorff anyway, of course.
Point is, if you want photos and measurements of either of my 5x7 spring backs of their GG holder frames, just ask.
Everything is analog - even digital :D
I'll side with Matthew on this one. Mr. Bender used more cyber ink in his (un)rude reply than he would have if he simply answered Matthew's questions without the bull$hit.
I'll side with Mr. Bender on this one. As a self employed cabinet maker, I did not have time to waste time "chatting" where I would not get paid. As it is now, I have more time as I have a "real" job which allows me to write these silly posts. Mr. Bender's candor is refreshing in this P.C. world.
Matthew, buy the tools, learn to use them, buy a book on camera design, search the web on camera design. Improvise! There are many good sites you will find on design with practical drawings.
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I knew a lady who ran her own landscaping business. I once asked her a simple question about a source for some plants. She was very swift in elaborating fully that it was her business in which she made money to survive. Her profits were not great. If she gave out the information to everyone who asked, she would ultimately lose business. then she apologized for being so rude, but had over the years lost business from people she knew to be friends, who turned around and gave out the information they had received from her to others who would have purchsed her services.
Was that rude? On the surface it appears so. On the other side, she was asingle mother with 4 children from ages 4 to 9. She barely made ends meet. She worked long hours to support her family. She was weary from the struggle and had begun to be short when it came to question such as mine.
I can't fault her or any other person in the BUSINESS of making a living who makes the decision to not give away a propietary information on their product, or services. To ask in the first place is rude.
Free info doesn't put food on the table. I agree with Eric, Aggie, etc.
Originally Posted by Aggie
It reminds me of when I used to do wedding photography and some guy asked me if he could plug into my lights while I was doing family shots. There I was trying to make my living and having to do 2 hours of work in 20 minutes and this guy not only wants to copy my pose, but also use my lighting. Basically trying to make copy negatives of my work so he wouldn't have to pay for a "Real print".
You've got to realize that people are in business to make a living, not to answer questions for people who have no intention of being customers.
I am not really asking anyone to take sides. I just wanted to share my experience. I asked simple and staright foward question that didn't even require a complete sentence for an answer. He answers questions that I didn't ask and nicely tells me that I am waisting his time.
Originally Posted by EricR
...and I had every intention of buying stuff from him. I don't set his profit margins.
Originally Posted by bmac
Couple of years ago I had a cracked rail clamp on a Bender. I naively called Jay Bender on a late saturday afternoon while he was driving down a freeway. He pulled off the road and took my order. I received the parts the following week. He is one of the good guys in the photographers' support industries.
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