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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    I know absolutely nothing about digital imaging, the only digital photographic things I own are light meters.
    Digital is the best thing that ever happened to photography. It made film cameras much more affordable.

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    I guess things are a bit different here in Australia. I live in Melbourne (capital city of Victoria - population about 3.5 million)....

    My local (outer suburban) camera store still stocks film, paper and chemisty for black and white. Not as much as they did 20 years ago when I first got to know them..but it's there on the shelf....

    And they are not an isolated case - the next independant camera store which is about 5km away also stocks paper and chemistry....

    I've asked both stores why they stock film, paper etc - and both have the same answer - because people know they stock it and come to them to buy what they need....

    It's not like when I first worked in a camera store - it was the mid 80's, and I got a part time job working in a small camera shop in Box Hill part time on the odd weekend...The store was tiny - maybe 15 X 15 ft, but they stocked everything from film (I can remember selling fresh 127 and 620 Kodacolour film, and 8mm movie) to paper (Ilford and Agfa mostly - maybe the odd box of Kodak) through to cameras and accessories. Filters of every size, tripods, bags - you name it. The store had been going over 25 years, and they had many old customers...

    I can even remember one lovely old dear - who used to come in and get a replacement film for her camera, and of course - the store would load the replacement film into her camera for her..

    Even though she's had the camera for over 20 years, she had never learn't how to load her Box Brownie......

    It may not be the same today...but it still happens. Its just that instead of replacing a film a customer needs to be shown where the memory card is in their camera......
    A camera is only a black box with a hole in it....

    my blog...some film, some digital http://andrewk1965.wordpress.com/

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    Some of my former customers are still friends who I have kept in touch with who I still see often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Back then a customer would take up your time to learn about a camera so they could make their choice. Then drive across town or across the state to save $5. Later when they had a question or a problem they would come back!

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    they still do that...
    What is one to do as one watches humanity slowly destroy itself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chriscc123 View Post
    they still do that...
    They will soon not be able to when all the proper photographic stores have ceased trading and only online and electrical retailers sell cameras, I live in a city with a population of 700,00 and there are only two camera shops still trading, one a branch of a big multiple retailer that only sell digital gear, and the other a small family owned Professional dealer.
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    And if Moses would have turned left in the desert instead of right the Irish would have all the oil, and the Arabs would have all the potatoes
    I always knew we just missed out!!

    I remember customers that came in to have the film taken out of their camera and we would load a new one. I even got asked once for a Kojak film.

    But some habits don't die. Even with digital cameras we still get people that come into the shop and ask us to take out the memory card and print from it and put the card back in. And when you think about it, these people don't want to know how a camera works they just want their photos. And they will use a camera shop that will help them rather than a selfservice machine in a large store.

    The population of the Rep of Ireland is 3.5 million approx, and most large towns or cities have a selection of camera shops so we are lucky. (but it doesn't make up for the oil!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by foc View Post
    I always knew we just missed out!!

    I remember customers that came in to have the film taken out of their camera and we would load a new one. I even got asked once for a Kojak film.

    But some habits don't die. Even with digital cameras we still get people that come into the shop and ask us to take out the memory card and print from it and put the card back in. And when you think about it, these people don't want to know how a camera works they just want their photos. And they will use a camera shop that will help them rather than a selfservice machine in a large store.

    The population of the Rep of Ireland is 3.5 million approx, and most large towns or cities have a selection of camera shops so we are lucky. (but it doesn't make up for the oil!)
    I must admit foc I was the manager of photography shops for more than twenty years but have no idea where the memory card goes in a digital SLR, because I have no interest in them, in fact I've never even touched one, I'm very happy with the analogue equipment I have, and have no desire to have to learn photography all over again.
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    I remember when a camera would last you 20 years or more. Nowadays seems like every two years the young people have to have the latest gee-whizz 4000 model and constantly upgrade. How many people do you know still shooting with a 2 megapixel camera? It will reach a climax if it hasnt already. The camera manufacturers much like the Television and home electronics people, have found a way to convince the consumer to shell out big bucks every 3-5 years instead of every 20 years. Ever wonder why so many people live paycheck to paycheck and have huge amounts of debt. In some ways we as the consumer have allowed this to happen.
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    Another thread back from the grave.

    I take it that you slept through the SLR feature wars of the mid-70s to early 90s.

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    Welcome to APUG.
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    "She's always out making pictures, She's always out making scenes.
    She's always out the window, When it comes to making Dreams.

    It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up."

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