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United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Jessops close to administration?
« on: January 09, 2013, 01:57:21 PM »
I'm only 23 and I wasn't around 20 years when people tell me Jessops for more for the professional photographer as well as enthusiasts. Currently it is easy to tell from looking in their shops their market is now the enthusiast. Their sales assistants are of a similar breed to those found in large technology stores such as PC World, Comet and now in administration Curries and Dixons.

The same process has happened to the outdoor leisure shops - their main focus is the middle section of the market - it is more profitable to sell 500x £250 cameras a year than 50x £2000 products.

I must say London Camera Exchange is very different and a much better place to buy as even their sales assistants have a genuine interest in photography.

I think also the presence of online shops drive the higher margins found in places like Jessops to pay for unit rent and staff salaries which in turn puts off professional photographers due to markup on products. It's a shame but something that is only going to continue into the future.

I'm now told that jessops are looking into home printing solutions - canvas etc a way to keep turning profit.

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Technical Support / Re: 7D suddenly not focusing properly
« on: January 09, 2013, 11:39:34 AM »
It's hard to say with the file you have given. As CharlieB said - it looks like aggressive noise reduction has been applied. Upload a better res file.

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Yeah I've had a hair on my mirror for months. I don't want to try touch it or it may fall on the sensor and that's money for cleaning. :|

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I use lockup feature if I know I'm going to be printing big (A3+) from my 5dmkII. Some people argue that vibrations are caused by the mirror flicking up when an exposure is made. Unless you need absolute image quality don't worry.|

Also if you're going to use mirror lockup often make sure your camera is dust free inside as with the mirror lockup you have a greater chance of getting dust on your sensor.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 09, 2013, 11:30:20 AM »
An image I've called Hibernia Atlantic



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