As you know that in a country like ours (India) piracy is a major issue ... outside any railway station in Mumbai you will see pirated software, movies, songs etc are sold for dirt cheap rates ... Adobe loses millions of dollars each year because of this piracy (not to mention the revenue the govt loses out on its taxes). I think it is a wise move by Adobe to reduce the prices in India.
INR 499 a year is really cheap (even a one way taxi ride from Mumbai airport to my former home, in Mumbai, costs more than that), so I'm sure that many of the people, who are used to buying pirated software, would want to convert to this new subscription service ... I am pretty sure the prices will eventually rise, but in my opinion, I do not think the price rise will be significant, because if Adobe subscription rise is significant then people in India, China etc will once again go back to piracy and Adobe will only end up losing money in that market.
Having said that, if I'm not wrong didn't you recently buy the 600mm f/4 IS II or the 300 f/2.8 lens? ... man that is one heck of an expensive lens, so for a classy/posh hobbyist like you, I doubt it'd be a big deal if they raised the subscription price by ten fold
Yes, but the 499 price is for each month with a commitment for a year. But it really is OK once you get your head around it.
I agree that piracy is a big issue out here ... I've had people tell that I'm crazy that I actually "buy" software because everyone is so used to pirated software which can be "purchased" from hawkers (I'll post a picture of them soon) at crossroads in even the smallest of towns here. TBH, I've gone down that road previously but ... its been more than 10 years ... NEVER AGAIN!
On the lenses ... I've been saving up for a 600mm but I've changed my plan recently. Now I'm getting the 200-400 f/4 + 1.4x TC in April. I'm a firm believer that versatility comes first and the specialty lens follows later - and also because I read Andy Rouse's blogs.
The 200-400 will be followed with a 600mm prime later this year (unless Canon releases a new 800mm, phew) and that should very well be the end of my lens buying project - I did get a 17mm TSE recently and that needs to be added to my signature
Posh hobbyist ... yeah, I've had that from a a lot of people but then its all been managed with simply changing my spending habits and most of all by not getting a number of things that I wanted to buy, not to mention a new Volkswagen Passat (which I initially wanted and which would have probably cost much more than my cameras and lenses put together).
As always in life, it's all about priorities and the choices you make.