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Lenses / Re: Canon 135L f/2
« on: February 13, 2013, 05:45:21 PM »
Great lens, definitely one of my favs

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 13, 2013, 05:02:44 PM »
My attempt

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 40 f/2.8 STM
« on: February 13, 2013, 04:30:08 PM »
Please tell me that wasn't actually a real 40mm having syrup poured over it and that it was photoshopped

Technical Support / Re: Images not dislaying correctly
« on: February 12, 2013, 04:34:11 PM »
Is it displaying like that on the camera or only when you import in to your computer?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX1 -- My new toy
« on: February 09, 2013, 09:25:47 PM »
Hey Dylan,
How are you finding it without a viewfinder?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX1 -- My new toy
« on: February 07, 2013, 08:26:20 PM »
Very nice bit of kit.. Enjoy :)

Lenses / Re: How much would you pay for Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L IS
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:38:28 PM »
It should be free to all CPS platinum members. They have already spend enough lol

United Kingdom & Ireland / North Devon area?
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:35:56 PM »
Hey guys,
Anyone in the north Devon area that wants to do a meet up?

Canon General / Re: What's your definition of "Pro"?
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:33:33 PM »
The kit makes you a pro obliviously.  ::)

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Hello...Anyone else from the UK?
« on: February 04, 2013, 11:43:04 AM »
Anyone from the North Devon area?

Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 14, 2013, 07:20:29 PM »
400mm 2.8 mkII

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Jessops close to administration?
« on: January 11, 2013, 04:47:08 PM »

To Alex, I have to say - good luck mate, sorry the administrators couldn't do anything over the past couple of days.
To the UK high street - good luck. Currys Group??? BHS??? WHSmith??? any chain that doesn't do something that can't be sourced in a visit to Tesco/Asda-Walmart/Sainsburys/Ikea had better develop some sort of USP very quickly.....or be ready to say goodbye. 
Sorry to sound so bleak ! :-\  Didn't mean to have a rant - Honest!

Thank you.. From what iv read and heard Jessops had 4 offers to buy and save the company, but Pwc rejected all of them

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Jessops close to administration?
« on: January 11, 2013, 04:36:10 PM »

Sorry to hear you've lost your job. Hopefully, you can find something soon.

Thank you, I think the hardest part is yet to come when I have to pack up the store..

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Jessops close to administration?
« on: January 11, 2013, 03:35:32 PM »
It is a sad situation, but with the increase in on-line 'grey ish' importers it is to be expected.

I don't know how companies like Jessops calculate their cost price, but (for reasons I won't go in to) I've got a good idea as to their cost price for a 7d body.

This cost price to Jessops is roughly £250 more expensive than you can purchase it from well known reputable online dealers.
Jessops then put another £100 or so on for their margin.

The way that I see it, is they didn't make enough profit on the goods that they sold.  (not sure if this is down to their deal with the manufacturers/importers or simply import duty costs)

I understand that their most profitable part of their business is their printing side, so I expect that will be a service that is retained.


Sorry as I am now a Ex Jessops employee I can honestly say that all cameras were a loss leader.. The trade price on a 7D was around £1100 or more.. Jessops made huge losses on cameras sometimes well over £150.. The idea was to try and compete in the market but sell profitable items like memory cards etc with the cameras.. I shall greatly miss Jessops as I was a devoted customer before I worked there..

78 years of trading and servicing the general public has been torn apart in less then 2 days..

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Jessops close to administration?
« on: January 09, 2013, 06:59:21 PM »
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.

I am myself a Jessops employee and find comments like that very unfair.. Yes I will admit that Jessops unfortunately has a hand full of employee's that are as useful as a chocolate tea pot.. But I would love to see anyone do the job that we have to do.. Trying to remember over several hundred different cameras and specs, its not just the high end equipment that we have to know about its also the small compacts and all the accessories, and then do it with a smile..  Jessops is a great company and I love my job... I hope that I get to continue to do the job that I truly enjoy..

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