I think a few people need to calm down here.....
My response to Guy ... the one with the two winks was not some evil attack like some want to
make it look like.
Seeing he directly rebutted a posting I had made recommending Adorama or BH for good prices on Mamiya lenses that are the same
design as the Phase One lenses that are actually made by Mamiya I responded.
His answer started with a rather condescending Sorry..... and then he goes on about Phase Gear when I was recommending BH and Adorama for Mamiya gear.
If BH and Adorama are so bad .... why are they Leaf Mamiya dealers?
Why is it so OK to buy Nikon gear from them and not MF gear from them.
Does Mamiya Leaf not service gear sold by them. As far as I know they do.
I pointed out that he is sponsored by who he is recommending.
The only relationship I have with BH is that of a customer.
I have been a BH customer for over 20 years.
I simply think that it is fair that readers, especially those that are new to the forum or simply guests to know
if someone is recommending someone that pays them to advertise their product or services. Especially if that person is
contradicting another persons suggestion.
No several other forums I go to there is a rule about "pimping" (their words not mine) gear. If a member has any affiliation or sponsorship
it has to be in their posting signature. It is that way on forums of many different fields such as performance sports equipment, racing bikes etc.
Could be a good idea for these forums.
Hey mine could be ex-Phase One user.
I think that readers like to hear both sides as this is called a DISCUSSION FORUM.
I was sponsored for many years by Polaroid for shooting 8x10 Polaroid for main stream fashion and beauty editorials.
I certainly received special treatment as a result of that. My only endorsement was to have my photo credit read
"Polaroid by" instead of "Photo by". However that is a thing of the past as Polaroid no longer makes 8x10 instant film.
I also used Polaroids for ads.... actually saved my ass once when the film got mangled. Client was happy with the Polaroids, but it was a sort
of abstract type of image that lent itself well to the Polaroid look.
While some want to paint me as being negative... I think I have done my fair share of helping... including Jack (Guys partener on GetDPI.com) regarding an Elinchrom sale.
He had received an inquiry from from a buyer in Singapore. but the Elinchrom Micro that he was selling unlike some other Elinchrom products
is not self detecting dual voltage or dual voltage at all. Understandable confusion. The USA runs on 110 60hz. Singapore runs on 220 50hz. I hastely pointed this out
avoiding nasty return shipping costs and a potential accident. Shipping studio lights to Singapore and back isn't cheap. I hate to see
that happens if a 3000w/s flash pack gets plugged into 220 v instead or 110v. Very fast recycle time.... and a bang... yikes.
I was pretty sure about this as I had Elinchrom packs in Europe that
could not be used here in the US (had to buy new ones) so seeing I had the email for a tech guy at Elinchrom in Switzerland I checked and they confirmed that they had never made
a dual voltage Micro AS pack.
here are the photos I took of my packs for him in case his sticker had come off his pack.
Still sitting on my flickr account.
Well I'm done scanning film for the night.....