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Depressing how lightstakers has morphed into nothing much more than a job search site for so-called fixers. Boring!

So here’s a real query to perhaps re-ignite the thought processes regarding camera manufactures dubious sales methods. Thinking of a possible new camera purchase I enquired to the online photographic site of Robert White – web@robertwhite.co.uk – one of the better and more reliable sources I’ve always thought – about the disappearance of Fuji cameras on their site. Here’s their answer: “Largely because they sell to anyone and everyone & we were getting constantly asked to price match against grey imports & price slashing box shifters. There was basically no money in it and they took a lot of work to sell. Granted they are popular, but we need to make money also. Shame really.”
I like the phrase “price slashing box shifters.” So if that term rings a bell with anyone out there perhaps you could advise where to shop if there’s no decent camera outlets nearby – or maybe there never was ? Box shifters need not reply.

by Nigel Amies at 2014-02-03 09:45:24 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Seems we might as well rename to Fixer Forum and be done with it.
Tobie

by BignoseTW | 06 Feb 2014 05:02 | Taipei, Taiwan | | Report spam→
RIP LS

by The last of the photojournalists | 05 Mar 2014 08:03 | Worldwide, Singapore | | Report spam→
RIP LS

by The last of the photojournalists | 05 Mar 2014 08:03 | Worldwide, Singapore | | Report spam→
i purchase all my gear from http://www.eglobaldigitalstore.co.uk/
great prices and very fast delivery.. ive never been disappointed with my service from them although i was dubious on my first purchase all went well..

by Mark Win | 05 Mar 2014 10:03 | Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland | | Report spam→
Don’t look at me, i’ve made a post to discuss the current state of post production in photojournalism to no avail.

Btw, here in Italy i think those “box shifters” are pretty much the norm if you shop online.

by Giacomo Cabrini | 05 Mar 2014 15:03 (ed. Mar 5 2014) | Los angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Don’t look at me either, I think the fixers are welcome here and serve a legitimate purpose.

by Barry Milyovsky | 05 Mar 2014 19:03 (ed. Mar 5 2014) | New York, United States | | Report spam→
I was contemplating shipping myself in a box to a place where I would need to hire a fixer. Let’s talk about boots again.

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 06 Mar 2014 03:03 | Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→
John, I believe there is a LS member/advertiser who specializes in packing and moving household items. Perhaps he can help you with your self-packing and shipping.

by Barry Milyovsky | 06 Mar 2014 13:03 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Don’t you dare look at me either.

I had to correct Yves Croquet (sic) when Oscar was not spam or a fixer but a legit person looking for freelance photographers in Asia.

by Mendax Mondial | 07 Mar 2014 16:03 | Sipping a espresso, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Mendax, This is the best that could come out of your brain? a stupid xenophobe joke. Your kind of pathetic isn’t it? ;)

by Yves Choquette | 07 Mar 2014 17:03 | Montreal, Canada | | Report spam→
It’s true that things are less lively than they used to be. To go back to the original box-shifter point of Nigel’s, unfortunately there is a big problem in the industry which is, at least partly, that professionalism is down in almost every aspect of the image making business. Dealers who used to deal with a primarily pro clientele are now getting their margins crushed by discounters who are selling to people who don’t really need a pro camera. The manufacturers don’t care, if they get their sales numbers up. Magazines have folded, or have replaced editors with younger people who only consider how to get images cheaply, not concerning themselves with what it costs to get work done by people who will go and do a really decent job, so long as they can get something passable from the internet (for free or for a buck or two). And now Getty is handing out images for free, which they seem to be doing so that they can use these images for some advertising or marketing purpose, which serves their interests, but not those of their contributors. Don’t know where it’s all heading, but I’ve been working on other types of production work and writing in recent times, mostly because I just don’t know if I understand what’s going on anymore.

by John Louis Lassen Perry | 07 Mar 2014 17:03 (ed. Mar 7 2014) | Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→

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Participants

Nigel Amies, Photographer/writer Nigel Amies
Photographer/writer
[undisclosed location].
BignoseTW, Videographer/Photographer BignoseTW
Videographer/Photographer
(Tobie Openshaw)
Taipei , Taiwan
The last of the photojournalists, Photographer The last of the photojournalists
Photographer
[location unknown]
Mark Win, Photojournalist Mark Win
Photojournalist
(My Job is my Life)
Dublin , Ireland
Giacomo Cabrini, Photographer Giacomo Cabrini
Photographer
Los Angeles , United States
Barry Milyovsky, totally unprofessional Barry Milyovsky
totally unprofessional
(emperor of ice cream )
New York , United States
John Louis Lassen Perry, Photoanthropologist John Louis Lassen Perry
Photoanthropologist
Califon, New Jersey , United States
Mendax Mondial, Mendax Mondial
[location unknown]
Yves Choquette, Photojournalist Yves Choquette
Photojournalist
Montreal , Canada


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