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Re: Cameras and Aircraft (again)

Apart from "'cause they can", why on earth do camera manufacturers charge so much for their batteries. Surely they know that many people will buy/try the cheaper batteries available purely because of the cost. If the original batteries were brought down to a 'reasonable price', say half what they charge now, people would have no hesitation in buying them. Same as printer ink .... but don't get me going on that as well
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Re: Cameras and Aircraft (again)

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I've just looked out my Miranda 35 GT film camera (60,s era) - hence my cheapskate remark - and found I still had 3 film cannisters with used film plus one still in the camers???.

The big Q is, do I attempt to have it/them processed? May have photo's from my time spent in Singapore, Malasia, Borneo 64 - 67 and Kuwait 70 -74.
Yes, please. THen we all will know what they were like during that period.
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In the case of printers, the situation has now become totally ridiculous in relation to "original inks". Manufacturers are simply making more profit from the ink than the sale of the printer. Last Xmas, Tesco's had a printer on sale for around 17 complete with 4 ink cartridges ( prob less ink than replacements ). The price for 4 replacement ink cartridges was, from memory around 15.

Camera manufacturers are well aware that many users will only purchase original equipment as opposed to 3rd party alternatives which means they can price accessories such as batteries at any level they wish to. Like printer manufacturers they possibly make as much profit or more from the accessories as they do from camera sales.

I have used compatible inks and 3rd party batteries for years now, saved a fortune, and never had a problem with any.

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Yes, the printer is sometimes virtually given away in the hope that people will buy the original inks for the life of the printer. It's almost worth buying a new printer when the inks run out in some instances . I also dislike the 'all in one' ink cartridge printers that manufacturers are so happy to push on us. The black ink runs out .... go buy another ink cartridge, regardless of whether the cyan, magenta or yellow are virtually full

As far as batteries are concerned, I still think that manufacturers would make much more profit, via much higher sales, if they halved their battery prices. I would certainly buy originals .... but only if the price was right.

I, like yourself, have always used third party batteries for both my and my wife's cameras and inks (for my 5 cartridge printer) for a very long time. Yes, I've had battery failures but only after the battery doesn't owe me anything anyway. If a third party battery lasts, say, three years and costs less than a quarter of an original, then 12 years later I'm still ahead. Third party inks have never (touch wood) caused me any problems.
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In the case of printers, the situation has now become totally ridiculous in relation to "original inks". Manufacturers are simply making more profit from the ink than the sale of the printer. Last Xmas, Tesco's had a printer on sale for around 17 complete with 4 ink cartridges ( prob less ink than replacements ). The price for 4 replacement ink cartridges was, from memory around 15.

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My father once brought me a second hand printer that was unused just came without ink. When I investigated the 6 replacement cartridge from the OEM where 16 each (Total 96) while a new printer with the inks was 86. I got 3rd party inks for it - all 6 for 18 and it worked well on these for several years.
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Yes, please. THen we all will know what they were like during that period.
Have had a conversation on Friday with a friend... who has a friend that might do the bix? Will find out later nexr week and see what is involved. I have to admit, I too am curious as to what might be in the mix. I'm almost 100% certain that the films are positives / slides? So once again, this might need sorting out if they come out OK ifor transferring to digital? In the mean-time my eyesight, hopefully will continue to improve over the next two months.

With luck, it looks like the Canon beastie will be coming back out of retirement as I don't have the Oly gear set-up to do the conversion.
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Re: Cameras and Aircraft (again)

Wally - it will be worth trying to process the films. Be prepared for disappointment though as they may have faded away to nothing, but you will never know unless you try. If any are Kodachrome I'm not sure whether it is possible to develop them at all now, it used different chemicals which were toxic and bad pollutants, I think.

We have a photo lab here in Salisbury that will hand-develop films, and they like a challenge! It is Salisbury Photo Centre, they are good folks and do a lot of work for the local pro photogs. Website: https://www.fujilab.eu/ I reckon if anyone can savage old photos they can, and they could also do basic scans to make it easy to see what you've got.

Good luck whatever you decide ... John
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Re: Cameras and Aircraft (again)

Wrt Kodachtome just change the soup and develop as B&W https://www.lomography.com/magazine/...-64-in-b-and-w
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Didn't know that, thanks Steve.

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