We price all of our international tours in the currency that our suppliers invoice us in. So Japanese Yen (JPY) for our Japan photo tours, Euro (€) for our European photo tours and US dollars (US$) for many countries that use the US$ for business, such as the Bhutan photo tour and Cambodia photo tour. Tours within Australia, such as our Tasmania Photo tour, The Pilbara photo tour (coming soon) or the Kimberley photo tour (returning soon) we price in Australian dollars (AU$) for the same reason.
Continuing on from my earlier post about my camera insurance claim on a damaged Phase One IR Filter.
The Results… Finally… or not.
After months of wrangling, writing letters and answering spurious nonsense created by the WFI legal team (and passed to me for comment by the ombudsman), WFI offered to pay half the amount of the camera insurance claim. I considered carefully… for about 2 seconds, then told them (via the ombudsman) to bugger off! It was long past being about the money, it was about them doing the right thing, the thing I had been paying large amounts of money for in good faith.
Several more weeks of fluff and noise ensued, before WFI finally capitulated and agreed to pay the full amount. (I think they just got sick of me)… This was 25th March 2019, the initial claim was lodged 23rd July 2018… For a $3,600 claim on an item insured for around $60,000. All up I would estimate that rejecting my claim and fighting it for months used up several hundred hours of somebodies expensive time at WFI, which cost a hell of a lot more than than my initial claim.
Of course WFI cancelled my insurance (but only on my camera gear), and sent me a nasty letter that was an official refusal to renew my contract. This plays havoc with any future insurance applications as I have to disclose this in full when applying for a policy. I countered by cancelling my car insurance and my house insurance, which were also with WFI. Small things, but it felt good. And of course I tell everybody about it.
The moral of this story? It could be “don’t trust insurance companies” Or perhaps “always read the fine print…” or maybe a combination of both… “when dealing with insurance companies always read the fine print (and don’t trust them, especially WFI)”. Are you sure your camera gear is really insured?
A mirrorless camera, what is the point? I’m not doubting the validity of mirrorless, its a serious question. I love mirrorless technology and I think it’s clearly the future of camera manufacturing. But I also think many people seem to have missed or forgotten the reason a mirrorless camera was so attractive in the first place. Small and light… Remember that?
So you have your trusty DSLR setup with 4 reliable carefully chosen lenses, maybe a 16-35mm f2.8, or a 14-24mm f2.8… A 24-70 f2.8 and the quintessential 70-200mm f2.8. You are prepared for just about any photo opportunity. So you are ready to head out, you go to pick up your camera bag and… Read the rest of this entry »
Camera Insurance, like all insurance is pretty uninspiring stuff and if you are like most people, it’s not something you want to think too much about. You pay your money and the job is done, right? Until you find out you are actually not insured, which always happens at the worst possible moment.
Are you really insured?
I have been insuring all my camera gear with WFI (Westfarmers Federated Insurance) for about 14 years now, in fact they have (had…) all my insurance. This included my Gallery insurance for fire, theft and damage, Public liability and workers compensation. They also insure my car, my house and contents. It all adds up to rather a substantial amount of money each year, just my camera gear alone comes in at around $2,900 per year and has been over $4,000 per year at the peak of my gear addiction…
Continuing on from the Previous Post… Around about the same time I was struggling up mountains in the Icelandic Highlands with my crazy heavy camera bag full of the Phase One XF camera, IQ3-100 digital back, lenses, tripods and other ancillary items, Phase One released their third firmware upgrade for the XF camera and IQ3 series backs. Which amongst other features included the activation of a full electronic shutter in the IQ3 digital backs. Meaning the Digital Back could be used on a technical camera without the limitations of the clockwork mechanical shutters in technical camera lenses (shutter speeds of just 1 sec – 1/500 sec in full stop intervals).
Camera Electronic’s Perth Photolive Expo is happening again in Perth this Saturday. This is the 4th Photolive Expo for Perth, and if last year is anything to go by it will be huge. It’s all happening on Saturday 28th July at the Novotel Langley Hotel in the Perth CBD from 9am – 5pm.
Toys, talks, walks and workshops…
Photolive is like a wonderland of toys for photographers, with stands from just about everything photographic, where you can play with all the latest gear, talk directly to the manufacturing reps and grab some once a year huge discounts.
There are inspiring half hour talks from some of the photo industry’s great photographers that are $16 presale ($25 on the day), photowalks around town to test and try some of the latest gear (free with entry ticket), and super condensed jam packed 2 hour workshops from leading professional photographers that are $75 pre sale ($95 on the day subject to availability).
Last year at Photolive I ran a 2 hour print workshop that was a sellout success, 3 days of intensive digital printing workflow in 2 hours! But it’s ok, as I provide comprehensive notes to take home so everyone could remember it all.
This year I am doing it all again, but with more toys. I will have a Canon Prograf Pro-1000 printer and an Epson P800 printer to run demos on, as well as Eizo and the new and exciting BenQ graphics monitors to show you a slick colour management workflow. I am also hitting the guys at Camera Electronic up for some beautiful Hahnemuhle art papers to really show what these amazing printers can do beyond the usual RC paper photo prints.
Booking and availability
I believe there are still a couple of places left on this workshop a well as places on the other great workshops and talks, so visit photoliveexpo.com.au to book, or call the crew at Camera Electronic (08) 9328 4405.
Back in April and May of 2017 (last year as I write now) I wrote about my experiences researching the two new 100mp offerings from Phase One and Hasselblad, the Phase One XF camera with IQ3-100 digital back and the Hasselblad H6D-100… and how I chose which one to buy to upgrade from my ageing Hasselblad H4D-60. To summarise the results of that research, I chose the the Phase One XF and IQ3-100, for details of the process you can read about it HERE>>
Camera Electronic’s Photo Live Expo is Perth’s answer to Photokina, It’s the biggest photography event in Perth for the whole year, and it’s on this Sunday from 9am – 5pm at the Novotel Langley Hotel. There are photography talks, photography workshops and more camera and photography related gear than you’ll probably ever see in one place. Click on the image to the right for all the info>>
Print Workflow Workshop
I am running the 2 hour Print Workflow workshop from 10am – 12pm, which will be a great introduction to the world of digital printing and colour management. To book this workshop, or one of the many others on offer call Camera Electronic on (08) 9328 4405 or go to the website direct www.photoliveexpo.com.au
Following directly on from the previous post Phase One Vs Hasselblad Part 3, talking about the decision process to buy either the Phase One XF-100 or the Hasselblad H6D-100…
Dealing with Shutter Speed Limitations – Hasselblad
One of the major differences between Phase One and Hasselblad had always been the maximum shutter speed. All the Hasselblad H series lenses have built in leaf shutters with a maximum shutter speed of 1/800sec. They have flash sync right through their speed range, which is great for studio work but very limiting for landscape or natural light action. Read the rest of this entry »
In January 2016 Phase One finally announced the IQ3-100, the medium format digital back with the 100 megapixel CMOS sensor, the one I had been waiting for. I had heard that Hasselblad were only a short way off announcing their 100mp camera system, and I wanted to see that before making any decisions. Meanwhile I researched the Phase One system a little more.
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