I'd just like to laud one company

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by RichA, Jan 26, 2014.

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    RichA Guest

    Kiwi fotos accessories and lens adapters. Much better than run-of-the-millChinese lens adapters but FAR cheaper than Novoflex and the like. They doa good job. I have some of their adapters and I just got a micro-focusingx-y rail from them and it's excellent for the price.

    http://kiwifotos.com
     
    RichA, Jan 26, 2014
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    Me Guest

    Thieving bastards stole our national bird.
     
    Me, Jan 27, 2014
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    The Australians got it years ago in the name of shoe polish. I think
    the French have got it now.
     
    Eric Stevens, Jan 27, 2014
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Further, they _are_ "run of the mill Chinese". The "about us" page says
    "Copyright 2012 JJC CHINA".
     
    J. Clarke, Jan 27, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    So, pronounced, "Kai-Wai", not "Kee-Wee".
     
    Savageduck, Jan 27, 2014
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    RichA Guest

    Actually, they aren't. Their stuff is built in China, but not apparently designed there. So it isn't totally driven by the need for the absolute lowest price.
     
    RichA, Jan 27, 2014
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    Tony Cooper Guest

    The shop to which I take my camera for repair or cleaning is Kiwi
    Camera Service. I've known the owner, Mike, for many years because he
    was a friend of my son in high school, and he was at our house many
    times.

    Mike has no connection whatsoever with New Zealand, and probably
    couldn't point it out on a map of the world. He says he's never seen
    a kiwi even at a zoo.

    He picked the name, according to him, because it sounds funny, is
    short and easy to remember, and was as good as any other name. The
    added benefit is that people coming to him for the first time always
    ask why he calls the business Kiwi, and this leads to an informal
    conversation that makes the visit personal.
     
    Tony Cooper, Jan 27, 2014
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    There is some good quality stuff coming out of China. Apple for
    instance.
     
    Eric Stevens, Jan 27, 2014
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    RichA Guest

    As long as the design of the thing is good and the production process is watched like a hawk, they can do fairly well. There are still suggestions when it comes to ultimate quality, they still can't match Japan, the U.S., depending on the product.
     
    RichA, Jan 27, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    Not at a supermarket, either?
     
    PeterN, Jan 27, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    That is a fruity question.
     
    Savageduck, Jan 27, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    Had a chance t look at the site. Horrible, in terms of ease of use. It
    obviously is not designed for consumers. (organized by part number; had
    to drill down to what the parts are for; no pricing; no shipping info;
    no strength specifications; etc.) Why would you even sho a link to this
    site. unless we were resellers, with an assigned salesperson, the site
    is useless. As for the product, from what I saw they are using anodized
    aluminum with steel screws. I have a concern about a galvanic reaction.
    It seems to me that the loosening and tightening of the screws would
    wear through the oxide coating.
     
    PeterN, Jan 28, 2014
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    RichA Guest

    Most cameras of any quality today are aluminum/magnesium and are put together with steel screws.
     
    RichA, Jan 28, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    Irrelevant. The screws in camera bodies are not constantly adjusted. It
    is the wear from the adjusting that degrades the oxide layer.
     
    PeterN, Jan 28, 2014
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    RichA Guest

    You want movement, it's better for the screws to move all the time. I recently ran across and aluminum solar panel bracket held together with stainless steel screws. It had sat outside for 10 years. The screws were basically welded in place by oxidization of the aluminum.
     
    RichA, Jan 29, 2014
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    A well known phenomenon. Just ask any yachtie.
     
    Eric Stevens, Jan 29, 2014
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    Markorki Guest

    Eric Stevens a écrit :
    There was a french brand of shoe polish (good quality, strong smell )
    named "Kiwi" in the 50's ( maybe earlier, but I was too young ;-)
     
    Markorki, Jan 29, 2014
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    Me Guest

    I'm a yachtie (and a kiwi, and I used to work in the field of cathodic
    protection/corrosion prevention).
    I have a love/hate relationship with stainless steel.
    If plastic composites will do the job, it's better than metal. OP won't
    like to hear that.
     
    Me, Jan 29, 2014
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    J. Clarke Guest

    That would be the Australian brand, founded in 1906 and currently the
    largest-selling brand of shoe polish in the world. Note that the wife
    of the founder was from New Zealand.
     
    J. Clarke, Jan 29, 2014
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    PeterN Guest

    On 1/29/2014 5:45 AM, Me wrote:

    Bottom line, will galvanic reaction cause the aluminum to degrade, to a
    point of uselessness. If so what time frame.
     
    PeterN, Jan 29, 2014
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