Press cameras in Thailand

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Flatulant Dingo, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. Just watching early morning news on Thai TV.

    I noticed during an interview of some sort, the press photographers
    were all using Nikon F3 with what looked likes a 50mm lens.

    Looks like digital still to catch up here, but then again most Thai
    newspapers are rather short on pics.
     
    Flatulant Dingo, Aug 3, 2003
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    Miro Guest


    Why must everyone keep upgrading. The F2's got replaced after 20 or 30 years
    in service. The F3 is nearly at the end of its lifespan .... Maybe then they
    can look at getting F4's.
     
    Miro, Aug 4, 2003
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    Ubiquitous Guest

    It isn't about upgrading for the sake of upgrading. It is about upgrading to
    make best use of time/money/technology. If buying a digital SLR aids in
    minimising time and money spent developing/scanning film then it is a
    worthwhile upgrade.

    Sure, they could spend a lot of money on a new film body, but will the news
    industry in Thailand still be happy to accept film for the lifespan of it?
    Probably not. Not a good investment.
     
    Ubiquitous, Aug 4, 2003
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    Miro Guest

    That is based on your Australian perception. The same difference is oddly
    enough still apparent in colour photocopiers. People in Asia are happy to
    buy all the old CLC-500 copiers that they can. These perceptions are out of
    context. The devaluation of film cameras is an OECD disease.
     
    Miro, Aug 4, 2003
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    Ubiquitous Guest

    News is still news in Thailand, and business is still business, and money is
    still money, and time is still money. If nothing else the lack of
    development costs in digital cameras would make the money back for press
    photographers. And theres the speed factor. Digital is just a lot faster.

    Your analogy with photocopiers doesn't hold true, because the reason why we
    buy new copiers is quality and the high cost of maintenance due to labour
    rates in Australia. In Thailand, labour is cheaper and therefore maintenance
    is cheaper. They can justify the expense of a lower upfront cost with more
    time spent maintaining them. Whereas in Australia, we buy new to maintain
    cheaper maintenance contracts and to keep up with technology. It isn't so
    much about perception as it is about the hidden costs.
     
    Ubiquitous, Aug 4, 2003
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    greengrass Guest

    and I'm sure they know what's best for their business
     
    greengrass, Aug 4, 2003
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    lindall Guest

    As someone said you can get most things repaired in Thailand but in Aust
    these are throwaway jobs.

    Thai newspapers are full of pics, have a look at Thai Rath for example.
    Used to remind me of a comic book.
     
    lindall, Aug 6, 2003
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  8. I was shooting a Rugby match with a Gold Coast Bulletin photographer a
    little while ago and he was shooting film. I asked why? and he reckons the
    "head honcho" thinks digital is too expensive.

    .....more like he has all his wife's cousins employed in the darkroom! :)
     
    AU Digital Photo Of The Day, Aug 6, 2003
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    Cameron Guest

    I think he may have been joking with you, the Bully have nearly totally
    converted to digital, and only use film on the rare occasion. And anyone
    who says that digital is too expensive shouldn't be a "head honcho" :) The
    only thing more expensive is the initial cost (providing they are going 1D
    or D1H) and some repairs.

    Cameron
     
    Cameron, Aug 6, 2003
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  10. I think he may have been joking with you, the Bully have nearly totally
    Perhaps he was just P'ed off because he was the one still using film??

    He had an EOS 1n in his hands, so I took him at his word. :)
     
    AU Digital Photo Of The Day, Aug 6, 2003
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    Cameron Guest

    They are using old DT and AUS D2000's now and still have a couple of 1n's.
    Weird that he was using one, maybe reminiscing! :)

    Cameron
     
    Cameron, Aug 6, 2003
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  12. Today a few dead bodies or re-enactments of crimes (in colour) on the
    front page - lots of blood & guts; stuff you would never see in Oz;
    (almost solely photos, about 5 or 6 every day and huge screaming
    headlines), inside much more "news" than photos.

    Some pages do not carry one photograph.

    Then there is the entertainment section, etc., uses all file stuff
    from what I can see.

    Shit newspapers on the whole.

    Are you getting mixed up with the Thai police magazines, which show
    pages & pages of photos of corpses, blood, guts, decomposed bodies,
    and how the police "solved" the crime?
     
    Flatulant Dingo, Aug 6, 2003
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