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Indecent Exposure 49: Inexpedient expiration

There are no conspiracies to make your cameras die young. Plus, the new dSLRs just keep a comin' (a coincidence?) and photos that go "vroom!"

There are no conspiracies to make your cameras die young. Plus, the new dSLRs just keep a comin' (a coincidence?) and photos that go "vroom!"

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Episode 49

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Today's questions
Planned obsolescence?

My latest Canon 3mp point and shoot died after about 5 years. That was $300 gone. I have an old Rebel that does great, but still prefer digital for lots of reasons. I'm strictly an amateur, but with interest in photography. I ask this: I'm debating the expense of the entry Canon dSLR, at about $599, but not if the likelihood isn't that it will last at least a decade. I'm not going to pay $100 per year for a camera. Is the dSLR age similar to everything else of cost, designed to die after a short set period to create new purchase opportunities, or can I expect that for my purchase price I might get something that will last at least long enough to not regret the price? Any help on that question? Thanks in advance, and for your good work.

Custom frame sizes

Hey guys, just wanted to say thanks for answering my question about getting professional prints. It was really helpful [I'll be using AdoramaPix as well as a smaller local business to compare and contrast]. In the same vein of my previous question of making larger prints after getting out of school. Framing, besides building my own, where should I look to for framing?
There are a lot of traditional framing stores here in Columbus, OH and there are tons of supply stores. Since I am making prints larger than 11x14 it is hard to find pre-cut matte board let alone a stand alone wooden/metal frame of any kind. Maybe I should just invest in a matte-board cutter and/or start up this photographers co-op.
Thanks Again,