An update to the order I placed for the replacement Halogens (& two other items) was emailed to me the first working day after the order was placed telling me that none of the items were in stock - but would be in and dispatched in a few days. this seem increasingly common with quite a few online providers in that I don't actually think they hold any stock and use your money to purchase the goods to fulfill the order - of course I could be wrong and indeed they were out of stock of all three items (10 parts in total)??? Now this isn't really a problem if the service is fast and of course the price is significantly lower to compensate. Well half the order arrived just after a week and the other half a couple of weeks later. Well the price was good and I didn't mind the delay too much, so I'll add the links to my links page & the previous blog entry.
Decided it was about time I got in a few spares of the Halogen modeling lamps used in the Multiblitz Profilux Plus units - originally these would have been Osram 64473 AM a Halolux Ceram Eco 75w bulbs but these seem to have been discontinued. Replacement 70watt ones from the distributor cost about £17, which isn't bad for a 2000hr halogen, but as always, it's nice to find a low cost replacement.
Originally I was going to place an order with SVETILA based in Slovenia as they were better than half the price and offered very reasonable postage charges - less than many UK companies! Unfortunately, between me doing the search for a UK company and going back to order from Svetila the prices shot up to almost that of the UK distributor, fortunately to the rescue came another UK supplier. lamps2udirect.
At nearly a third less than the distributor and nearly half the 'best' price I could find elsewhere - added to this is free delivery on orders (pre-VAT) over £30 so an order was duly placed. We'll see in time if performance has suffered in keeping costs down. If the service is good, I'll add in a link as it is always worth acknowledging good service.
Well to cut a long story short I've decided to get Elements 10 and forgo the pleasures of CS5. I don't really want to spend a great deal of time in extensively manipulating images (or for that matter the cost of the software) so feel Elements is aimed at just about the right level for me. Another factor was that currently it's selling for only £35 on Amazon which is a bit of a bargain, so it was ordered and is winging its way to me as I type. I'm looking forward to replacing my rather rudimentary copy of Elements 3 shortly and giving version 10 a real try out! The Adobe 30 day trial was useful, but didn't really give you enough time to try everything, but given the current price I'm more than happy to buy and try.
Born in 1956 (so getting on a bit now) I'm married and have two wonderful children we all live in Devon in the South West of England - on the Cornish border.