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Old 09-18-2011   #1
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DFW camera show Oct 1-2 2011

Any DFW RFFers going to the camera show in October? I haven't been to one of these since before the turn of the century. Back then they were mostly overpriced junk since eBay had most ofthe good stuff. Although it might be a good excuse for a beer and gear meet up...
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I'd be game for a meet and greet in October but tbh Im not really interested in going to a camera show. Especially one that weekend.

I mean, unless I can get some stuff at 2009 prices, in which case I could make it on the 2nd.
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It's in Grapevine at the convention center. No website but they have a phone number: 214-630-4062
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Well, one Good thing about the high prices is that it'll keep me from buying!

Either day is good for me. I'd probably hit it early on Sat. then meet for lunch afterwards.

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I'd be game for a meet and greet in October but tbh Im not really interested in going to a camera show. Especially one that weekend.

I mean, unless I can get some stuff at 2009 prices, in which case I could make it on the 2nd.
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Here's a link to Don's Photo, the show's sponsor:

http://www.donsphotoequipment.com/

I plan on going, and I would be interested in meeting up with some local RFF'ers.

Yes, there's plenty of overpriced stuff at camera shows, just as there is on the 'bay. Favors a discriminating buyer. Still, it can be a good place to trade, or put your hands on something without actually buying it.

Let me know about beer 'n gear.
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The wife says that Sunday would work better with her plans. I haven't been to grapevine in a while. What are good places to meet? There used to be a decent Tex-Mex place called esparza's. Any suggestions?
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I might make it saturday afternoon.
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I'd almost fly in for a beer 'n' gear at a tex-mex place!.Born in Fort Worth and raised in Dallas (I still own a house in Arlington) I'm as DFW as it gets, but I've been in the Bay Area for 20 years. Boy! do I miss mexican food! Grapevine has a convention center?!?
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Grapevine has a convention center?!?
Well, they call it a convention center. Let's just say Grapevine has a Convention Center appropriate for a small town/suburb of its size.

The camera show pretty much fills up the room, but that's not saying much.

The show is better at some times than others. But, I think that's typical. Camera shows are not what they used to be, before online shopping.

Esparza's is a good tex-mex place.
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I've been in the Bay Area for 20 years.
I'm sorry to hear this.

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Boy! do I miss mexican food!
Ya gotta come here to get it!!

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Grapevine has a convention center?!?
If you want to call it that.
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I'm in. Last time, I was at Southern California Camera show in 2005. Wanna see how DFW camera show looks like :-)
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I'm in. Last time, I was at Southern California Camera show in 2005. Wanna see how DFW camera show looks like :-)
Is that where you picked up your Canon 7s, with 50mm F/0.95 lens? Nice kit.
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Is that where you picked up your Canon 7s, with 50mm F/0.95 lens? Nice kit.
Thanks for your kind comment :-) By the way, I bought 2 sets off evilbay long ago. probably in 2004. The set that you see just a combining of 2 sets together. Of course, I did pick the best. One set I just picked the lens and another set just the body :-)
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Are there regular beer and gear events in DFW?

If you haven't been, the Rahr brewery tours are a good place to see a cross section of the local characters.
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I'm coming in for the Fair (and a dose of BBQ and tex-mex) on the 10/11-15. My mouth's watering already. Colyn, don't be too sad about my move to the Bay Area. Our temps have been in the 70s and 80s all summer!
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Im actually thinking about going to this one. I'll have to see.

I need to get my hands on an M2.
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Colyn, don't be too sad about my move to the Bay Area. Our temps have been in the 70s and 80s all summer!
Those are fighting words around here....
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Man, I didn't think I was going to survive this summer... But this recent weather has almost made up for it!
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Alright, I'm going to wonder around the show for a few hours then hit lunch at noon. Any takers? I was thinking about Esparza's at 124 E. Worth Street. any other suggestions?
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Those are fighting words around here....
LOL! Isn't it too hot to fight? IO've been worried about some of the more elderly of my Texas family in DFW and Houston, but I guess the worst is over. It got all the way up to 89 here yesteday! Y'all stay cool, now!
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Sazerac, are you talking about Sunday?

I think I'll be at the show Saturday, kind of early-ish. I prefer Saturday only because, as a buyer, I think the selection may be better.

Other than that, I would enjoy meeting up with other DFW RFF'ers.

To answer your earlier question, I'm not aware of any beer 'n gear events here. I'm from the Dallas County side, so I was unaware of the Rahr Brewery. I have since googled it, and it looks like fun. Anyhoo, I would be up for a beer 'n gear event in the future, if it doesn't work out for this weekend.
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I was thinking Sunday, but could negotiate a Saturday kitchen pass if a mojority of folks prefer Saturday.

Rahr's a good place, but I'm not one of those folks who doesn't cross county lines - Dallas is good for me too!
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I was thinking Sunday, but could negotiate a Saturday kitchen pass if a mojority of folks prefer Saturday.

Rahr's a good place, but I'm not one of those folks who doesn't cross county lines - Dallas is good for me too!
Funny you should mention it. Yeah, there are some people who won't cross the county line. I think some Ft. Worth people get tired of the perception of being second banana to Dallas. Although I live in Dallas, I always like going to Ft. Worth. Lots of great attractions-- Stockyards, museums, Water Gardens, Japanese Gardens, Sundance Square, zoo, great restaurants on Camp Bowie, etc.

Let's see if we can scrounge up a meeting this weekend, and go from there.
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I am going on Sunday. I have a prior engagement Saturday evening in Addison.

Im going to try and go 8-12 drive time inclusive. I have football to watch and I don't think Ill be there to buy seriously.

Can you generally pay with a credit card there? I hate cash.
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I am going on Sunday. I have a prior engagement Saturday evening in Addison.

Im going to try and go 8-12 drive time inclusive. I have football to watch and I don't think Ill be there to buy seriously.

Can you generally pay with a credit card there? I hate cash.

Well, in the past, I've found most vendors like cash. There may be a few setup to accept credit cards, but most are not.
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c'mon buddy! This is Texas. Cash is King!

BTW the winds are blowing me towards a Saturday excusion, although I may have to do lunch first and show afterwards. I'm juggling my schedule between a wife, kids, and single friends who wake up late.

Although the dealers may have fresh stuff early, they also acquire stuff that people trade or sell. The best bargains are right before the close. Make 'em an offer on something before they have to pack it up!
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