By the time I'm done writing this post, most Canon Photographers (both CMPI and non-CMPI) are already staring to line-up for the registration.
After last year's success of the Canon Photomarathon which around 2000 participants have joined and shoot, Canon has decided to hold their 2012 Photomarathon at the historic Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila.
From Canon's Facebook Page
Not bad right? But wait till you see the new process for registration wherein cameras bought from online sellers and those not authorized distributors of Canon have to pay a 500-peso joining fee. They say the 500-peso fee would go straight to the Smiles Foundation.
From Canon's Facebook Page
As most CMPI-users liked this idea, gray users (non-CMPI-users) like me has hesitations on this idea. As one poster on a forum said that it will get rid of the freeloaders which means less participants leading to bigger prizes for the winners. AFAIK, successful contests like these should keep on growing which means expect more participants than the previous ones. Also, I don't find the term freeloader appropriate for what he said. Hence, I find what he said RIDICULOUS. You don't get rid of free-loaders, rather, you get rid of non-CMPI users whom what they all want is to join the contest and improve on their craft =P. But here's the thing, when I tried to register, I was informed that I have to pay 500 pesos before December 3. Then last Tuesday, I received a text message saying that deadline for payment is on December 5. Then last Thursday, They (Canon Philippines) posted on their facebook page that deadline of payment was yesterday of 12:00pm. I wonder why they keep on moving the deadline for the payment... =P
Another poster said that those who are loyal to CMPI deserves priority treatment since the price difference of a CMPI-camera is pretty huge against getting it from an online seller. I got my Canon 7D last February of this year from an online seller at 56K compared to getting it to CMPI at 89K. Notice the big difference right? I also made some comparison with other DSLR Cameras and Lens and there are huge differences in terms of cost and online sellers do also give freebies as well. If only they could sell their gadgets at a more affordable prices, buyers don't have to settle for a non-CMPI unit.
If you ask me, I don't mind they (Photomarathon Organizers) prioritize CMPI users over non-CMPI users first as long as there is equal treatment in the process. If they charge a 500-peso joining fee, why not charge it to all participants be it a CMPI or non-CMPI. I'm sure The Smiles Foundation would appreciate it much more don't you think?
Until they change their policies on how they treat CMPI and non-CMPI users especially on charging the latter, I would definitely skip this event again.
Again, these are just my f/2 thoughts (and some rants as well =P).