On The Rocks – We Are Back Together

Phil Gibson, Jody Grober, and Kevin Raber. Behind the camera Michael Durr
Phil Gibson, Jody Grober, and Kevin Raber. Behind the camera Michael Durr

Finally, On The Rocks is back and in person again.  There is so much to catch up and it doesn’t take long for us to get right into the latest news.

Jody always has something to say
Jody always has something to say

The pandemic affected all of us and it has not been easy for many.  As many of you know the virus hit home with debra being seriously ill and her father passing.  So, for me, I stayed home or at the studio in isolation much of the time.  Many stores were closed as was Roberts Camera.  

Phil, a man of infinite wisdom
Phil, a man of infinite wisdom

Like everything else, we all adapted to new ways.  Roberts Camera changed the way they did business and at PXL we started to rearrange workshops and push out more articles and videos.  We are now coming out of this pandemic.  I have now had both shots as well as many people I know.  The demand for travel and getting out to take pictures has never been higher. Now that I am vaccinated I am looking for a place to go and try out some new gear.

We discuss a lot of this in this episode.  We also have a special guest Peter Bick, from  Zionsville, IN who shares news about Olympus as well as showing off the beautiful Olympus 1500-400mm lens.  What a beauty that lens is.  

Jody also shares a bombshell with us as he announces his retirement and why he thought it was time to quit.

Jody and Kevin
Jody and Kevin

As always we have a lot of fun and share a lot.  It’s just three guys hanging out and talking photography.  Please put your feet up and join us for a fun 30 minutes of photography talk.

The Video (30:10)


2:13  Introduction

2:30 The Camera Industry today

3:11 How Roberts stayed open

3:45 Used Photo Pro, the demand for used gear

4:10 Sales are up why?

5:20 Camera sales didn’t hurt

6:20 The first reopening

8:14 Jody’s team results

8:40 Camera sales, Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Fuji

19:50 Olympus Camera and special guest

23:00 New Olympus 150-400mm lens and oh what a lens it is

26:10 Jody quits (retires)

28:10 Goodbyes 

Stay tuned through the very end.

Peter Bick and the OTR Team
Peter Bick and the OTR Team
Peter Bick, Zionsville, IN, and his Olympus 150-400mm lens.
Peter Bick, Zionsville, IN, and his Olympus 150-400mm lens.

Thank you for watching On The Rocks and being part of the photoPXL family.

Kevin Raber
March 2021
Kevin Raber
Indianapolis, IN

Photography is my passion and has been for 50 plus years. My career in photography has allowed me to travel the world, meet some of the most interesting people on the planet and see things I could never have dreamed of. My goal is to share the passion of picture taking through photographs and teaching with as many people as I can, hoping it brings them as much joy and happiness as it has me. I do this through photoPXL.com, this site, as well as Rockhopper Workshops, and other projects, as well as teaching as Artist In Residence at the Indianapolis Art Center.

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