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Lenses / Re: Sigma 300-800 - Anyone use this lens?
« on: April 20, 2014, 07:15:27 PM »
would love to hear your thoughts once you have had time to play around with it

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Canon General / Re: "MAP" pricing....How long will it last????
« on: April 19, 2014, 03:23:16 PM »
I do not say that I have the answer to the original question, but as very often in this forum, the discussion tends to focus around the US. The US customers have had, and still have really cheap prices offered for Canon gear.  I just got back from NYC and bought two 600ex rt plus a st e3 at full price at B&H, and that price is two thirds of the price in Norway. Before the limit on price was put in effect, a professional nature photographer could get the 800mm for approx 3000 USD less than in Norway, which meant that you could fly over and have a weekend there, and still save money. Thus I argue that the camera stores catering to the professionals in other countries than the US had a really hard time staying in business when B&H decided to lower the prices.

Does Norway have import duties?  I could have driven from Boston to Toronto in a few hours, and bought a 600 II for a couple thousand less than at B&H.  But the import duties when bringing the lens back into the US would have been significant.

Once you pass approx 35 USD you have to pay tax. Tax is 25% , so that would still be better. I am still happy as the kit I bought costs 12.300 NOK, and I got it for approx 7.700 plus NYC taxes :)

But my first post was because I spoke to a few people working in the relatively big stores in Norway, and B&H (never seen Adorama have anything cheaper than B&H) would drive the prices down, thus running the risk of driving them out of business.

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Canon General / Re: "MAP" pricing....How long will it last????
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:21:00 AM »
I do not say that I have the answer to the original question, but as very often in this forum, the discussion tends to focus around the US. The US customers have had, and still have really cheap prices offered for Canon gear.  I just got back from NYC and bought two 600ex rt plus a st e3 at full price at B&H, and that price is two thirds of the price in Norway. Before the limit on price was put in effect, a professional nature photographer could get the 800mm for approx 3000 USD less than in Norway, which meant that you could fly over and have a weekend there, and still save money. Thus I argue that the camera stores catering to the professionals in other countries than the US had a really hard time staying in business when B&H decided to lower the prices.

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Photography Technique / Re: Three days in The Big Apple
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:57:46 PM »
I just got back, and NYC was incredible and a place I will visit several times more. B&H was surreal (with its Harry Potter logistics system:). Here is a shot I took while eating at The River Cafe in Brooklyn. I hope you like it.

G.

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Lighting / Re: Reasons to get a ST-E3-RT?
« on: April 06, 2014, 07:14:15 PM »
Some European countries allow it, some don't. But you are OK, Norway is a yes.

This is the original Canon listing, these are the allowed countries, but I believe it has since been opened up some more, or rather, the classification of the flash has allowed it in more countries.

P.S. My experience of B&H is that they play 100% by the rules, if you tell them you are going to use it outside the allowable area they will not sell to you. I used to live in the Caribbean and believe it or not all Epson products are forbidden from export, as are/were Apple laptops, go figure.

great news, and thanks alot :)

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Lighting / Re: Reasons to get a ST-E3-RT?
« on: April 06, 2014, 11:51:31 AM »
I just sold my 430EX II, 580EX II and the ST-E2 to my father in law. This in preparation to buy the two 600EX RT plus the ST-E3 at B&H (two thirds of the price in Norway) next week (Yeah.. I finally get to visit the store I have been wanting to see for many years).

I hear you about the weight, but the main reason for me is that with the two 600*s plus the one I have already, the ST-E3 liberates me from having it on the camera.

Side question: I am looking at the Stofen bouncer, and it costs the same as a brand called Velio? I have a Stofen from before on my existing 600, is the Velio better?

Ask B&H about duty free export purchases, they used to do them if you had a passport and ticket out of the country, but that was years ago, it might save you the USA tax though.

The Stofen and Vello are the same thing, a milk carton bottom. They are just diffusion material, nothing clever, Vello is B&H's own name brand.

Thanks for the tip, I will sure ask them :) I will also ask them about whether there are any issues about using the radiosystem in Europe, since I have heard that the radio frequency in the US are different that what is used in Europe.

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Lighting / Re: Reasons to get a ST-E3-RT?
« on: April 06, 2014, 08:19:49 AM »
I just sold my 430EX II, 580EX II and the ST-E2 to my father in law. This in preparation to buy the two 600EX RT plus the ST-E3 at B&H (two thirds of the price in Norway) next week (Yeah.. I finally get to visit the store I have been wanting to see for many years).

I hear you about the weight, but the main reason for me is that with the two 600*s plus the one I have already, the ST-E3 liberates me from having it on the camera.

Side question: I am looking at the Stofen bouncer, and it costs the same as a brand called Velio? I have a Stofen from before on my existing 600, is the Velio better?

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Photography Technique / Re: Three days in The Big Apple
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:49:36 PM »
NYC is a haven for street photographers. But everywhere you look, regardless of where you will be, there will be tons of other things to shoot as well. Simply research where you'll be staying, or where you'd like to visit, and have at it. You really can't go wrong. A word of advice, bring a wide angle lens…and if you're wearing a Canon camera strap, reverse it out so as NOT TO DISPLAY the brand (or replace it with a plain black strap) and wear it diagonally across the shoulder so the camera is tucked close to the front and side of your arm. When traveling, don't carry a camera bag but rather a non discreet camera backpack. You'll thank me later.  Have fun.

Here are selected shots I've taken:
http://www.shaolinfury.com/furyeffect/new-york-city/
http://www.shaolinfury.com/furyeffect/new-york-city-in-film/
http://www.shaolinfury.com/furyeffect/harlem-blues/


Lovely pictures and a good timing for me as well. I will be staying in the upper east side for four nights in April right before easter with my wife. We both take pictures. I was thinking about bringing my Siggy 35art, 135L, and maybe the 24-105. If I know my wife well, she will use the 135L most, and maybe the 24-105, so I was thinking of bringing the 16-35L II as well... I shoot on full frame, while her camera is a crop

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stopper in stock at B&H
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:37:37 PM »
Have anyone of you used a red filter for the Lee system? And if so, which one would you reccomend?

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i love my Pixma pro 1, apart for its ink-hungryness, and lack of wireless. My cheap Canon MG6350? for other stuff works well with the wifi so I can print from whereever. I think a new Pro1 will be wireless, as the machine is quite big, and it could be handy to have it placed somewhere else from where you are working.

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EOS Bodies / Re: sotchi - canon prototypes
« on: February 18, 2014, 06:21:13 PM »
1Dx + 200-400 (lens hood less) what else ?
It's amazing to think about how far DSLRs have come since the last Winter Olympics when a f/4 lens was probably unthinkable for (indoor) figure skating and the 200 f/1.8, 200 f/2, and maybe 300/400 f/2.8s were considered necessary to avoid shooting over ISO1600.

Food for thought.

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EOS Bodies / Re: sotchi - canon prototypes
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:29:12 PM »

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:02:19 PM »
I think these two photographs are my best landscape shot to date.  Thanks for viewing.


u n d u l a t i o n by Christian Ronnel, on Flickr


b a d w a t e r by Christian Ronnel, on Flickr


Stunning images!

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Canon General / Re: Spot to take pictures of skyscrapers in NY in the dark
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:29:52 AM »
Forgot in my haste to mention that you guys posted some nice pictures here. The beautiful picture of 100 is something that would be way cool to take. I have even dreamed about trying for a hand held megapixelish stacked photo.. Don't know if that is possible, but will be great fun to test anyway.

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Canon General / Re: Spot to take pictures of skyscrapers in NY in the dark
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:27:22 AM »
Wow, thanks guys! A lot of exciting possibilities here, and I will look and google all of your suggestions (when not in my office ) :) A chopper is unfortunately way out of my reach (the trip from Norway is quite expensive, and I am hoping to buy a Sekonic 758DR at B&H, as it is two thirds of the price in Norway). I hear all of you about the restrictions of using tripod, and I will only bring my table tripod from Manfrotto, and use it if I can. Sad though... I have dreamt about using a Lee Big Stopper for Times Square to fade all people and cars away (does anyone know if this picture has been taken?)

Enclosing a cityline picture I took last year in Shanghai (handheld vertical and 9? stitched photos). Not as exiting as the pictures going around on the web these days that were taken by those crazy russian guys that climbed the world second tallest building.

Again, I thank you for your suggestions!

G.

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