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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 17, 2014, 08:19:42 AM »
Every international manufacturer sets different pricing structures for different areas of the world. This is based on common sense and on the maximum amount of money you can squeeze out of each sale. Talking about Europe, for example, until a few months ago, Poland was some kind of price heaven. The country had been labeled by some marketing genius as "developing country" and the assumption was made that consumers there had less money to spend on cameras and lenses (which was somewhat true). Polish distributors started to  enjoy prices which were a good 20% lower, when compared to the prices of other "already developed" european countries. The result was, especially for Nikon, that a flood of professional cameras with polish manuals started to invade nearby countries like Germany, Austria, Italy etc. After 2 years or so and probably several thousands of units sold Canikon decided that enough was enough and moved to a unified european pricelist (and to some other marketing crap such as the "selective distribution" more on this later if somebody is interested)

This just to say that A) distribution and consumer prices are decided at a corporate level, B) these prices are completely arbitrary (how much can we milk out of Europe or USA or Australia? in which way we can maximize our profits?), C) every sale opportunity (including gray market operations) is managed at the same corporate level (some gray market manager in Japan is probably reading this, say hello to him) and D)  they always win even if some PR manager here and there once in a while sends a press release to CR about the "hazards" of the gray market.


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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 17, 2014, 06:24:39 AM »
Anarchy in the UK  ;D


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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 17, 2014, 06:03:56 AM »
You have to take UK +20% VAT into account though. Japan sales tax is how much? 5%? 8%?


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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 17, 2014, 05:21:49 AM »
Canikon et all are just a bunch of hypocrites. Gray market imports into EU and elsewhere are propelled by Hong Kong and Singapore Exporters, which, most of the times, are somewhat tied to manufacturers. Canikon gives to official Asian distributors monthly targets, or price promotions based on volumes sold. Official distributors to meet those targets dump quantities of camera and lenses to brokers in HK/SG, which export them to lucrative markets in countries like Europe and USA. Everybody has his cut and inventories are sold.
Canon USA complaint is just simply ridiculous.

> Poor photocopies of the original manual
wtf

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 7D European Deal...
« on: July 30, 2014, 08:50:07 AM »
It's the same old trick of exporting goods from Hong Kong to EU via UK w/o paying EU VAT and duties bcs merchandise gets cleared in United Kingdom first where custom controls are more lazy. Then, since intra-eu circulation of goods (from UK to whatever european country) is not subject of being controlled, at end of the day, what you get is an item on which due import taxes and custom fees were not paid (custom fraud).

Infact the site says that you are still responsible for your country VAT & custom: Suivant le pays de résidence de l'acheteur, celui-ci devra se mettre en conformité avec la législation concernant les taxes (TVA et douane) auprès de l'administration fiscale/douanière locale compétente

Also the prices on the website are a real ripoff... The 7D body in HK costs around 800 USD at the moment, and yes warranty might be a problem as well

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nice work. question: at which speed was the car traveling @ 00:25-00:40? and which interval between shots?It's really a smooth and nice movement




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downloaded yesterday from HK site. Nice new GUI and more sliders to play with. Still it is a very rudimental software, born at least 5/7 years old. The real big plus vs lightroom and similar is optimization of canon lenses

WHen compared to ver.3 I notice a much faster loading of the high resolution image, BUT, when playing with sliders, you have to wait AT LEAST 2/3 seconds to see the effect applied to the image (5D3 RAW files). Maybe this is only a realease candidate?

I have a fast machine (win7 3930k ssd lots of memory etc.) so this thing is a bit weird. Anyone experiencing the same?



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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8 IS II - Difference between 2012 and 2014?
« on: June 10, 2014, 05:10:04 AM »
as a side note recently manufactured canon EF lenses including L (at least those we import from HK/Asia/Japan) since a few months also have a different box (silvergray/black box vs. white/black box).

Canon seems to be in the process of updating packaging colors on the full EF line. Is this happening also in other parts of the world or it is just a move to differentiate the lenses depending on the destination market? (Nikon used to do the same with lenses sold in USA vs. rest of the world)


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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: June 09, 2014, 10:36:08 AM »
LOL watermark

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II underwhelming
« on: June 06, 2014, 06:48:56 AM »
halo in pics, as other said, is generated by the light hitting the subject from behind. nothing to worry about.


In general if you are worried by lens sharpness and/or proper focus try shooting focusing charts instead of random subjects and invest in focal if you need AFMA


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Portrait / Re: Bikini on the beach
« on: June 03, 2014, 09:25:45 AM »
many pics of people's backs
how interdasting

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yes you should publish internal Canon documents not meant to be realeased in public and obtained maybe illegally so that Canon lawyers can sue your ass off, claim damages and shut down website in minutes....
LOL

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No 4k? It's useless.

fuckin this... but still camouflage is a great addition.
I already have mine in pre-order @ BH

Do you think I have to sell my 1D X now before it becomes obsolete?


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Street & City / Re: Blue Hour St Paul's
« on: January 31, 2014, 04:45:17 AM »
third is best for composition but I cannot understand the sepia toning in the upper part. Also I would have tried to recover those blacks.

the second and fourth are somewhat insignificant IMO

first is ok but the cut-off pinnacle is really really annoying


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Lenses / Re: Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 or 24-70 mm II
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:23:20 AM »
I own both (canon 24-70 II & zeiss 21). I absolutely loved the zeiss until I purchased the 24-70 this summer. This is such a versatile and perfect lens that now the zeiss rarely leaves the bag. I am also under the impression  that 24mm is a better focal lenght for landscape compared to 21, which is bit too wide and requires more control/time/thinking over framing.

So if you are considering one lens only my suggestion is to go for the 24-70. You won't miss the IS at all and will be fine in most situations
r

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