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Haven't listened to that song in years. Don't know about the AF but the song rocks...

EOS Bodies / Re: Prices in Thailand
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:55:12 AM »
The only reason I have not gone to HK is because of the possibility of a bad product and having to send it back for warranty. I live in Thailand most of the time and the Canon warranty center here is very nice and handy for me if I have a problem.
I know a guy that does business in China and buys all his gear there. But I am not quite at that stage of trust yet.

Just checked out AVcamera on the web. Good price on the 5D III for sure... 2675 dollars
1dx 6000 dollars, If you get a VAT refund with that price it is very good. with VAT refund it would be about 5640 That is a good price IMO. 

Fotofile on there web page is advertising the 1DX at 5931.25! After VAT refund 5575.38 Even with out any haggling. That is with the current exchange rate of 32 baht to the dollar.
Fotofile says you will get a 7% VAT refund but I have never got that at the airport. So I calculated 6% just to cover myself here. You may get the full 7%? But I do not!

With all you guys talking HK. What is the price of the 5D III and 1DX there?

EOS Bodies / Re: Prices in Thailand
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:33:04 AM »
Sure fotofile!
Went to word camera but they were much higher.
I have never heard of AVcameras! Where is it? I will go check it out.
I bought a 300 II and Mark IV from World camera. Siam square , getway second floor. And the 500 II at fotofile.
Do you know Joy from Fotofile, Central Phra ram 3 shopping mall.
He quit and is a bird guide now. He took care of most all big glass sales.

Looks to me like the 1dX and 5D III is a very good price. Even retail here? Compared to allot of places.
I would really like the 1dx that is why i originally went to Canon. Very nice fellow there helped me. But he did not have the 1dx for me to try. I was a little disappointed. I played with the 5D III quite a-bit. And we got to talking about lenses. Those guys will steer you in the right direction. As far as the best price is concerned. He is the one that told me about fotofile and the price.

I am in Chiang Mai now. Went to a few shops at Airport mall and the 5D III is the same at the big shops, 26-2700, full warrenty and VAT refund. For tourists. That is why I buy my gear here. The price is pretty good and I buy before I make a hop back home to America. Then I get the VAT refund.

EOS Bodies / Re: Prices in Thailand
« on: August 20, 2013, 06:17:48 AM »
Yea, that is where I buy most of  my gear also. A great friendly gear head shop.
Picked up a new ID mark IV at World camera though. Best price around at the time.

EOS Bodies / Prices in Thailand
« on: August 20, 2013, 05:43:57 AM »
Just for the heck of it. I went to the Canon store today. They have stores here just for looking at the equipment.
I picked up a catalog then went to the larger retailers and asked for the prices of the cameras.
This is with full warranty and VAT refund for the foreigner.

Canon 1Dx catalog - 195,000 Baht. $6093.75   price after VAT refund  $5728.13

1Dx at big photo shops. No cut rate shops. Only the biggest and most trusted.
1Dx - 185,000 Baht. 5781.25  price after VAT refund $5434.38

5D III big shop with warranty. about 26-2700 dollars. Vat refund would be about $2538 that is without haggeling at all.

I thought interesting, Just thought I would share.

Lenses / Re: Sigma lenses
« on: August 19, 2013, 10:42:18 PM »
Yea, the reason I ask is I have a couple of Sigma lenses. Optically ok. But had a boat load of trouble with one of them. So kinda afraid to spend allot of money on lenses of this kind. And optically they are behind Canon. Just wait until they appear until I decide to try or not I guess.

Lenses / Sigma lenses
« on: August 19, 2013, 07:57:44 AM »
I was wondering if Sigma re-designed there super telephoto lenses with the sports label. And they were almost as good optically as Canon. Would you buy them?
With the new sports lens and the option to have the mount changed to any brand you want, at any time! That would let me buy one lens and try different manufacturers body's with no problems. With a small fee for mount change.
I am thinking this is what is about to happen with Sigmas large super telephotos in the next year.
Any thoughts?

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dx
« on: August 03, 2013, 09:59:33 PM »
There is only one camera i drool over and that is the 1Dx. If you have the funds go for it. I doubt you would ever regret it. If I didn't have my update plan set in stone I would buy one tomorrow....

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR2]
« on: August 03, 2013, 09:45:33 PM »
Pretty much what I expected really. Not wanting, but expecting. Keep saving my pennies until they have something I like.  ;) 

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 30, 2013, 07:30:29 AM »
Sigma is trying to put the smack down on Nikon , Canon. Interesting times ahead. Even if just a CR1 rumor.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Canon 44.7MP DSLR at the End of August? [CR1]
« on: July 25, 2013, 09:53:43 AM »
What I am seeing here is baby boomers are heading into retirement and buying this gear like crazy. I never would of thought it. 10,000 is way less than a 30,000 harley?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 21, 2013, 08:42:51 PM »
For RAW shooters, 'better ISO and IQ' with a newer Digic processor is no more than marketing BS (which is the worst-smelling kind!).
The world is a much richer place thanks to marketing. For instance, where would we be without 'unlimited' data plans with limits on them?  ::)

+1 LOL Seriously...

+2 here, Amazing the BS of marketing.

Artie's subjective evaluations are convenient, because he can change his mind, even contradict previous statements, and it's all 'ok' because it's subjective.

@jrista - I have both the 1.4xIII and 2xIII, and after the novelty of f/8 AF (with effectively a single point) wore off, I usually use the 1.4x, and only rarely the 2x. YMMV...

Spot on..... +1 here.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 19, 2013, 06:31:34 AM »

Yea, that 7D was not an easy camera for me to use. It took me 4-5 months before I really started to appreciate the information you could extract from the photos. My sharpest and most detailed shots are with it. With out a doubt what so ever for me to say that. I love detailed photos.

But? I didn't realize how poor the AF was until I went with a IV camera. For me it was a trade off well worth it. And I also think I would go with a 1DX or 5D III before ever going back to the 7D. Just for the AF.
The mark IV is the easiest camera I have ever worked with. But I cannot push it near as far as I did the 7D. The info is just not there to use and push.
My experience anyway, and my way of post processing. What really amazed me is in PS I could de noise and sharpen the 7D back to incredible detailed pics. With the IV I cannot. In my mind that is pixel density at work. Just amazing.
I also think I would go with a 1DX or 5D III before ever going back to the 7D. Just for the AF.
I can understand and appreciate that.  I thought the AF on the 7d was fantastic once I conquered it... It was far superior to the 60d I purchased or any of the Rebels I've owned. 

That being said, I had no idea how incredible the AF would be on the 5D III when I purchased it!  After using it for 6 months, I came to the realization that I wasn't using my 7d at all anymore...  I then took it out for a couple of jaunts to the lake and wow, I kept putting it down and grabbing my 5d III... I have way more keepers with the 5d III than my 7d. 

I did take quite a bit of time to research and put into practice, the tweaking of my 5d III settings and have improved even more since then...

I likely wouldn't pick up another 7d, though still very fond of it but I would definitely like to see what the MK II will bring to the table with regard to AF.  I think they are going to make it quite mouth watering...  :P

Sorry, have been out in the field shooting Pittas for the last few days. Beautiful birds.

Agree totally. The Mark II has some pretty big shoes to fill at this point IMO. I hope Canon comes threw with the goods. If not I will keep shooting the IV.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 14, 2013, 03:18:15 PM »
Thnk's for the complement.
I would love to get my hands on a 1DX. I have seen some amazing shots with it and the 600 II and 500 II. But it aint going to happen for me. Just got the IV so I put the brakes on my spending for the next two years. Actually I rolled over my photography account and two years is my lock in period...  :-\ 
If the 7D II is a winner I may have to eat beans for a while. Or start now...   ;D
Been following you guys sites here also. Nice stuff.

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