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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.

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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.

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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?
 

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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....

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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.  ;) 

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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

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.

www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos

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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.
G

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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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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 14, 2013, 02:18:07 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.

www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 13, 2013, 11:57:21 PM »
I am reading (most of) these posts with interest. It may be that someone else has touched on this, since the number of posts is fairly high, but I´ll give it a go.

I am not an expert on all the technical aspects of the bodies we are discussing. I am first and foremost a photographer, trying to get the best images with what I have. Currently I use 1DX and 5DIII as my main bodies, but I also have 1DIV and 7D. And I am looking forward to the 7DII. But my main concern is AF and not IQ. For everything that stands still, I prefer to use FF bodies (a few thousand reasons have been posted before this one). I have lots of high quality glass to get the framing right, so my interest for a cropped camera is only for long reach.

As I see it, the real benefit of a 1.6x sensor, besides cheaper lenses, is in combination with a 400/500/600mm tele, possibly combined with extenders. The AF system will work on a closer framed image and thus give me a better opportunity to secure focus on the specific part I want in focus. When I crop an image from a FF, it´s more of a gamble. But currently, the AF systems on both the 1DX and the 5DIII are so much better than the current 7D, that you don´t really have an advantage with a cropped sensor. So at the moment my 7D stays in the bag (actually at home). But with the 7DII, that may all change.

So, I cross my fingers and hope for a best possible AF system and good high-ISO performance (rather than very high resolution) on the 7DII. I´d be interested if some of you more technically competent could comment on this.

/Eldar

Man you are reading my mind. Exactly same thing here. IQ at this point is last on my list. With AF being on top.
As others though am hoping for better IQ too?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX Damaged by CPS
« on: July 13, 2013, 08:55:50 PM »
My home is in USA. But i buy my gear in Asia where I live most of the time. And as another guy said we drop off and pick up here much more often. I had the same thing happen to my IV a few days after I bought it. My fault. Attached to my lens in the bag. In the back seat of my pickup? So very easy to do, and poor packaging is the fault surely. But still it would tick me off also.

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Lenses / Re: Dxo tests canon/nikon/sony 500mm's
« on: July 13, 2013, 08:30:04 AM »
I always found there sensor scores pretty accurate. But this is??? These guys are smoking some pretty potent stuff. I shoot with a guy that has a Nikon 500 VR II and it is scary good, the VR is un real on that thing. But! He constantly comments on how sharp the pics from a 500 II are. Like every time we shoot together. I damn sure would not trade.
Another fellow I shoot with every once in a while has the Nikon 600. That thing is not even close to the new Canon 600 II IMO.

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