« on: March 22, 2012, 04:21:09 PM »
There is a big long thread on sling straps here that you may find useful.
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Just a heads up MasterCard, Visa, and AMEX from the major Cdn banks all charge 2.5% to the best of my knowledge.
Because of that and not wanting to give 2.5% to the credit card companies for nothing when I travel to the U.S. and more importantly when I spend fair amounts of money at B&H, I got a U.S. Dollar Bank of Montreal MasterCard.
It costs $25/year, however, when you spend over $1000/yr on it, they waive the fee, as in it's free.
Since last summer I've placed all of my B&H orders using the card and I don't pay any credit card fees on the USD transactions. All I have to do is pay off my U.S. Dollar MasterCard when the bill comes with U.S. funds. I don't have an account with BMO so I withdraw the U.S. funds from my U.S. account at my bank in the form of a draft and pay then my M/C with it.
i think you are better off with the Canon Warranty.. 4 years is a long time.. do you think you'll still be owning your 5d3 in 4 years? is the warranty transferrable? just in case you decide to sell?Yes, it is transferrable and would likely help with a potential sale down the road, say three years out. It is a lot of ca$h for insurance trhough, that is why I thought I would ask peoples opinion.
personally, I for one am SURE that my 5d3 will be gone in +/- 3 years.
I tried to get some of the Canadian shops to match the U.S total price of $3995 taxes and duty includedYou have to keep in mind you will pay a 'spread' on your credit card of approx. 2.9% for the conversion. Right now the dollar is almost exactly at par so 2.9% of 3995 is $115.
The lens tend to add $800 to the kit price plus tax. I just checked and I was wrong about the extended warranty pricing. It is $469 for the body only and $599 for the body/lens. Yikes, that is a lot of ca$h extra.Henry's offer an additional 3yr warranty on the 24-105 kit for $469 - does anyone have any experience with this? Is it worth it (besides the obvious, "if you don't ever need it - it was a waste of money")?
Good copies of 24-105 can be had for 850-900 on the used market so I don't think almost a $500 premium for insurance would be worth it unless you are planning to give it a real beating for the next three years. Also consider that you may want to resell within the three years and you may not be able to recoup that money having to compete with other ones priced below $900.
If the warranty is for the whole kit, it may be different a bit. This is a really expensive camera after all so an extended warranty may be justified if you are planning to make money with it.
Does LR4 already support the 5D3 files? I just checked my copy of LR3 and there is no update for the 5D3 yet and I have heard there will not be one forthcoming.
Disclaimer: I have not tried CS5, Topaz & NIK NR on the RAW's yet... Just LR4
I was on the Vistek webpage yesterday for any updates on the availability and the price on both the body only and kit were reduced by $100.00; today, its back up to its regular price of $3799 and $4649 respectively.
Did anyone else notice this?
I'd recommend Benro A0961TB00 - here's the one on eBayHow much weight/gear are you putting on the 0-series and B00 ball-head?
It is much more sturdy than it is described, and I find it very good.