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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hand strap recommendation
« on: March 24, 2012, 09:59:57 PM »
I use Canon E1 handstraps on both of my bodies, and they're great, but they require a battery grip to attach.  The new Canon E2 strap comes with a lug for the tripod socket, but that would mean detaching the BR lug.  If you use the Arca-Swiss system, some camera plates/L-brackets have the slot for a handstrap, and a 1/4"-20 hole for the BR lug (although I have my FasterR-3 attached to a Kirk 1" clamp that I then attach to a camera or lens plate as needed.
Thanks everyone for your replies.

Neuro, your setup is identical to mine, RRS L-bracket, BR strap. I just bought a Canon E1 strap off of eBay for $5 - it looked legit but time will tell. I have seen the Kirk plate and BR combo before - it looks pretty slick. You must keep your L-bracket and hand strap permanently mounted, correct?

I like the L-Bracket on the camera as it adds a nice later of protect on two of the planes. My 40D L-Bracket has the loop for a hand strap but I can't tell of the 5D3 has the same provision, I can't tell from the photos. I will call RRS on Monday to inquire about this and I will place a pre-order over the phone as they owe me free shipping on my next purchase.

http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=B5D3-L&type=0&eq=

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Hand strap recommendation
« on: March 24, 2012, 10:39:29 AM »
I was thinking of getting a hand strap to augment my Black Rapid RS-4. There are occasions when I might prefer a hand strap rather than a sling. I know Canon makes one, although it is not wuick to mount or remove.

Any suggestions? I am open to eBay stuff if you have a link to a decent one.

Thanks in advance!

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Whhops! And here's the link I mentioned earlier: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,3077.0.html

I too like the BR RS-4 for travel, it does not look too technical and is comfortable for all day use.

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There is a big long thread on sling straps here that you may find useful.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 22, 2012, 02:10:01 PM »

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 have a BMO U$D card too and U$D account but it still costs money to change money unless you trade in the millions. 2.5-2.9% is pretty standard.

On a CDN 5D3 note, I just went on lunch and picked one up in a kit, I bought the extended 4yr warranty 'cause he knocked $80 off of it and I had him throw in an extra battery. I was not sure if I was going to jump in yet but I did. It might be a slight upgrade from my 40D ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: (CAN) Henry's extended warranty of 5D3
« on: March 22, 2012, 12:29:40 PM »
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?

personally, I for one am SURE that my 5d3 will be gone in +/- 3 years.
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.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 22, 2012, 12:09:10 PM »
I tried to get some of the Canadian shops to match the U.S total price of $3995 taxes and duty included
You 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.

Henry's is selling for $3699 plus tax which comes in at ~4180 verses $3995USD * 2.9% = ~$4110

There is only $70 difference by my math.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 22, 2012, 11:59:41 AM »
Yup - same username over there. Things are good. If you are a Canon shooter and I know you are, this is where is has been at of late.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 22, 2012, 11:46:25 AM »
Hey rhommel, welcome to CR! Good to see you Bud!

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EOS Bodies / (CAN) Henry's extended warranty of 5D3
« on: March 22, 2012, 11:45:26 AM »
I have the option of buying an extended warranty on the 5D3 for $469 or the entire kit at $599. This would give me the following for a total of four years:
Anti-Lemon Protection
30 Day Price Protection
90 Day Defective Exchange
Global Coverage

http://www.henrys.com/Henrys-Extended-Life-Plan.aspx

1- I know it is only insurance, do any of you have any experience with this, good or bad, that you can share?
2- Is it worth it?

Thanks in advance.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 22, 2012, 11:41:59 AM »
My rep at Henry's downtown Toronto just called me to say the 24-105 kit I asked to 'see' (not order) is in stock and on hold for me until Tuesday. Decisions, decisions....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 22, 2012, 11:08:59 AM »
I just got a call from Henry's that my camera is in.   :D
Which location? Body only of the kit?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 21, 2012, 02:31:07 PM »
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.
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.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mk III: ISO 25600...Stunning!!!!!
« on: March 21, 2012, 01:56:28 PM »

Disclaimer: I have not tried CS5,  Topaz & NIK NR on the RAW's yet... Just LR4
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.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 21, 2012, 01:51:18 PM »
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 noticed this yesterday too. Today only Henry's is has them at $100 off. I called the downtown Toronto store and asked if they thought they would have any demos I could get my hands on and he was unsure. He did however put my name on a 'no obligation' list and he mentioned he may have it for me as soon as tomorrow.

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")?

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