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Until Canon has a full frame body that is under $2000 at release, there will still be a market for reasonable priced prime lenses.  There are people stating that full frame users are those who derive the greatest benefit from fast primes, I beg to differ; if you are struggling to achieve shallow depth of field due to the smaller sensor on APS-C cameras then fast primes make even more sense: look at their popularity on the 'mirrorless' cameras. 

That said, I don't think that straight replacements for the old EF primes is the way to go.  An ideal lineup would be a fast (i.e. f/2 or faster) 15mm, 22mm and 30mm EF-S in the $600-$700 price bracket (like the new Fuji XF lenses).  Before everyone moans that they should be EF mount, there are design advantages that come with the reduced coverage and back focus distance of EF-S when it comes to the wide-normal range. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX pricing in Australia
« on: January 14, 2012, 09:09:56 AM »

How would customs know? Do they have the power (or maybe more importantly the will or resources)  to have you prove it was a UK purchase? How would they detect this?

It's just that one can definitely take a trip to the US and have a holiday into the bargain...just saying  :P



I thought I should reply to your comment before you have customs charge you a big duty & VAT bill!  :(

I'm sure that there's lots of people who have got away with it and some will suggest dumping all packaging to make it less suspect (and you'd best also dump the paperwork from the US authorities claiming your purchase tax back upon leaving the country!).  If you are walking through the green channel at the airport and UK customs do decide to stop you, then it is UP TO YOU TO PROVE TO THEM that the camera was bought in the EU.  If you cannot do this they can charge you the duty and VAT and it will be up to you to seek a refund by providing EU receipts for your gear.  On top of this, they can also fine you for evading UK taxes. 

It's up to you whether you wish to take this risk to get a camera for a couple of hundred quid less.  Many people advise taking copies of receipts and inventories with you when you travel to avoid accusations of importation. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX pricing in Australia
« on: January 14, 2012, 07:34:20 AM »
To clarify what wikidwombat states, I've done some research and it seems that GST (at 10%) is the only tax applicable to imports of digital cameras into Australia , unlike the UK where duty is also payable (I'm guessing as a value added tax, it is reclaimable if you're a business that's registered?) See: -item 8525.80.10 (took a bit of digging -Aussie customs website is a bit dense!)

So, the calculation would be (I'll use US$ as it is still the world's 'go to' currency and prices in the US are generally quoted tax free):

US$6800 = AU$6590.42
$6590.42 x 1.1 (i.e. GST @ 10%) = $ 7249.46

Compared to the UK (cheapest list price £5299):

US$6800 = £4439.37
£4439.37 x 1.049 (import duty) = £4656.90
£4656.90 x 1.2 (Value Added Tax) = £5588.28

So assuming you intend to import the camera into the UK legitimately, it would not be worth buying it from the USA. 

But in Australia’s case, it certainly would, so how do we get to $9990? My guess is that it’s either price gouging or the reasons is that dealers/Canon are covering themselves against currency market volatility.  The Aussie Dollar is currently very high on the back of raw material exports to China:

Ten years ago AU$1.95: US$1
Now: AU$0.97: US$1

If the world descends into another recession then demand for manufactured goods will fall, leading to knock on effects that would lower the price of the Aussie Dollar.  It would look very bad if Canon suddenly had to increase the list price in Australia, so they price the camera high and offer rebates or instant discounts once the cameras are available.  In either case you'd expect the post-release price should be much lower, if this is not the case then buy it from abroad!

EOS Bodies / Re: OT - hasselblad masters
« on: January 14, 2012, 06:09:04 AM »
I must say that I agree with your take.  I can see why this sort of HDR work is well liked, it is certainly eye catching.  I'm not sure if people like this sort of 'hyper-HDR' for the same reasons that they admire watercolour or acrylic paintings, or if it is a reflection of today's computer game/CGI culture.  Personally I prefer HDR that is used sensitively to expand the dynamic range of the image to approximate that of the human eye rather than to create 'that look', so thanks for the link to Tony Kuypers site, I shall be reading it in depth. 

EOS Bodies / Re: OT - hasselblad masters
« on: January 14, 2012, 04:23:00 AM »
i went through the finalist section, there are some good ones in there better than the winners. but oh my god! there is some seriously over processed tripe too.

Hmm, I see what you mean.  What I might call 'heavy handed' processing seems to be popular these days.  Whilst I don't really like it myself, others do, so I guess we're into another 'definition of art' debate.  That's why I now resist referring to HDR et. al. as 'overprocessed', or by other derogatory tags; if it's what the public wants... By extension, I've noticed that Trey Ratcliff's site seems popular around Canon Rumors at the moment (perhaps only because of his comments on 'mirrorless' cameras).  How would you describe his work?

Congratulations on getting to the finalists -dare I ask which category? I didn't see the rules of the competition, did you have to use Hasselblad kit?

My first instinct was to laugh... But seriously -this sort of behavious jeopardizes the availability of lenses for handling at trade shows and should be deplored. 

Now that's out of the way, Sigma state that there were two pre-production lenses in existence; which mount was the one that was stolen? If it was Sigma SA mount, then it shouldn't be too hard to find the culprit; I would get the police to interview both suspects. 

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 Disappears From Price List
« on: January 13, 2012, 02:01:32 PM »
Isn't it time for Canon to make USM standard?

No, despite inventing the ultrasonic lens motor, that seem to be Nikon's job!  ::)

I'd like to get excited about this lens dropping off price lists, but this has happened before just for them to suddenly become available again.  Like many people have pointed out, this cannot be a popular lens -the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 XR Di ll LD is not a whole lot more money for a much better lens; it wouldn't be surprising if Canon were simply killing the 28mm f/2.8 off due to lack of sales.  I hope I'm wrong on this count, an EF-S 30mm f/1.8 is long overdue and yes, it should have a USM motor!

EOS Bodies / Re: DSLRs are a dying breed, EVIL is the future!
« on: January 12, 2012, 02:41:24 PM »
When EVFs are indistiguishable from OVFs and on-chip phase detect AF is as good as using a separate sensor, then I cannot see the point of having a mirror inside the camera anymore.  But none of this means that all future 'mirrorless' cameras will be tiny pocketable models; I've stated my position before that in the future 'mirrorless' cameras will simply be the norm and there will be plenty of room in the market for many different form factors. 

Imagine this for a future Canon pro camera:

-no mirror, on-sensor hybrid phase and contrast detect AF (Nikon 1 style)
-smaller flange back distance frees up designers to produce exciting new lenses (which can be used on smaller bodies when you need compactness or discretion)
-EF mount adaptor allows mounting of legacy lenses
-Huge EVF (bigger than current 1D X's 0.76x) that lets you compose in near darkness (to match the low light capabilities of future sensors), whilst previewing white balance and exposure. 
-fully electronic shutter with 120+fps capability (no moving parts), flash sync at just about any speed you like...

Still afraid of losing the mirror?

Does anyone know why this class of macro lens is often 180mm rather than 200mm? Is it simply lens size vs. speed? I notice that the equivalent Nikkor is 200mm, but only f/4. 

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X ISO Sample Images
« on: January 11, 2012, 05:33:07 PM »
I don't think you can read too much into sensor performance from these crops.  In terms of jpeg output, it may be of some use, but it says as much about how good each manufacturer's noise reduction algorithms are (and Sony's are notorious for smudging detail) as how good the sensor itself is.  I see that you can download the raw files, but to be honest I can't be bothered!

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X Brief Hands On
« on: January 10, 2012, 05:11:16 PM »
I still want a f/1.4 shallow depth of field capable small camera. Which is where an interchangeable large sensor camera comes it.

I don't think that you're alone here...

The 4D - Full frame, mirrorless, compact sized, with a range of slim 'pancake' wide aperture primes.

I like your thinking and so would a lot of others, but Canon probably won't go there -do I remember an interview where a representative from Canon actually said that people that wanted this from a camera should buy a Leica?!

Might settle for the new fuji...

And that's the danger that Canon doesn't seem to have noticed.  You buy a Fuji X-Pro 1 and a couple of their nice primes to use when you don't want to drag your Canon system along.  Then you find that there are fewer and fewer occasions on which you are using your DSLR.  Finally you realise that, for your style of photography, you're giving up very little in terms of capability using the Fuji and decide to sell the rest of your EOS system. 

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X Brief Hands On
« on: January 10, 2012, 04:45:25 PM »
When I see a human holding the G1X, I realise what a large camera it is.  Comparing it on, I realised that it isn't much different in size to the Leica M9!  Impressive as it first seems, I think that the G1X is a little misplaced as a concept: it's a bit too big as a DSLR owners second camera and too expensive for the mass market. 

I can't help thinking that Canon should have concentrated its resources on developing a compact system camera.  Dump the crummy OVF for a decent EVF, slap on an interchangeable lens mount and this would be the camera that Canon DSLR owners have really been waiting for. 

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X Announced
« on: January 09, 2012, 02:06:38 PM »
Whilst I'm impressed with what Canon has managed to squeeze into a body that is little larger than the old small sensor G-series, am I the only one that wished they'd gone the whole hog and put an interchangeable lens mount on it? That would have given them the option of a compact motorised kit zoom (GX1 style), or pancake primes and telephoto zooms. 

I wonder if this is Canon's first 'Fuji X100' type step which may convince them to produce a compact system camera in future...

EOS Bodies / Re: Why aren't there full-res 1Dx samples?
« on: January 08, 2012, 05:41:31 PM »
I've got a sneaking suspicion that Canon knew that Nikon were ahead in the development of the next-gen flagship cameras and decided to sneak in with an October 2011 announcement to steal their thunder.  Given how similar the two cameras are, it seems to have worked: many people are commenting on how non-revolutionary the D4 seems to be on the stills front (although perhaps this is because the D3S was so good).   

EOS Bodies / Re: 1D X Limitations Fixable?
« on: January 08, 2012, 12:35:56 PM »
Is anyone else a little bit suspicious about this? First Neuroanatomist speculates upon the subject:,2707.msg57623.html#msg57623

then NL gets fed a rumour that some of the 1D X's limitations are fixable in firmware (and the f/8 focusing issue is a big one for a lot of photographers, especially after the D4 announcement)...

Granted it could be a coincidence, or someone at Canon could actually be watching these sorts of fora for feedback (yeah, right!), but it's also possible that some malevolent individual is simply stirring it based upon what they've read here. 

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