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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss 15 f/2.8 Coming to ZE & ZF Soon?
« on: March 07, 2012, 09:20:16 AM »

Being an ultra-wide-angle, it will be interesting to see who this lens is aimed at. I might be in the market for it if it is priced sensibly and outperforms the Canon 14mm.

I just hope that this lens is not prone to complex, moustachioed distortion, as is the case with several of their lenses.

My use for such a lens is mainly architecture. I haven't tried the Canon 14mm, but, its mtf/resolution figures show that (especially stopped down from f/4) it is quite sharp across the entire plane. Also, it is remowned for it's very low distortion given how wide the lens is.

I try to buy local for the following reasons
- It supports local businesses who are often small businesses fighting to survive and our retarded governement seem to actively try and destroy small businesses when they are in reality the life blood of our country (dont really want to digress into politics though :) )

Wicked, I would never claim that our fed government is an angel on the topic. However, I can tell you with confidence that the major source of high prices in Australia (not just in regard to Cam gear) is not the government but in fact the big, overseas corps like Canon (or sometimes the greedy, local distributors) who inevitably whack on 30%+ on top of prices based on the perception that Aussies are prepared to pay up. It's common knowledge amongst marketing types.

I also like to support local small businesses where possible, but as you eluded to, there is a limit to what I'm prepared to pay based on the principle of the whole thing, and based on how much I can afford.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon: 22 megapixels is enough for EOS 5D Mark III
« on: March 06, 2012, 05:20:13 AM »

jmeyer | News | 05/03/2012 09:30am
“It’s OK [higher megapixel counts] for studio photographers, but that’s not who we envisage using this camera,” he added.
Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2012 at 9:30 am

Given that Parry has made this comment, I would be very, very surprised if canon does not have a high-megapixel, studio monster within the next 12 months.

What a fantastic period this is.

*yes the internet prices like B&H or DWI may be slightly cheaper but you will get hit with import Taxes and GST due to it being over $1000 don't forget.
this is a very valid point as you not only get hit for the 10% GSt but also 5% duty

Yeah, totally forgot about the 5% customs fee on top of 10% GST.  It makes it difficult to justify getting most gear worth > $1000 from overseas  :'(


Thanks to all those people who have posted comments in regard to this interesting topic.

It's by making noise on 'significant' websites such as this that can make Canon (and other big Corp.) execs take notice. I'm really glad to see the momentum that is building.

Rest assured: the execs of such companies listen - they have paid teams keeping an eye on these more 'notable' sites, checking on how things are panning out. Yes, that's right, I know you're here. No, I don't give a proverbial about the negative Karma that you'll pile-on after this post :-D

So, keep it up! Emailing them and letting them know that you'll be bringing it up with your local federal member in Australia can be particularly useful ;-)

Can I add: it's a little hypocritical that these big companies are quick to point out about the "global economy" when it comes to cutting local jobs and hiring overseas, yet they are so keen to maintain their (grossly inflated, totally unjustifiable) regional pricing schemes in various countries.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 or 1DX for Ultimate Image Quality...
« on: March 01, 2012, 11:55:32 AM »
Just like the 1DsIII's superior image quality to the 5DII's, I know that the 1DX will be better than the 5DIII.  I suspect that the 1DX's sensor will have a slightly weaker anti-aliasing filter, among other features that will be required to put the 1DX a level above the 5DIII.

I was under the impression that the 5d II produced marginally better image quality (sharpness, colour rendition) than the 1Ds III in typical landscape/portrait scenarios.

That was based on a couple of reviews I vaguely remember reading a few years back.

EOS Bodies / Re: CR99999999!!!!!!!!!5D3 tomorrow!!!!!
« on: March 01, 2012, 06:00:43 AM »
My reaction can best be summed up by the following:

Homer Simpson spinning

EOS Bodies / Re: Latest Canon disappoints wants me to switch over to Nikon.
« on: February 08, 2012, 08:53:19 AM »
As a Canon dude (only very-moderately invested in their gear) I will wait for Canon's next move, but I have to say that that I'm very impressed with what I have seen/read so far about the D800. As someone who shoots portraits but who also does architectural photography, the D800 looks quite good and at a fantastic price point. Would love to pair it with the excellent Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8. I'm sure Canon will counter this move by Nikon. Either way, some exciting times ahead.

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 5D Mark III - February 7, 2012 [CR2]
« on: January 29, 2012, 07:37:50 AM »
Producing a camera that sells well and makes a ton of money is what its about.  Selling a 100K 1DX cameras does not make the profit like selling 1 million 5D MK III's.  Reducing the 1DX sales by 10% is not a concern.

That is a very good point.

I really would not be surprised if the rumoured specs for the 5d III are spot on.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX pricing in Australia
« on: January 14, 2012, 08:44:31 AM »
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.

I believe that it's called the 'regional upsell' - i.e. a figure that Multinationals understand that they can increase the 'average' going price to because the market in that region will tolerate it. It is widely understood to be upwards of 30% for Australia for many things.

We need to make a *lot* more noise, and not just with the 'offending' corporations. Tell your members of parliament. Email + phone Canon, like I do. They probably know who I am right away based on this email, I can tell you.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX pricing in Australia
« on: January 14, 2012, 07:03:25 AM »
*sigh* I have utterly had a gut-full of this country.

We really have to take a stronger stand and say "no more".

I urge any Australian (in fact, anyone who believes in the principle here) to send an email to Canon Australia:

Australia / Re: Finally, cheap cameras in Australian shops
« on: December 06, 2011, 11:46:45 AM »
Until Australian stores wake up to the colluding rort, they call business, I will continue to purchase OS.  In the last couple of years, I would have saved $15K+ buying OS and feel no shame in doing so.  Sadly I wish I felt otherwise, but they have been taking the piss for far too long.  If they can explain to me the added expense/benefit in purchasing locally, I'm all ears... until then...

I very much agree with this. Ultimately, we as consumers have to make a lot more 'noise'. That means writing to the camera companies, to blogs and to politicians. We need to keep chipping away at it - it won't just happen overnight.


Hi, I'm just wondering if you've considered a used 35mm (aka 'full-frame') camera? As an example, you could purchase a used 5d mark I, which is a fine camera except for action/sports. You could pick a fine example up for about $1000 or less, and then spend the rest on some great glass which you could later use when you upgrade.

Contests / Re: Holga Giveaway
« on: July 19, 2011, 12:10:27 PM »

Wow - what can I say ? Gimme, gimme, gimme !!

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