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I think you will find the Dell Precision 3800 will probably fit your needs and is customizable online.

The Dell Precision line are Dell's business-grade laptops and while the 3800 is not top of the range it is a very good deal.

Hope this helps.

Lenses / Re: Another EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Mention
« on: November 05, 2014, 08:33:40 PM »
Okay, enough. I wish everyone will just stop posting anything at all about the (maybe) new 100-400 until Canon announces it. Do these websites do this just to to get hits? Too many years of false rumors, give us a break!


Priceless!  :P

Best post I have read for ages. Thanks for cheering me up this morning, hbolte.  ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1dc = Free beer
« on: November 05, 2014, 02:15:25 AM »
Thank you, I will be super careful from now on. It was a proper large restaurant and the kids very friendly so I never imagined I should be careful. But I totally agree with being cautious.

Yes, Pattaya is a very funny place. I personally hate it, but it is one area of Thailand (which on the whole is normally fine) that you do need to be extremely careful. When you said they were googling the camera, I could imagine dollar signs in their eyes. When you consider that a waiter will probably be paid 6-15,000 Baht per month, combine that with heavy drug and alcohol abuse in some areas, then it is easy to understand why a 350,000 Baht camera could be very attractive.

It is not just the locals, but there are some completely insane foreigners in Pattaya too.

I love Thailand, and do not want to paint the wrong picture, but in some places it does pay to be careful with expensive items such as jewellery, cameras etc.

If you are still in Thailand, you will get to experience the Loy Krathong Festival which is mainly tomorrow night. Enjoy!

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Tripod
« on: November 04, 2014, 10:43:02 PM »
Sirui tripods are strong cheap and reliable. What I like most about them is that the one I have is super compact as it folds in on itself which makes it great for travelling with. I work mine hard too and the monopod section (one of the three legs) is often subjected to heavy rain etc. Comes with a nice bag too.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1dc = Free beer
« on: November 04, 2014, 09:40:15 AM »
Sanj, please do not take this the wrong way. I have had a house in Thailand for over 20 years and love the country but please be very careful.

Pattaya is full of very bad people, locals and foreigners, and if they know your camera is worth 320,000 Baht (just the body) then that is a lot of money.

Please be very careful.

I personally would never, ever, accept a free drink in Pattaya. It is too easy to spike the drink.

Sorry. I got out of bed to post this, so please do not take it the wrong way.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Continue Using Canon Sensors in DSLRs
« on: November 04, 2014, 01:28:27 AM »
I personally believe that after having lived and worked in Japan, I think one has to be very careful reading between the lines of interviews done in English. Even taking the actual wording used is not always straightforward.

I love the country, the food, the people etc., but from my personal experience conducting interviews with them in English is very, very difficult.

And I am talking about big companies such as Canon etc.

So personally I would not read too much into what he said.

Great marketing for Sony though!!

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 03, 2014, 07:06:03 AM »
Surprised so many people have voted for a 1D X ii. Whenever that camera comes out I will likely buy it, but I would prefer them to release the 5D Mark IV first. Perhaps even use that launch to iron out any kinks there may be in new tech or designs.  ;)

As long as this sensor is not produced in China I would say that patents are saving the knowledge of the sensor design...

Oh please.....

Q: Canon released two cameras at Photokina – the EOS 7D Mark II and PowerShot G7X. One thing we’ve learned is that the sensor in the G7X is not made by Canon. Does this represent a new philosophy at Canon?

A: We select the best sensor, whoever the manufacturer is. That’s our policy.

That's quite a statement, I wonder whether Sony can use it in their marketing materials.  :o

I told my wedding photographer to stay in the background and that this was the day for our guests and us to celebrate. It's more important to me to have a wonderful day then to have wonderful pics.

How very, very true. Well said.

You are a patient and polite guy.

I come across this type of thing a lot (though not at weddings as I do not shoot them, but mainly at media and sports events). Generally there are a few unspoken and unwritten rules for photographers and videographers, but there is always one or two idiots that may be new, or simply just ignorant and/or don't care.

It has often happened to me that I have been shooting stills and someone else comes and stands directly in front of me, I just tap them hard on the shoulder and indicate to move, stand next to me is fine, but not in front of me. So far everyone has moved.

However sometimes it is the organiser that has not planned things properly. I was shooting a major sporting event and there was an awards ceremony and the organisers decided to let the fans onto the pitch but had not organised a stage for the fans or the photographers which meant we were all now on the same level. I needed the shot, the fans wanted to see. The fans that were all cordoned off behind the photographers were very vocal about what they would do to the photographers if they did not kneel down so they could see their superstars! Most did, but some didn't. It almost turned violent.

But for the OP, I think this has opened your eyes to a new business opportunity. Instead of talking to the other team, I recommend you find two videographers you get along with, have the same work ethics and like their work and offer a complete package. Plus that way you end up with 4 people on the ground that can take stills and video at the drop of a hat. You have more things covered, you make more money, and the happy couple only have to deal with one company! Win, win!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: One Samsung Camera to Rule Them All
« on: November 02, 2014, 08:49:08 PM »
i stopped visiting petapixel about a year ago. to many articles written by the clueless for the clueless.

I like reading Petapixel.  Should I feel insulted?  Please tell me. I have no clue. :)

I would not feel insulted, I am sure that that is not what risc32 meant. And anyway, life is too short.

You have to admit though that that article is very poorly written with very little meat. It is just search engine fodder.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: One Samsung Camera to Rule Them All
« on: November 02, 2014, 07:32:51 PM »
And though we didn’t dive far into the video features, it’s safe to say filmmakers will be drooling over this camera with as much gusto as the rest of us.


The (very poor) article is just search engine fodder, but despite that, I have to say that in my eyes Samsung has a lot of work to do if it wants to attract any of my business. When I pass camera shops and glance in, I instantly dismiss anything with Samsung written on it.

I like their phones, TVs, fridges and other stuff, but the only camera manufacturer I am really keeping my eye on apart from Canon (and Nikon to some extent), is Sony, and even then the chance of me replacing my lenses and main bodies for Sony is very, very small.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H Shipping Prices - International
« on: November 02, 2014, 01:49:47 AM »
There have been many forced increases in security for goods being exported from virtually anywhere.

Here in Australia I have a nephew who works for Fedex and he tells me that there is now security all over their premises as well as a group from Customs who are now on-site 24/7.

I would imagine that all of this extra security, x-rays etc etc costs someone a lot of money.
And that someone is you and me.

But none of that is recent. I bought loads of stuff just earlier this year and it was still US$ 42 by the UPS Saver which was the cheapest option offered to me by B&H. No more. It is a shame as these new prices mean I will be looking elsewhere.

And these are not small increments. Going from US$ 42 to 67 is a massive jump, as is the US$ 63 to US$ 84 as J.R. reported.


I just checked Adorama did a search for exactly the same product, selected the country and what would cost me US$ 67 to ship by UPS at B&H is still costing me US$ 42 at Adorama, which is what it used to cost at B&H too.

If that does not change, I will just become a new loyal Adorama customer. Pity, as I prefer the B&H website.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: X-Rite i1Display Pro $149 at B&H Photo
« on: November 01, 2014, 11:36:05 PM »
Scotchy scotchy scotch.

I would recommend the 16-year old Bushmills (not the 10, or 21 - only the 16-year old).

Not scotch, but one of the best whiskies in the world! Cheers!  :P

Pricewatch Deals / B&H Shipping Prices - International
« on: November 01, 2014, 11:33:44 PM »
Is it just me, or has B&H dramatically increased the international shipping fees it charges?

Some of the items B&H sells are much cheaper than in Asia, and even the UK etc.

I have saved loads on CF cards, SD cards, external HDs, even the Tascam DR-60D etc etc., and while shipping has been expensive it still works out cheaper than buying it locally.

For a long time now shipping has always been around US$ 42 and was sent via UPS, arriving in just a few days. Really was an excellent service, especially considering at that time it was the cheapest shipping option they offered me.

Now though, UPS is no longer the cheapest, it is instead Priority Mail International which they say takes 10-14 days and costs around US$ 44, whereas the same UPS service as before starts at US$ 67 (US$ 25 more than it has normally been for a long time now).

I like B&H but these new prices really put me off, and I will look more at Adorama to see how much they charge, as well as amazon.co.uk to see what the prices there are.

Anyone else noticed this change?

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