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Woah, 512 GB cards! Do we even need that much? At a busy sporting event I can easily take 2-3,000 pics a day - even more sometimes - but they all get downloaded and deleted from the CF card pretty promptly. Nothing gets stored on the CF card at all and each day starts fresh.

Do we need such high capacity? And if a 256GB 1066X card costs US$ 999 how much is a 512 GB card going to cost?

Wow! I found one of my old 48MB CF cards the other day, and am pretty sure that was quite high capacity at one stage!!  :o


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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 15, 2014, 08:51:19 AM »
My condolences go out to the Calumet staff.

It is funny times we live in when it comes to retail.

All my books are now electronic (and purchased via amazon.co.uk), and I buy them via my laptop which I bought online (also in the UK), I buy my CF cards (which are made in China) online in the US and get them sent all the way back to Asia, and I still save a lot on the prices here. That last bit still does my head in today. I mean I am buying something that was made a few hundred kilometres away, and yet to buy it cheaply it has to be shipped to the US and then bought online through a US-based store and sent back again! How nuts is that?!!

I go into brick and mortar shops like Sony Stores and see what they have, play with them, go home and compare prices all over the internet and all over the world.

The only brick and mortars that now get my business are those that offer things like 12 or 24-month interest free payment plans. Most online retailers have not yet worked out how to do that, but when you are buying a 2nd 1D X, or a 300 or 400 f/2.8 is ii etc, incentives like that can be very attractive.

Strange times, indeed.

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Lenses / Re: Visit Guilin, Mountain Range, in China - Lens selection
« on: March 15, 2014, 06:32:12 AM »
I personally would only take one body along with your 70-200 and 16-35.

Have a great trip!

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As I have just bought myself a new CF card, I was surprised to see they now have 256GB 1066X cards! Just for a bit of fun, how much do you think the price will drop over the period of a year?

The Lexar 64GB Professional 1066x Compact Flash Memory Card (UDMA 7) is US$263.66 at the moment, but normally newer tech such as the 256GB carries a premium when it launches.

What do you think?

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RE: "Big Game" photo.  It's always funny to see a 70-200 f/2.8 look so small and the 70-200 f/4s look tiny :D

Yes it does, and it is!

Are those CPS caps/hats that some of them are wearing? I haven't seen them before.

Got to hand it to Canon, they really know how to market themselves!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A7/A7r Light Leak Issue
« on: March 14, 2014, 01:51:46 AM »
Was actually thinking of a rain drop(s) running down the surface. If light can get in so can water, and the lens release button looks like the sort of place water could run into and divert into the camera.

Hi Expatinasia, have a look at this video, at around the 3.45 mark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUJc83wV6iA

I haven'y tried that with my own a7r, but I did have mine on a Jet Ski in Australia in December videoing my son on those Water Plume thingys, covered the a7r in a reasonable amount of salt water, washed it off later with a soaked towel of fresh water, still working, impressed me at least.

I've tried the light leak thing on mine, friend of mine also has the a7r we bought them same time same shop in Singapore, unable to get the light leak issue, but I can on my 5DMK III's, hasn't seemed to have caused much of an issue to date though.

Thanks, I do like DigitalRev's videos. Always entertaining and educational.

And your jet ski test seems to have cleared up any issue of water leaking in through the holes that the light finds.

Cheers.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A7/A7r Light Leak Issue
« on: March 13, 2014, 12:25:52 AM »
My point/question was that if this happens:

The light leak occurs with the body cap in place, but is more severe with a 35 f/2.8 Sony lens mounted instead of the body cap. The leak is worst when the light is shined onto the lens-release button area. It is also bad when the light shines onto the lower left quadrant of the lens mount, and directly above the lens mount. Other areas either didn’t leak or showed only a thin line that was far less pronounced than these areas.

Then surely that means that rain/water/sweat etc could also get in through those spaces?

That would worry me more than the light issue, but I do not know, which is why I am asking.
As I mentioned before, light rain will not get inside the camera even with the FE 35 f/2.8 lens mounted on it.
"Water" getting inside: if you are referring to small water splashes I don't think there is anything to worry about. 
"Sweat" getting inside: maybe if Kingkong is sweating ;D

Was actually thinking of a rain drop(s) running down the surface. If light can get in so can water, and the lens release button looks like the sort of place water could run into and divert into the camera.

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I'm using the price.com.hk Android app/website to search. My Chinese is (very) limited, but there seem to be several sellers offering it for HKD44,800. But they could be "grey imports" - but hey, I'm not in HK so I don't care too much.

When I was in HK in October, I found the 600EX-RT's at lower price than advertised in the app. The "Sim City" shopping mall in Mong Kok, Shan Tung Street had several well equipped shops. DCfever is even registered as an official dealer by Canon HK.

Shoot me a PM if you need more info.

Thanks, appreciate it. Cheers.

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My only problem with that group buy is that I'm not in the US to take advantage of it  >:(

That…and the fact that the deal has expired.   ;)

Well, I did see the group buy while it was active, so I won't complain that the deal has now expired  :D
In HK you can get them for around $5800, which is not so bad.

kaihp - where in Hong Kong have you seen them at that price? (HK$ 45,000) I know Fortress sells them for HK$52,500 but they tend to be a bit more expensive.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: March 12, 2014, 08:52:45 PM »

Thanks, Helen. I am actually buying the extra CF card as I have noticed it does not increase the shipping cost, so added value for me. I am buying it through B&H with the Tascam DR-60D which I notice you do not currently stock as well.

Another thing for you to consider, is B&H has cheaper shipping rates - US$ 10.50 in the case of a 64GB 1066X Lexar CF Card. Strange as you both use UPS.

Cheers, and thanks for being visible on the forums, it will definitely make me think of Adorama for future purchases.

I don't remember the last time I paid for shipping on gear... well... when I buy used... but from bandh, adorama, and amazon... I never pay shipping.

Yes, but that is because you are getting it sent somewhere they offer free shipping. I am shipping my stuff to the Far East - that is not free!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: March 12, 2014, 08:20:53 PM »


I am actually in the process of buying a new 1066X CF card and decided to check Adorama out as I rarely go to their site, and they do not even have the one I want....

I'd be interested to know which one it is, so I can alert our Purchasing Manager. Thank you: Helen@adorama.com

The Lexar 32GB 1066X CF Card and 64GB 1066X CF Card. Adorama only seems to sell them in packs of two and I only want the one 64GB 1066X card. Thanks.

http://www.adorama.com/ILXPCF10632.html : 32GB x 1
http://www.adorama.com/ILXPCF10664.html : 64GB x 1

Thanks. I was going to ask how you found them as I had followed the path from the home page, but then I notice that neither of these two products have an image next to them for some reason which is why I may have overlooked them earlier. You may want to get someone to put the image up, as when it is greyed out like that with "image coming soon" it looks like you do not have them - at least it did to me.

You are 100% correct - major fail by our admin!! I've already alerted our purchasing department to get onto this asap. Thank you - BTW Can I get your email address before you place / pay for your order?

Thanks, Helen. I am actually buying the extra CF card as I have noticed it does not increase the shipping cost, so added value for me. I am buying it through B&H with the Tascam DR-60D which I notice you do not currently stock as well.

Another thing for you to consider, is B&H has cheaper shipping rates - US$ 10.50 in the case of a 64GB 1066X Lexar CF Card. Strange as you both use UPS.

Cheers, and thanks for being visible on the forums, it will definitely make me think of Adorama for future purchases.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A7/A7r Light Leak Issue
« on: March 12, 2014, 05:15:13 PM »
What does this issue mean for the camera's weather sealing?
Try to aim the flash light through clear plastic drinking bottle with the cap on ;)

My point/question was that if this happens:

The light leak occurs with the body cap in place, but is more severe with a 35 f/2.8 Sony lens mounted instead of the body cap. The leak is worst when the light is shined onto the lens-release button area. It is also bad when the light shines onto the lower left quadrant of the lens mount, and directly above the lens mount. Other areas either didn’t leak or showed only a thin line that was far less pronounced than these areas.

Then surely that means that rain/water/sweat etc could also get in through those spaces?

That would worry me more than the light issue, but I do not know, which is why I am asking.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A7/A7r Light Leak Issue
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:52:18 AM »
What does this issue mean for the camera's weather sealing?

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As someone who’s currently building up a collection of kit, I’d like to thank Alan F for his brick wall shots.  I can clearly see that the L glass plus a 2xTC offers better IQ than a third party, 1/3-of-the-price lens. 


Let's make 1/7. The cheapest improvement on IQ level over the Tamron is the 300/2.8 L + 2xTC.

It's 1070$ vs 7250$. If you can afford/justify the latter, then you should get it; for everyone else the Tamron is a no brainer.

There are other benefits to the 300. Including weather sealing that works with Canon bodies.

For example a kenko extender does not keep a Canon body's weather seal whereas the Canon TCs do.

I wonder what impact using the Tamron on a 1D X for example would do to the body's weather sealing.

I agree it is a good deal, but I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: March 12, 2014, 06:36:15 AM »


I am actually in the process of buying a new 1066X CF card and decided to check Adorama out as I rarely go to their site, and they do not even have the one I want....

I'd be interested to know which one it is, so I can alert our Purchasing Manager. Thank you: Helen@adorama.com

The Lexar 32GB 1066X CF Card and 64GB 1066X CF Card. Adorama only seems to sell them in packs of two and I only want the one 64GB 1066X card. Thanks.

http://www.adorama.com/ILXPCF10632.html : 32GB x 1
http://www.adorama.com/ILXPCF10664.html : 64GB x 1

Thanks. I was going to ask how you found them as I had followed the path from the home page, but then I notice that neither of these two products have an image next to them for some reason which is why I may have overlooked them earlier. You may want to get someone to put the image up, as when it is greyed out like that with "image coming soon" it looks like you do not have them - at least it did to me.

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