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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DMIII or 5DMII + Lenses, from a 550D?
« on: March 06, 2012, 05:03:12 AM »
portraits and events no contest 5Dmk2
especially if its paid work, I think there will be quite a few low actuation 5Dmk2 coming up for sale on the second hand market

While I am one of the biggest critics of the 5Dmk2 AF the center point is very capable and you need to change your shooting style to suit if you come from a 1D or something much better, since you shoot with the 550 you will be familiar with the AF limitations and even find the 5Dmk2 center point better especially when you put fast glass on it.

all depends on your budget as glass is going to far exceed the cost of the body and the sky is the limit when you go nuts buying L glass so with your landscape, portraiture and events i would recomend starting with the 16-35 f2.8L II the 85 f1.8 and the 50 f1.4, you could go with the 135 f2 instead of the 85 but i really like the 85 for weddings 135 is a bit long i find but its a beautiful lens

sorry i re-read your post definately the 5DII and 16-35 and go for the 85f1.8 it might go over your budget a bit but will be worth it save up and get the 70-200 later with using your feet the 85 can do everything that lens can at an event

Good points for DigitalRev and leederville. Bravo I didn't know about leederville but I hope they ship across the continent... How can they actually get the price so low and the others don't? This is making them good business and very soon mine too! I like the website of leederville.
Any means to get the import product prices to match the strong Aussie are good means. We don't have the dollar at 40 UScents any more! And AFAIK Australia does not produce DSLR... Why do we have to pay GST at all - in New Zealand car imports are GST free because the country doesn't have any car industry.
leederville do ship to major capitals. 1 thing with digital rev. I do rate them highly and service is great, super fast shipping and they have a good warranty. the issue is the cost to ship something back to hong kong it really isnt cheap. it might cost you $100 to send it back for warranty where as to send something like this within aus is only maybe $15 plus if you purchase from leederville its an aus warranty which any canon service dealer will honour within australia.

Gotta give a company like leederville credit for standing up for us consumers to canon who after all are their bread and butter. I would say this price means they are selling at little or no profit on the new stuff just to send a message.

*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

so for example a 5Dmk2 that costs you $2050 from ebay
you will get $205 in GST and a further $102.50 in duty piled on top
bringing the total up to $2357.50

if it gets picked up at customs of course it might not too so its a gamble but at $2357.50 I would rather get it local.

Australia / Re: 5d3 and 1dx preorders
« on: March 06, 2012, 01:35:03 AM »
just pre-ordered the 5d3 from leederville cameras
they do kits with the 24-70II for $5799

i am in the first batch due in end of the month

Awesome just rang them and ordered one too i'm in the first shipment :D $3599

they are doing kits with the 24-70 mk2 at$5899 too

camera electronic prices are $4299 and $6799 respectivley

Leederville made a point of saying they are making it this price to send a message to canon that the price gouging is unacceptable and that they want to try to compete with the online pricing.

I have some loyalty to camera electronic however 2 local stores that close to me with such a price difference it's accademic really. i hope they are still doing the 24-70 kit deals after i've had a chance to test the lens out

Canon General / Re: Ebay items from Hong Kong?
« on: March 06, 2012, 12:50:50 AM »
I havent had to return anything to hkbns but their service is good. delivery is fast too (well to here in aus as we are pretty close) I think they ship by fedex from memory

Canon General / Re: Should photographers hibernate?
« on: March 06, 2012, 12:10:19 AM »
I've been thinking of hibernating untill all the excitement over the 5D MK III dies down.

I went on holiday for 3 days so missed most of the fallout from the event :D

I can see no one is getting over the price anytime soon

Canon General / Re: Ebay items from Hong Kong?
« on: March 06, 2012, 12:08:55 AM »
I have bought HEAPS of stuff including expensive L glass
the following sellers i can recomend as being reliable, selling genuine products and have great service

Digital Rev
Dzone 2
OzDigital online (only better for australia because the return address is in NSW not HK)
and HK buy and sell

quite often if i order on a thursday or a even friday the item arrives monday morning order monday or tuesday its there by the end of the week.

Lenses / Re: Will these lenses be suitable for the new MkIII
« on: March 05, 2012, 11:29:06 PM »
H is the hybrid IS on the macro, currently its the only lens with it, its an awesome lens

more details there

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II specs wishlist.
« on: March 05, 2012, 10:59:20 PM »
I dunno about a wishlist but this is what I think it will be

same body basically with slight build improvement
dual card slot CF/SD
use same battery
mode dial lock
27MP sensor maybe 28(they will want to 1 up sony i am sure of it :P ) i know this is pushing the realms of resolution think of the prototype 50MP APS-H factored down to 1.6 APS-C

high ISO might be lucky to be a stop better but we will see definately wont touch the 5D3

I think they will sort out the issues with the current 18MP noise and softness
i think 2 Digic 5+ and 9FPS too
and agree 61pt AF will be on it
it definately wont have f8 AF

Price will be $2700 to $2500
and there will be rivers of tears over that last item

Thats my official prediction :D

Well, I guess I could have picked "nothing" since I ordered it. However, if there is something I really with it had it would be slow motion video.  Maybe 120fps at 640x480?  I could do really great things with that.

My fuji X10 can do that :D
actually i am pretty impressed with the video on that little puppy. super clean at 3200 iso
(disclaimer i really know very little about video at all and i only shot 1 vid on the x10 in HD)

Lenses / Re: Where do you sell used lenses
« on: March 05, 2012, 10:30:30 PM »
I sell mine on gumtree (the Australia equivalent of Craigslist).

Gumtree provides you with free ads (sell, swap or buy) , and you can meet face to face (do this in a safe, public spot) to try / purchase, etc. I've had success in selling 3 Canon lenses that way in recent months.

I sold the lenses below what I got them for, but I expected that, and the reason I sold them for cheaper was:
 - I had a LOT of use over several years
 - they were not L lenses
 - each lens had been superceded in more recent years with superior products (ie newer / better lenses available).
So I was happy with getting at least some decent money for them, but having a clear conscious I was selling them for a reasonable price.

Gumtree really worked for me!  ;)


yeah i sold all my nikon gear in a week on gumtree. i must have priced it too cheap :P

Lenses / Re: Canon 50/1.4 focusing
« on: March 05, 2012, 09:42:14 PM »
I've never had a problem with is on my 1D3 or the 5D2s i have i could try it on some other models friend have
but generally its a pretty good lens IMO

I wouldn't let it get you down, i gave you an extra applaud to offset you new smite :D

but in the scheme of it 1 neg on ebay isn't a trainwreck when the majority are positive feedback

i think on the internet the are predatory buys as well as sellers

they are clever and you really cant argue with them, my parents run an online business and there is a small percentage of buyers that are clearly ripping them off but at the risk of getting a bad reputation they just send a new item or give a refund and its a cost of doing business on the internet.

Unfortunately the more these events happen the more the cost of the item has to be increased to cover these fraud claims and its the genuine buyers that suffer the increased costs to cover the dishonest people.

Dishonest people will always be dishonest and unfortunately they will always find way to rip someone off be it online or in real life.

dont let it get you down, your products are great and 99.9% of us out there appreciate all your work

Lighting / Re: Learn More about Dodging and Burning
« on: March 05, 2012, 07:08:24 PM »
This is a really helpfull tutorial for doing it in photoshop using masks

that site is a really good resource for anything photoshop

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