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i dont get it why catzeye wont make screens for the 5dmk2 it takes 1 minute to swap screens and the EG-S is ok but i think the catz eye looks like it might be better

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with the processing of colours are we talking raw vs raw or out of camera jpgs?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX pricing in Australia
« on: January 14, 2012, 09:15:39 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

Cheers

Jon.

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.
wow! and i thought our government was a fascist bureaucracy... must resist temptation to make inappropriate political joke about our leader...

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i'm interested to know why so many people prefer the 5d1 over the 2? i have been toying with the idea of getting a 1 as a third camera just for weddings and from these posts its sounding like a better idea by the minute.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX pricing in Australia
« on: January 14, 2012, 08:31:54 AM »
i forgot to mention its the same story with Nikon, which was why i was surprised to see fuji prices being competitive. I prefer to support the local shops where possible and if something is $100 cheaper online i'll still get it from the local store, for example i could have got my sigma 85mm for $900 from hong kong but the store did it for $990. $1000 difference loyalty gets tested here. $3000... well its not even a decision is it

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX pricing in Australia
« on: January 14, 2012, 07:48:02 AM »
its definitely canon, the retailers complain as much as us customers.
for example you can buy canon equipment on ebay from hong kong, grey market and pay 60 to 70% of what retail charge here, with say the fuji x10 which i have been looking at the difference is about $20.
the people that get hurt most are the good local camera shops that support local art awards with prizes and sponsorship when people get fed up with the massive price difference and buy overseas. In addition if the overseas purchase is less than $1000 you don't have to pay the 10% tax so it gives more incentive to buy lenses and that sort of stuff from overseas. I think canon just hate aussies.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX pricing in Australia
« on: January 14, 2012, 06:21:40 AM »
10% goods and services tax

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX pricing in Australia
« on: January 14, 2012, 05:55:14 AM »
Canon 1DX  RRP pricing in Austalia" rip off"

Canon USA expected retail pricing around $6800

Canon AUS expected retail pricing around $9990

The aus dollar has been higher then the us dollar  but we still are going to asked to to pay more then $3000 more down here for the same camera. that about 45% more ??

Then if you buy the camera from the a us canon dealer canon australia don't warrant it here ??

I just don't understand why the huge price difference i know we are a smaller market but 45% more does not make sence
that is completely absurd, its cheaper to fly to the US and buy one and have a holiday while you are at it.

You maybe found the reason there's such a difference - someone has to fly to bring it to Australia :)
It's obvious anyway comparing prices in US and somewhere else. I understand taxes, transport and exchange rates stability but 45% is strange anyway.
but japan is closer to australia than the states!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX pricing in Australia
« on: January 14, 2012, 04:48:38 AM »
Canon 1DX  RRP pricing in Austalia" rip off"

Canon USA expected retail pricing around $6800

Canon AUS expected retail pricing around $9990

The aus dollar has been higher then the us dollar  but we still are going to asked to to pay more then $3000 more down here for the same camera. that about 45% more ??

Then if you buy the camera from the a us canon dealer canon australia don't warrant it here ??

I just don't understand why the huge price difference i know we are a smaller market but 45% more does not make sence
that is completely absurd, its cheaper to fly to the US and buy one and have a holiday while you are at it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: OT - hasselblad masters
« on: January 14, 2012, 04:41:50 AM »
How would you describe his work?


Funnily enough it was his site that got me interested in HDR but i quickly outgrew "that look" and began searching for other way I do like some of his work, some not so much i think at risk of upsetting people i would put it into the over processed category. I do have alot of respect for trey ratcliff as he does what he enjoys, he has a huge following, he shares his knowledge some for free some paid, i have bought all his ebooks. alot of his ways and style I dont agree with but that doesn't mean i think they are wrong, they work for him they make him happy and alot of other people. I pop in on his blog from time to time to see what he is up to. I was hoping his style would evolve a bit more. His writing style is entertaining though and he has some interesting stuff on his blog.

I think this guy tony kuyper is onto a very clean method of producing HDR http://goodlight.us/
very labour intensive though but you have absolute control as opposed to the HDR sausage makers like photomatix.

I completely disagree with treys take on dslr being extinct though. I am not sure if you are familiar with his workflow but he primarily processes jpg not raw and shoots off a tripod mostly as well as travels alot so i can sort of see where he is coming from. high iso performance isnt high on his list of priorities

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EOS Bodies / Re: OT - hasselblad masters
« on: January 14, 2012, 02:43:05 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.

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Lenses / Re: Recommendation For Long Lenses
« on: January 14, 2012, 02:16:45 AM »
Thanks for all the great advice. I went to PMA/CES and played with the lenses. The 300mm f/2.8L II gives me so many more options than the 400 f/4.0L DO and the 300 is current technology where the 400 is 12 years old. While still on the show floor I got on my phone and ordered the 300mm f/2.8L II. I have also come to the conclusion that I'm going to bring my 7D Also.

My Body & Lens List:

1D MK IV, 5D MK II, 7D, G10 (IR Converted)

500mm f/4L
300mm f/2.8L
70-200mm f/2.8L II
24-105mm f/4.0 L
17-40mm f/4.0 L
24mm f/1.4 L
14mm f/2.8 L (if I have room)
8-15mm f/4.0 L
1.4X III
2.0X III

dont forget to add a sherper to the list to carry all that :P

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Lenses / Re: MF Lenses Zeiss/Leica...?
« on: January 14, 2012, 02:14:54 AM »
I just got the Eg-S focus screen for my 5D2 only put it in yesterday so still trying it out, but so far seems pretty easy to nail focus at f1.4 with my 85mm. just got to have more of a play with it and also see if i can live with the dimmer viewfinder on the f4 lenses. you could always get some FD superteles and an ed mika adapter :D if you NEED some more MF glass

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28 f/2.8 Disappears From Price List
« on: January 13, 2012, 06:00:25 PM »
both, I used Nikon previously then got a couple of 1Ds which i started using and bought more lenses for and really liked so decided to sell all my nikon gear and consolodate onto canon I assumed that the AF would be similar to Nikon accross the range boy was i wrong, I am getting used the the quirks with the 5D2 AF but really on a camera at this level they should have made it better, 9 points i dont even have a problem with the number so much as that the other points are completely ineffective in very low light for example shooting low key in a studio with another photographer using a D7000 i was using the 5D2 and the 24-105f4 he was using an 18-105 i think on the D7000. I could not even achieve AF lock when setting any of the outer points with the 5d2, center point was ok though, so i changed to the 1D and it could lock on with any selectable point. the D7000 had no problems achieving lock. And this is shooting static models in a controlled environment. So now i basically use the center point only unless i have good light on the 5D2 but i find myself just focus and recomposing alot more and just using the center point only.
I was also having problems with the 5D2 consistently back focusing when using AI servo with someone walking toward you.

I really hope canon pick up their game with the AF on the next round of models its the only real let down with the 5d2 IMO other than that i love the camera and its IQ size and control layout

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Lenses / Re: HELP! Need help choosing a lens
« on: January 13, 2012, 05:13:07 PM »
ok i like to shoot mostly sports and parties (indoors). I shoot on a t2i.... i find myself in a lot of low light situations. i currently own the Canon 1.8 50mm. im looking at the Tokina 11-16mm and the Canon 10-22. im really fixed to the price range of under $700. i hear a ton of good things bout the Tokina and the f2.8 really has me leaning towards it. but i just know the Canon will have sharper images.. so im stuck..someone help!

I would suggest that for low light and moving subjects without flash, you will want a lens with as wide of a aperture as possible.  This puts you in the realm of the Sigma 30mm f/1.4.  I'm not aware of a low cost lens this fast at wide apertures, and f/2.8 is not fast enough unless you like lots of noise and grain in your photos.

Personally, I avoid Sigma, but it does have that lens at the right price.

None of the lenses you mention are ones I think of as being for sports.  Indoor sports?  Outdoor Spoorts?  Daytime or evening?  The answer could vary from the 85mm f/1.8 to a longer lens.  The most difficult will be the low light situation, there might be nothing in your price range to handle that for sports, so you might have to compromise.
you also have to consider using a t2i there is no AF adjust so if the sigma focusing is off its going to have to go back to sigma for calibration

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