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Wow... Canon can go just screw themselves.  This lens has an awesome prices in the states... in Japan, it's 300,000 JPY which works out to $2600 USD.  Guess this will be another lens I will have to purchase in the states.  Man, really Canon.

No, it's not.

Yeah I saw that, but was quite skeptical as I wasn't seeing that price anywhere else.  I did see the following where the MSRP is set at 30man yen though.  Since the $2200 price listed here is the MSRP in the U.S. I thought it would be prudent to compare MSRPs.

But it seems a lot of retailers are offering that lens for 26man so that's actually cheaper than the states. So it seems I over-reacted a little bit.  By why would they set such an outrageous price right from the get go?

I'm in Australia, I'm expecting $2500+ AU$ for this lens ... I'm totally ok with that ... check it out .. it's a great lens, even before the reviews I'm sold.

Well it just doesn't make any sense if it is made in japan.  Basically they make it in japan, send it to he u.s. and then send it back and it somehow gets $400 cheaper.  And if it was 2 weeks ago when the yen was stronger the price difference would have been $800.  Seems like Canon USA learned from the market and Canon Japan is just acting the same as always.

Wow... Canon can go just screw themselves.  This lens has an awesome prices in the states... in Japan, it's 300,000 JPY which works out to $2600 USD.  Guess this will be another lens I will have to purchase in the states.  Man, really Canon.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 08:46:40 PM »
I wonder if the only reason we are getting this lens at $2200 is because the yen tanked against the dollar 15% in the last week alone.  Still waiting to hear what price they release it in Japan though, if it is 250,000 JPY than it isn't cheaper than what I was expecting.

Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 17, 2014, 07:03:26 AM »
Yeah I was surprised by the price as well, it's currently priced in Japan at 23,000 yen which works out to slightly over $200.

Wow... I really don't get Canon's pricing, especially at today's exchange rates.

The EF 16-35L F4 is $1550 USD here in Japan
and the EF-S is $460

America will remain the cheapest place to get lenses.

PowerShot / Re: Canon EOS Smart 1 Phone - April Fools Joke? :)
« on: March 31, 2014, 10:02:37 AM »
Interesting, this phone will probably fall into Japanese top end cellphone market which is in the $800-900 USD range.  But This is very interesting, will have to wait to see how it performs.  Felt a little disappointed by the Galaxy S5 only have 2GB of Ram.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L IS
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:53:50 AM »
What's "Shifutobure"?

"the image blur caused by the imaging device are shifted in parallel (hereinafter, referred to Shifutobure) is generated by the motion or the like of the arms holding the camera"

I don't fully understand it, but it looks like it Image stabilisation is related to hand shake whilst holding the camera.

Bure means shake in Japanese and "shifto" is just "Shift".  I wonder if this is their IS technology for panning shots.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Specs Revealed?
« on: December 03, 2013, 03:34:55 AM »
I just got an email from Canon a moment ago announcing the M2 for mid-December with no price yet. Being 8% smaller, with improved autofocus and wireless built in

 ■ミラーレスカメラ新製品「EOS M2」発表のご案内
“EOS M2”を発表しました。発売は2013年12月中旬の予定です。

 製品名称  :EOS M2
 発売予定  :2013年12月中旬

EOS シリーズと同等の高画質を小型・軽量ボディで実現した“EOS M2”は、
従来機種「EOS M」から約8%小型化しながら、オートフォーカス性能が大幅に


 ◆ EOS M2 デビューキャンペーン
 キャンペーン期間中に“EOS M2”ご購入者にもれなく、トラベラーズノート
 (EOS M2 ロゴ刻印)をプレゼント!
 “EOS M2”を購入して旅行に嬉しいグッズを手に入れるチャンスです!


Software & Accessories / Re: Portability: laptops vs desktops
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:43:49 PM »
Just run bootcamp on your Mac which will just run windows for you. 

I assume you are referring to speed when you say it doesn't handle large files.  You could either buy a new laptop, knowing that the thinner the laptop, the less performance it will have. 

If you want to keep your current laptop, I would recommend upgrading to a SSD harddrive if you haven't already and upping your RAM.

Canon General / Re: Just For Fun!
« on: July 27, 2013, 09:50:56 AM »
95.  People who like your entire album on facebook instead of just the pictures they liked.

I KNOW you didn't like every picture, so stop being lazy!

EOS Bodies / Re: Impact of falling Yen on Prices
« on: April 10, 2013, 07:56:56 AM »
I doubt you'll see any price differences.  It seems that lens prices are determined with an exchange rate when they first come out.  As i have noticed that any new canon product that came out in the last 18 months was roughly the same price in USD and JPY.  However, anything older than that was SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper in the US and more in line with when the the exchange rate was more like 120 yen to the dollar.

I have no hard facts here, just something I've noticed with all the gear I have purchased recently from B&H because it's cheaper than here in Japan.

Software & Accessories / Re: Which cloud storage solution?
« on: February 07, 2013, 02:47:35 AM »
While not what the OP asked, i use's website solution that gives me unlimited data at $7/month.  The only limit is 260,000 files.  Which, in all honesty, if i get close i will just start archivign larges sets of data into a huge zip file.  I get decent upload and download speeds.

The problem with amazon glacier is that if you have less than 500gb of or around there it is worth.  BUt seeing how just after 1 year i'm sitting at 700gb, 1and1 is def. a great solution. 

Just installed the latest version of the EOS utility and it finally finds my camera.

Also upgraded to FoCal 1.7.0W and that works as well now. 

Canon General / Re: Canon Experience Stores Coming Soon [CR3]
« on: January 11, 2013, 07:51:16 AM »
This is cool to hear, since we have these already in Japan, albeit Nagoya and Tokyo are the only ones I know of.  It's pretty cool that they have classes there and it is a great chance to try out all their lenses to get a feel for something you are about to plop down $2000 on. 

The one near me offers free intro classes on how to use the 650D, Macro, Portraits (need to bring a girl with you), and kids photography (must supply own child).

I don't think you can buy anything at the one we have in Nagoya.  I don't think I've even seen a cash register. 

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