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From my experience of just Japan and America, bodies and lens have all been significantly cheaper in the U.S.. So all my lens have been purchased in the states.  In general I've saved been $200-300 per lens by buying it in the U.S.

The grey-market isn't as bad.  When I dropped my U.S. lens here in Japan, which of course wouldn't be covered because it is shock damage, Canon Japan still fixed it, for a cost, without a problem.

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the firmware is the same so no worry there.  The only issue might be the kiss x5 would have no warranty in the UK.

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Canon General / Re: Truth in photography
« on: February 02, 2012, 02:26:52 AM »
I'm just starting out so my opinion will probably change, but i'm of the mindset that there are two distinct groups of professionals photographers and photo manipulation.  I can appreciate both of them for what they bring to the table, but I do get upset when a friend of mine points out that a picture i thought was real has been heavily post-processed.  It gets me worked up because I think photography should be able capturing those RARE moments in lighting and shadows when everything comes together to show to other people.  Going in after the fact and changing stuff I see as cheating unless they mentioned they photoshopped the image.

Personally, I'm still learning about photography and taking pictures, but I have zero interest in post-processing outside cropping and removing lens distortions.  But like i said before, I'm no pro, and that might be the difference a pro and amateur.

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Canon General / Re: What should be my first dslr?
« on: February 02, 2012, 01:11:33 AM »
The other question one would ask is how soon do you need the camera?  if you can wait a new Rebel camera will probably be announced next week and since teh 7d is old there is speculation that it will get announced this year.  If you decide to go for the t2i i'd wait until next week to see if canon announces a newer version of the t2i.

But i second other people's advice that the lens are more important than the body.  If you have the cash i'd recommend the 35mm f2 ($350 i think) over the 50mm 1.8 as the 50 is a little "long" that is to say zoomy on a crop.

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Canon General / Re: Rubber grip on t2I wearing
« on: February 02, 2012, 12:59:51 AM »
I've the same exact problem.  I just asked Canon Japan how much it'd cost to fix and was told that it was $20 for the grip itself and $60 for labor because it's... annoying.

Which is alot considering this camera now retails for less than $500. 

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Lenses / Re: If you could buy one ...
« on: February 01, 2012, 11:25:16 AM »
hehe I actually just went through a similiar thought exercise for my 550d.

I ended up getting the 35 1.4L (though in all honesty the f2 is very close in optical quality) and 50 1.4L

As it is, the 35mm is on my camera all the time now.  I only bring out the 50 when i'm in larger rooms, or when i'm too lazy to carry the weight of the 35L

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Lenses / Re: How do you pay for your lenses?
« on: January 30, 2012, 07:12:34 PM »
My ability to convince my wife that my lens purchases were vital took a huge positive step when my son and daughter-in-law got married (I was #2 photographer for the event) and then ESPECIALLY when they announced a year later that they were expecting grandkid #1.  Grandchildren are perhaps the greatest excuse to invest in good lens or upgrade what you've got.  I highly recommend them.

I second this.  And even though i'm too young to even have children yet, I tell my wife that I need to buy new lens well in advance of any children to practice and get my skill level up so that i can take those shots when she's pregnant.  Also taking lots of photos of the new nephew in law and any family event helps a bunch too.

On the money side, I put away $100 bucks for "big ticket items" every month and that plus any extra money from my budget i use to buy a lens.  Though after buying 4 new lens (1 being an L) in the last 3 months , going forward I'm going to try to limit myself to only 1 a year.

Just make sure you take lots of pictures of the significant other and make sure they are good helps a long way.

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 30mm f1.4 EX DC HSM
« on: January 30, 2012, 05:29:08 AM »
I think it works on a 5d though, could be mistaken

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The best ways to (not) get your gear stolen
« on: January 30, 2012, 01:15:54 AM »
Is stolen camera gear really a big issue?  I've been worried about it as well as I'm going Europe (the land of theft) next week for a whole month.  I don't have any whites but i do have a L lens...

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Japan / gear insurance in Japan
« on: January 30, 2012, 01:12:39 AM »
Was just wondering what people use for insurance on their camera gear?

I looked into renter's insurance to see if it would cover my gear and was told it would only cover my gear if i'm "under a roof". 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon t4i = 7d price drop? videographers PoV
« on: January 24, 2012, 03:23:10 AM »
It's already evident that there is little to be gained from the 7d over the 600d and 60d so my guess it that they will be releasing a 7d mk2 or 8d this year.

But with the 650d probably coming out next month you might see drops in price of the 60d and 7d but i wouldn't hold your breath.  They aren't in the same market at all, so you wouldn't be comparing them.  I don't think the 7d didn't drop in price when the 600d came out so why would it now? 

Even if it did drop i wouldn't expect much of a change. Here in japan they are still selling the 550d brand new for only $100 less then the 600d brand new.

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Lenses / Re: EF 35-350mm L vs. EF 28-300mm L IS
« on: January 22, 2012, 10:11:55 PM »
For travel photography IS could be an issue, but most of my subjects are static, like buildings or mountains.

IS doesn't help if the subject moves.  IS is for if you/camera moves.

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Street & City / Re: Etiquette of Street Photography
« on: January 19, 2012, 08:13:54 PM »
I'm not 100% sure of this, but you might want to check with local laws as well.

I get the impression that in Japan you have to get permission from people specifically in the photo.  Though it may just be more a politeness thing than steadfast rule, but almost single picture I see in japan has people's faces blurred out.  Sometime the entire picture is blurred out and makes me wonder what was the point of showing this picture at all.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is "X" the new "L"?
« on: January 19, 2012, 04:53:36 AM »


Hmmm... On the US Canon website they call the 1DX as the "ulitimate" EOS. Maybe ultimate means "X" in Japanese.

There is no "X" letter in Japanese Language.

In japanese above it is mentioned that X refers to Crossover in functionalities.  Also it stands for Xtream, though i can't understand the reasoning here.  And lastly, barring from F-1, "X" stands for the 10 generation and if you go back and start counting with the EOS-1 this will be the 10th generation camera in that line.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why canon?
« on: January 19, 2012, 04:48:37 AM »
I just recently got a dSLR but the reason i choose canon was way way back when I moved to a Digital P&S there were only two big companies, Sony and Canon who were making cameras.  Sony had Zeiss glass, and sonys electronics are always top notch... just break after 6 months so I went with Canon who had an impressive line-up of P&S from simple cameras to the Gs. That being said, I just stuck with Canon the whole way.

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