would love to hear your thoughts once you have had time to play around with it
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I do not say that I have the answer to the original question, but as very often in this forum, the discussion tends to focus around the US. The US customers have had, and still have really cheap prices offered for Canon gear. I just got back from NYC and bought two 600ex rt plus a st e3 at full price at B&H, and that price is two thirds of the price in Norway. Before the limit on price was put in effect, a professional nature photographer could get the 800mm for approx 3000 USD less than in Norway, which meant that you could fly over and have a weekend there, and still save money. Thus I argue that the camera stores catering to the professionals in other countries than the US had a really hard time staying in business when B&H decided to lower the prices.
Does Norway have import duties? I could have driven from Boston to Toronto in a few hours, and bought a 600 II for a couple thousand less than at B&H. But the import duties when bringing the lens back into the US would have been significant.
Some European countries allow it, some don't. But you are OK, Norway is a yes.
This is the original Canon listing, these are the allowed countries, but I believe it has since been opened up some more, or rather, the classification of the flash has allowed it in more countries.
P.S. My experience of B&H is that they play 100% by the rules, if you tell them you are going to use it outside the allowable area they will not sell to you. I used to live in the Caribbean and believe it or not all Epson products are forbidden from export, as are/were Apple laptops, go figure.
I just sold my 430EX II, 580EX II and the ST-E2 to my father in law. This in preparation to buy the two 600EX RT plus the ST-E3 at B&H (two thirds of the price in Norway) next week (Yeah.. I finally get to visit the store I have been wanting to see for many years).
I hear you about the weight, but the main reason for me is that with the two 600*s plus the one I have already, the ST-E3 liberates me from having it on the camera.
Side question: I am looking at the Stofen bouncer, and it costs the same as a brand called Velio? I have a Stofen from before on my existing 600, is the Velio better?
Ask B&H about duty free export purchases, they used to do them if you had a passport and ticket out of the country, but that was years ago, it might save you the USA tax though.
The Stofen and Vello are the same thing, a milk carton bottom. They are just diffusion material, nothing clever, Vello is B&H's own name brand.
NYC is a haven for street photographers. But everywhere you look, regardless of where you will be, there will be tons of other things to shoot as well. Simply research where you'll be staying, or where you'd like to visit, and have at it. You really can't go wrong. A word of advice, bring a wide angle lens…and if you're wearing a Canon camera strap, reverse it out so as NOT TO DISPLAY the brand (or replace it with a plain black strap) and wear it diagonally across the shoulder so the camera is tucked close to the front and side of your arm. When traveling, don't carry a camera bag but rather a non discreet camera backpack. You'll thank me later. Have fun.
Here are selected shots I've taken:
1Dx + 200-400 (lens hood less) what else ?It's amazing to think about how far DSLRs have come since the last Winter Olympics when a f/4 lens was probably unthinkable for (indoor) figure skating and the 200 f/1.8, 200 f/2, and maybe 300/400 f/2.8s were considered necessary to avoid shooting over ISO1600.
I think these two photographs are my best landscape shot to date. Thanks for viewing.
u n d u l a t i o n by Christian Ronnel, on Flickr
b a d w a t e r by Christian Ronnel, on Flickr