I just got back, and NYC was incredible and a place I will visit several times more. B&H was surreal (with its Harry Potter logistics system:). Here is a shot I took while eating at The River Cafe in Brooklyn. I hope you like it.
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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
Can people on these forums kindly make up their minds on what kit I should buy, because I'm getting sick of the constant opinion changes.
First I lost thousands switching from Canon to Nikon, just to find that Sony is the new "must have". At least I can get further use of my Nikkors until Sony actually manages to release more than a handful of FE lenses.
Lest you think that things have been easier with my mirrorless system, I was quite happy with my Panasonic until Sony NEX came out and everyone said the APS-C sensor stuffed micro-4/3rds. I'd nearly assembled a full kit of E-mount lenses, when Sony suddenly stopped making them and everyone told me that I should buy Olympus! Then Fuji released their X-mount cameras, which was really tempting until the A7R came along and everyone said that anything less than full frame was useless.
I'm now divorced and totally broke, I can't afford a holiday or put fuel in the car. Consequently, my current photographic exploits consist of taking pictures of the outside of my house on a sunny day, then pulling the shadows indoors to show how much dynamic range my camera has. When I get bored of that, I shoot some test charts and wander down to my local cafe to take pictures of the froth on other peoples lattes.
I could really care less what an imho inferior system like Olympus has or have had.
Point taken. Enjoy your new G1X2.