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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: sony and hasselblad
« on: September 19, 2012, 06:15:24 PM »
In general it is not a good sign, if a company needs to forge alliances. It is only a sign that it is easier for them to acquire skills and information from other companies rather than developing this on their own. If they forge alliances within the scope of what is perceived as their own area of competency it is a sign of inability for strong organic growth, not of good business sense, because the company doing that is missing an important part of their learning curve.

I rather prefer companies able to try something on their own or to make strategic investments buying up smaller companies with key competencies.

If I point to Canon as developing both sensor technology and lenses on their own, many people on this forum may hate me for saying that, but this is a sign that the company is healthy and profitable.

Sony using Zeiss glass is not a good sign for Sony, irrespective of the quality of lenses. If they had sufficient money, they should buy Zeiss. Then it would be good for Sony.

Nikon using Sony sensors is also no good for long term business, because Sony is a competitor earning money whenever Nikon sells a camera. I can't tell, but this dependency may be cursed by Nikon already. Again if Nikon had the money to purchase Sony's sensor branch, that would be healthier for Nikon.

The question for Hasselblad may be: How do I get out of my niche market? The interest from Sony may simply be acquiring more know-how in their quest to rival Canon and Nikon.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 vs 24-70 II Outdoors Test! WHOOAAA!!!b
« on: September 19, 2012, 05:46:31 PM »
A difference in lenses both rated f2.8 is absolutely possible regarding how much light actually ends up on the sensor. It happened before and will likely happen again. It is a good thing indeed that you can shoot at slightly lower ISOs with the newer zoom, especially combined with the 1D-X.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who really is the target demographic for the 6D?
« on: September 19, 2012, 04:54:23 PM »
I agree, too. This actually makes sense.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Buying from Switzerland
« on: September 19, 2012, 04:49:55 PM »
So what if you buy an used lens from Swiss citizen? Are you supposed to pay VAT on that too?

What if you live in Switzerland and go on holiday in your home country? Are you supposed to pay custom fees on all your goods - that you of course bought where you live?

Yes, customs apply to used items as well. I suppose you better read some customs regulations to avoid seriously getting into trouble. Just recently I was standing in line at Basel customs behind a guy complaining that he didn't know regulations. This is exactly the recipe for paying extra, that is extra fines. That doesn't make sense to me.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Buying from Switzerland
« on: September 19, 2012, 04:44:32 PM »
there are many online vendors in Switzerland. My personal favorite and as far as I know one of the most successful vendors in Switzerland is www.digitec.ch. There prices are quite good and they are very honest regarding delivery times. They have several shops, so that you can order online and then pick up the wares in the shop most convenient for you.

I know this reads almost like advertising, but no, I am not working for digitec, I am just one of their many customers.

Lenses / Re: Quality control issues with the 24-70 L II?
« on: September 19, 2012, 04:37:50 PM »
BDunbar is correct here. It takes many years for a manufacturer to establish good quality control procedures.

You don't change those for the worse, if there is no pressing need to do so and Canon is certainly not a company near bankruptcy, so that cost reductions in quality control may become necessary just to be able to manage cash flow.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII feature requests...
« on: September 19, 2012, 11:00:33 AM »
Perhaps I am just weird or married to my 580ex or something, but the thing I really could do without on my 7D is its pop-up flash. I would prefer a 7D Mark II without pop-up flash.

Its sensor should also become more effective. The 7D Mark II receiving sensor performance similar to a 1D Mark IV should be a good thing.

And yes, dual CF card slots for me, too.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D 1DX joystick problem with sports
« on: September 19, 2012, 10:17:02 AM »

I use the joystick AF point selection with both 1D-X and 5D Mark III very frequently and never experienced anything being amiss. Then again I have no experience with the 1D Mark II.

Of course having to press the joystick down in its center is not as reliable as having an extra button assigned for this, so it is not going to feel like an improvement in ergonomics. If you are in a hurry you may not press down correctly, but somewhat sideways and you promptly miss a shot. This may be annoying for a time, but I am optimistic you will see this through. It is only something to get used to.

Lenses / Re: Cost breakdown of a lens EF & EF-S
« on: September 19, 2012, 09:31:29 AM »
The issue here is one of sales volumes compared to target sales margin, production costs and development costs. Over time lenses profit from advances in development made earlier on keeping development costs in a healthy range, but expensive glass and lens coatings will remain a significant cost factor. You can't cheat here. There is no way to build a top-of-the-line L lens with cheap components and get away with it. This is easier in other industries, but with a lens you will be able to see the quality right away.

If you want to have a good comparison in terms of production volume effects you can compare Canon or Nikon lenses with Zeiss lenses made for Canon or Nikon mounts (lower sales volumes) or Leica M9 lenses.

Lenses / Re: missing 200-400 and 100-400 announcements?
« on: September 19, 2012, 09:20:36 AM »
Don't be offended, because of the expected price range.

I was just joking, because of the previous post pointing to end-of-year availability. I don't even know yet, if I will buy it. Perhaps after test results and prices have been published I will still choose a prime. Nevertheless it looks very promising to me.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Buying from Switzerland
« on: September 19, 2012, 09:13:20 AM »
Even if you are not importing stuff for commercial use, you will still have to accept customs regulations. You won't be happy, if border police find a sales receipt on you without having paid customs. Then again without the receipt you won't get any warranty.

Lenses / Re: missing 200-400 and 100-400 announcements?
« on: September 19, 2012, 08:50:22 AM »
Yes, yes, make it available!  :o Severe lens acquisition syndrome is affecting me again. ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: BG-E11 weight
« on: September 19, 2012, 08:38:28 AM »
You will have to increase the weight of your lenses over time. If you don't increase weight, then there is no considerable gain in your training, except shooting more photos  :D.

Germany / Re: Importing Cameras from US
« on: September 19, 2012, 08:28:19 AM »
For proper tax procedures you will need to bring a tax back voucher (in Switzerland you won't get much, though), then you have to get that stamped by border police. At the other side of the border checkpoint you will need to pay taxes for importing. Don't try to sneak past that point, because there is often video surveillance. In addition there are frequent controls at all parking spaces and fuel stations in the vicinity of the border (Zollgrenzbezirk). It only makes sense to buy across border in case the combination of price difference and customs procedures make it profitable. As I have stated before, buying professional gear in Germany is currently better for me, while buying cheaper lenses/gear (e.g. CF cards) is not.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who really is the target demographic for the 6D?
« on: September 19, 2012, 08:17:54 AM »
Regarding 6D as a backup camera I don't think it qualifies. If you consider a 1D-X as a primary camera, in my humble opinion the logical current camera choices for backup cameras are 5D Mark III and 7D, in my case I use both (mostly 5D Mark III).

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