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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).

Canon General / Re: Loving Canon right now.
« on: September 18, 2012, 01:55:14 PM »
With your last sentence you have actually delivered an argumentation for why the new 6D may be designed as it is: Canon wouldn't like existing bodies to severely drop in price/lose value, so as not to offend existing professional customers. For people knowledgeable enough and interested in professional gear they can either go for older professional models or for a 5D Mark III or 1D X (if funds  permit). The 6D appears to target those wanting to upgrade to ff keeping their EF lenses without being overwhelmed by a more complex AF system.

The additional new features are provided to make the product appear somewhat innovative, although in essence it is not. It appears designed to fill a niche without using up too many development resources, which for a vendor is an important consideration. It is far more effective for Canon to concentrate development resources on other, more important product development. An entry-level full-frame camera certainly does not qualify for that, a new 1-series or something similar certainly would qualify.

Lenses / Re: Which lenses to start?
« on: September 18, 2012, 01:32:50 PM »
This sounds like deja vu to me. My first EF lenses were the 24-105, 17-40 and then 70-200 IS. With this kit you have a lot of overlap between zoom ranges and you are limited to f4 for anything below 70mm focal length.

This set costs less and I still happily use both f4 zooms, but I found myself adding fast primes to offset the slower zooms. I am shooting mostly primes now. You will have a more useful lens in the new 24-70mm zoom, which limits you only to f2.8, which is fast enough for many purposes.

Canon General / Re: Loving Canon right now.
« on: September 18, 2012, 11:13:17 AM »
Defense of the 6D is not even my point.

Canon observed a market niche identified with the 5D Mark II and now they try to sell into this niche again with a newer model. This may be frustrating for many, but it should not be surprising. I definitely won't buy this camera, but there may be those, who want to do this.

As for all the agitation about specs comparison, that leads to nothing.

There is an old saying in sales that features don't sell. This applies as long as there is no tangible benefit like you can do things with one camera, which you can't with another and then you must have this one. In this mid-market entry-level full-frame segment I don't expect there will be any measurement of success except for sales totals, but we will have to wait a while for the dust to settle down on this one.

Site Information / Re: So stupid but still so funny :)
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:39:54 AM »
 ;D Thank you, this is really fun!

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