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EOS Bodies / Re: What's the frequency of shipments from Canon?
« on: March 22, 2012, 05:18:50 AM »
When shipping stuff by sea, you have to book a container and the space for it on the ship.
If you have a regular booking, like I'm sure Canon do, the frequency of shipping wil depend on how often a ship is leaving your port going to the port you want the goods to go to.
If there is a ship every day, and your production can fill a container, or more, each day, they you can ship daily.

The frequency of shipping is entirely dependant on their production rates and the frequency of the ships.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Why the Japan hate Canon
« on: March 22, 2012, 05:15:05 AM »
Squarebox, we do have  a Luxury Car Tax in Oz, for cars costing more than $57,466.
The tax is calculated at 33% of the pre-tax price for the value above $57,466, so this only goes a small way in trying to work out why luxury cars cost so much here.
So if you buy a car worth say $100K, you pay 33% Luxury tax on A$42,534 or $14,036.22 extra, but we don't have a gas guzzler tax like you do in the US, hence the poularity here for large 6's and V8's.
Mind you, cars like the Corollas etc., are similarly priced here compared to the US, so it's not all bad.

If buying something for business use, we get the GST back, and we also get a depreciation allowance on our company tax, but if the item is a computer or something valued at under A$1,000, we can get a 100% depreciation allowance on it in the first year.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Why the Japan hate Canon
« on: March 21, 2012, 05:20:25 AM »
Here in Australia, we have a 10%GST (same as VAT), however, if I buy something for my business, and I do need to take photos of my products to send to customers and put them up on my website, then I get the GST back.
Retail price of a 5D3 in a big camera retailer like Digital Camera Warehouse is A$3999 (about US$4199), and if I deduct the GST charged on this I end up paying A$3635.45 (US$3817.22).
A bit higher than in the US, but I figure the local warranty is worth that much, and you can find cheaper retailers too.
But as far as luxury cars are concerned,  we are REALLY ripped off over here.
A Porsche 911 Carrera for example, sells for around US$75K in the US, but here, the base model is well over A$230K!!!
And you know why?
Because you can't import a new Porsche and get it registered in OZ, because it won't have a local compliance plate so it can't be registered, even though it is exactly the same car as sold in the UK etc (right hand drive).
The funny thing is that import duty on new cars is only 5%, GST 10%, so where the hell does this huge difference come from?

Like Europe, we in Oz get virtually unlimited free health cover and when we get old, we get a government pension, as long as you aren't rich, so we are somewhere inbetween the US and Europe as far as social benefits go, and our minimum wage is around A$20 per hour, which is about 3 times what the minimum wage is in the US, hence some part of why we pay more for some goods.

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Landscape / Re: Sydney Harbour Landscape
« on: March 20, 2012, 06:29:06 AM »
A couple more for you that I took in January.

The shot of the bridge was done using a star filter.
I think it makes the lights on the bridge look nice.


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EOS Bodies / Re: firmware updates?
« on: March 20, 2012, 06:14:05 AM »
Most updates are downloaded as zip files, and you MUST expand the zip file on your computer and then put the full file onto the card and not the zipped file.

I've known people that get so frustrated that the update won't download onto the camera, and when I look at the card, they have just copied the zip file onto it, instead of expanding it first.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon most popular brand
« on: March 20, 2012, 06:11:03 AM »
It's interesting that they are talking to consumers, and NOT buyers!

Sure, we'd all like a small mirrorless camera, but are we buying them?
Not in great numbers, and certainly not in big enough numbers to worry the DSLR market.

Sales figures mean far more to me than the answers that people on the street give.

IF a consumer wants to spend say, $1,000 on a camera, what are they actully buying?
In around 85% of cases, they are buying a DSLR, and not a mirrorless.

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Landscape / Re: Sydney Harbour Landscape
« on: March 19, 2012, 06:02:48 PM »
Thanks guys.

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Landscape / Sydney Harbour Landscape
« on: March 19, 2012, 05:54:24 AM »
Took this the other night.
Very low res, I'm afraid, but some interesting light through the clouds IMHO.

5 shots. Canon 60D with 24-105L.
Hope you like it.


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Lenses / Re: Best third-party lenses
« on: March 19, 2012, 05:50:10 AM »
Sigma 150mm F2.8 Macro with OS.
Unbelievable!

One of the test reports I read about it said it was the sharpest lens they ever tested, and the colour and contrast are pretty good too.
The bokeh is also very nice.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III in Stock - BestBuy $ B&H???
« on: March 19, 2012, 05:28:29 AM »
One of the guys on the Ausphotography forum has his already!

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Macro / Re: Bee in the sun
« on: March 16, 2012, 09:25:56 AM »
Aperture was F7.1 at around 1/250the of a second, ISO 400

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Macro / Bee in the sun
« on: March 16, 2012, 01:44:07 AM »
Took these in my front garden in Sydney this afternoon, of this nice looking Australian native bee (no stinger on it).
It's sucking up a Muraya flower, another Australian native, which has a diameter of around 1/2" (12mm), so the bee  is pretty small.

Taken with my Canon 60D and a Sigma 150mm F2.8 OS macro.

Hope you like them.


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I dropped into Digital Camera Warehouse yesterday to get some cleaning stuff, and a guy I know that works there told me that they have something going on with Canon next Thursday the 22nd March in their Sydney store.
He said they will have some 5D3 and 1Dx's there for people to play with.

Not sure what time they will be there, but I might just drop in and have a look-see.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What does Sony know that we don't know?
« on: March 16, 2012, 01:29:56 AM »
The sensor is only one part of the equation for getting good images.
The other major part is the algorithms of the processor used to interperate the signals coming off the sensor, and this is where I think Sony has been lacking in comparison to Canon and Nikon.

This is why both Nikon and Canon are making a lot of noise about their new "engines" as they have refined and speeded up the number crunching to get good high ISO and picture quality.
I guess that as Canon and Nikon both make so many more DSLR cameras than Sony, they can afford to put more effort and money into getting their processors to work better.

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Lenses / Re: Tilt-Shift Lens vs. Macro Slide Rail
« on: March 15, 2012, 12:17:27 AM »
Probably the easiest and cheapest way for you to take those architectural shots is to get a tripod with rollers on it that you can lock so it runs straight.

Use a prime lens and push the trolley top the left side, take a picture, then shift the whole thing to the right so you still get overlap, then move right again etc and when you've got everything in the set that you want, stitch it together in Photoshop, or in Elements.
That way, you won't get problems with curvature etc.

A tilt-shift lens won't fix the problems you are encountering.
They are mainly designed to get a certain part of the picture in or out of focus, and for parralex errors, and won't neccesairly be able to get a whole room in perfect focus, without a lot of fiddling experimentation.

It's easy to find the nodal point of your lens.
Place 2 sticks vertically in front of, but slightly to the side of the camera on the tripod, and keep one about 4 or 5 ft behind the other.
Adjust the position of the camera on the tripod so that when you pan the camera, the sticks stay together and don't get further apart as you pan.
There's a good explanation and a video of it on the www.Acratech.net site.
Once you've done it a couple of times, it only takes about a minute to do.

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