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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D 3 sales
« on: April 11, 2013, 09:02:10 AM »
I work for a midsized independent wholesale distributor in EU and am daily amazed by the numbers of 5D3 we are selling. The camera has been growing strong since january and especially in the last weeks we cannot cope with demand. WFT is going on...?!?

Canon shareholders are probably rubbing their hands together. They created a new segment out of nowhere (the 1dmkIV which had roughly the same price level was sold in units/months), made people digest the price premium, established a new camera base for the new high-quality high-prices lenses and started to cash in.

From a marketing perspective and despite all the whining on forums it was a clearly winning move.

For those who wonder the wholesale price in hk this week is 3350/3360USD for the kit 24105 and 2650/2670USD for the body.

Good monies for B&H and the like


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Lenses / Re: Quick decision help: canon 24 vs zeiss 21
« on: December 07, 2012, 07:55:54 AM »
go for the zeiss without esitation. It is so much better in color and sharpness. The canon 24 from 1.4 to 2.8 is barely usable, so there's no advantage.



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Video & Movie / Re: timelapse. how they do this
« on: December 05, 2012, 08:56:16 AM »
nicely done. thanks


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Video & Movie / Re: timelapse. how they do this
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:57:13 PM »
I'm struggling with my head. It is not that simple. You must take into account also the velocity at which the stars are moving.
If you make a burst of 130 shots (one per second) how much will star move in 2 minutes? A little bit.. but not that much.

And if you make one shot ... then wait ... then make another shot then wait etc... you will end up having 130 intervalled shots, which will result in jumping footage...

I'm more prone to think that this is done via software during editing

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Video & Movie / Re: timelapse. how they do this
« on: December 03, 2012, 07:43:19 AM »
I was just guessing that if you, for example, make consequential 30 sec long exprosures you will add a segment to the top and delete a segment from the tail of the trail and it won't be a smooth movement as seen here


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Video & Movie / timelapse. how they do this
« on: December 03, 2012, 05:20:25 AM »
trying to figure out but no clue

https://vimeo.com/54734715

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Canon General / Re: Canon Can't Even Make a Billion Dollars Anymore
« on: October 26, 2012, 01:01:43 PM »
everyone thinks that they are a business expert all of a sudden now that these numbers came out.

one of the biggest problems is that Canon is based in a country whose currency is rising compared to the markets where they sell products.  that means that even if they sold the exact same amount of everything, and spent the exact same amount they would still pull in less revenue and less profit.  on top of that, the world economy is down which means less disposable for most consumers and less business to business sales.  together, that equals less sales.  to top it all off, smartphones are completely eating up the point and shoot market.

people - canon is not taking huge hits because you think the new 5d cost too much.  its not because you think the 24-70 costs too much.  these prices are very equal to what their predecessors were in terms of japanese currency - but now the rest of the world's is worth less compared to what it was, so things cost more.  also, canon sells a lot more than just 5Diii's and 24-70 ii's...

this

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Buying from Switzerland
« on: September 20, 2012, 05:31:01 AM »
In most cases at custom control it all comes down to a matter of luck or to how picky that particular officer is. They see such things every day, it is a part of their work and they are used to every possible trick one might say.
For example they could check the number of actuations on you camera. If it says 75 shots taken it will be difficult to prove that you purchased it so-long-time-ago in your home country.

I do not believe possible that they check serials, bcs (apart from being very un-practical), if you bought camera  in your home country. and paid VAT to the vendor, and this very same vendor imported the item from (say) switzerland what will happen? Will you have to prove all such things to the officer? Will you have to pay VAT twice? HIghly unlikely IMO.




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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Buying from Switzerland
« on: September 19, 2012, 05:35:02 AM »
if you get searched when you get back home they can find carton boxes & accessories and ask therefore for Tax payment (typically VAT if you live in another european country).

One solution could be go there, buy the camera/lens etc, flatten the boxes and mail them back to yr address. Then if you get stopped for custom control simply say that the camera is yours.

Check for warranty services in your country though. It is not granted that a swiss warranty card will be accepted in your local repair center.

Anyways if you are into importing things it is usually easier and cheaper to buy items via internet from hk and have them sent to you by courier (with a lower value declared, which would result in lower taxation)




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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Alina - At the Park in Simferopol
« on: August 29, 2012, 06:40:37 AM »
dat dress & blown highlights. 0/10. would not bang

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Landscape / Re: Alien Landscapes
« on: July 26, 2012, 09:28:14 AM »

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New 100-400 & Coming Announcements [CR2]
« on: July 25, 2012, 08:20:07 AM »
current model is scarcely available worldwide and price has been steadily picking up over the last two months
I bet my 2 cents that an announcment is not very far. With IS it will be above 2k

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1dx in India
« on: July 03, 2012, 03:31:26 AM »
they are available in HK also. One supplier of mine is offering them at 7500 USD


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1dx Got it! Got it! Got it!
« on: June 26, 2012, 04:38:03 AM »
> gets a super dope fast pro camera nobody has
> takes pics of cat&dog
> is not able to post them in a forum

trolling detected


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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L Officially Discontinued?
« on: May 24, 2012, 05:48:09 AM »
also the 5d2 in kit w/the old 24-70 are nowhere to be found bcs all vendors jumped on those in order to unbundle the lens. It is very odd how ppl never realize that items which are being discountinued usually raise in price, especially if it is the case of a very popular lens/camera. In the meanwhile also prices of the used items are driven up accordigly (as a general trend).

There is nearly always a very low price point which usually occurs months BEFORE of the actual EOL announcement and is due to manufacturer's dumping excess stocks to the market. When you see a good low price it is time to buy in volumes and then wait.

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