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Nope... I don't shoot with my lens cap on (well, at least not intentionally...  ::) ) so it's totally a non-issue for me.

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixels Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: August 14, 2012, 08:34:36 AM »
It´s true that the 5D Mark III is only better in speed and AF.

But I don´t like the image quality from the D800E. In my opinion it´s not advisable to put more than 30 megapixels on a FF chip.

If you compare the image quality from the D800E with the image quality of a medium format camera the D800E loose, because the image is totally unsharp. But it´s all a question what are you willing to pay for the best image quality.

My images from the D800E were extremely sharp, when the camera was used with a good lens (14-24mm f2.8G) and when the camera could manage to get the focus right.

If Nikon were ever to come clean and admit the problems this camera has, and come up with fixes for their AF problems, crippled Live View, and clean up their wide-spread QC issues, I would switch back in a heartbeat.

It seems that the only way to buy from this American company, is to buy directly
None on eBay and no dealers

Question 1: Is there a "cheaper" way, or a way to get a discount on new stuff?
Question 2: Are UK VAT and duties, a guaranteed consequence on all imports from them

I am intending to buy the TVC-24 Tripod with BH-40 LR Ballhead
I needed some other stuff from themWith other attachments
So, the bill kept mounting
Add to that over $100 shipping

The total amounted to just over £1000,, before VAT and Duties
Which gave me a sort of heart attack
Any advice?


Why would you think that buying indirectly, and paying for one or more middle men to take their profits on top of the original selling price, could somehow be cheaper than buying direct?

If you want to save money, buy a Gitzo tripod and Arca-Swiss ball head - they are much better quality and cost less (and also weigh less...)

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixels Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: August 05, 2012, 11:29:19 AM »

Now the D800 exists so that is now the yard stick by which every other DSLR of that form factor will be measured when it comes to IQ.

Only if you're shooting Nikon factory-approved test targets in a controlled studio setting.

Out in the real world, the D800's second-rate lenses and third-rate AF pretty much offset any IQ gains the sensor is theoretically capable of producing...

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135 f/1.8L IS
« on: August 01, 2012, 03:08:17 PM »
The lettering around the front of the lens looks a little off. However, discuss away!

Maybe Canon hired the same visually impaired person that stencils the names on the Nikon D800?

Lenses / Re: New Tilt-Shifts in 2013? [CR1]
« on: August 01, 2012, 10:07:31 AM »

- the sharpest Canon lens is 100L and I doubt TS-E 90 can beat that

How did you dream that up?

The 100L isn't a bad lens, but as far as being Canon's sharpest, it wouldn't make the top 5, and maybe not even the top 10...

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III vs D800/E, is the 5D3 better at anything?
« on: July 10, 2012, 10:52:07 AM »
I've had my D800E since the beginning of July, and here are a few unscientific observations I've made...

Dynamic Range - the 5D Mark III has a bit more dynamic range straight out of the camera, but the D800E files give you a whole lot more dynamic range to work with if you want to spend the extra time in post-processing.

Image Sharpness/Acuity - it's close, but I would give this one to the 5D Mark III if it were not for the lower pixel count;  the amount of fine detail sharpness and resolution is better in the Canon files, but the Nikon file has 28% more real estate which helps it when you make larger prints (24 x 36").  I really expected to see better sharpness with no AA filter in the D800E, and Canon seems to be getting better performance out of their lenses with the new lens correction profiles loaded into the 5D mark III, so this comparison might surprise a lot of people.

Focusing - the 5D mark III is vastly superior in AF speed and, more importantly, in accuracy.  The D800E isn't bad - it's about the same as the D700, but the Canon is in a different league altogether.

Metering - I would call it a draw... both cameras are pretty good, but neither one is perfect.

High ISO Noise - I have no idea - I normally shoot at ISO 100.

EOS Bodies / Re: Buying 5D Mark III from Amazon???
« on: July 10, 2012, 10:35:14 AM »
I just saw that Amazon has the 5D III selling for $3399 which is about $100 less than most reputable dealers.

Amazon is a reputable dealer.

Just make sure you're buying from Amazon, and not one of the grey-market dealers that sells through Amazon.

EOS Bodies / Re: where to sell canon gear, I'm moving to Nikon
« on: June 07, 2012, 02:11:15 PM »
Nonsense. The best black frame / back of cap photographers do not need any lens to produce outstanding images with full 14 stops of DR.

LOL... ain't that the truth!

EOS Bodies / Re: where to sell canon gear, I'm moving to Nikon
« on: June 06, 2012, 03:44:14 PM »
You should just donate your unwanted gear to your local Goodwill store, like Ken Rockwell does.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who is waiting for Canon Mirrorless?
« on: May 27, 2012, 06:50:41 PM »
The technology is not important - it is the image that is

Which I precisely why I've sold all of my m4/3 gear and gone back to a full-frame Canon system.

Landscape / Re: Canadians post your long weekend landscapes
« on: May 27, 2012, 10:18:16 AM »
I didn't manage to get out and do any shooting on the long weekend, so this photo from the week before will have to suffice... still pretty cold up in the high country of BC.

Dufy Lake, BC  (5D Mark III, 17-40mm f4L)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D600
« on: May 24, 2012, 06:53:04 PM »
Jealous, aren't we? ;)

Why would anyone be jealous of a camera that's not available to purchase because the manufacturer is scrambling to fix a list of defects as long as your arm?   ::)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D600
« on: May 24, 2012, 04:37:41 PM »
Nikon is probably pushing to get the D600 to market as quickly as possible, since they can probably do that a lot quicker than they can fix all the QC defects and design flaws in the D800...  ::)

Lenses / Re: varying aperture zoom lenses
« on: May 18, 2012, 09:06:10 PM »
The variable aperture doesn't bother me, since I have a modern camera that maintains the set f/stop when I zoom, except of course for the rare times I'm shooting wide open.

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