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Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 l usm
« on: March 08, 2011, 01:30:06 PM »
The non IS version of the f/2.8 70-200 is marginally bettter than the IS version optically, and thats why in late 2005, after a lot of careful research, I went the same route as the OP. But before others jump down my throat, it has to be said that the differences are extremely small and are probably only apparent when doing laboratory tests. In the real world I'd be perfectly happy with either.

As others have said, its a very good lens so get out there and enjoy it. IS can be a useful addition, but it's not essential.

EOS Bodies / Re: 60D & 7D Rebates coming February 20
« on: March 05, 2011, 04:15:54 PM »
Given that Canon US have announced their 2011 rebate offer, what do people think about the likelyhood of UK rebates this spring?

I am seriously considering buying the EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS mk2, but I don't want to buy a month before Canon offer a discount. At least one on-line retailer is offering the lens at £1499 "until February 28", which suggests that rebates might be just around the corner even if a little delayed.

Lenses / Re: Lens Price Increases Taking Affect
« on: February 28, 2011, 01:59:15 PM »

Once the lens has the dealers mark up wacked on you'd be right. Probably doubles the £410 as a minimum. But a reputable reseller would be expected to offer a warranty period and I would hazard a guess that they buy insurance to cover it. Then again most shops have masses of used kit that just sits there, not selling - which is money not working.

But it is annoying. Especially as I have always been very careful with my kit, keeping all the boxes, instructions etc and barring accidents making sure I never put a mark on them.

Lenses / Re: Lens Price Increases Taking Affect
« on: February 28, 2011, 09:21:57 AM »
I'm less convinced that lenses retain their resale value. I'm considering swopping my existing EF70-200 f/2.8L for the new mark 2 IS version and have been only been offered a low £410.

The problem is probably due to the very lens I'm thinking of buying. When a better lens appears, however good they are the previous version (or in the case of the 70-200, versions) must be devalued.

My non IS f/2.8 version cost £936 in November 2005, so it's dropped 56% in that time. That's despite still being in excellent condition.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Web store in the UK First Cameras
« on: February 24, 2011, 08:37:43 AM »
Absolutely, but where do we report them? Is there a Government organisation that is enpowered to close scam sites?

If not there should be. Although if this particular scam is Russian, it presumably gets a bit more problematic.

Canon General / Re: Canon forecast income to grow 26% in 2011
« on: February 21, 2011, 10:25:44 AM »
A 26% increase on a sales growth of 11% can only mean they have made significant savings in manufacture, distribution and advertising. Either that, or its simply that sales need to exceed a certain critical point?

I suspect much of Canons forecast is based on the hope of a global recovery. I have been following the thread about the promised 200-500L and note the "significant" prices being touted, I suspect that the fragile state of the western economies is part of that as well. Once Japan starts to see exports are selling, then maybe we will see prices return to more traditional levels. Note I did not say affordable!

It would be interesting to know what export market is Canons biggest. I imagine it's the US, with Europe as a whole being less important. So currency exchange rates have a major impact, I can see why smaller manufacturers avoid exporting like the plague, it must be a nightmare.

Late breaking news:

According to AP, Canon have pulled out of "Focus on imaging", due to start in a couple of weeks time here in the UK. I guess that means Canon are still feeling fragile. 

I'm very lucky here in Salisbury having a good relationship with the manager and staff of Castle Cameras. I know they will never be as cheap as the web based businesses, but value the honest advice and friendship they freely offer - as well as the ability to try out kit (for as long as a week in one case) before buying. Local shops do need supporting in order to survive, we will miss them when they are gone.

London Camera Exchange is very variable. One in Southamptons Below Bar area is excellent while the Salisbury outlet is so unfriendly I refuse to walk through the door.

Jessops is a business in trouble. I hope it survives and I do buy small consumables from them once in a while, but would not dream of ordering anything or indeed spending large amounts there. A great shame to see a once well respected business so badly managed. They seem to show images of cameras in the window rather than the real thing, a sign of a cash-flow crisis I imagine.

For on line purchases I tend to use Warehouse Express as they have always treated me fairly.   

Software & Accessories / Re: 580EX II Faulty by Design?
« on: February 17, 2011, 05:29:09 PM »
PW should be congratulated for putting so much much effort into this research. Yes of course, it's driven by self-preservation, but they have gone well beyond proving that it's not their own product causing the failures without flinching at the costs involved.

Not all companies are like that, believe me. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Godwin's Law for Digital Photographers
« on: February 14, 2011, 05:09:38 PM »
I don't think printer technology is going to stand still any more than camera design.

EOS Bodies / Re: Godwin's Law for Digital Photographers
« on: February 14, 2011, 10:40:01 AM »
I agree with the last (but two) post. More MP are always going to be better. Just one proviso: provided its not at the cost of noise, DR or as Canon seem to be inflicting on us recently, low ISO banding.

More MP bring a major benefit not often discussed: The tonal range is better, simply because there are more pixels to represent the changes in tone. I know that I can get away with an A3+ print from an 8 MP uncropped RAW file on a good day, but it will never be as good as an 80 MP file printed to the same size. So just imagine how good an 800MP file would  look.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Hello...Anyone else from the UK?
« on: February 09, 2011, 10:11:47 AM »
I'm in Salisbury, in Wiltshire. To some a soft southerner, although with the winter we have been having I'd not descibe it as soft. It seems weeks since I last saw the sun.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Development Announced
« on: February 07, 2011, 01:58:08 PM »
This will be a must have lens for me. I use an EF100-400 for motorsports now and have often complained about the unwanted bottom end.  200-400 with the option of the extra 160mm reach will be perfect. It will also sit better into my existing lens range.

The next 12 months might become a very expensive one what with this and the possibility of the 1Ds replacement at some stage.


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