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Canon General / Re: Canon EOS 1D X Possible Press Release
« on: October 17, 2011, 10:26:14 PM »
interesting...  any photos of the product?

United States / Re: What should my first prime lens be?
« on: October 14, 2011, 05:48:36 PM »
I recommend the 50mm f/1.4.  On my 20D, for whatever reason I really didn't use it much.  Ever since I got my 5D2, it's one of my favorite lenses and I use it often.  It's fast, works great in low-light, and matches better on a full-frame body than a APS-C (for my uses).

Canon General / Re: Canon
« on: September 16, 2011, 08:15:31 PM »
maybe it's a Pro calculator? ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV Information [CR2]
« on: September 15, 2011, 09:42:32 AM »
What exactly is CR2, CR3 etc??? Was already wondering...

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV & 5D Mark III [CR0.5]
« on: September 15, 2011, 08:58:26 AM »
Maybe they can include a built-in GPS like they did on the new S100. I hate carrying a logger with me and then deal with the hassles in post-processing.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV & 5D Mark III [CR0.5]
« on: September 15, 2011, 08:38:17 AM »
pro AF (e.g., better than the 7D?) on the 5D2?  I'll take that.  Specs look great, assuming they aren't made up.

United States / Re: Traveling abroad with photography equipment
« on: September 14, 2011, 11:23:00 AM »
Thanks for your comments guys.

I'll just be traveling with my family to various parts of UP.  Not really a tourist trip, rather visiting family for ~2 short weeks.  But, I'm sure there will be some photo opportunities in-between. That being said, do you recommend just taking the 24-105mm f/4L IS and the 50mm f/1.4?  I'm not sure how useful the 70-200mm f/4L IS will be, and despite how light of a telephoto it is, it still takes up space and is another thing I have to lug around.  I also have the 17-40mm f/4L and the 100mm f/2.8L IS macro lenses (neither of which I was planning to take).

I just called my renter's insurance company, and they told me that my camera gear is covered under my policy. But, the suggested I add a rider which details the equipment being covered, for ~$1 per $100 of coverage.  The main advantage is that I won't have to pay the deductible ($250) on my renter's policy, incase something happens.  What do you guys think?


United States / Re: Traveling abroad with photography equipment
« on: September 09, 2011, 11:27:58 AM »
Thanks for the information guys.  I guess I worried a little too much.  I will get some insurance though before I leave, just to be on the safe side.

United States / Re: Traveling abroad with photography equipment
« on: September 08, 2011, 01:58:29 PM »
The first time I traveled internationally with high-end gear, I went through the trouble of downloading and filling out CBP Form 4457, the DHS form "Certificate of Registration for Personal Effects Taken Abroad."  The idea is you fill out the form with gear and serial numbers, and a CBP (customs and border protection) official inspects your stuff and signs the form before you leave the country.  The problem was there isn't anyone to sign it in a convenient location - it has to be signed by a CBP officer, and they are all in the entry areas (where you can't easily get unless you're actually entering through customs). 

So, just bring copies of the invoices/receipts for the items (including your computer, if you bring one).  Honestly, that's just a precaution, I have never been asked to provide documentation by Customs abroad or returning to the USA. 

Definitely insure your gear, and read the policy to make sure you're covered for any type of loss and that the coverage is in force worldwide.  Personally, I have mine insured with State Farm, but you exclude them (why?).  Usually, coverage for personal gear (as opposed to gear used for business) is best obtained from the insurer who wrote your homeowners or renters policy, either as a rider on the main policy or as a separate policy.  I pay a little over $7/year per $1K of coverage. 

A related question - how are you planning on carrying your gear?  Are you flying internally within India?  Depending on the distance and the type of plane, a large bag may not fit for carry-on.  A 5DII with 24-105, 70-200/4 and 50/1.4 doesn't take up much room, so you should be just fine.  I tend to carry a lot more gear on longer trips - a fully loaded Lowepro Flipside 400 AW.  I put that entire backpack into a Pelican Storm im2500 hard case, just in case I'm forced to check it.

Have a great trip!

I read about that CBP form, and it is a pain in the ass to fill out and get approved.

The only reason I excluded State Farm, is because I've already heard a lot about them.  I guess I'll call my current renters insurance company and see if they would be able to insure this equipment.  If not, I'll have to call State Farm and get a quote.

The only problem with bringing invoices and receipts of the equipment, is if there was a fuss about it, those invoices don't show the serial number.  So, although it proves I bought that lens, it doesn't necessarily prove I bought that specific lens I have with me at the time.

I have a Lowepro Flipside 300, which is large enough to carry those three lenses and my 5D2, yet small enough to be carried on any flight (I hope).  I just won't be able to carry a flash, but I wasn't planning on that anyways.  It should hold the 5D2, those 3 lenses (max), battery charger, memory cards, iPad, and other small miscellaneous things.

Lenses / Re: Good yet affordable telephoto lens?
« on: September 08, 2011, 08:45:04 AM »
Personally, I would recommend the 70-200mm f/4L IS.  It's an awesome lens, very sharp, fast enough for my shooting style, lighter and smaller than the f/2.8s, and the IS is a necessity for me at longer focal lengths. Plus, I bought mine during Canon Direct Store's refurb sale for under $1k shipped!

That being said, I've heard that the 70-300mm L IS is a great lens too, if you're willing to sacrifice some speed and lower-light capabilities.

United States / Traveling abroad with photography equipment
« on: September 08, 2011, 08:38:32 AM »
I had a question for you guys/gals who travel abroad with your high(er)-end camera equipment.

I'm going to India with my family just for a quick visit (~2.5 weeks) later this month, and I've decided I would like to take my 5D2 along with 2-3 lenses with me (24-105 mm f/4L IS, 50 mm f/1.4, and maybe the 70-200 mm f/4L IS). Since they look arguably look like pro gear (and brand new, since I recently purchased these a couple months ago), I fear that I may have some issues with customs when I arrive there, or when I come back. What do you guys do to make sure that they don't give you any trouble and/or make you pay duties on your own personal equipment?

The other thing I need to think about before I leave is insurance.  Since I don't use my camera equipment professionally (i.e., getting paid), and only as a hobby, do you recommend any companies for this (besides State Farm)?

Thanks for your help!

EOS Bodies / Re: overnight flight next to Canon engineer...
« on: September 07, 2011, 09:08:02 AM »
And I bet that the majority (I do dare say "majority") of 5D2 owners do not use the video functionality at all, or to any significant extent.

I would have to agree with that statement as well. Although I know this cannot be considered a good, randomized, worldwide sample size, but most people I know with a 5D2 use its video function rarely (if at all).

Agreed - That rumor smells to me as coming from someone playing games with us poor souls longing for the 5D3.  There is no way the 5D3 will be as delayed as end of 2012…

A rumor is just that... a rumor.  But, at the same time, I wouldn't be surprised if it were true.  I remember this time last year and "rumors" were telling us the 5D3 would be available in December of 2010.  Look at where we are now, nearly a year later, and no official announcements.

Australia / Re: ND filters
« on: August 22, 2011, 07:25:49 PM »
yeah.. i thought about buying from amazon or bhphoto but it would be more easier if i could buy it directly in store as i'm not a fan of delivering pieces of glass. it might break and have to file for refund or resend. that will cost me a lot of time waiting.

I've had a different experience with amazon.  They shipped me a tiny macro lens in a box that would be fitting for a 500mm lens.  I got the box and the lens was bouncing around all over the box (along with a handful of air packets).  The lens cap was off, and it didn't fit correctly.

I don't have any experiences with B&H, but I can't imagine it would be worse.

EOS Bodies / Re: Getting a little bit Fed Up...
« on: August 22, 2011, 08:16:56 AM »
Didn't you see the rage by Nikon users when they realized that Wednesdays announcements are most likely going to be related to a new Nikon mirrorless system as opposed to a D4/D800/etc?

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