January 31, 2015, 12:49:22 AM

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - Northstar

Pages: 1 ... 86 87 [88] 89 90 ... 104
1306
No, I don't. Was there the white dust sack?  I've bought 4 Canon bodies, all of them were in such a bag.  Out from that white bag was the bubble wrap bag then the cardboard inner box.  I don't recall a larger plastic bag, and there's not one in the packaging that I saved (cords, strap, and manuals were in sealed plastic bags - still are, actually).

yes...what you describe is there (bubble wrap and white dust sack)  thanks for your quick response and help.

1307
need some help from some of you more experienced camera and lens buyers.  I rcvd my 1dx today, and the actual 1dx box has several scratches and marks all over it, and a slightly crushed in corner.  (not the shipping box, the 1dx  box inside has the scratches/marks)

for $6700, i expected the box to look like it's hardly been touched, this box looks like it's been touched quite a bit....I'm anal this way, because I know I'll sell it in 3-4 years and I want the box to look new.

also...the 1dx box came inside a plastic bag.  This plastic bag was clearly opened and then taped shut.  I'm wondering if the 1dx normally ships with the plastic bag unopened so the customer knows that it indeed is brand new and unopened.  I would've felt much better about the box being a little dinged up if this internal plastic bag had been unopened...but with it open, it makes me think that the body has been in and out of the box a few times, or the real concern - it's been bought and returned from some previous buyer.   i do not want this body if someone else had it and returned it....not at this price.

the camera itself looks perfect (I haven't used it yet) but the other question I have is how can I tell if it's been used?  Is there an actuations counter in the camera?

again...i know i'm being a bit anal on this, but for $6700, i don't want to settle, and I want the full value for my money....and I don't want to have any lingering reservations.

I'd really appreciate your candid thoughts on this....am I making too big a deal about this?

neuro...especially appreciate your thoughts on this.

My box was pristine.  The camera itself was in a form-fitting white anti-static bag, which was in turn inside a bubble-wrap bag that was neatly folded-over (I don't recall any tape, but I might be wrong - I did save a long piece of orange-ish tape, but I don't recall that that was on the camera bag, it's 1" wide and 6" long).  The double-bagged body was inside a separate cardboard box inside the main box (bad iPhone pic attached).

There is an actuation counter, but it's in units of 1000, so it will just say <1000 unless it's over that mark. 

If the box was dinged up and everything was not wrapped neatly inside, I'd be concerned that I got a unit someone else bought and returned.  I've had something similar happen with an Amazon purchase (not camera gear) and I returned it.  I've never received an obvious returned item from B&H or Adorama.

neuro...it was from adoram.  the box is definitely "marked up" with one crushed corner.  everything inside the box looks perfect...BUT...the 1dx box itself came inside a clear plastic bag that looked like it was sealed at one time, sealed in a way that a buyer would know that the box itself was never touched or opened because of the sealed clear bag.  in my case, the bag was opened...do you remember such a bag?

1308
1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:19:52 PM »
I love the camera!  This is a hobby for me so I am sure there are 100x things I am doing wrong but it give me tremendous enjoyment to photography my kids as they grow up...!  I hope you all enjoy the camera as much as I do!

humm...judging by your pics it looks like you're oregon state fans  ;)
Kidding...they had a shot at the national title if they had won Saturday.

cool shots...enjoy the camera!

1309
need some help from some of you more experienced camera and lens buyers.  I rcvd my 1dx today, and the actual 1dx box has several scratches and marks all over it, and a slightly crushed in corner.  (not the shipping box, the 1dx  box inside has the scratches/marks)

for $6700, i expected the box to look like it's hardly been touched, this box looks like it's been touched quite a bit....I'm anal this way, because I know I'll sell it in 3-4 years and I want the box to look new.

also...the 1dx box came inside a plastic bag.  This plastic bag was clearly opened and then taped shut.  I'm wondering if the 1dx normally ships with the plastic bag unopened so the customer knows that it indeed is brand new and unopened.  I would've felt much better about the box being a little dinged up if this internal plastic bag had been unopened...but with it open, it makes me think that the body has been in and out of the box a few times, or the real concern - it's been bought and returned from some previous buyer.   i do not want this body if someone else had it and returned it....not at this price.

the camera itself looks perfect (I haven't used it yet) but the other question I have is how can I tell if it's been used?  Is there an actuations counter in the camera?

again...i know i'm being a bit anal on this, but for $6700, i don't want to settle, and I want the full value for my money....and I don't want to have any lingering reservations.

I'd really appreciate your candid thoughts on this....am I making too big a deal about this?

neuro...especially appreciate your thoughts on this.

1310
Hey zim, not sure what acronym you mean but everything's cool here!  I feel your frustration, a $3000+ camera that is heavily marketed to do something well should indeed do that something well, esp after we waited extra time for the camera to be released.  It's a wonderful camera for all other uses.  I wouldn't hold my breath for the low light fix.  Start considering what YOU can do to work around it.  I am hoping that the 6D is Canon's hail mary throw to the end zone to address the 5D3 low light issue.

I think this is a problem we are going to see more often as DSLRs are being designed to be both still picture cameras and video devices.  I hate that Canon has taken this path.  It's a compromise that drags down the still picture performance while also hampering the video performance.  I wonder if this dual use design challenge is partly to blame for the low light issue.

Canon:  Just give me a highest possible quality still picture camera with NO video!  I don't use it, I don't need it and I'm trying to understand why it even exists on a pro level camera.  Photographers are NOT videographers and vice versa.  And those that are, typically will buy the tool that is best for each craft.  They don't crave one-device fits-all solutions.  I've taken some shaky video with my 60D and it sucks.  So what if you can use EF lenses on the thing?  The DSLR body design is terrible for video so to make it work, tons of money must be spent on all kinds of contraptions to fix the problems that video camcorder (pro and consumer) makers solved years ago with dedicated HD camcorders that still make better video with AF and stereo sound.  IMO, adding video to DSLRs was done to sell more cameras to consumers wanting to move up from point and shoot cameras, not answer any urgent need from photographers and it's a real shame.  It's a novelty feature that is likely hurting, not helping the primary use of the camera which is taking still images, not video.

totally and completely agree rustmeister...one beer for you!  now you only owe me one ;)

1311
The thing about the Holidays and December(in the USA) is this....people are in the buying mood/mode for large ticket items.  Canon (and retailers) know these well documented buying behaviors/attitudes.  A price drop for the 1dx and 5d3 would totally make sense IMO. 

Also...December is that month where a business owner or manager might have a little extra money in the budget that can (or must) be spent before year end..."spend it or lose it" happens in business...very common.
You can sometimes negotiate by calling a large dealer (No e-mail, they will not put discounts in writing).  Try calling a few who have them in stock.

Mt Spokane...your advice was worth two Sandisk 90mbs 16 gb CF cards....thanks.
Did you check the link I posted??
Now there are 4 dealers that have dropped their price by a few hundred.  Down to $6348 or $6445 from PMI, a authorized dealer.  Did you call PMI??
 
http://www.canonpricewatch.com/product/03792/Canon-EOS-1D-X-price.html

I only felt comfortable at this price level dealing with the most respected online retailers like Ad, BH..etc.  I didn't check PMI.

I appreciate your post though because I wasn't aware of the canonpricewatch website...now i have it saved.

1312
Lenses / Re: 100 f/2.8L or 135mm f/2L
« on: November 15, 2012, 03:11:26 PM »
Hi Everybody,

I'm looking into getting a 100 f/2.8L or 135mm f/2L, to do some portrait/ macro work. I won't be using the Macro a ton, but would like the feature. As of today, my budget only allows for one or the other, so I could use your help in deciding between the two.

Right now, I'm using a 24-70 f/2.8L Mark I, and a 50mm 1.4 on a 50D Body.

Recommendations?

jman....it definitely depends on whether you will be shooting indoors or outdoors.  for indoor shooting of portraits on your crop body, even the 100 is a bit long.  the 135 for indoors is way too long...go over to a local camera store and put a zoom (or the 135 if they have it) lens on a crop body at 135mm and take a few shots to see for yourself.

1313
Like asking if you can afford the monthly payments on Porsche 911.
or
if you have to ask, you can't afford it

Jcns...such an inaccurate post....you must be young and/or lack the wisdom to know that often times the wealthiest people MAKE SURE they know all about the price.  Read the book "millionaire next door" and you'll understand what i mean.

I've read it.  Now I see why we think alike.  Make that two beers I'll buy you.  But after that it's your turn!

funny..when we get to six beers just send me a six pack  ;D

i hope your next 5d3 performs as good as mine does.  i've never sent anything back that i've bought online, how has that gone?  do they wait to send the new one until after they receive the returned camera? 





1314
Lenses / Re: Picking the Best 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens by WOMP
« on: November 15, 2012, 07:26:54 AM »
Highly doubt they destroyed real lenses....most likely some special effects/movie magic involved.

1315
Lenses / Re: 100 f/2.8L or 135mm f/2L
« on: November 15, 2012, 06:29:15 AM »
Since you're shooting APS-C, I'd say get the 100L Macro.  For most indoor portraits, the 135L is too long on APS-C.


What he said.... for portrait shots the 135 is way too long on a crop body...get the 100

1316
Quote
Can't wait to hear you got a great deal.  Wish you were local, I'd buy you a beer.  Have a good day.

Rusty...

I haggled with three of them(online retailers) over the phone but the best deal I could get was a couple 16GB CF SNDisk Extreme pro's. 

I'd take you up on that beer...I'm a fellow geek.

That sounds pretty decent to me!  12 fps is going to have to go somewhere very quickly.  Since your 5D3 seems to work well, let me know when you sell it.   ;)

BTW, where does 'Northstar' come from?  Because FSR I can't get Spaceballs' Bill Pullman out of my head every time I read it!   Please tell me you resemble Bill Pullman!  Ha, ha!   ;D

Rusty...."Northstar"...did you ever follow a NHL hockey?

1317
Quote
Can't wait to hear you got a great deal.  Wish you were local, I'd buy you a beer.  Have a good day.

Rusty...

I haggled with three of them(online retailers) over the phone but the best deal I could get was a couple 16GB CF SNDisk Extreme pro's. 

I'd take you up on that beer...I'm a fellow geek.

1318
@RustyTheGeek - great points!

You would be amazed at how often I hear how something wasn't insured because either the insurance was too expensive and lapsed or the policy wasn't reviewed often and it didn't actually cover the loss when the claim was made.  Then there is the cost of the deductible.  And finally, damage may not be covered at all unless there is a rider on the policy or it's a policy specifically written to cover damage.

Sadly, I would not be surprised.  Many people think their homeowner's or renter's policy will cover their gear - and it will, to a point, and subject to a deductible.

But most insurers offer riders or supplemental policies (e.g. State Farm calls it a 'Personal Articles' policy, can cover camera gear, jewelry, fine art, etc.).  Always read the policy!  Mine applies worldwide, covers damage, theft, loss, etc., and has no deductible.  I pay $7.60 per year per $1000 gear covered.

One other common omission is not notifying your insurer when you get new gear.  Usually, a serial number of documentation of purchase is required.  For me, I have 30 days from purchase as a 'grace period' when the new item is covered, by then I need to have notified them.

Most small repairs or losses are out of pocket because the deductible is too high and the claim will raise the premium anyway.  Possible repair on the 1DX could be $400 or $4000.  Either way, it will cost $400 - deductible.  And that increases the $2000 projected cost at the end when Northstar sells it used.  (I probably should have left 'fire' out of the list and then insurance isn't always the best option.)

As I said, no deductible for me, and in fact from what I've seen here and on other boards about multiple insurers (at least in the US), most such policies have no deductible, at least the personal ones (people who earn $ from photography are generally not eligible for such policies, and would need liability coverage, etc.).

I think the rise of premiums following a claim is a concern, but even more than that, many people don't realize that all such claims are reported to a centralized database (CLUE) that can affect eligibility for coverage in general.  Too many camera gear claims, and you may lose your home insurance.

neuro...I also use State FArm and I agree...it's very affordable and makes tons of sense.  no deductible.

1319

Quote
+1.....Count me in for that. I have over 10,000 reward points($500ish cash value) with Crutchfield, that will bring the 1D X down to $5500ish. If this is happen, I might believe in Santa Claus all over again :o

dylan...$5500 would be a damn good price...good luck on that....as I said $5999 wouldn't surprise me.

1320
....the only cost is the $2000, and up until a year ago i was spending that amount monthly for my kids in daycare.

BTW, been there, done that!!  When it comes to the money side of things, I really envy all those folks with income and no kids.  Wow.  And that daycare must have been one of those upscale daycare spas I've heard so much about!  :D

Nah, kidding aside, decent daycare/preschool is really expensive.  Which is why we would just put 'em in the back yard with chew toys and water.  No wait, that wasn't the kids!  Ooops.  Sometimes I wonder if there's a difference.  Oh yeah, I usually don't want to beat disown scream at the dog as much.   Did I mention my kids are teenagers now?  ;)

years of spending for daycare and other kids expenses loosened up my wallet quite a bit when it comes to my spending attitude....of course it also lessened my wallet quite a bit too. 

I'm pretty excited for Friday...I'm expecting the X and the new hero gopro 3 to both arrive that day.  I have a feeling that the gopro is going to be whole ton of fun.

insurance is a must...thanks for reminding me to call my guy.

Pages: 1 ... 86 87 [88] 89 90 ... 104