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Software & Accessories / Re: Which iMac
« on: January 28, 2013, 05:00:46 AM »
If you can afford the best, then go for it. We all enjoy the nicer things in life  :).
However, I wouldn't be too concerned with processor and ram specs. I have a 2007 macbook with a dual core 2Ghz processor and I upgraded the ram to 4gig [667mhz], man let me tell you: I use photoshop heavily, along with final cut pro, aperture, some website building software as well as some other stuff and I don't know how or why but my machine just handles it all. Photoshop can be a tad slow when your using liquify but I have edited files from a medium format back with loads of layers no problem. Aperture can be a little slow to open sometimes but when it does it's fine. All this with 15 tabs in safari open and itunes running in the background.
Point is the ram on the newer machines is 3 times as fast as mine, so around 8gig would be fine for most purposes [i'v read on a few sites that even heavy video guys say they don't see much performance increase in going to 16gig]
i5 would handle all that you can throw at it [id say get i7 if you were a heavy video editor and into 3D rendering]
I would spend the money on getting as much solid-state storage as I could, as well as a huge spiny disk backup, because you can never have to much memory! or put the savings into a new lens?

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: How did they make this vid?
« on: January 16, 2013, 06:57:07 AM »
My vote is for dolly, like others have said, It doesn't have that 'floaty' steaicam feel but I guess you could use one of those if your on a budget? To me it looks like they used the same lens all through the shoot, or possibly 2 within in the range of 24mm-35mm. Nice vid tho, hope yours comes out good too  :)

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Canon General / Re: EF mount's obselences
« on: January 15, 2013, 09:30:28 AM »
With Canon finally making a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera makes you wonder when they will abandon SLRs all together.

Sure...right when they put that 'wonder camera' from couple of years ago into production - the one with the 1:1-macro-to-5000mm lens, ultra high resolution sensor, fast-frame video-only capture so you just pull the stills you want, and about the size of a current 24-70 lens.  That should be along any day now...

CR3

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Canon General / Re: Jessops [UK camera retailer] closes
« on: January 15, 2013, 09:22:27 AM »
For Canon to have a store where people can physically try their cameras, still on the high street, could give them an advantage over competitors like Nikon, if Nikon fail to do the same. Perhaps the main purpose of the stores is marketing.

That's a nice point about the marketing because as the downfall of jessops and Jacobs have shown, it's just not financially viable to have a big chain of physical camera stores anymore. A few well placed stores with some good features and services could serve Canon with marketing and perhaps double up as service centres.

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Canon General / Re: Jessops [UK camera retailer] closes
« on: January 15, 2013, 09:08:10 AM »

I don't think product life is too big a problem, folk used to hang on to their bodies for years as changes were usually very very incremental, folk changing bodies after a couple of years now, and will change lenses when things like zoom servos come in (again) or optic improve to match next leap in MP's

Ok, thats a good point I didn't consider. Another area that could help the stores succeed is a big catalogue of used/refurb gear, with official guarantee?

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Canon General / Re: Jessops [UK camera retailer] closes
« on: January 15, 2013, 08:36:59 AM »
I think you've hit the nail right on the head.  If you are an authorised reseller then you must sell at Apple / Canons / Oakleys blah blah blah prices.

Independents may be able to compete in terms of discounts on add ons, such as cases (where there is considerable mark up) or clubcard points if you are tesco.

It's all about perceived brand value.  And why the companies had a clause that Jessops return their stock rather than see a fire sale.

Canon may open up the CPS scheme as an added value incentive, or have training events, talks etc.

Unfortunately my experience of Apple Stores is that they've never opened up a mac pro, and all they want to do is get you on to the latest OS.

Yes! I'm still on good old Leopard :] I think Apple make their stores work finically by having a minimal amount in only major cities, which seems to be what Canon is planning with it's stores but I think another problem Canon stores will have is their product lifecycle: an L lens will outlast the buyer if treated well. Apple get by on the fact that alot of users update their products every few years. [except the MacBooks and iMacs, even though you'd be hard pressed to fix one nowadays with them glueing everything in place  :-\]

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Canon General / Re: Jessops [UK camera retailer] closes
« on: January 15, 2013, 07:52:52 AM »
you say another blow for the high street.. but how much do you buy on the web and how much on the high street...

Probably about 60/40 in favour of shops if I'm honest. I bought my Sony Nex 5N from Jessops and buy games and dvds from shops but I did most of my Christmas shopping online as I don't like the crowds. I still enjoy going to shops and browsing and have bought all my camera gear from stores [mainly Jacobs, that went bust also]
Yes, I believe it is a blow. It's more people unemployed and less interesting high streets but yet I also believe that you can't blame people for shopping online for cheaper prices, it's natural to want to spend less. It's just an unfortunate situation for some, that can't really be avoided.

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Canon General / Jessops [UK camera retailer] closes
« on: January 15, 2013, 06:22:04 AM »
Sad news for it's staff and another blow to the uk high streets. With HMV sure to follow, its only going to be a few years until there is nothing left but coffee shops, eateries and clothes shops in city centres.
I just can't see the old business model of having a big 'bricks and mortar' presence working for a lot of companies now.

It got me thinking of these new 'Canon Stores', obviously it's a take on Apple stores and if it has a technical support area and a sensor cleaning/general servicing area, then cool right? Yeah, but how much revenue would come from people paying for the service as opposed to people using the warranty period? The only way I see them surviving the long run is if the in store prices can match popular online vendors. If a stores that sold a wide range of P&S's, Mirrorless,  DSLR's, lenses and accessories  from: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Samsung and others has gone bust, then what chance does a store chance if they just sell Canon products at max RRP? 

Aping Apple is just not a smart move for most companies. If you buy a new mac [not older models] from the Apple store it will cost you 'lets say' '£1,000', if you buy it from the online Apple store it will cost you £1,000, if you buy it from another vendor it will cost you '£1,000'. Therefore, you feel comfortable walking into the store and shelling out the cash, knowing that it's not cheaper elsewhere.
You can still shop around for deals with camera gear and I doubt these Canon stores will offer the best prices.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: right now i am not happy to be a canon user
« on: December 20, 2012, 09:08:04 AM »
The nikkon D600 is an amazing price, a whole lot cheaper than the canons. Whilst I'm thinking of getting one myself, I'v noticed that you generally pay a bit more for the nikon lenses. Probably ok if your only getting 2 or 3 but any more and I think the saving on the body will start to disappear. Indeed, this seems to be nikons strategy: cheap bodies and make the money on lenses.

aehhm... have you noticed the price of the new canon lenses?

yes you get 20 year old canon lens designs for a good price .. i agree.
but i don´t see nikon beeing more expensive on new lens designs.

but maybe that´s a question of the country you live in too.

Obviously the newer stuff is more expensive like the 24-70 ii compared to nikons 24-70, but the old model was always a bit cheaper than nikons. I find that in the UK at least, comparing equivalent lenses that are a few years old, the nikons are generally slightly more expensive but like you pointed out, this will probably vary from country to country 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: right now i am not happy to be a canon user
« on: December 20, 2012, 07:03:00 AM »
+1 on digital rev
5Dmkiii £ 1995
6D        £1568
D600     £1199 [limited 1 day offer/usual price is £1250]
D800     £1869

The nikkon D600 is an amazing price, a whole lot cheaper than the canons. Whilst I'm thinking of getting one myself, I'v noticed that you generally pay a bit more for the nikon lenses. Probably ok if your only getting 2 or 3 but any more and I think the saving on the body will start to disappear. Indeed, this seems to be nikons strategy: cheap bodies and make the money on lenses.

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Portrait / Re: Need some advice- shooting at Staples Center
« on: December 20, 2012, 06:38:45 AM »
Thats good to hear and the exposure values seem very reasonable for an indoor shoot, not to heavy on the iso. I think when shooting indoors, we all stress out and think that we need f1.8 lenses and 64000 iso but can often get by on lower iso and smaller apertures. Sometimes indoor lighting can be pretty decent.

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Portrait / Re: Need some advice- shooting at Staples Center
« on: December 19, 2012, 07:28:28 PM »
I would take the 24-105 and the 50. depending on the lighting, you may or not get by with the 24-105 but the 50 will get it done if the lighting is lacking for f4. Only prob then is your limited to 1 focal length and I find it a bit of a difficult one on crop. Hopefully you should be fine with the 24-105.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Quick 5Dmkiii WiFi Question
« on: December 19, 2012, 06:15:27 PM »
Ok thanks, guess I'll leave the wifi for now  :-[

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Quick 5Dmkiii WiFi Question
« on: December 19, 2012, 07:56:57 AM »
Wow! is that how much it is!?! Thats craaaaazy!
On second thoughts, I can live without wifi lol, but just out of interest, can it do the same stuff, connect to your phone etc?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Quick 5Dmkiii WiFi Question
« on: December 19, 2012, 07:15:29 AM »
Hi all!
I was just wondering if anyone could enlighten me on the 5dmkiii wifi functions? If you get the wifi add-on can you use the same phone app as on the 6d and get all the same features? It would come in handy if I bought a 6d but I'm more inclined to go that last mile and fork out for the 5dmkiii.
Cheers!

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