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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Most wanted new features for 5D Mark IV
« on: December 22, 2014, 05:45:16 PM »
Interesting that two competing features are chosen, both by about 50% of the respondents.  These are higher megapixels and the other is better low light noise.

Those don't compete.

For fixed sensor dimension, higher MP means smaller photo site size which leads to lower signal to noise. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Most wanted new features for 5D Mark IV
« on: December 22, 2014, 11:40:39 AM »
Interesting that two competing features are chosen, both by about 50% of the respondents.  These are higher megapixels and the other is better low light noise.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Greentoe
« on: December 18, 2014, 12:07:43 PM »
Has any one used Greentoe yet?  What type of discounts are available?

For years I used lithiums and an external quantum battery pack without problem.  I would burst shoot but really push the flash.

I suspect that if the flash is pushed very hard Lithium batteries could get very hot.  I find my imedion get hot when I charge them; I have not pushed them hard when shooting so not sure if they would get hot on discharge.

Bottom line (IMO - not an official statement from Canon - said in case some one follows my thoughts and has a bad results and then wants to sue me :)) don't push your flash unit to the point of exhaustion.


When I don't find buyers on a Google search, I'll meet them at a place such as Taco Bell, McDonald's, or in front of a police station.

Always insist on meeting someone in a busy public place.  My favorite is starbucks and I even buy a cup of joe so I am not occupying a seat without buying anything.

Of course, Micky-D works as does nearly any other public area - even library, bank, police station (!), ...My goal is for both parties to feel safe and that the deal is above board and honest.

This experience is precisely why I would like to see a way to Buy & Sell here on CR.  But I understand it's not easy for the mods, just more work.  And CR will have to deal with all the scammers/spammers/trash that having a selling forum attracts.

It's like every picnic draws unwanted insects and potential bad weather when all you wanted to do was enjoy the day with some tasty snacks and a good drink.  Sigh...   ::)

Fred Miranda has a buy/sell.  I haven't used it, I hang out here more, but it looks like it might work.

I have sold and bought a bit on FM.  Nice thing is no fees as % of item's price.  Single annual fee which is very reasonable (I think $29?).  Paypal if by credit card costs the seller 3% unless the seller tells the buyer to pay it.  Otherwise paypal friend which is checking account to checking account without any protection.

eBay after all fees, including paypal, is 12-13%.

I have only sold small items on cragslist -- too much spam for my tastes.  Occasionally sell to camera club members - that works well and lots of personal references.

Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 17, 2014, 12:10:10 PM »
Canon USA, UK, etc are their own P&L centres. Why should they cross subsidise via way of a warranty an item bought from another country. 

Simple answer: ONE company. ONE world. ONE global economy. Not only for Canon, companies, makers, sellers of products. But also for us, buyers, customers.  8)

We don't tell Canon in what countries to manufacture their products. Canon is in no position to tell us, their customers, where to buy their products - as long as they come from their factories. They should be grateful when we spend our money on their products rather than on those from competitors. It would be in Canon's own best interest to keep us, their customers as happy as they possibly can. That includes the very best aftersales service they can possible pony up and offer to us. For all their products, for all their customers, no matter where we live, work and purchase Canon products.

Fair is fair.

ONE company. ONE world. ONE global economy

Really???  Even within the US a company can set up different sales offices to sell to different regions plus a national accounts sales office.  Cost, P/L, bonuses are based upon local results.

By your logic, would it be okay for Canon to require you ship warranty products back to Japan (or some other global local) for servicing?

A small bit of the price of every item Canon sells goes to warranty support.  If you buy a gray market item, Canon USA (or which ever local country) does not get this support.  Cost reassignment will work well - for example a Canon USA tech may make $125 / hr (all in after benefits, ...) while similar position in India may get only $50/hr.  If Canon USA were to rebill Canon India, at what rate?  Canon India set aside only $50 / hr for the repair but Canon USA needs $125.

EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 11:56:32 AM »
All I wish canon came with a camera with higher dynamic range sensor.I don't need high resolution.

Agree on increase in DR, modest increase in resolution would be nice but not as important as increase in DR.

Canon General / Re: What's the point of CPS - Silver level?
« on: December 16, 2014, 10:37:56 PM »
You should demand your money back.

They list the benefits.  Its free.  What is not to get?  You get those benefits.  They get a way to send you information to try to sell you more things.  (it's an exchange)
An example of those other things?:  CPS Gold and Platinum. 

is it working?  "and I might upgrade at some point in the future". Hmmmm.

Hi there!

Thanks for reading the part of my post where I said, "Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining - I realize that you get what you pay for - I'm just curious..."

Wait?  You didn't read that?


Hi!  Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed your post.  I read your whole post and I responded.  I disagree.  Statistically it was bound to happen.  Reading up and down the responses, has anyone agreed with you?

What is there to disagree or agree with?

I posted a question.

Unless you're disagreeing with my assertion that I want to know if there is more to CPS Silver than I currently understand, there quite literally is nothing to disagree or agree with.

In actuality, statistically - it impossible to disagree with a question.  The chance of it happening is 0.

I think you're misreading my post.

"but it seems Silver is more or less just about using minor benefits for the purposes of data collection and mining (equipment owned, type of photography, etc.)" plus lots of support for that.  I disagree with that.  My fault, I assumed you'd understand I disagreed with the declarative statement, and all the support around it.

If you are concerned about data mining, simply give the minimum amount of information.

Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 16, 2014, 09:02:12 PM »
Basically says nothing

"Customers should also be aware that Gray Market Products may not be eligible for"

So what else is new?  May not ... Canon should make a stand and stick to it.

Software & Accessories / Re: Two monitors vs ultra-wide one?
« on: December 16, 2014, 01:50:44 PM »
I use a NEC 27 spectra view (2560x1440) for images and a NEC 24" spectra view (1920x1200) for menus.  Would like to have two 27" monitors but my desk is not that large.

Software & Accessories / Re: i folded and bought CC :(
« on: December 16, 2014, 01:46:35 PM »
I got CC on my desktop and laptop.  Original the desktop was Windows and the laptop OS (Mac).  With the previous license agree I could not have done that.   I have now switched my desktop to OS.

Glad I did.  $10/month is about the cost of the upgrade cost with CS4/5/6 and LR was an additional $5-7 / month. 

Now instead of waiting 1 1/2 yrs for new features, they come much more rapidly.

Canon General / Re: What's the point of CPS - Silver level?
« on: December 16, 2014, 01:42:49 PM »
The point of Silver membership is to get your gear repaired quickly. If you are a professional, a quick turnaround is imperative. Without a membership in CPS, my understanding is that you are in line with everyone who owns a Canon product that needs repair. My understanding is that the turnaround time can be 2-4 weeks. If you are a CPS member, the turnaround is quick, usually about 5 days including shipping both ways. The Gold or Platinum memberships, I believe, can offer even faster turnaround. I have been a CPS member now for probably 30 years. I don't recall when the program commenced, but as soon as it did, I gratefully signed up. Before the advent of CPS, I had a couple of not-so-good encounters with 3rd party repairs. Canon's professional products are very durable, so I haven't needed repairs all that often. Canon has all the tools, something that 3rd party repair facilities will likely not have. If you've dropped a lens, for instance, having the collimators to test the repair is very important. CPS has always done a great job for me. I have found the prices to be fair as well.

Also later if you need to upgrade, you can avoid the time delay to qualify.  Look at silver as a free option to get you quickly to a higher level.

EOS Bodies / Re: Sony Sensors Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: December 16, 2014, 03:06:34 AM »
Here is how I see the 2015 lineup:

3d: 46mp sony sensor, 4k video? $4000+?
5d4: 22mp+ canon sensor? 7D2 autofocus and video? $3000-4000?
6d2: 22mp+ canon sensor?, multiple cross type AF and better center point? $2000+?

Possibly but IMO the 5D4 will move up to 28-30 MP and the 6D2 (in 2016) will be around 25-6 MP.

Canon General / Re: More Canon price drops!
« on: December 15, 2014, 11:35:07 PM »
Look at the Yen / Dollar  The Yen is rather weak (you can get many more yen per dollar than six months or a year ago).

Canon can sell at a lower $ price and still get the same (or more) Yen.

That only helps for things that cost Canon Yen, all the stuff they pay for outside Yen, like raw materials, shipping, everything made in Thailand and the other 'foreign' plants costs more because of the Yen slip. Of course companies like Canon should be hedging to mitigate the general exchange rate changes, but going either way has its drawbacks.

Raw materials are only part of the issue.  Labor, R&D, marketing, admin, ... all add to COGS.  These are mostly (exclusively) Yen based.  Over all their production costs are (I suspect) relatively fixed, so the weak Yen is good, as we are finally seeing, for US consumers.

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