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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Nikon 500mm f/8 Reflex
« on: June 28, 2012, 10:21:17 PM »
Every now and then i am tempted to buy a 600mm Sigma f8. 

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Thanks for your reply. As I mentioned previously, I am not looking to sell to the US, as I will be travelling to the UK for work, but most importantly from my research I discovered that they are much more expensive than in the US. I believe new they are around £ 3,600 or US$ 5,600 and nobody - or very few - have stock.

He's an idea: Buy 1 and.... take photos with it.

That's very clever, well done. Here's a sweet.

And thanks for your reply to me. 

$5000 in the U.S + 17.5% Vat = $5875, so at $5600, they are cheaper in the UK, unless you are evading taxes.  And that's what your asking here correct?  How to illegally avoid the taxes that will kill your profits?  You could hand carry two, and mail the boxes to yourself.  No VAT on empty boxes as far as I know.



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I just bought a nice low shutter count (6500) 1D Mark IV for $3200.  I think you might have trouble selling for more than $4000.  B&H is selling them for $5000, but you are not B&H.  You might do better than $4000, but enough to justify the effort/risk?  What is the $ value of your time?

He's an idea: Buy 1 and.... take photos with it.

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Looks nice and I am thinking of getting one to replace my iMac 27.  I'd add a cinema display.

What bugs me is why this can't have the same G3/4 internet service as the iPads have.  This would make a laptop so much more useful.  Of course you can add an iPhone and various USB dongles, but that is not the solution I am looking for.

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Lenses / Re: Recommendations for a fast sub-28mm lens for ~$1k?
« on: June 12, 2012, 08:16:39 AM »
SIGMA 20MM 1:1.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL LENS

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Lenses / Re: What to look for when buying a used lens in person...?
« on: June 10, 2012, 12:28:25 AM »
1. Visual inspection.
2. Shoot with it on your camera.  make sure it auto focuses,, exposures are correct etc.   Consistantly.
3. Shoot something flat that has detail, like a brick wall.  Examine at 100% for sharpness, check center, and all 4 corners. 
4. As with any purchase online or off, know the going rate.  Don't spend $500 on a $700 retail used lens only to find them new for $480, or used for $350.  eBay completed auctions is a good place to check.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 400 f/2.8 IS
« on: June 09, 2012, 12:51:30 AM »
#14 Welder's Glass.  In my eye protection...

1/2000, f16, A-priority -3 Exposure compensation.   ND Filter?  That's for artsy waterfalls and guys who don't own welder's goggles. 

1 D Mark IV, 400mm f2.8IS, 2X Extender III, Tripod + Ball Head + Wimberly side kick.  And 25th floor apartment balcony for slighter higher vantage point.

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Landscape / Re: Venus transit
« on: June 05, 2012, 11:23:35 PM »
I had about 5 minutes as it started, then lost it for 1/2 hour behind clouds. Then it popped out again for 5 minutes an I go these.


Untitled by TexPhoto, on Flickr


Untitled by TexPhoto, on Flickr

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 400 f/2.8 IS
« on: June 05, 2012, 08:45:55 PM »
The Transit of Venus



Untitled by TexPhoto, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: Canon's "matte" lens hoods.
« on: June 05, 2012, 01:22:41 PM »
You can find 3rd party hoods on ebay that are much cheeper and near identical.  Quality is not as high, but your original hood can stay home on a shelf and look good.

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Lenses / Re: Buying/Selling/Renting Lenses
« on: June 03, 2012, 12:51:46 AM »
I buy and sell from eBay all the time.  I've never had a problem, and many times sell lenses for more than I paid for them.  At worst, after using the lens for a year or 2, I loose about the price of a minimum rental.  Of course there you can get burned, and there is a little skill to it.


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I you have a 5D3, a great way to get 1.6X more reach and 2 more frames per second is to get a 7D.  Seriously.  a 2nd body can be quite helpful.  And there is no real budget solution to more reach.


But what about the difference in IQ? How big is it? An, does it bother you?

Quality is better than teleconverter, and no it does not bother me.

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I you have a 5D3, a great way to get 1.6X more reach and 2 more frames per second is to get a 7D.  Seriously.  a 2nd body can be quite helpful.  And there is no real budget solution to more reach.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon BG-E11 Making its Way to Retailers
« on: May 18, 2012, 10:42:29 PM »
How water tight is this?  How does it feel?  My 5DII grip was pretty flexible in it's joint with the body until i made a custom gasket to fi the edges.  I hope for this kind of mine, it's improved.

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Considering 3rd party software can be added to a 50D to shoot video with a Canon that was never designed for it, It does not seem like the software or hardware could be adding that much to the cost of the camera.

Also the video capabilities have added large numbers of sales to these DSLRs that they would have not had anyway. The 5DII then 7D were runaway hits in large part because they had video when other cameras did not.  So without it, and thus fewer sales, camera prices may have been higher.  Profits for Canon certainly would have been lower, and subsequent cameras and lenses more expensive.

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