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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I have a 5D Mk III.
« on: March 19, 2012, 07:08:55 AM »
How well does the AI Servo mode work?

Street & City / Re: Rome
« on: March 15, 2012, 05:40:42 AM »
Nice photos - the war memorial and Pantheon images seem a bit washed out to me though.  Maybe the contrast needs a boost?  The Colosseum and Roman Forum images don't seem to have the same issue.

AU$3599 is a relatively good price - I wish we had them that cheap in NZ!

EOS Bodies / Re: 1D bodies focus faster true or false?
« on: March 07, 2012, 01:46:14 PM »
My film body, the EOS 1V (with similar 45 point AF system to the 1D bodies) definitely *feels* like it autofocuses about twice as fast as my EOS 40D using the same lenses, if that helps at all.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who's in for a trip to the US ?
« on: March 07, 2012, 01:43:34 PM »
On my international orders from Adorama, I've always paid the same price as USA customers.  But I think that's because prices in the US are always shown 'exclusive' of tax, aren't they?

EOS Bodies / Re: Who's in for a trip to the US ?
« on: March 07, 2012, 05:40:25 AM »
It depends on the customs regulations of your country (France, presumably).  I bought my first digital SLR (EOS 300D) during a trip to the USA when it first came out, as well as a bunch of lenses and accessories (from a mixture of Adorama, B&H and a local camera shop in Vermont).  I brought them back home to the UK (where I lived at the time), but first made sure that I had thrown away all of the packaging.  At that point, the camera equipment became classified as 'personal effects', like anything else you'd take on a trip abroad (eg, underwear, an iPod, etc).

It's the same here in New Zealand.  Once it becomes a personal effect, and not a new product still in its packaging, you're okay and don't need to pay import duties.  The packaging is significant because by keeping it, it signifies that: a) the product is brand new, and b) you might be importing it to resell - which means you'll get taxed.

Most people take cameras on their overseas trips, and a used camera is extremely unlikely to get any special attention by customs officers.

I do buy a lot of items from other countries (I buy my business shirts from a shop in Paris and have them shipped to New Zealand, for example), so I'm reasonably well-versed in my own country's policies, but it would pay for you to check your own.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: X10 vs s100
« on: March 06, 2012, 08:44:39 PM »
I've had an X10 since December, and to be honest, I rarely take it anywhere with me.  I'm so used to shooting with an SLR that using a compact camera feels so 'disengaged' and the controls feel so small and fiddly.  The image quality is okay I suppose, but certainly no match for my nearly 5-year-old EOS 40D.

As a fashion accessory, the X10 is a real winner though... It looks awesome.  :)

It's not pocketable like the S100 is, which is a good reason to think twice before buying one.  In fact, when housed in its leather case, it's not much smaller than my 40D with 50mm 1.8 lens on.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Replacement for G12 (not the G1X) coming ever?
« on: March 06, 2012, 08:22:03 PM »
I get the impression that Canon is trying to make a clear distinction between the Sxxx series and the Gxx series, because in the past they've shared the same sensor and quite a few other specs, making them 'almost' the same cameras.

So I wouldn't be surprised if the G12 marks the end of that product line, in favour of something higher end (G1x).

EOS Bodies / Re: New Canon 5D mark III raws
« on: March 06, 2012, 07:25:28 PM »
Looks good - ISO 6400 on the 5dIII looks similar to ISO 400 on my 40D...

This is a great follow-up to the 5D Mark II in my opinion.  Increased FPS, better AF and improved weather sealing.  I'm hoping it's going to be the replacement for my trusty 40D (which will be relegated to backup camera).  I shoot triathlons a lot and 6 FPS is adequate for any of the three disciplines.

When I was visiting Beijing about 9 months ago, I drew a fair amount of attention walking around with my 40D and a white L series lens attached to it.  I saw a few Canon SLRs but not much L glass.  The majority of people taking photographs either used their phones or compact cameras.  But I was only there for a few days so my experience mustn't be taken as gospel...

Anyway, back on topic... surely a poll like this equates roughly to 'which brand do you prefer'?

EOS Bodies / Re: buying a 5DIII overseas or local?
« on: March 05, 2012, 07:41:37 AM »
A few years ago I bought a 24-70mm lens from Adorama and had it shipped to New Zealand.  Customs in NZ is very thorough, so it was stopped at the border and I had to pay tax (12.5%) and register with NZ Customs as an 'importer' to get it delivered.  I wasn't aware that I could purchase an international warranty, so I did not, but the lens was in great condition and is still going strong years on.  Back then, I saved about NZ$500 (about US$300) buying from Adorama, even after paying shipping and the import taxes.

Now that the US dollar is relatively weak, it's about the same to buy from a local camera dealer in NZ as it is to buy from places like Adorama and B&H and having it shipped (oh how times have changed).  But I'm still considering importing one, just because I don't know when they'll be available here... :)

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* The Next 5D on March 2, 2012 [CR3]
« on: March 01, 2012, 06:42:03 AM »
It's already 2 March here in New Zealand... it's a shame I'll have to wait another day for all the other time zones to catch up!  :)

Software & Accessories / Re: PC or MAC
« on: December 22, 2011, 07:44:31 AM »
Put a Core i7 in a 4gb machine and the performance will not be good - the CPU is the headline that the manufacturers push - a Core i3 with 16gb will probably out perform this.
The i7 would still easily outperform an i3 in that situation.  More RAM accounts for some performance increases (it takes the load off the usual bottleneck in a system, the hard drive, due to fewer page writes to disk), but not enough to overtake a significantly faster CPU like the i7 in most situations (remember the i7 has 4 physical cores and 4 virtual cores, totalling 8 effective cores - twice as many as the i3).

I would suggest 8gb should be the minimum in a PC that is going to do significant work.
I agree.  And RAM is so cheap now that there's really no excuse for having less than this in a new system.  Unless you buy your memory from Apple, in which case you'll pay 2-3 times more than you should...

I have cabled my network through the house rather than use wifi (although we do have wifi). Wifi takes a lot of power to drive from the home routers and I have found that 2 laptops on wifi will slow the network down to the point where web access becomes unacceptably slow. The only regular wifi usage now is by our phones, which use insignificant capacity.
Wi-fi performance can be hindered by trying to have too much range.  Wi-fi routers can broadcast to multiple computers at full speed simultaneously, but can only receive data from one client at a time.  So if you have a laptop with a weak signal (which in turn means that it has a slow connection speed), then all of your other wireless devices have to 'wait' for the slow laptop to talk to the router at terribly slow speeds before they can have their turn.  In other words, the slowest computer wi-fi connection essentially dictates the speed of your entire wi-fi network.  Hard-wiring your network is a good solution too.  :)

PowerShot Cameras / Re: How many happy S100 owners are out there?
« on: December 19, 2011, 12:13:11 AM »
I had pretty much decided on the S100 as my next compact camera, but then my father-in-law bought me the Fujifilm X10 for Christmas instead... I'm not complaining though...!

To those that have used the S100 - how good is the super slow-motion feature?

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