« on: March 22, 2013, 10:19:07 PM »
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No video means no live view. Nothing, and I mean nothing, beats live view focussing for still life work. That includes landscapes. Not sure what the optimal aperture is for the depth of field you want? No worries; just press the DoF preview button while in live view and your eyes will tell you.
A DSLR without video is crippled, and it would take serious effort to do the crippling.
Thanks, but no thanks.
And, yes. I write this as somebody who has virtually no interest in videography whatsoever.
Exactly. The difference is that Sony and Nikon actually enforce their MAP policies and will not ship product if a dealer is found to be in violation of MAP. Canon just doesn't care about the small shops. That's been evident for years.Are they stupid? Now more people who will go digital will go for Nikon or Sony.You do realize Nikon and Sony have similar policies, and in fact, Nikons is one of the strictest I have seen. The only way to get deals on Nikon gear is to buy it in bundles (with a lens discount) or to get it refurbished. Try and find the D800 at less than retail, it just doesnt exist
with these prices it will mean i just sell even more nikon stuff to new DSLR customers.... at their MAP price.
In my experience, paying more is no guarantee of better service (sometimes it is the opposite), so Mom and Pop need to extol their virtues not complain about the virtues of others. I have to earn my money the same as Mom and Pop so I want to get the best value I can. We pay more in the UK for the same gear and that is nothing to do with protecting Mom and Pop - it is to do with Canon charging what they can get away with - so Canon are not big on levelling the playing field when the field gets bigger.
Did I say I prefer the Larger retailers? You might reread my post rather than making something up to fit your mindset.
In terms of being "inefficient" I can hardly call stacking up thousands of pre-orders on a camera they don't have in order to secure sales, telling people they'll be waiting for two months, good efficiency.
I know there were smaller retailers that were shipping major releases far faster than the "efficient" retailers you prefer.
HERE IT IS AGAIN
"There is a much better reason to buy locally, and it comes when your local dealer provides good service. I buy locally as well as from mail order houses, depending on the situation. (small local dealers do not sell all brands and models)"
I own and run a small business, so I know what efficiency is, and it has nothing to do with taking pre-orders. It has to do with keeping my overhead cost down so that I do not have to inflate prices to survive.
To me free market is one that does not restrict prices, I'd be free to sell below cost. Restricting the price is not just protecting small dealers, its merely protecting the right of inefficient dealers to make a profit. Its the same complaint that small dealers have against wallmart when they think the government should step in and protect their "RIGHT" to charge more for the same thing due to their inefficiency. If customers actually value their service so much, then they don't have to worry.
It's a free market system which has a set of rules for all to follow. It's a welcome endeavor seeing the Big & Huge guys having to play by the rules for a change.
There is a much better reason to buy locally, and it comes when your local dealer provides good service. I buy locally as well as from mail order houses, depending on the situation. (small local dealers do not sell all brands and models)
In the 1960's when I bought my first Canon SLR, prices were strictly controlled, you could not import a Canon, Nikon, Pentax, etc camera. Customs would seize it if they caught it.
A bunch of fellow workers got together and ordered cameras from T K Wood in Hong Kong. The logos were painted out with black paint, or removed. New logos were shipped in a separate box along with all the manuals and paperwork.
I bought mine locally.
I can't help but feel Canon's move here is in response to both Beach and Adorama selling a lot of 5D Mark III's for a substantially less price than they normally do. This would quite likely led to lots of calls from Canadian (r)etailers bitching about how they are being undersold and can't do a thing about it.
It could also be that Canon (USA) is planning to reduce the cost of certain items to further selling more of them but this seems unlikely.
Be that as it may, I can't help but wonder if "MAP" applies to auction websites such as eBay and if it doesn't then there's a backdoor here that is still wide open.
I will try, there is one repair shop for lenses and he does all kind of repair jobs. Maybe you can tell me another person/address who would disassemble the lens for me? I believe I would be capable to do it myself, but if I would succeed to put it back together is another question.
Some times we send batches of Leica hardware to these guys and they do an excellent job. They've cleaned other pieces for us in the past and have done a wonderful job saving gear that we thought might not make the cut.
I'm pretty sure he'll work on just about any thing. As far as rates, I'm out of that loop so you'd just have to let him know what you have and I'm sure he'll work some thing out for you.
Hope that helps you out some!