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Re: Debranding a 5DIII
« Reply #30 on: July 09, 2013, 11:20:39 PM »
I cannot see any reason why we should debrand the equipment. People knows the equipment can still guess what they are. As for thieves or robber, they see a big lens and  big camera, they know it is a good target. so why go through the trouble? Before the maturing of DSLR, my Leica M4 and  3 lenses travel to Europe, Asia etc with me. I have never  have any  problem. I do not even use the "never-ready case".

PS - covering the branding isn't for the purpose of hiding what kind of camera I'm using.  Maybe if it were a Nikon, that reasoning would be valid lol... I love my 5D and proud of it.

Main reason is that I like the aesthetics of it (one again, keyword is "I")
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Re: Debranding a 5DIII
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Re: Debranding a 5DIII
« Reply #31 on: July 09, 2013, 11:33:51 PM »
I'm quite confident that the www.pimpyourcam.com artist could help you out if you wanted to spend 800 Euro and ship it to Germany. Another 600 Euro for lenses.

As an alternative or a do-it-yourself project, it should be quite easy to remove painted lettering. Any hobby shop should have decal and paint remover (be sure you get some that is safe for plastic however). It shouldn't be that difficult to file down any raised lettering you want to remove, although you would probably need to buff and airbrush the area where the lettering once was to get a nice, smooth surface. The indented "Canon" on the front might be the biggest challenge as I can't think of an easy way to fill the indentation. Might have to just live with a black-on-black Canon logo.

There are a lot of under $100 damaged or just plain old DSLRs on eBay. If you are serious, I'd get one of those to experiment on. You also might want to talk to an auto body shop and get their input. The Canon paint seems to have a bit of a texture to it that might be tricky to reproduce.

Why do it? Well, why do some people spend thousands to customize their cars?

I think those that worry about resale value are missing the point. On the other hand, I suspect that the nice custom jobs done by pimpyourcam could very well end up increasing the resale value since it turns the camera into a work of art.
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Re: Debranding a 5DIII
« Reply #32 on: July 10, 2013, 12:10:58 AM »
I'm quite confident that the www.pimpyourcam.com artist could help you out if you wanted to spend 800 Euro and ship it to Germany. Another 600 Euro for lenses.

As an alternative or a do-it-yourself project, it should be quite easy to remove painted lettering. Any hobby shop should have decal and paint remover (be sure you get some that is safe for plastic however). It shouldn't be that difficult to file down any raised lettering you want to remove, although you would probably need to buff and airbrush the area where the lettering once was to get a nice, smooth surface. The indented "Canon" on the front might be the biggest challenge as I can't think of an easy way to fill the indentation. Might have to just live with a black-on-black Canon logo.

There are a lot of under $100 damaged or just plain old DSLRs on eBay. If you are serious, I'd get one of those to experiment on. You also might want to talk to an auto body shop and get their input. The Canon paint seems to have a bit of a texture to it that might be tricky to reproduce.

Why do it? Well, why do some people spend thousands to customize their cars?

I think those that worry about resale value are missing the point. On the other hand, I suspect that the nice custom jobs done by pimpyourcam could very well end up increasing the resale value since it turns the camera into a work of art.

Yeah pimpyourcam would be cool, although I'm not really wanting to spend that much.. I'm pretty confident I could fill the top logo canon with some type of spackle like you use for dented walls before you paints them (something more suitable for the body's surface though), and lightly sand it down to get the shape right.  But yeah, replicating the paint/finish would be the hardest part.   The "eos 5d" badging would be the easiest I think, because the entire panel could be painted. I'd prob use a flat black, flat clear coat, and sand/buff with compound if its too rough... The mark iii badging, same thing probably.

I think you're right about the resale thing.  Even if its done like in my photoshopped pic, I think you might get some extra interest as long as its purely cosmetic and done professionally.
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Re: Debranding a 5DIII
« Reply #33 on: July 10, 2013, 12:21:42 AM »
Get in touch with a trophy shop and see if they can get matte flexibrass material. It's usually gold/silver/bronze in color and used for trophies and such (hence the usual colors) but the manufacturers of the material (Rowmark & others) do have a lot of material choices (including matte) and they all can easily be laser cut to the shapes you need. Flexibrass has minimal thickness with 3M adhesive backing.
I had done the same thing while in the sign industry, only I used contour cut vehicle wrap vinyl that was printed to match the texture on my camera. A couple of little laser cut pieces of flexi is at most a couple of bucks.
In my opinion, the trophy shop is the much better choice. It may be best for you to do all the design work as most trophy shops do not employ designers that actually know how to take a photo and draw to scale from it.
It looks like you're proficient enough in Photoshop to accomplish this yourself, but let me know if you need any help  with any part of it, as I now work with flexibrass and plastic on a daily basis engraving & cutting with a CO2 laser.

I'm not sure I understand exactly what youre suggesting.  And I'm not sure laser cutting anything would be necessary (unless I'm misinterpretting you).  But I'm guessing that would leave a super fine edge (if the edge shows at all) tracing the Canon logo?

I cannot see any reason why we should debrand the equipment. People knows the equipment can still guess what they are. As for thieves or robber, they see a big lens and  big camera, they know it is a good target. so why go through the trouble? Before the maturing of DSLR, my Leica M4 and  3 lenses travel to Europe, Asia etc with me. I have never  have any  problem. I do not even use the "never-ready case".

If you read beyond the title of the thread, you will see that I am not suggesting that others debrand their cameras... Just for advice/info on going about doing it.  I even admit it's probably stupid.  I completely understand that you (and most people) would probably never want to attempt it, and don't blame you

Trophy shops sell thin plastic that has sticky backing that you could have them cut in about 30 seconds. Take the cut pieces and either stick it over your current Canon labels, or release the glue on the originals and replace the Canon labels with the cut pieces. The originals can easily be placed back on with no one ever being able to tell they were removed. So, if you were just wanting them removed for a short period of time or when you decide you want to resell it, the labels would be back on looking good as new.
Those EOS 5D and Mark III labels are laser cut (as I am talking about) and painted.
I will cut a piece on the laser tomorrow and post pics of what I am talking about if you need.
Just imagine the EOS 5D and Mark III logo decals replaced by blank, matte black ones (what you seemed to be looking for by the pic in your original post).
As for the Canon logo embossed on the top you are kind of limited in options as to what you can do. Gaffers tape is always an option (though it will look just like gaffers tape to anyone paying attention). The pimpyourcamera.com idea is another step in the right direction, though I would never, ever pay that ridiculous price. Any sign shop worth a darn could do exactly what they are for a fraction of that cost (Think $100-$200 US). Heck, you can vehicle wrap a cargo van for $2,000 US. I think that's a bit larger than a camera and lens wrapped for roughly the same cost.
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Re: Debranding a 5DIII
« Reply #34 on: July 10, 2013, 12:24:48 AM »
you paid Canon some money to carry their brand name around?

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Re: Debranding a 5DIII
« Reply #35 on: July 10, 2013, 05:00:28 PM »
What do you think of this ...

http://nikonrumors.com/2013/06/22/amazing-restoration-of-old-nikon-lenses.aspx/
Yeah, I had seen it on Nikon forums ... its funny that some Nikon users want their lenses to be white and some Canon users want their whites to be black ... classic case of "grass ilooks greener on the other side". In fact Nikon does quietly paint their fancier lenses white at customers request at a price. I use both Canon & Nikon gear but I want my whites to be white.
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Re: Debranding a 5DIII
« Reply #36 on: July 16, 2013, 02:08:39 AM »
I've seen some DSLR's where all the branding looks cleanly shaved off.  Usually they seem to be older models.  I'm wondering if there are any tutorials on doing this, but in a professional-looking way (like filling the cutout logo, finishing/painting to match, etc).

I'm aware that most of you will probably think that the idea of even attempting this is ridiculous, but if anyone has any experience doing this or has any advice that would be constructive, Id appreciate it.

I attached a pic where I roughly photoshopped what I'm talking about.



Just use some black electrical tape to debrand your Canon camera. It is very hard to tell it's on there if you do it right and use the right kind.

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Re: Debranding a 5DIII
« Reply #36 on: July 16, 2013, 02:08:39 AM »

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Re: Debranding a 5DIII
« Reply #37 on: July 16, 2013, 05:06:35 AM »
I don't think it is ridiculous but it must be a lot of work.

Yeah to do it right I imagine it would be...

It looks clean but I'd really like to do a set of L Series "big white whales" like this one.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1214644/0?keyword=canon,200#11570912

I'd feel slightly less pedofilish wielding it in public if it didn't look like I have a big cylindrical object in my face with a striped tube sock over it... 


Man, thats no way to talk. 

We have a crazy culture here in the uk where folk obviously taking photos openly get hassle whilst the dangerous folk snap everything they need discreetly with their camera phones.

To me, being discreet is sometimes more suspicious looking.  And I really don't want to think that way, almost assuming my own guilt.

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Re: Debranding a 5DIII
« Reply #38 on: July 16, 2013, 06:39:40 AM »
I'm aware that most of you will probably think that the idea of even attempting this is ridiculous, but
No the idea is not ridiculous but need to me looked with right logic. Only conceivable reasons to do this:
1) Avoid theft: would not work - Any normal thief given an opportunity would not be repulsed stealing an unmarked big camera with big glass   
2) Avoid attention: Would do the opposite - How many people look at photographer and scramble to read the model # on their camera. Most like the few who frequent forums like this. And even an unmarked rebel would raise the attention level of this group to moon.
3) Style and statement: There can be no arguments against this one. Except, be careful not to damage $3K camera!!!


So far nobody mentioned a real serious reason for "debranding a product":

LEGAL.   Anywhere in certain "spaces", which can be TVs, movies, sports stadiums, there can be a legal restriction for professional photographers, vendors etc. to show their brand, if an exclusive right to use advertising space, branding etc. has been given to a specific company.   I.e. of Canon sponsors an event, they may not wish to have Nikon shooters prominently displayed during TV broadcasts.  So, perhaps Canon gives all the photographers free cameras, but professional XX wishes to keep using his/her Nikon, so it's best somehow to hide that he/she is using a Nikon, otherwise there may be consequences.
Probably quite a number of readers here are aware of the ridiculous limitations that were imposed on shops around the London Olympic venues based on sponsor pressure.
Or the ambush marketing of a Dutch brewery during the World Cup. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10321668
I have seen a number of debranded cameras in Tv shows, most likely because of branding/legal issues.
Then of course there are the funny instances where commercials for a MS product are made with Apple hardware, the Nokia PureView ad (http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/5/3295316/nokia-apology-lumia-pureview-ad), etc.
So, there are good reasons when you want to hide a product brand.

PS: I forgot the story of the athlete who had a contract with some sports company, but used running shoes from the competition, and added some stripes to hide the fact....



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