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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #60 on: January 07, 2014, 07:23:11 AM »
Back from an AWESOME vacation in Australia, what a beautiful country! ... got to see "heaps" of places  :) (I noticed that the Australians I interacted with, used the word "heaps" a lot).
"Wanker" is another word that seems to be quite popular in Australia :)
I'll be posting some photos and some memorable experiences shortly, meanwhile I wanted to share a little about my shopping experience in Melbourne.
I visited Digital Direct, Ted's & Michael's and bought:
GoPro Black 3+ and DJI Quad copter from Digital Direct (Elizabeth Street)
Two Extra Batteries for Quad Copter and BoPro Hero Black 3+ from Michael's (Elizabeth Street)
Sony BCQM1 Charger (for my Sony a7), LowePro Toploader Zoom 10 Rezo & GoPro Tripod Adaptor from Ted's (Chadstone)
What I learned shopping at these places was that EVERY SINGLE one of those stores tried to rip me off by charging anywhere between 20% to 100% more than the prices I eventually bought for. Michael's tried to charge me AU$ 1500 for GoPro Black 3+ & Quadcopter, Ted's tried to charge me AU$ 1589 ... so I took the Aussie CR member's advice and told the sales rep at Digital Direct that I was getting it for AU$1200 (DD's original quote was AU$1400) ... the sales rep consults with his manager and comes back willing to sell (DJI Quadcopter and Go Pro Black 3+) for AU$ 1200 and also throws in 2 additional (Watson) batteries for the GoPro 3+ and a Rode Smartlav Lapel Mic for free. Since I am a tourist, I also got the GST amount of AU$ 110 refunded from the Melbourne airport under TRS (Tourist Refund Scheme). So I got all of the above for AU$ 1090 (which I think is a very good deal) ... me VERY HAPPY 8)
But when I tried to buy 2 additional phantom flight batteries for the DJI Phantom Quadcopter, Digital Direct tried to charge me AU$ 50 for each of the batteries ... so I went to Michael's and got those 2 batteries for AU$25 each (half of what DD was trying to charge me).
A few days later I went to Ted's Camera Store at Chadstone Mall, as I couldn't find a battery charger for my Sony a7 anywhere else. Ted's quote was AU$100 ... so I went to Myer who gave me a quote of AU$80 ... so I go back to Ted's and told them about Myer's quote ... Ted's immediately drops their price to AU$ 70 ... so I bought the charger and a LowePro Top Loader Zoom 10 Rezo (which fits perfectly for Sonay a7 with 28-70 with room for 2 additional batteries in the front comportment) ... but when I asked for a GoPro vehicle mount suction cup, Ted's wanted to charge AU$80 ... so I went to Myer and got the same thing for AU$ 40

I could not believe the difference in prices from store to store ... it felt as if I was haggling at an Indian fish market. But thanks to the excellent tips and advice from the Aussie CR members here, I'm very happy to have got some good deals ... best of all I'm also getting the GST refunded.
From my limited experience I found Digital Direct to have the best customer service as they were very patient and friendly ... they allowed me to try over a dozen different lenses.
Sales reps at Michael's were very friendly but their prices were quite a bit higher than Digital Direct. Ted's was the least friendly, they did not seem to be interested in a customer (me) asking them questions about the gear ... I would have preferred not to buy from Ted's but they were the only ones who had the Sony charger and it was difficult to that charger anywhere else in Melbourne.
Great to hear you enjoyed the visit. Sorry about Melbourne's weather. Looking forward to seeing some of your pics. Cheers.
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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #60 on: January 07, 2014, 07:23:11 AM »

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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #61 on: January 07, 2014, 08:22:06 AM »
I am glad you enjoyed the trip I also am looking forward to seeing the photos. I am glad you did some haggling with your shopping unfortunately most places try and overcharge but give good deals when pushed. It sounds like you got some great deals :)

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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #62 on: January 07, 2014, 10:58:08 AM »
I'll try and post images made with Sony a7 + 28-70mm lens as its a new camera and it might hold some interest those considering this awesome little camera.
Here is an image of the White Lighthouse at Queenscliff, from Day 4 of my trip on our way back from the Great Ocean Road. Image is straight out of the camera.
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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #63 on: January 07, 2014, 11:17:49 AM »
On our way to Queenscliff, I saw these wooden (dolls?) ... not sure the name of the place ... does anyone know?
Image made from a moving car with Sony a7 + 28-70mm lens.
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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #64 on: January 07, 2014, 11:29:39 AM »
Vue Grand Hotel, an 18 century hotel at Queenscliff, where we had sumptuous dinner.
Image made with Sony a7 + 28-70mm lens.
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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #65 on: January 07, 2014, 11:40:23 AM »
Sign post at Queenscliff
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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #66 on: January 08, 2014, 02:30:41 AM »
Here are a few pics made at San Remo - Phillip Island (Victoria) during the Pelican & Sting Ray Feeding Time. At around 11.30 am everyday, this lady comes to feed wild Pelicans & Sting Ray at the beach ... what is incredible is that these wild Pelicans and Stingray fish actually know the exact feeding time and show up religiously ...  these are not creatures from a zoo, yet they know exactly when this lady comes to feed them ... and it is an incredible sight to see.
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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #66 on: January 08, 2014, 02:30:41 AM »

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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #67 on: January 08, 2014, 03:00:37 AM »
What was amazing is to see the behavior of the Pelicans during and after feeding time. During feeding time, there was absolute frenzy with the Pelicans jostling & flighting with each other ... once the feeding time is over all the Pelicans f**k off from the place in a very quiet and orderly fashion  ;D ... here are a couple pics of during and after feeding time.
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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #68 on: January 08, 2014, 05:05:28 AM »
On our way to Queenscliff, I saw these wooden (dolls?) ... not sure the name of the place ... does anyone know?
Image made from a moving car with Sony a7 + 28-70mm lens.

That looks like the bollards at Barwon Heads :)  There are many of these installations around the Geelong area by Jan Mitchell, a local artist :)  They were created from recycled pier pylons.

Glad you enjoyed your trip but the haggling sounded tiresome.  Looking forward to seeing more photos!
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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #69 on: January 08, 2014, 05:12:04 AM »
The birds in Australia are bloody brave, they don't budge even when you approach them with a big lens & camera ... its a heaven for Bird photographers. Here are some images of birds at Dandenong Ranges National Park ... the first images of my son (who is crazy about wild life) was over the moon when these Parakeets feeding off of his hand. We spent over 6 hours exploring the National Park and it was pure paradise with clean air, fresh breeze and an awesome atmosphere. 
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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #70 on: January 08, 2014, 05:15:36 AM »
couple more from Dandenong ... the first one is of a King Parrot who wouldn't budge from our car, we had him land our heads ... he just wouldn't leave until we gave him something to eat. It was amazing to be able to touch these wild birds. Second image is of my son who was so flipped out by the beauty of Dandenong Ranges, he asked me if could study in Australia  :) ... I had to tell him that staying in Australia means the same old thing that he does here i.e. studying, and not about visiting Dandenong Ranges everyday  ;D ... he was really sad to leave Australia, especially Dandenong Ranges as he really likes nature and wildlife.
The burrow/hole in the tree must've been around 7 feet, coz my son is 6.1 ... so you can image the size of that burrow/hole and it was quite deep as well, at least 3 more people could have squeezed into it.
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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #71 on: January 08, 2014, 05:43:06 AM »
On our way to Queenscliff, I saw these wooden (dolls?) ... not sure the name of the place ... does anyone know?
Image made from a moving car with Sony a7 + 28-70mm lens.

That looks like the bollards at Barwon Heads :)  There are many of these installations around the Geelong area by Jan Mitchell, a local artist :)  They were created from recycled pier pylons.
Thanks

Glad you enjoyed your trip but the haggling sounded tiresome.
Oh yes, we have thoroughly enjoyed our trip, Australia is a magnificent place with lots to do and see. If I have to crib about one thing then it has to be food ... I wanted to taste some good Australian steak, but was very disappointed to find mostly Asian cuisine ... especially Swanston street, I thought I was in Hongkong or Singapore. I tried rib-eye at a couple of places but wasn't really pleased ... with so many cows one would think, you'd get some nicely prepared and tasty steak would be easy to find in Australia ... I should have asked the Aussie CR members to recommend some good places where they serve yummy steak. But the pizza and pasta in Clarinda and Apollo Bay was just AWESOME.
I didn't mind the haggling at the camera stores as I got to try lots of different lenses ... I was like a kid in candy land ... I always buy online so I pretty much never get to see lots of camera gear in one place, so it was lots of fun visiting those 4 camera stores in Melbourne.   

Looking forward to seeing more photos!
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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #72 on: January 09, 2014, 04:40:29 PM »
This one's from the Sealife Aquarium in Melbourne.
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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #73 on: January 11, 2014, 04:18:17 PM »
Glad you enjoyed the trip Down Under, Rienzphotoz. The weather in the time you were here was, well, typically Melbourne :)

As it is, Melbourne's about to experience the summer heat (38-41c) for the next week.

The camera shop experience is pretty standard for the shops mentioned. Digital Direct is probably the best out of the lot, but you do need to go in armed with prices before hand.

Next time your down this way, perhaps I could find you a kangaroo or wombat to cuddle :)
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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #74 on: January 11, 2014, 07:12:16 PM »
Love the aquarium shot Rein, the colours in that are great and not easy to get shooting through such thick glass :)  reminds me I need to go there again.  The Rosellas are very friendly especially when food is involved.  The juveniles have that mottled green look until they get the beautiful crimson and blue colours.

What were your highlights for locations?  Any disappointments?

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Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« Reply #74 on: January 11, 2014, 07:12:16 PM »