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      11-02-2010 08:08 AM #491
      Oh, and there's the $51 GST refund when I head OS week after next. Total cost of awesome little camera = $458.

    2. 11-03-2010 02:16 AM #492
      Passing thru HK on the way to Southern China in early December.
      Can any peeps here point me in the right direction for well priced Canon lenses in HK?
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    3. 11-03-2010 02:23 AM #493
      Quote Originally Posted by Tank Engine View Post
      Passing thru HK on the way to Southern China in early December.
      Can any peeps here point me in the right direction for well priced Canon lenses in HK?
      http://www.ygdragon.net/

      Click the 'Lens Reference Price List' link.

      Good luck with the shopping, whatcha getting?

    4. 11-03-2010 02:51 AM #494
      Quote Originally Posted by auR32 View Post
      http://www.ygdragon.net/

      Click the 'Lens Reference Price List' link.

      Good luck with the shopping, whatcha getting?


      Re: What I am getting - haven't got that far yet. Thinking about a 'L' range - 20-100mm ish
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      11-03-2010 02:56 AM #495
      Quote Originally Posted by Tank Engine View Post


      Re: What I am getting - haven't got that far yet. Thinking about a 'L' range - 20-100mm ish
      I'm there next week if you need me to check anything for you.

    6. 11-03-2010 03:27 AM #496
      Quote Originally Posted by Tank Engine View Post
      Passing thru HK on the way to Southern China in early December.
      Can any peeps here point me in the right direction for well priced Canon lenses in HK?
      There's only one place to go for all your photo needs. Sim City centre in Mongkok. 5 floors of camera heaven, plus a few electrical and hifi stores. Hard to find but will reward you with 'local' prices.

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      11-03-2010 04:09 AM #497
      not with skin like mine, or Tanks...

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      11-03-2010 05:01 AM #498
      Something to keep in mind: With the current USD rate you might be better off buying from places like B&H or Adorama in the US. Some prices are better in the US than in HK. Some worse. Both way better than Aus pricing.

      Example: Nikon 16-35mm f/4 prices in AUD

      AU price at DCW: $1799
      HK price @ APM in HK: $1215
      US price @ B&H in US: $1040

      And Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 prices

      AU price at DCW: $3239
      HK price: $2090
      US price @ B&H: $2160
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      11-07-2010 11:11 PM #499
      so what do the experts recomend for an entry level SLR for about $1000, Canon 550D or Nikon D90? Also best to get 18-55 and a sep zoom lens or compromise with an 18-200mm? Has anyone used digital rev from flea bay?
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      11-07-2010 11:14 PM #500
      Quote Originally Posted by Zorg2 View Post
      Has anyone used digital rev from flea bay?
      Yes, they've been reliable in my experience. Their prices aren't always the cheapest of the HK resellers, but they seem one of the most dependable.

      If warranty bothers you Canon Australia will only honour warranty on bodies bought in Australia from authorised resellers (ie. not Digital Rev).

      AFAIK lenses carry international warranty, so buy from wherever you like.

    11. 11-07-2010 11:25 PM #501
      Quote Originally Posted by Zorg2 View Post
      Has anyone used digital rev from flea bay?
      they've been around for ages.

      I ordered a battery grip from them on a Tuesday at about 1pm, and had it in my hands the next day...

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      11-07-2010 11:34 PM #502
      thks guys for the speedy replies so which camera and which lens?
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    13. 11-07-2010 11:35 PM #503
      Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 ... hhmmm tempted

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      11-07-2010 11:41 PM #504
      Yeah I'm a Volvo driver

    15. 11-07-2010 11:42 PM #505
      Quote Originally Posted by Zorg2 View Post
      thks guys for the speedy replies so which camera and which lens?
      Have you got any film lenses? I went with the D90 and I've enjoyed learning lots about it, at the time it was the only one out with HD video yet I've never used it so so be careful about features you might not use. You wont get a D90 body and lens for less then $1500 in Aus I dont think, MAYBE a single lens. 2 years a go I paid bout $1680 for 2 x lenses and body, this was before a Nikon price increase.

      I'd only buy a body from Australia, both manufactures only give warranty on Australian purchased bodies. Be careful of places like d-d-photographics, they might have a Sydney and Brisbane store, but check that the body is Aussie stock and not imported.

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      11-08-2010 12:16 AM #506
      Quote Originally Posted by Zorg2 View Post
      thks guys for the speedy replies so which camera and which lens?
      Canon or Nikon ... flip a coin.

      Failing that check out http://www.dpreview.com/ and http://www.cameralabs.com/ for detailed reviews.

      Lens recommendations a bit harder in some respects because shooting preferences are usually individual. If you went with an 18-200 that should cover most bases as a starting point and then you can see where in that range you shoot the most and target better quality lenses on your own prefs.

      Just keep in mind any 18-200 will have inherent compromises because it has such a vast range. Will probably be fine for initial use on a dSLR though.


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      11-08-2010 12:22 AM #507
      so i've decided on the Canon G12 for the missus....
      next thing i'm tossing up between is saving $150 and going through an online store/importer, and spending that $150 on extended warranty (international) or going with a local store that i can just walk into and get them to worry about warranty claims if it ever arrises.

      thoughts?
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      11-08-2010 12:46 AM #508
      for that amount of money prob local store, for my Panny compact I went with Expert Infotech and took a punt given it was significantly cheaper than local haven't had any issues touch wood.
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      11-08-2010 12:49 AM #509
      If its for yourself its worth a punt since you have no1 to blame but yourself

      doing it for gifts is a highway to dramaz (and exposure to being a tightarse)

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      11-08-2010 12:57 AM #510
      hmm...
      both good points.

      and that way if it ever breaks, she can do the warranty job herself, and leave me outta it.
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    21. 11-08-2010 02:36 AM #511
      Quote Originally Posted by FL00DY View Post
      Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 ... hhmmm tempted
      That should be the first Nikkor lens for anyone serious about their Nikons.
      It was my starting point, and I've pretty much based my other lens purchases around it.
      I've also got a 70-300VR which is surprisingly sharp and useful, but will most likely get the 70-200VR2
      later in the year along with a TC1.7 teleconverter.

      With just those two lenses, you cover 80% of your shooting needs. The only other lens I'm looking for is a nice macro.

    22. 11-08-2010 02:45 AM #512
      Quote Originally Posted by VDUB2C View Post
      so i've decided on the Canon G12 for the missus....
      next thing i'm tossing up between is saving $150 and going through an online store/importer, and spending that $150 on extended warranty (international) or going with a local store that i can just walk into and get them to worry about warranty claims if it ever arrises.

      thoughts?
      The Canon G series is bullet proof. Nothing will go wrong with it before you feel the need to upgrade to the latest spec in a few years time.
      Extended warranties are useful only for a handful of people that really task their equipment in extreme conditions. 99% of the time, it's just a way for retailers
      to swing the balance back in their favour when customers ask them to match the lowest online advertised prices.

    23. 11-08-2010 02:49 AM #513
      Quote Originally Posted by VDUB2C View Post
      hmm...
      both good points.

      and that way if it ever breaks....
      If it ever breaks, it will most likely be due to things that are not covered by the warranty, such as dropping and accidental misuse.
      Just tell her to look after it. Extended warranties are crap.

    24. 11-08-2010 03:02 AM #514
      Quote Originally Posted by VDUB2C View Post
      so i've decided on the Canon G12 for the missus....
      Sorry for successive rants but are you sure she will like the size of the G12? An S95 is a far more livable proposition for chicks. Unless she's really into the tactile manual layout?

    25. 11-08-2010 04:33 AM #515
      Quote Originally Posted by TheHamofMam View Post
      That should be the first Nikkor lens for anyone serious about their Nikons.
      It was my starting point, and I've pretty much based my other lens purchases around it.
      I've also got a 70-300VR which is surprisingly sharp and useful, but will most likely get the 70-200VR2
      later in the year along with a TC1.7 teleconverter.

      With just those two lenses, you cover 80% of your shooting needs. The only other lens I'm looking for is a nice macro.
      Yeah it's been on my list, when I was shooting motorsport I wanted a ??-200mm F2.8, but I'm sick of editing 1500 photos and ditching over half of them.

      And now this dream will be a reality got my estimated tax refund (yeah I'm lazy) in the mail today. This lens or a bike??

      EDIT: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/24-70mm.htm
      I know some people think Ken Rockwell is a goose, but he has this to say about the 24-70mm on DX cameras like my D90 "As a big, heavy, expensive full-frame lens, it's silly to use this 24-70mm f/2.8 on the smaller DX cameras, and sort of defeats the purpose of the lightweight and inexpensive D40, although it works flawlessly on any of these cameras. For DX cameras, I'd get something else, since 24-70mm is a silly zoom range on DX. You are paying a big premium for FX coverage if you don't intend to use it on an FX camera."

      Should I pay attention to it? Annoying he doesn't suggest which other lens for a crop sensor.
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      11-08-2010 06:04 AM #516
      I use a 24-105 on my 1.6x body and it's fine.

      I do have a 10-22 for the times when I do need something wider, though.

    27. 11-08-2010 06:43 AM #517
      Quote Originally Posted by FL00DY View Post

      EDIT: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/24-70mm.htm
      I know some people think Ken Rockwell is a goose, but he has this to say about the 24-70mm on DX cameras like my D90 "As a big, heavy, expensive full-frame lens, it's silly to use this 24-70mm f/2.8 on the smaller DX cameras, and sort of defeats the purpose of the lightweight and inexpensive D40, although it works flawlessly on any of these cameras. For DX cameras, I'd get something else, since 24-70mm is a silly zoom range on DX. You are paying a big premium for FX coverage if you don't intend to use it on an FX camera."

      Should I pay attention to it? Annoying he doesn't suggest which other lens for a crop sensor.
      I forgot you're using a crop sensor body.
      You're pretty much relegated to a 40-100 (ish) zoom range which makes a good portrait lens but nothing else. It's neither wide nor telescopic. But it's a keeper should you upgrade to a full frame later down the track.
      If ypu're sticking to DX format, you may wanna investigate their range of ultrazooms? They have a few in the DX line-up.

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      11-08-2010 07:49 AM #518
      Quote Originally Posted by TheHamofMam View Post
      The Canon G series is bullet proof. Nothing will go wrong with it before you feel the need to upgrade to the latest spec in a few years time.
      Extended warranties are useful only for a handful of people that really task their equipment in extreme conditions. 99% of the time, it's just a way for retailers
      to swing the balance back in their favour when customers ask them to match the lowest online advertised prices.
      Largely true. My G3 was essentially a DOA, but that was a loooong time ago (G3 is uber old). It went back to Canon two more times over the years, once because I dropped it ($75 to fix) and the second time because it "died quietly in its sleep after serving a good innings"

      It lasted about six years and went around the world (literally) twice. Can't complain (I've secretly been looking for an excuse to buy a new G series, but it wouldn't get used enough)

      Mammy is right though. It's not really a chicks camera - kinda on the large size for a chick to put in her bag on a night out.

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      11-08-2010 05:07 PM #519
      thanks for that Mike and Timmeh... does make sense re the warranty.

      she current has a canon ixus something or rather, and said that she wanted something more advanced... but small. was looking at the big dslrs but then came accross the lumix, canon etc - which is basically a middle of the road between the true point and shoot, and the eos style ones.
      it's what she wants if she doesn't like it, i'll always keep it for myself
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    30. 11-08-2010 05:58 PM #520
      The new Lumix LX4 might be a goer.
      I also swear by the Rocoh GRIII if she's into more manual features.

    31. 11-08-2010 05:58 PM #521
      Quote Originally Posted by FL00DY View Post
      Yeah it's been on my list, when I was shooting motorsport I wanted a ??-200mm F2.8, but I'm sick of editing 1500 photos and ditching over half of them.

      if the lens wins out, definitely suggest you get something that will give you access to a 20-24mm range. you'll have more opportunities for creativity. if you're staying with an aps-c for some time, i think tokina make a very decent & affordable 11-16mm f2.8 for nikon mount.

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      11-10-2010 12:43 AM #522
      Thanks to some bloody @#$!@ thieves in Italy, I've had the possession of my Canon 40D and Sigma 17-70 lens removed from me last week.. (as well as a new Asus laptop and some Westone UM2's which I loved )
      Now looking for replacements..


      Any thoughts on Canon 50D vs 60D?!?! (I'll do my homework on the net, but thought I'd come here for any insights first..)

      Cheers..

    33. 11-10-2010 12:52 AM #523
      if you you're considering the 60d, why not the 7d if your budget allows.


      also a shameless plug for my canon 24-105mm F4 L - in the forsale thread

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      11-10-2010 02:48 AM #524
      Quote Originally Posted by The Samaritan View Post
      if you you're considering the 60d, why not the 7d if your budget allows.


      also a shameless plug for my canon 24-105mm F4 L - in the forsale thread
      Err.. so the new question is 50D vs 60D vs 7D.. any reason why I should consider the 7D?

      The 5.3 fps of the 60D bugs me a bit, I used to shoot a lot of sport, main reason why I jumped from a 350D to the 40D 2yrs ago, have been happy ever after. Now, I'm simply looking for a 40D replacement, don't really wish for more, unless something really intrigues me..

      Will pass on the 24-105mm, thanks! still have a nice collection of lenses.. need a 17-xxmm replacement though, can't believe the Siggy 17-70 went up 30% over 4 years..

    35. 11-10-2010 03:21 AM #525
      Quote Originally Posted by C.J. View Post
      Err.. so the new question is 50D vs 60D vs 7D.. any reason why I should consider the 7D?

      i only mentioned it as there quite a few reviews out there comparing the 60d v 7d (closely priced). also since you mention you shoot sports, it kinda seems like a logical upgrade (budget permitting).



      http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ra-Review.aspx

      http://dancarrphotography.com/blog/2...non-60d-vs-7d/

      http://www.cameratown.com/news/news.cfm?id=9420

      http://www.digitalrev.com/en/canon-e...9-article.html


      as far as build quality and tactile feel, i think the 7d has it over the lower models. good luck with the upgrade
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