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Old 24th December 2009, 10:36   #2596
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Anyone here that has been questioned or charged duty for a camera or some small electronic item in the baggage?
Actually the rule is up to 25000 Rs worth articles are duty free, And 6000 Rs from China, Pakistan , Myanmar , Bangladesh and Nepal.
Till 7-8 years back they use to question for laptops and cameras and it was harassment for tourists and frequent flyers ,Customs can not always ascertain real value so they simplified the operational procedure to be 1 laptop+ 1 Camera + 1 mobile per person assuming that cost is less then 25000 or they are for personal use.

In case you have 2 laptops or 2 DSLR the total value may be less then 25000/- but they will still question.
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Hi Guys,

How do you keep out fungus from attacking your camera and lens? I live in Goa and it gets really humid here during the monsoons. Currently I store my gear in my camera bag with some silica gel packs. My worry is I store my bag in the wardrobe.
Any pointers on storage? This may come in handy to others as well.



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Hi Guys,

How do you keep out fungus from attacking your camera and lens? I live in Goa and it gets really humid here during the monsoons. Currently I store my gear in my camera bag with some silica gel packs. My worry is I store my bag in the wardrobe.
Any pointers on storage? This may come in handy to others as well.

Cheers,
Anshu
Dry boxes were discussed few pages back
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Actually the rule is up to 25000 Rs worth articles are duty free, And 6000 Rs from China, Pakistan , Myanmar , Bangladesh and Nepal.
Till 7-8 years back they use to question for laptops and cameras and it was harassment for tourists and frequent flyers ,Customs can not always ascertain real value so they simplified the operational procedure to be 1 laptop+ 1 Camera + 1 mobile per person assuming that cost is less then 25000 or they are for personal use.

In case you have 2 laptops or 2 DSLR the total value may be less then 25000/- but they will still question.
My friend was questioned while bringing a Canon D7 (bought for 83k) from Thailand a couple of days ago. He ended up bribing the customs guy with 1000 Rs to escape 24% or so duty.
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My friend was questioned while bringing a Canon D7 (bought for 83k) from Thailand a couple of days ago. He ended up bribing the customs guy with 1000 Rs to escape 24% or so duty.
Duty reduced to 1.204%!
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Duty reduced to 1.204%!
Really? Is it true?
Sounds too good to be true. But if yes then this one big christmas present to all planning to import cams.
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Really? Is it true?
Sounds too good to be true. But if yes then this one big christmas present to all planning to import cams.
Please see my smiley. Jaguar's friend managed to pay just 1K in place of 24% duty, which in effect translates to 1.204%. Sorry if I caused any confusion.
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My friend was questioned while bringing a Canon D7 (bought for 83k) from Thailand a couple of days ago. He ended up bribing the customs guy with 1000 Rs to escape 24% or so duty.
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Really? Is it true?
Sounds too good to be true. But if yes then this one big christmas present to all planning to import cams.
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Please see my smiley. Jaguar's friend managed to pay just 1K in place of 24% duty, which in effect translates to 1.204%. Sorry if I caused any confusion.
Shankar, the duty is indeed 24% My friend was just able to talk his way out and also paid 1k under the table to clear customs. Not everyone might be lucky though.
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Yep, lowered duty was too good to be true! But why do they charge Duty for Cameras? We don't have any local camera manufacturing industry to protect right?


We have fullframes which adhere to the 35mm film standard. And we have APS-C size DSLR which stick to the shortlived APS film standard. So where does the APS-H standard come from? Is Canon the only manufacturer with an APS-H sized camera?
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Hi Guys,

How do you keep out fungus from attacking your camera and lens? I live in Goa and it gets really humid here during the monsoons. Currently I store my gear in my camera bag with some silica gel packs. My worry is I store my bag in the wardrobe.
Any pointers on storage? This may come in handy to others as well.

Cheers,
Anshu
Storing it in wardrobe with some silica gels in the camera bag is not enough in a humid place like yours and mine. Use dry boxes.

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Look what the humid weather in Kerala has done to my sensor! Discovered yesterday only.
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Look what the humid weather in Kerala has done to my sensor! Discovered yesterday only.
Damn that looks ugly! How do u plan to clean it? You have the sensor cleaning swabs and solution?
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Damn that looks ugly! How do u plan to clean it? You have the sensor cleaning swabs and solution?
Yes it look ugly, but it will affect a very small portion of the image as of now, that too for pics taken in narrower apertures. What you see is almost a 100% crop of a picture.

I don't have any sensor cleaning stuff now, though I have equipments to clean lens. I am don't want to use that to clean my sensor.

Anyway, after opening up the lens and cleaning it for fungus, this doesn't scare me at all, because it is in a well accessible area than inner glass elements of a lens.

Here's one shot taken today, can you spot the fungus?


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Here's one shot taken today, can you spot the fungus?
I give up, tell us
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Storing it in wardrobe with some silica gels in the camera bag is not enough in a humid place like yours and mine. Use dry boxes.

Attachment 251419

Look what the humid weather in Kerala has done to my sensor! Discovered yesterday only.
The longer it stays the worse it will be. Also the filter in front of the sensor is more sensitive to chemicals than a glass lens. Reason being sensor is less exposed to weather than a lens.

If you leave it for few months, chances are it will leave permanent engraving on the sensor (not actually the sensor, IR cut off filter or the bayer filter, rather the plastic filter on front).

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Guys, check out this link. Its amazing piece of work . Its a 26 gigapixel picture BTW !!!!:

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