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Old 20th May 2008, 16:55   #2281
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Can you give link on Amazon

Many times Amazon acts just like Ebay where other sellers sell stuff instead of Amazon.
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Amazon does exactly the same thing. It hardly manufactures anything. It just acts as a medium to buy and sell. Or am I missing something ?!
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Old 20th May 2008, 17:10   #2282
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1. Canon has launched Spring Rebates and there is a $200 instant rebate on the 40D body
KB100 the 40D is an excellent camera. Do not limit it with the 28-135 lens. Get the 18-55 IS and 55-250 IS lenses instead. Determine what type of photography interests you more (landscape, potrait, wildlife, sports, etc..). For kids and family the 18-55 and 55-250 will suffice till you focus on specific interests.

If and when your budget permits get the 17-55/2.8 lens and maybe a 10-22/3.5-4.5 or 70-200/4IS or 100-400/4.5-5.6 or 28/1.8 or 85/1.4 etc.

remember the 1.6 crop on the 40D makes 17mm = 28mm and 28mm = 42mm.
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Amazon works in two ways:

1. It sells items itself E.g. Amazon.com: The Battle for Olympia 2000: Dennis James, Gunther Schlierkamp, Ronnie Coleman, Kevin Levrone, Dexter Jackson, Jay Cutler, Lee Priest, Flex Wheeler, Shawn Ray, Orville Burke, Oleg Zhur, Mitsuru Okabe: Movies & TV

2. It allows others to sell via Amazon.com (Like Ebay E.g. )
Amazon.com: Used and New: 2X TELEPHOTO LENS FUJIFILM FOR FUJI FINEPIX S9000 S9500 S9100
Amazon.com: Fujifilm Finepix S9100 9MP Digital Camera with 10.7x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom: Camera & Photo

Notice "Ships from and sold by" on any item to check.

If Amazon is not selling something itself then its as good or bad as Ebay. Since you have to deal with seller for warranty etc.
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AFAIK,
Amazon does exactly the same thing. It hardly manufactures anything. It just acts as a medium to buy and sell. Or am I missing something ?!
The difference is in reliability - Amazon can be relied upon to sell you what they say they are selling.The problem is that some of these retailers are not as reliable - similar to sellers on ebay who you need to screen on their own merits.
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I use the 18-55 lens, and to be frank its pretty lousy. I suggest get the Sigma 17-70 or the Tamrom 17-55 F2.8.
As for 28-105, while on a full frame this will be good, but 28mmx1.6 FOV is not at all good for landscapes.
As for online stores, always go to resellerratings.com and check out the seller.
There are several good sellers like B&H, Adorama, 17th street photo, beachcamera etc., which offer the 40D.
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So are all of you recommending that I pick up just the body? I casually asked the Coimbatore Canon Dealer for a Sigma 30mm f1.4 - and he quoted 15k . If this is true its cheaper here than getting it from the US!!

Guys .. I really need your views - buy the body locally or buy it from the US? Do the bodies sold in the US have better QC or anything like that (made in Japan??)
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I am looking for digital camera since my 4+ years old FujiFilm S7000 has CCD issue. I have narrowed down to 40D canoon and few other models in 1000USD range. After studying what i have figured out is quality from cameras sold in india and USA has lot of difference.

Latest and better so called models sold in India won't come close with my 4 year old Fuji. From reputed source I came to know component used are not good here, item is manufactured for India. If you get chance buy it from USA, I am doing samething!

40D canoon is best one, you can choose few Fujifilim and Olympus as well.

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I am looking for digital camera since my 4+ years old FujiFilm S7000 has CCD issue. I have narrowed down to 40D canoon and few other models in 1000USD range. After studying what i have figured out is quality from cameras sold in india and USA has lot of difference.

Latest and better so called models sold in India won't come close with my 4 year old Fuji. From reputed source I came to know component used are not good here, item is manufactured for India. If you get chance buy it from USA, I am doing samething!

40D canoon is best one, you can choose few Fujifilim and Olympus as well.

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Somehow I just cant believe it. They all anyways come from China/Taiwan and I dont really think they have camera batches manufactured "specific for India".
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The 450D kit is available - with B&W - for 41K and without B&W for 36-37k.
Here in India is it available in Grey? If 36K is Indian Grey price, then its actually costing similar to US prices. There the 450D kit is available for 899 USD without taxes. That comes to about 38K INR.

Is it available in Mumbai Grey Markets?
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So are all of you recommending that I pick up just the body? Do the bodies sold in the US have better QC or anything like that (made in Japan??)
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Somehow I just cant believe it. They all anyways come from China/Taiwan and I dont really think they have camera batches manufactured "specific for India".
Unless I could test the camera for a few days in the US I would not buy from the US. Any camera can have problems, it is nice to be able to return it. A fellow TBHPian had hot pixels on his D300 (NIkon) he bought from the US and is stuck with the body. My first 40D has a shutter that would not open fully but I could return it as it was local (grey).

Lenses can be more problematic. You can have front/back focus issues, soft focus (the sample of the Sigma 30/1.4 I tested was soft), etc and these lenses might have to returned to the manufacturer for fixing. Often the manufacturer will ask the lens owner to send the body as well.

US prices are cheaper. The availability is better but with camera equipment unles you can test it for a few days dont bother. With the advent of digital testing is easy (use a 17"+ monitor, the 3" LCD wont show much). In the film days we used to have to wait for the prints (and pay for the prints as well).

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I use the 18-55 lens, and to be frank its pretty lousy.
Which one? I was told the new 18-55 IS is not so bad. Some even compared it in IQ to the 17-85 IS.
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Unless I could test the camera for a few days in the US I would not buy from the US. Any camera can have problems, it is nice to be able to return it. A fellow TBHPian had hot pixels on his D300 (NIkon) he bought from the US and is stuck with the body. My first 40D has a shutter that would not open fully but I could return it as it was local (grey).

Lenses can be more problematic. You can have front/back focus issues, soft focus (the sample of the Sigma 30/1.4 I tested was soft), etc and these lenses might have to returned to the manufacturer for fixing. Often the manufacturer will ask the lens owner to send the body as well.

US prices are cheaper. The availability is better but with camera equipment unles you can test it for a few days dont bother. With the advent of digital testing is easy (use a 17"+ monitor, the 3" LCD wont show much). In the film days we used to have to wait for the prints (and pay for the prints as well).



Which one? I was told the new 18-55 IS is not so bad. Some even compared it in IQ to the 17-85 IS.
Excellent! -- Thank you Navin - this is what I was loking for!

One concluding question - Do you think there is any difference in quality at all between what is sold in India vs what is sold is US - including but not limited to different mnanufacturing bases.
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One concluding question - Do you think there is any difference in quality at all between what is sold in India vs what is sold is US - including but not limited to different mnanufacturing bases.
not really. many pro indian photographers get these stuff in India.
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Here in India is it available in Grey? If 36K is Indian Grey price, then its actually costing similar to US prices. There the 450D kit is available for 899 USD without taxes. That comes to about 38K INR.

Is it available in Mumbai Grey Markets?
I would really be grateful if anyone could ask 450D Kit's price at their favorite local grey market shop. Here in Indore I inquired and they say 38K INR.

Just want to confirm the price differential of this equipment in grey markets across our country.

anyone, please?
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Hello Friends,

I plan to pick up the 55-250 IS from R.K Tommorow, for my 40D, i just want to know how do i test the lens whether to see its a good piece and check the softness.Any particular settings i need to use? Kindly eloborate on that,

I have got a quote of Rs 11,500 for this lens and i want to make sure this is a good piece i buy. Please advice.Thank you

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Good choice
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS - Test Report / Review
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