It's that time of year again...

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by [email protected], Jun 9, 2005.

  1. Surprisingly, A whole year has passed since June last year and I have yet to
    see a truly memorable photograph from anyone I know. OK so it's also tax
    time in the great Australian dream land. I can spend up to $1000 AUD per
    item for my photographic gear and get a 100% tax write off (basically get it
    for nothing) this year.

    Tragedy strikes...
    Not a single DSLR is priced under a grand.
    Not even an EOS 3 body is under a grand.
    Not a single "L" series lens is priced under a grand.
    Not a decent studio flash is priced under a grand.

    Bugger!
    Bugger!
    Bugger!

    Oh well, I guess a Dye Sublimation printer for one of my new print kiosks is
    about all I can buy and get the tax benefit. The Government really ought to
    do some homework on the cost of toys before blindly introducing benefits to
    the peons who elected them.

    Douglas
     
    [email protected], Jun 9, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    That's exceedingly generous of your government.

    Unlimited number of items?
    Accessory Flash (Such as 580EX)
    Light boom stand
    Product shooting table
    Softbox (kit with a couple softboxes, grids, masks...)
    incident/spot available light/flash meter
    Studio stand
     
    Alan Browne, Jun 9, 2005
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    Jeff R Guest

    You can get a decent size dye sub for under a grand? Details please?
     
    Jeff R, Jun 10, 2005
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    Ryadia Guest

    Ho hum... Have all of them.

    Douglas
     
    Ryadia, Jun 10, 2005
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    Ryadia Guest

    Well now I've rung around... Cross that one off too!
     
    Ryadia, Jun 10, 2005
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    Jeff R Guest

    Phew.
    I feel better now.

    (Making do with a Canon CP-220 for snapshots)
     
    Jeff R, Jun 10, 2005
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  7. A carry-anywhere camera - Panasonic FZ5, Nikon 8400?

    A portable storage device with viewer - Epson P-2000?

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Jun 10, 2005
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    Frederick Guest

    Don't you have a friendly camera shop proprietor who will see you a dslr
    body for $999.99, add a few dollars on to a lens price, and give you
    separate invoices - or are the ATO smarter than they were when I lived
    in Aussie?
     
    Frederick, Jun 10, 2005
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    Tut, tut now Frederick... Ethics prevail always here.
    I had a tiny bit of a spend up today... Go mad on Monday (perhaps!)
    I bought a FZ20 Panasonic $860 AUD down from over a grand a few months ago
    and an Olympus Dye sub printer for $180 AUD along with some hardware I never
    knew I needed!

    Oh God, I love depriving the tax man - legally.
    I may take advantage of a loop hole and buy a Kodak A4 size dye sub in 3
    instalments to get the individual purchase segments under $1000 each. We
    wait on the accountant to agree and just maybe this would be a good way to
    but a new "L" series I've been considering. My supplier is agreeable if it's
    decided to be legal.

    Anyway, the little Oly dye sub printer is a treat and a half. It prints
    direct from the camera (20D and FZ20 so far), no PC needed. Real photographs
    in an instant! The FZ will work wonders inside a church with the image
    stabilizer and no shutter slap to scare the pigeons and priests!

    The real bargain of the day was a EOS 5 in mint condition for $200 AUD.
    There's one going on EBay as I write which is up to $380. I thought I might
    explore my theory that as the ISO rises in a 20D the resolving power of the
    sensor reduces until it simply doesn't record fine detail any more. It's
    getting close to my annual pilgrimage to the Pelican breeding grounds. What
    better way to test the theory?

    Douglas
     
    [email protected], Jun 10, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Nice blurb on that product:
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0410/04101203epson_p2000.asp

    But can it import files off of the camera? eg: I'd want to hook it to
    the camera and have it suck the files out of the camera. If it can do
    this, it would save me lugging a laptop out to the wilds...

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Jun 10, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest


    I was wondering how you you propagated. ;-)
     
    Alan Browne, Jun 10, 2005
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    george Guest

    Well, if ethics are prevailing, I'd better not even suggest buying better
     
    george, Jun 10, 2005
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    george Guest

    george, Jun 10, 2005
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  14. Normally, we just pop CF and SD cards into the P2000 and download them -
    that way it avoids the need for a laptop.

    It can also work as a USB mass storage slave to a computer, which I think
    means that it can't host a camera USB connection.

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, Jun 10, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest


    How about an iPod Photo?

    Music while you work ...

    ;-)
     
    Tony Polson, Jun 10, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    David J Taylor wrote:

    That's cool! For the avoidance of doubt, could you confirm the process:

    -you pop your card from the camera .. put it into the P2000 CF port
    -the P2000 can then be commanded to copy the CF Card to the P2000 hard disk?

    -Can the CF card files be erases from the P2000?

    Do you know of any devices that are lower price that just do the data
    storage without much in the way of a display?

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Jun 10, 2005
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  17. Correct. The card contents are transferred to directories for each
    transfer operation, so that you have unique direcorty names.
    Yes, either by single file or directory. If you are on a multi-day trip,
    when today's photos are uploaded you can erase yesterday's or whatever.
    Yes, there are such devices, Alan, but I've not played with any. We
    wanted something where you could check the pictures form the camera (to
    determine correct functioning of the camera), and to use as a slide-show
    device.

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, Jun 10, 2005
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    Doug Payne Guest

    There's lots, just poke around on the B&H Web site. The P-2000 is up
    near the top in terms of display, but there are other less expensive
    pure storage devices. Typical capacities are 20-40GB and up. For my
    purposes, 20GB is plenty. It lasts me through a 4-week backcountry canoe
    trip (with the caveat that I'm an explorer more than I am a
    photographer). I shoot some raw, more jpeg, and I can store thousands of
    images in 20GB with my typical mix. Some (most?) will also function as
    an MP3 player and FM radio. Some also have built-in capabilities to
    connect to a TV if you want to use 'em as a portable 'slide projector'.
    I use solar to recharge in the backcountry so battery life is not
    usually an issue for me. This is the one I use:

    http://www.jobodigital.com/products/giga_mini.htm
     
    Doug Payne, Jun 10, 2005
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    Colin D Guest

    I use a portable unit with a 40GB laptop hard drive and card reader
    slots for this purpose. , a thing called a Vosonic X's. Don't ask me
    about the 'X's', it's their logo. The model I have is a VP6210. I don't
    think it erases cards, but in any case I prefer to do that in the
    camera. I don't erase files, though, I reformat the card via the camera
    menu - it's quicker and I think safer.

    Have a look at:

    http://www.xs-drive.com/

    Colin
     
    Colin D, Jun 11, 2005
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  20. Alan Browne wrote:
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    I don't know - I would /always/ do that in the camera as it only takes a
    second.

    Cheers,
    David
     
    David J Taylor, Jun 11, 2005
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