Strange 5Dlll in Thailand

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Strange 5Dlll in Thailand
May 11, 2012

I went into Bangkok today to check out a new Canon MarklV. Ended up buying a new Canon 300mm f2,8 ll lens. What a great piece of engineering that is. And sharper than my 300mm f2.8 IS USM also.

Anyway I went to several stores looking and they all had the Mark lll sitting on the shelves. Bodys as well as kits. The last place I stopped, where I bought the 300 had a slew of them. I finally asked the guy what was up. Also I asked him where the Nikon D800 was I wanted to see one.

His exact words to me in Thai. Was, we cannot sell the Mark lll. And the D800's are sold out before we get a shipment? I don't know if that is an indication of the sales or not? But here in Thailand they are in everystore. I asked him how much they were. After buying the lens. He said wait they will be on sale in a month or so, was his thinking.

So they aren't to popular over here anyway it looks like to me.

Anyone else notice that in Asia? Or is it just a freak thing I saw so many. Maybe a big shipment just came in or something?

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Probably fair to say that a lot of people are holding off from buying the Mk III for a while, having been spooked by the light leak issue somewhat. It certainly made me sit it out for a while til I was sure the one I bought was a new batch, and that no other quality control glitches appeared in the meantime. That probably put a bit of a damper on Mk III sales, whereas the D800, released a little later, is still undergoing supply pressure from the initial pre-orders.

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I read into this that owners of 5D2's are satisfied in the main with their current body.

D700 to D800 is a pretty big leap, 5D2 to 5D3 for me, not so much.

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You may be right. I am going to keep my eye on it here. If the price starts to drop I am going to get one.

I posted this on the Nikon thread too. I am hoping some Nikon shooter from here will let me know what they think.

As a Caucasian over here I am kinda out of the loop with the pro's and just general photography public. I do know know in my circle of Thai friends I shoot with some. There is about a 50/50 mix. Nikon/Canon

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Saw another guy in Fotofile this evening selling his Canon gear and buying a D800.

Second time I saw this.

I don't think these are isolated cases.

garyknrd wrote:

You may be right. I am going to keep my eye on it here. If the price starts to drop I am going to get one.

I posted this on the Nikon thread too. I am hoping some Nikon shooter from here will let me know what they think.

As a Caucasian over here I am kinda out of the loop with the pro's and just general photography public. I do know know in my circle of Thai friends I shoot with some. There is about a 50/50 mix. Nikon/Canon

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Hopefully increases in supplies will bring down the price.
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I buy from them or World camera now. But wow, that is a switch. Which branch were you at today? I know several of the birding guys.
I even saw a Mklll kit in Big Camera.. LOL

bigpigbig wrote:

Saw another guy in Fotofile this evening selling his Canon gear and buying a D800.

Second time I saw this.

I don't think these are isolated cases.

garyknrd wrote:

You may be right. I am going to keep my eye on it here. If the price starts to drop I am going to get one.

I posted this on the Nikon thread too. I am hoping some Nikon shooter from here will let me know what they think.

As a Caucasian over here I am kinda out of the loop with the pro's and just general photography public. I do know know in my circle of Thai friends I shoot with some. There is about a 50/50 mix. Nikon/Canon

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"Probably fair to say that a lot of people are holding off from buying the Mk III for a while, having been spooked by the light leak issue somewhat."

Yep, that pretty much describes me. And it is overpriced right now. And also Canon may announce something (5Dx? 5Dc?)at photokina.

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Still think there will be a LOT of people who will stick with "what they know" and what they've already made significant investments in.

Before I upgraded from 7D to 5Dmk3 i did consider the D800 for about a nanosecond, but realised i was just too invested in the Canon glass and didn't have enough motivation to force me to make a wholesale switch to Nikon. Sure I agree the D800 appears to be a fantastic machine and I am sure I would have loved it, but I just have too much Canon glass, and am still faithful to the brand.

Nikon would have to consistently trump Canon on camera quality and features, and Canon would have to consistently screw up in terms of feayure parity and quality control before I'd care enough to make the switch.

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I live out in Chaengwattana area, so Central Chaengwattana in the basement.

World Camera has been good for me as well. Got my D800e from them while Fotofile still doesn't have them.

garyknrd wrote:

I buy from them or World camera now. But wow, that is a switch. Which branch were you at today? I know several of the birding guys.
I even saw a Mklll kit in Big Camera.. LOL

bigpigbig wrote:

Saw another guy in Fotofile this evening selling his Canon gear and buying a D800.

Second time I saw this.

I don't think these are isolated cases.

garyknrd wrote:

You may be right. I am going to keep my eye on it here. If the price starts to drop I am going to get one.

I posted this on the Nikon thread too. I am hoping some Nikon shooter from here will let me know what they think.

As a Caucasian over here I am kinda out of the loop with the pro's and just general photography public. I do know know in my circle of Thai friends I shoot with some. There is about a 50/50 mix. Nikon/Canon

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Yea, I picked up the 300mm there today. I showed them the Fotofile price and they bent over backwards to please me. A pretty good bunch of guys. By the way they are out of the D800's as of today anyway.

I love shopping in BKK it is different then my home country. They let me check the lens out and provided me with a 5D11. I stayed about 3 hours before I was satisfied. LOL.
I know about where your are. Close to Bang Buathong. I'm in Phetchaburi.

bigpigbig wrote:
I live out in Chaengwattana area, so Central Chaengwattana in the basement.

World Camera has been good for me as well. Got my D800e from them while Fotofile still doesn't have them.

garyknrd wrote:

I buy from them or World camera now. But wow, that is a switch. Which branch were you at today? I know several of the birding guys.
I even saw a Mklll kit in Big Camera.. LOL

bigpigbig wrote:

Saw another guy in Fotofile this evening selling his Canon gear and buying a D800.

Second time I saw this.

I don't think these are isolated cases.

garyknrd wrote:

You may be right. I am going to keep my eye on it here. If the price starts to drop I am going to get one.

I posted this on the Nikon thread too. I am hoping some Nikon shooter from here will let me know what they think.

As a Caucasian over here I am kinda out of the loop with the pro's and just general photography public. I do know know in my circle of Thai friends I shoot with some. There is about a 50/50 mix. Nikon/Canon

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Classic! I sold my Canon 300mm 2.8 IS today!

I totally agree that shopping in Thailand is such a pleasure. They give you a great cup of coffee, a body of your choice and will let you test every lens in the case if you want. They even let me walk around the mall or outside and test stuff.

Thai people in general are so kind and helpful. Jai dee mak.

garyknrd wrote:

Yea, I picked up the 300mm there today. I showed them the Fotofile price and they bent over backwards to please me. A pretty good bunch of guys. By the way they are out of the D800's as of today anyway.

I love shopping in BKK it is different then my home country. They let me check the lens out and provided me with a 5D11. I stayed about 3 hours before I was satisfied. LOL.
I know about where your are. Close to Bang Buathong. I'm in Phetchaburi.

bigpigbig wrote:
I live out in Chaengwattana area, so Central Chaengwattana in the basement.

World Camera has been good for me as well. Got my D800e from them while Fotofile still doesn't have them.

garyknrd wrote:

I buy from them or World camera now. But wow, that is a switch. Which branch were you at today? I know several of the birding guys.
I even saw a Mklll kit in Big Camera.. LOL

bigpigbig wrote:

Saw another guy in Fotofile this evening selling his Canon gear and buying a D800.

Second time I saw this.

I don't think these are isolated cases.

garyknrd wrote:

You may be right. I am going to keep my eye on it here. If the price starts to drop I am going to get one.

I posted this on the Nikon thread too. I am hoping some Nikon shooter from here will let me know what they think.

As a Caucasian over here I am kinda out of the loop with the pro's and just general photography public. I do know know in my circle of Thai friends I shoot with some. There is about a 50/50 mix. Nikon/Canon

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You are right of course. I am there in the same boat. I bought a new lens today. But it is kinda different. Nikon kinda slammed dunked this one... LOL Here in Thailand it looks like. I still would lovvvvvve to have the Mklll. I am going to sit it out until the pirce drops... I hope..

bjdbjd wrote:

Still think there will be a LOT of people who will stick with "what they know" and what they've already made significant investments in.

Before I upgraded from 7D to 5Dmk3 i did consider the D800 for about a nanosecond, but realised i was just too invested in the Canon glass and didn't have enough motivation to force me to make a wholesale switch to Nikon. Sure I agree the D800 appears to be a fantastic machine and I am sure I would have loved it, but I just have too much Canon glass, and am still faithful to the brand.

Nikon would have to consistently trump Canon on camera quality and features, and Canon would have to consistently screw up in terms of feayure parity and quality control before I'd care enough to make the switch.

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Lucky you for the shiny new 300/2.8 IS II. Are prices any lower there than NA? So you decided against 1DIV to replace 7D? You'll need that 800/5.6 to compensate

garyknrd wrote:

You are right of course. I am there in the same boat. I bought a new lens today. But it is kinda different. Nikon kinda slammed dunked this one... LOL Here in Thailand it looks like. I still would lovvvvvve to have the Mklll. I am going to sit it out until the pirce drops... I hope..

bjdbjd wrote:

Still think there will be a LOT of people who will stick with "what they know" and what they've already made significant investments in.

Before I upgraded from 7D to 5Dmk3 i did consider the D800 for about a nanosecond, but realised i was just too invested in the Canon glass and didn't have enough motivation to force me to make a wholesale switch to Nikon. Sure I agree the D800 appears to be a fantastic machine and I am sure I would have loved it, but I just have too much Canon glass, and am still faithful to the brand.

Nikon would have to consistently trump Canon on camera quality and features, and Canon would have to consistently screw up in terms of feayure parity and quality control before I'd care enough to make the switch.

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garyknrd, you are right about Nikon 800 out selling the 5dIII in thailand. Was down in Singapore a month back was told by 2 shops there same issue 800 out sells Mk3. Am a canon user myself. Wanted to upgrade to the MK3 from MK2, shot a few from both to compare and went the nikon 800 way. I shoot studio 85% of the time, ISO and noise is never an issue for me, the details in 800 is way above MK3. As for all my trusted canon lenses and body, I will still be keeping and using them hoping canon do release a higher MP cam.

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Not cheaper really. But I am coming home to visit my mom so when I leave I get a 7% vat refund. So $500 refund for the 300. The dollar is at 31/baht so I will save a couple hundred or so.. The new 300 is pretty sweet for sure I think. But the 800 is way to heavy and big for me.. I have the 500mm f4L IS and it is almost to much. If I have the money when the new 500 hits I will try and get it for the weight savings. I bought the 300 because I use it as a walk around lens. I think a great walk around lens for birding.

riknash wrote:

Lucky you for the shiny new 300/2.8 IS II. Are prices any lower there than NA? So you decided against 1DIV to replace 7D? You'll need that 800/5.6 to compensate

garyknrd wrote:

You are right of course. I am there in the same boat. I bought a new lens today. But it is kinda different. Nikon kinda slammed dunked this one... LOL Here in Thailand it looks like. I still would lovvvvvve to have the Mklll. I am going to sit it out until the pirce drops... I hope..

bjdbjd wrote:

Still think there will be a LOT of people who will stick with "what they know" and what they've already made significant investments in.

Before I upgraded from 7D to 5Dmk3 i did consider the D800 for about a nanosecond, but realised i was just too invested in the Canon glass and didn't have enough motivation to force me to make a wholesale switch to Nikon. Sure I agree the D800 appears to be a fantastic machine and I am sure I would have loved it, but I just have too much Canon glass, and am still faithful to the brand.

Nikon would have to consistently trump Canon on camera quality and features, and Canon would have to consistently screw up in terms of feayure parity and quality control before I'd care enough to make the switch.

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LOL, I will be selling mine when i get home. I hate to but it has to go, the new one is so sweet I am impressed with it. I hope it works out. I have high hope for the new sharper glass and 4 stopes IS. Fingers crossed. I used the old one for hanging around my neck and really liked it. But getting older and the weight was getting kinda unpleasant.

I got a cup of coffee as usual. Water... A great bunch of folks for sure. Jai Dee mak for the most part. And the guy said go outside and shoot opened the door and pointed.... But I was interested in testing it on a chart against my old 300. In my country I would of been escorted outside with an armed guard. LOL

You know it is kinda funny. When i first moved here I was really paranoid and would not buy here at all. NOW, I will not buy in my country... I love the buying and people here. Very pleasant experience.

Let me know how you like your D800 when you break it in...

bigpigbig wrote:
Classic! I sold my Canon 300mm 2.8 IS today!

I totally agree that shopping in Thailand is such a pleasure. They give you a great cup of coffee, a body of your choice and will let you test every lens in the case if you want. They even let me walk around the mall or outside and test stuff.

Thai people in general are so kind and helpful. Jai dee mak.

garyknrd wrote:

Yea, I picked up the 300mm there today. I showed them the Fotofile price and they bent over backwards to please me. A pretty good bunch of guys. By the way they are out of the D800's as of today anyway.

I love shopping in BKK it is different then my home country. They let me check the lens out and provided me with a 5D11. I stayed about 3 hours before I was satisfied. LOL.
I know about where your are. Close to Bang Buathong. I'm in Phetchaburi.

bigpigbig wrote:
I live out in Chaengwattana area, so Central Chaengwattana in the basement.

World Camera has been good for me as well. Got my D800e from them while Fotofile still doesn't have them.

garyknrd wrote:

I buy from them or World camera now. But wow, that is a switch. Which branch were you at today? I know several of the birding guys.
I even saw a Mklll kit in Big Camera.. LOL

bigpigbig wrote:

Saw another guy in Fotofile this evening selling his Canon gear and buying a D800.

Second time I saw this.

I don't think these are isolated cases.

garyknrd wrote:

You may be right. I am going to keep my eye on it here. If the price starts to drop I am going to get one.

I posted this on the Nikon thread too. I am hoping some Nikon shooter from here will let me know what they think.

As a Caucasian over here I am kinda out of the loop with the pro's and just general photography public. I do know know in my circle of Thai friends I shoot with some. There is about a 50/50 mix. Nikon/Canon

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Thanks for your compliments on Thai people. I am Thai.

Canon got a big bunch of 5DIII last month just before Songkran holidays (Thai new year) and they have sold a lot during that time when people spent money on new bodies and lens for their long holidays. Sales might drop or slow down somewhat as of now. Re price, if you shop around, you'll get lower than list price. I got my 5DIII for about USD3,100. If you're tourist, you'll also get 7%Vat refund. I found price quite competitive compared to Singapore, not to mention Japan. I also get 10 installments with 0% interest. World Camera is among shops you can check their good price.

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LOL, I will be selling mine when i get home. I hate to but it has to go, the new one is so sweet I am impressed with it. I hope it works out. I have high hope for the new sharper glass and 4 stopes IS. Fingers crossed. I used the old one for hanging around my neck and really liked it. But getting older and the weight was getting kinda unpleasant.

I got a cup of coffee as usual. Water... A great bunch of folks for sure. Jai Dee mak for the most part. And the guy said go outside and shoot opened the door and pointed.... But I was interested in testing it on a chart against my old 300. In my country I would of been escorted outside with an armed guard. LOL

You know it is kinda funny. When i first moved here I was really paranoid and would not buy here at all. NOW, I will not buy in my country... I love the buying and people here. Very pleasant experience.

Let me know how you like your D800 when you break it in...

bigpigbig wrote:
Classic! I sold my Canon 300mm 2.8 IS today!

I totally agree that shopping in Thailand is such a pleasure. They give you a great cup of coffee, a body of your choice and will let you test every lens in the case if you want. They even let me walk around the mall or outside and test stuff.

Thai people in general are so kind and helpful. Jai dee mak.

garyknrd wrote:

Yea, I picked up the 300mm there today. I showed them the Fotofile price and they bent over backwards to please me. A pretty good bunch of guys. By the way they are out of the D800's as of today anyway.

I love shopping in BKK it is different then my home country. They let me check the lens out and provided me with a 5D11. I stayed about 3 hours before I was satisfied. LOL.
I know about where your are. Close to Bang Buathong. I'm in Phetchaburi.

bigpigbig wrote:
I live out in Chaengwattana area, so Central Chaengwattana in the basement.

World Camera has been good for me as well. Got my D800e from them while Fotofile still doesn't have them.

garyknrd wrote:

I buy from them or World camera now. But wow, that is a switch. Which branch were you at today? I know several of the birding guys.
I even saw a Mklll kit in Big Camera.. LOL

bigpigbig wrote:

Saw another guy in Fotofile this evening selling his Canon gear and buying a D800.

Second time I saw this.

I don't think these are isolated cases.

garyknrd wrote:

You may be right. I am going to keep my eye on it here. If the price starts to drop I am going to get one.

I posted this on the Nikon thread too. I am hoping some Nikon shooter from here will let me know what they think.

As a Caucasian over here I am kinda out of the loop with the pro's and just general photography public. I do know know in my circle of Thai friends I shoot with some. There is about a 50/50 mix. Nikon/Canon

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Sawatdee khap. Singapore is not competitive price wise. Hong Kong would be better.

lakanon wrote:
Thanks for your compliments on Thai people. I am Thai.

Canon got a big bunch of 5DIII last month just before Songkran holidays (Thai new year) and they have sold a lot during that time when people spent money on new bodies and lens for their long holidays. Sales might drop or slow down somewhat as of now. Re price, if you shop around, you'll get lower than list price. I got my 5DIII for about USD3,100. If you're tourist, you'll also get 7%Vat refund. I found price quite competitive compared to Singapore, not to mention Japan. I also get 10 installments with 0% interest. World Camera is among shops you can check their good price.

garyknrd wrote:

LOL, I will be selling mine when i get home. I hate to but it has to go, the new one is so sweet I am impressed with it. I hope it works out. I have high hope for the new sharper glass and 4 stopes IS. Fingers crossed. I used the old one for hanging around my neck and really liked it. But getting older and the weight was getting kinda unpleasant.

I got a cup of coffee as usual. Water... A great bunch of folks for sure. Jai Dee mak for the most part. And the guy said go outside and shoot opened the door and pointed.... But I was interested in testing it on a chart against my old 300. In my country I would of been escorted outside with an armed guard. LOL

You know it is kinda funny. When i first moved here I was really paranoid and would not buy here at all. NOW, I will not buy in my country... I love the buying and people here. Very pleasant experience.

Let me know how you like your D800 when you break it in...

bigpigbig wrote:
Classic! I sold my Canon 300mm 2.8 IS today!

I totally agree that shopping in Thailand is such a pleasure. They give you a great cup of coffee, a body of your choice and will let you test every lens in the case if you want. They even let me walk around the mall or outside and test stuff.

Thai people in general are so kind and helpful. Jai dee mak.

garyknrd wrote:

Yea, I picked up the 300mm there today. I showed them the Fotofile price and they bent over backwards to please me. A pretty good bunch of guys. By the way they are out of the D800's as of today anyway.

I love shopping in BKK it is different then my home country. They let me check the lens out and provided me with a 5D11. I stayed about 3 hours before I was satisfied. LOL.
I know about where your are. Close to Bang Buathong. I'm in Phetchaburi.

bigpigbig wrote:
I live out in Chaengwattana area, so Central Chaengwattana in the basement.

World Camera has been good for me as well. Got my D800e from them while Fotofile still doesn't have them.

garyknrd wrote:

I buy from them or World camera now. But wow, that is a switch. Which branch were you at today? I know several of the birding guys.
I even saw a Mklll kit in Big Camera.. LOL

bigpigbig wrote:

Saw another guy in Fotofile this evening selling his Canon gear and buying a D800.

Second time I saw this.

I don't think these are isolated cases.

garyknrd wrote:

You may be right. I am going to keep my eye on it here. If the price starts to drop I am going to get one.

I posted this on the Nikon thread too. I am hoping some Nikon shooter from here will let me know what they think.

As a Caucasian over here I am kinda out of the loop with the pro's and just general photography public. I do know know in my circle of Thai friends I shoot with some. There is about a 50/50 mix. Nikon/Canon

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Thats a good price. I will go back to the US in two weeks for a holiday. I live here in Thailand for a few years now. 3100 is a great price. I may have to spring for it if I can find it at that, after i come back ...

" Quote" Thanks for your compliments on Thai people. I am Thai.

Canon got a big bunch of 5DIII last month just before Songkran holidays (Thai new year) and they have sold a lot during that time when people spent money on new bodies and lens for their long holidays. Sales might drop or slow down somewhat as of now. Re price, if you shop around, you'll get lower than list price. I got my 5DIII for about USD3,100. If you're tourist, you'll also get 7%Vat refund. I found price quite competitive compared to Singapore, not to mention Japan. I also get 10 installments with 0% interest. World Camera is among shops you can check their good price.

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