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Looking to purchase a 5D. Good or bad?

tigerminx 14 237 South Africa
14 Apr 2007 3:29PM
Hi guys, my sister will be returning from the UK in the next couple of weeks, and it will be a lot cheaper if she brings one back, then purchasing it here in South Africa. The 5D body is about 1500 pounds from the EPZ store/ Warehouse Express, any ideas where I could get a better deal? I would probably be purchasing it online.

My second query is, do you think it's worth it? Or should I hang on 'til next year, for a possible 5D replacement?

Thanks in advance.

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Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
14 Apr 2007 3:37PM
There is a 100 cashback on the 5D at present which brings it down to 1419.

That's the lowest UK price currently... excluding grey imports - which are only very slightly less actually.

Form my extensive research of the rumour mills on the web it seems like:

(a) the 5D replacement may be delayed until spring/summer 2008.

(b) when the successor arrives - whenever that happens- it may well be like the 20D to 30D, er, transformation, viz. a "why did they bother" type of thing!

I was awaiting the 5D replacement before considering going full-frame. But I got an offer I couldn't refuse (or would have been silly to) on my 20D. So........................

....................... I'm going out with my 5D this afternoon to give it a proper road test! Wink
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
14 Apr 2007 4:06PM
Wahay!!! CB's gone FF!!!

Nice one CB! Smile
afunkyname 11 354
14 Apr 2007 4:10PM
look on ebay shops like kea photo... 1200 or 1300

better than any rip off uk company.
tigerminx 14 237 South Africa
14 Apr 2007 4:48PM
Will look into it !!!
cambirder 14 7.2k England
14 Apr 2007 7:32PM

Quote:Look on ebay shops like kea photo... 1200 or 1300

better than any rip off uk company.

So UK companies are ripping you off by adding VAT, because that is the cause of the price differential. and that tax is due on import.


If your sister purchases one for you in the UK, she can claim the VAT back when leaving the UK, so that brings the price down to about 1,300. (no doubt you will have to pay some sort of import tax when she brings it into SA though)

Is it worth it? You bet great camera.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
14 Apr 2007 11:43PM
The very cheapest I have seen in the UK is here . But it looks to me as if there isn't a proper Canon UK warranty. If that is the case you would need to buy something like a Mack warranty (150ish) - which makes "bargain" prices seem not quite such a bargain after all! Wink
paulxpaul 11 40 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2007 11:46PM
On the Canon site it says the cashback on the 5D is 150 and the 30D is 100,why are the dealers cashback prices less.Regards Paul.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
14 Apr 2007 11:52PM
On the Canon Cashback site it is 100 for the 5D.

However, if I get 150, I certainly won't complain! Wink

All in all I am very happy to have bought a camera, which cost over 2500 just 18 months ago, at the current price level.
Big Bri 17 16.4k United Kingdom
15 Apr 2007 12:12AM
I don't know when the 5D cost 2500. I didn't pay anything near that for mine.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
15 Apr 2007 12:14AM
Well that was its launch price but I suspect not too many people paid more than about 2000 or so "street price".

Unless they got it from Jessops!!

tigerminx 14 237 South Africa
15 Apr 2007 5:40PM
Thanks again for the feedback guys. I only have a couple days left to make the decision. She's due back on the 1st May.

Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
15 Apr 2007 7:25PM
Sometimes you have to dive in to the pool, rather than hovering on the brink! Wink
theredbaron 11 394 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2007 2:58PM
Lucky you - go for it. The 5d is now the price we used to pay for 300D with some accessories.
I couldn't understand why people pay so much extra for a camera thats full frame. Then a friend turned up at a gig last Saturday with a 5d and 17-40L, I am now converted!
I hadn't bought an SLR along and had bought a compact Fuji F20. His photos were great with a nice wide effect.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
16 Apr 2007 3:07PM
There were some glitches with early models of the 5D, which have now been fixed and it was 500-1000 more expensive than it is now. It doesn't always pay to be an early adopter. Wink

There have always been some concerns about vignetting. I have carried out tests with my 17-40L, at the wide end. There is certainly vignetting at f4 and f4.5. By f5.6 it is gone: worth bearing in mind if you do a lot of wide work.

I am enjoying using my 17-40L as a proper ultra-wide to standard(ish) lens. Together with my 50/f1.4 and 70-200L, I think I have all the lenses I need for my type of photography.

If Canon ever bring out a 28-135 (or thereabouts) L lens, I could be tempted! Wink

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