Canon 5d Mark 3 £2999 from Calumet or WEX
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Canon 5d Mark 3 £2999 from Calumet or WEX

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Found 2nd Mar 2012
Key Benefits:
Newly designed 22.3MP Full Frame sensor
Advanced 61-point AF system features 41 cross-type points, 5 dual cross-type points
High ISO range 100-25,600 (expandable to 102,400)
Advanced DIGIC 5+ processing power
Up to 6fps continuous shooting
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Canon EOS 5D MKIII Digital SLR with 24-105mm Lens kit £3689.95

Jessops now also £2999 for body only
awesome bit of kit, entry price isn't worth paying though
is this any better than the 1.1megapixel camera on the back of my phone?

markymark34

is this any better than the 1.1megapixel camera on the back of my phone?:p



I'd stick with your phone X)
Andy306

awesome bit of kit, entry price isn't worth paying though



If you want it now and can get it - thats the price......oO

The Mark 2 could come down a bit now - still a good camera.
Way too expensive... I will stick with my 50D
Could I use this to feed my family or should I just keep the 3k for more worthwhile things such as food, heating, clothes etc
If you wait 5 years it will be cheaper
bouncy99

Could I use this to feed my family or should I just keep the 3k for more … Could I use this to feed my family or should I just keep the 3k for more worthwhile things such as food, heating, clothes etc



Most people could do with losing weight and there is also lots of charity shops selling cheap clothes
_BANNED

If you want it now and can get it - thats the price......oOThe Mark 2 … If you want it now and can get it - thats the price......oOThe Mark 2 could come down a bit now - still a good camera.




Understatement of the decade!!!
Selling my 5Dmk2 - buying the mk3 and keeping my 1ds3.
Having made that decision with a heavy heart - I love the 5Dmk2
It would be cheaper to hire a professional photographer.
bloody hell, think i'll stick with my 5dmkii for a good while yet
I am not usually one of the "Rip-Off Britain" brigade but this thing costs £2200 in the states. Even plus 20% VAT it would be £2640. Personally, If I was going to spend this much on a camera, I would go over to one of the sales tax free states, get one and use the extra £800 for flights and a motel somewhere scenic for a few days. You could go to Delaware and take the train to New York for some photos or you could go to Oregon and have a drive down the coastal road to San Francisco via a couple of national parks. Amazon also ship tax free to most of the states where they don't have a physical presence so if you have any American friends you could go and stay with them and pick up your shiny new camera and get the holiday for free. That's just an idea but it would be a good opportunity to try out your new camera

Obviously it will be different if you are a pro. You won't be able to write off the VAT so the saving would be a bit less and you also have the warranty to consider.
Edited by: "davestavros" 2nd Mar 2012
davestavros

I am not usually one of the "Rip-Off Britain" brigade but this thing … I am not usually one of the "Rip-Off Britain" brigade but this thing costs £2200 in the states. Even plus 20% VAT it would be £2640. Personally, If I was going to spend this much on a camera, I would go over to one of the sales tax free states, get one and use the extra £800 for flights and a motel somewhere scenic for a few days. You could go to Delaware and take the train to New York for some photos or you could go to Oregon and have a drive down the coastal road to San Francisco via a couple of national parks. Amazon also ship tax free to most of the states where they don't have a physical presence so if you have any American friends you could go and stay with them and pick up your shiny new camera and get the holiday for free. That's just an idea but it would be a good opportunity to try out your new camera :pObviously it will be different if you are a pro. You won't be able to write off the VAT so the saving would be a bit less and you also have the warranty to consider.



Lots of people already do this and have been for years - When the dollar dropped it was amazing value...;)
jgtuk

Lots of people already do this and have been for years - When the dollar … Lots of people already do this and have been for years - When the dollar dropped it was amazing value...;)



I think I got a Nikon D300 for £1000 on release day and it was about £1800 here. I loved it when it was $2.1 per £1... I am sure most photographers know about this technique but it will keep on happening while Canon discriminate against Europeans. You could pick up a cut price iPad 3 while over there. That new photoshop app will look pretty good on the high-res screen it is supposed to be getting. You can edit your 5D III photos on the plane while on the way back from your free holiday.
davestavros

I am not usually one of the "Rip-Off Britain" brigade but this thing … I am not usually one of the "Rip-Off Britain" brigade but this thing costs £2200 in the states. Even plus 20% VAT it would be £2640.



Good luck trying to get it fixed under warranty having to return it to the us. Also warranties are only 90days in the us but 2 years in the eu. That costs a lot of money for companies and something people don't appreciate when they complain about 'rip off britain'. That cost has to come from somewhere, ie purchasers. You get what you pay for. Also import duty and localization issues/costs in the eu and customer support in 15+ languages
davestavros

I think I got a Nikon D300 for £1000 on release day and it was about … I think I got a Nikon D300 for £1000 on release day and it was about £1800 here. I loved it when it was $2.1 per £1... I am sure most photographers know about this technique but it will keep on happening while Canon discriminate against Europeans. You could pick up a cut price iPad 3 while over there. That new photoshop app will look pretty good on the high-res screen it is supposed to be getting. You can edit your 5D III photos on the plane while on the way back from your free holiday.



DrAllsopp

Good luck trying to get it fixed under warranty having to return it to … Good luck trying to get it fixed under warranty having to return it to the us. Also warranties are only 90days in the us but 2 years in the eu. That costs a lot of money for companies and something people don't appreciate when they complain about 'rip off britain'. That cost has to come from somewhere, ie purchasers. You get what you pay for. Also import duty and localization issues/costs in the eu and customer support in 15+ languages




I've never had a problem with Canon UK supporting ANY product I scourced overseas, including Japan - I have had recall work done as well as recalibration under warranty.
DrAllsopp

Good luck trying to get it fixed under warranty having to return it to … Good luck trying to get it fixed under warranty having to return it to the us. Also warranties are only 90days in the us but 2 years in the eu. That costs a lot of money for companies and something people don't appreciate when they complain about 'rip off britain'. That cost has to come from somewhere, ie purchasers. You get what you pay for. Also import duty and localization issues/costs in the eu and customer support in 15+ languages



As I said in my first post; I don't usually go for rip-off britain because there isn't usually that much difference when you factor in VAT but when it comes to high end DSLR cameras we are paying through the nose. With tax it is £359 extra that canon charge us. Even if it cost them a fair bit for misc stuff they are probably still getting at least £300 more than they get in the states (they are not on Razor thin margins in the states either). That means they could afford 1 in 10 cameras to fail completely within 2 years and have to be replaced (that doesn't even take into account that actual production cost for Canon must be considerably less than £2200 so you are probably talking 1 in 5 or more complete camera failures).These cameras are designed for pros and are good for hundreds of thousands of actuations so I doubt the failure rate is near that. It's all about what people are willing to pay. If you have spent thousands on Canon L glass then you are unlikely to jump ship to Nikon so both Canon and Nikon know that and they charge what they think they can get.

They don't rip us off as much as they used to but it is still pretty bad. That is my opinion anyway and I have not seen anything to convince me that this is not the case. Canon give a 1 year warranty as standard in the states by the way. It would be worth calling Canon UK but they may not give you a straight answer if you ask them if they transfer warranties. Maybe if you tell them that you are undecided about this or a D800 they may give you an answer...
DrAllsopp

Good luck trying to get it fixed under warranty having to return it to … Good luck trying to get it fixed under warranty having to return it to the us. Also warranties are only 90days in the us but 2 years in the eu. That costs a lot of money for companies and something people don't appreciate when they complain about 'rip off britain'. That cost has to come from somewhere, ie purchasers. You get what you pay for. Also import duty and localization issues/costs in the eu and customer support in 15+ languages


Two years warrenty in Europe is true, but here in the UK you get one year standard warranty, anything further to that is a fight with the Sales of Goods Act, which works on the average life expectancy of a product of its type.

I've been waiting for the 5D mk3 to be released and I'm hoping the video quality is almost as good as the Canon C300 with I-Frame and hoping it has 4:2:2 HDMI out like the Nikon D800, if it does then £2999 is quite a good deal for the camera body when compared to other offerings. Mind you, I can't see the price tag sitting well with people who want this camera for purely photography usage as it only has a 22mp sensor compared to the Nikon D800's 36mp sensor if that sort of thing is their bag?

I know that when the Canon 60D was released it was over £1200 and within two months I got an imported model from a UK seller on a popular auction site for £645 new! so I think I'll wait and see how the price fluctuates in the first few months, and see what the experts have to say about it before taking the plunge!
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