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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 11:52 am 
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The Northlight Images 5D rumour page has reported that the EOS 5D prices continue to fall. They suggest that with a bit of good bargaining you can drive the price of a 5D body down from HK$16500 to HK$15500. I have no way to verify this independently but I have found the 5D on Chinese language Hong Kong web-sites for HK$18000 so a street price of HK$16500 doesn't seem impossible.

To save you the trouble here are the approximate currency conversions:
    HK$15500 = £985 = €1450 = $1995
    HK$16500 = £1050 = €1550 = $2120
    HK$18000 = £1150 = €1680 = $2320
Of course, in the EU there is VAT to pay but, from memory, no import duty. In the UK VAT is 17.5% which, if your bargaining skills are up to scratch, means that you could end up legally importing a 5D body for around £1160. For comparison, the cheapest advertised price for a 5D body I have seen here in the UK is £1429.

Hong Kong is arguably the bellwether for the world market. It remains to be seen whether these prices are due to a planned effort to sell off existing stock or are a response to reduced demand in anticipation of a "MkII" announcement sometime in the next six months. Possibly even a combination of the two?

So, it may be cheaper to buy a 40D and a 5D than to buy the anticipated 5D MkII if it is announced with a price similar to that for which the 5D originally sold! Two bodies for the price of one, 6.5 fps for sports/wildlife and the IQ of a 5D for portraits/landscape. Drool. :!: :twisted: 8) :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:55 pm 
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It's been quiet on the rumours front for a while regarding the anticipated EOS 5D MkII but from a post on Northlight Images today it seems as though the feature set is finally leaking out.

In summary, it will be a full frame 16 megapixel camera with the 40D feature set but with a maximum frame rate of 4 to 5 fps and an image quality that beats the current 1Ds MkII. It seems the price will be a bit more than the Nikon D300.

Probably the most surprising aspect of this speculation is that the price is only a bit more than the D300. Personally I would have thought it likely to be comfortably more than 50% over the price of a D300. :cry: Oh, and it could still be launched as early as November.

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Bob wrote:
price will be a bit more than the Nikon D300

Well, I don't know what your sense of "a bit" is , but it might be "a bit" more than this wording implies!
The 5D at sell-out rates now hitting the 2000€ mark and the D300 already (not yet available) at 1800€, Canon will not be selling the successor of the 5D for less than 2300€! After all it is a FF-Body vs. that puny little APS-C-sensor-based D300!!
So forget about getting a D5Mk2 for only "a little" more than the D300 - my bet :!:

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