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EOS Bodies / Re: Price for a good used Canon 5d Mark II??
« on: August 17, 2013, 08:06:36 PM »
Sounds like a pretty good deal to me...I recently picked up a used 5D2...paid about $100 more...but it only had about a 14K shutter count.  I got it from one of the major photography retailers here i5n Canada...so it was not a "private" deal.  They wanted $1500 but they lowered the price by $100 when I said I wanted their three year warranty...for $179.  It was my entry into full frame...still getting used to it.  A new 6D...used and open box 6Ds are just now starting to appear...would have been another $500...maybe not the best of deals, but I'm pretty happy with it. 

I don't think I'd buy a body without some kind of warranty behind it.

When I was purchasing it, they said the expected shutter count on these in the area of a quarter of a million.  And a co-worker of mine that has a 5D2 says there is no way he'd sell his for the price I paid for mine.

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Just looked at the links on the PriceWatch page...the only three that don't say "Out of Stock" are BigValueInc, BuyDig.com and CameraCanada.  The BuyDig.com, at $1919, takes you to a page on their site, but there's no "add to cart" button...so no luck there.  The BigValue link, at $3832, takes to you an eBay page...but for that price, I'd go for a Mark III.  And the CamearCanada link, at $2049, takes you to their main page.  If you search for "5D mark ii" you do see a listing for a used one...at $1299, but it's "We are sold out of these again but hope to get more in soon!".

I actually picked up a 5D2 about two months ago...used (~14K actuations), at Henry's here in Canada.  I looked at CameraCanada and they're page looked then like it does now..."We are sold out of these again but hope to get more in soon!"

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...body only.  I know here (near Toronto, Canada), a new 24-105 f/4 can be had on Craigslist in the area of $700.   I'm sure the same would be true in New Jersey.

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Looks like B&H has a used one (condition 8+) available for $1499.99.

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Canada / Re: Vistek - legitimate or no?
« on: August 03, 2013, 12:12:26 AM »
I'm fortunate enough to live within a short drive to one of their stores. They are very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

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BVI on eBay has them for $750ish area. If you combo it with a fast 50mm, your set with a nice GP kit for around 1K$.

I do have a 50mm prime...the f/1.8...along with a few other primes 28mm f/1.8, 40mm f/2.8, 100 f/2 macro.  I saw the BVI/GID posts...and those are exactly what I'm seeing from local Craiglist posts.  Does anyone pay full retail for these things???

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Canon General / Considering selling some current gear for a 24-105L
« on: July 28, 2013, 08:21:18 PM »
Hello...I recently upgraded my crop body from a T1i to a 7D and also joined the "full-frame" world with a used 5DII.  I did not upgrade any glass...except for getting a used 70-300 IS USM lens as my EF-S 55-250 would not work on the 5DII.  I recently took my 5DII to party and shot most of time with my Tamron 28-75 f/2.8.  This was a lens I've always been impressed with on my T1i...in fact, every since I got it, it spent most of time on the T1i.  I have to say I was less than impressed with it's performance on the 5DII.  I had it stopped down to f/5.6 as the vignetting at wider apetures is quite noticable.

I'm now thinking of selling my T1i (with all the original accessories) along with the Tamron 28-75 and the EF-S 55-250 IS, I got at the same time as the camera, just over two years ago.  I have the BG-E5 grip, six batteries (four of which are Canon), and hoods for both lenses, as well as a few books on the T1i, that I obviously wouldn't need.  Looking at B&H trade-in values and recent posts on Craigslist, I think I could get enough to almost pay for a Canon 24-105.  I see alot of them on Craigslist, as it seems quite a few folks get this lens as a kit lens and turn around and sell it.

Any thoughts on if this would be a good move or not?

Thanks very much in advance.

    Jonathan

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Portrait / Unusual (somewhat) portrait
« on: July 28, 2013, 08:08:50 PM »
Took this yesterday on a commuter train after it had been raining...posted it on FaceBook and got a few complimentary comments...so I thougth I'd post it here...any comments and criticisms are welcome!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Best deals on memory cards right now
« on: July 14, 2013, 09:19:06 PM »
I'm in Canada...when I bought my 5D2 (used at Henry's), I asked about CF cards, since at the time I had none.  For example, they have the Transcend 16GB 400x card for $45 (and they say it's on sale at $35 off)...so a regular price of $80.  At the time the sales guy, out of the side of his mouth, said I'd be better off to go to Canada Computers.  Looking at their site the regular price of the same card is $40...so less than Henry's "sale" price.  Now, I realize that you're likely not in Canada.  B&H currently sells the same card for $33.  I opted for a couple of 16GB Kingston 266x cards and got them for $20 each at Canada Computers...the same price that B&H sold them (in US$ mind you), at that time.

To make a long story short...you might find a better price that B&H, but if you do, it likely won't be at a camera store...but a computer store.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Best deals on memory cards right now
« on: July 14, 2013, 07:48:22 PM »
Just curious...that link shows prices for Lexar, SandDisk and Transcend brands only.  Is there a reason why other's are excluded.  With my T1i/SX50/G9 setup I mainly standardized on PNY SD cards...and never had any issues with them.  Now that I've added a FF (5D2) to the mix and upgraded my T1i to a 7D, I'm likely going with Kingston CF cards.  Is there a reason why I should not have gone with PNY and should stay away from Kingston?  Just wondering. 

I tend to use a number of smaller cards (8/16GB) rather than a small number of larger cards.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:11:01 PM »
Canon 5D MKII, f/13, 1/5sec, ISO400, 100mm

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:04:40 PM »
The croc shot was taken on recent vacation while in Costa Rica...the scariest part of it was the driver of the boat gets out and feeds a crocodile chicken...the tour guide said, "They know when they're hungry...and if they're not hungry it's safe"...I'm thinking he may know the one in front of him isn't that hungry...but what about the one behind him???  Yikes!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 11, 2013, 10:59:43 PM »
Canon PowerShot SX50, f/6.5, 1/200th, ISO80, 215mm

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Lenses / Re: New Tilt-Shifts in 2014, Other EF Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: July 11, 2013, 10:46:36 PM »
New tilt-shifts...hmmm...so maybe the price of the current ones will go down...maybe something along the lines of what's happening with the EOS-M these days. 

A guy can dream...can't he?

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I have the BlackRapid RS-5 Cargo...great strap!  I recently got a second body...full frame to compliment a recently upgraded crop body...so I'm seriously considering the RS DR-1 Double Strap...not really looking at anything else.

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