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And I think I'm a jerk if I dangle that I have a 24-70 F/2.8L I and do not let people have a look at it.

Attached advert from a guy who clearly has not sold much gear.  Reach out if interested with a message.

- A


Your ad contains too detailed information and niceties IMO for the eBay or Craigslist customer. My lengthy ads have fared much poorly than short ones.
You can, however, use this post in FredMiranda.com, and you definitely should. I have sold multiple items in that site and the transactions have always been very pleasant (and hey, I can put in a line vouching for the fact you are a regular poster in Canonrumors, FWIW). You can use Paypal which is very secure, and apart from the 3% Paypal fee there is nothing else.

P.S.: As Steve says, feedback on FredMiranda goes a long way, but everyone had to start somewhere, right? Some things that convince buyers are good English and feel of genuineness (I think your post has that), good pictures (put your username on a post-it and put it in the pictures), and prompt and clear responses if questions are asked.

+1 For selling on FredMiranda.com.  I have bought and  sold on eBay for many years with good success, but their recent fee hikes have forced me to look for other options.

I've been using CraigsList off and on for a few years, but we live in a small town so it's hard to find buyers close.  Also, you have to deal with lots of thieves who make bogus offers at elevated prices and accompanying fake PayPal payment emails hoping to trick sellers into shipping products overseas.  I current have a 430EX II speedlite listed on CL for $220.  Yesterday, I received an "offer" for $350 including overseas shipping to ship to the buyers brother in Nigeria.  But, it was urgent that I shipped immediately or they would not receive it in time for their birthday. Yeah, right!  When I responded that I would not ship overseas until the PayPal payment had cleared the Buyer stopped communicating.  These type of fake offers are common with CL and even eBay in my experience.

I have a friend who fell for one of these scams a few years ago.  They were selling a collectible item on eBay.  She received an inquiry from a scammer who offered $200 more than what the item was worth if she shipped to a relative of the buyer in Romania.  The scammer requested my friends email/PayPal address and said they would send PayPal payment, but my friend had to ship immediately as their relative was moving to a new address in Romania soon.  My friend was getting ready to leave on a business trip and in a hurry to wrap things up before she left.  She received a fake email payment notification from PayPal and shipped the item to Romania without verifying payment at the PayPal website.  The next day she did check PP, and no money received.  She tried to contact the seller, but they never responded.  Tried to recall the package from USPS, but apparently that isn't possible for international shipments.  So, she was out a collectible worth a few thousand dollars.

Ive been selling a few items recently at FredMiranda.com and it's a pleasure by comparison with eBay and CL. The buyers are all legitimate and knowledgable photographers.  Prices tend to be fair market prices and FM does not charge any fees, so PayPal fees are the only ones that apply.  Those are not insignificant, but worth it to me to avoid the hassles on CL with scammers.  I had a few additional questions from potential FM buyers since I lacked selling history, but I responded to their their questions and sent additional pictures as required.  Some ask me to share my eBay user ID since I have a good seller rating there, and this helped.  As others pointed out, you have to start somewhere.

Good luck

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Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 18, 2014, 02:25:06 PM »
I'd like to see a new fast IS primes:  35, 50, 85 and 135mm.  Especially the 50.

Of course a 100-400 II L would be awesome, but the price needs to be reasonable given the quality of the Tamron 150-600.



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Lenses / Re: Year of the lens....a joke....?
« on: July 16, 2014, 04:34:12 AM »
It is the year of the lens...

but unfortunately for Canon, the lens is the Tamron 150-600......

From a value-for-money standpoint Tamron's 150-600mm is impressive but I wish Tamron had made it a 150-500 instead and half a kilo lighter. I hate that on the long end it only reaches its best around f/10-11.  :'(

I rented a Tamy 150-600 for our vacation in Alaska and used it extensively.  I found it to be pretty sharp at 600mm and f/8.  It's definitely better at 500mm, but I was happy with 600 and f/8.


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Lenses / Re: Flex Lens Shade
« on: July 16, 2014, 04:05:13 AM »
how about something like this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/82mm-Wide-Angle-Metal-Lens-Hood-Sun-Shade-Screw-in-Threads-Anti-Glare-Coating-/370879519592?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item565a245b68

something like this will make your CPL easier to turn also...

This is likely but there are plenty of 82mm screw on hoods that could work... might take you a few different shades to find the perfect one,

The flex shade will probably manage to find its way into your uncropped shots..


Not sure that I like the idea of a hood that screws into the filter threads.  Canons hoods attach to the outside of the lens which I would think is better for protecting and minimizing lens damage if dropped. 

However, if these hoods would make it easier to rotate a CPL they might be worth a try.


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Lenses / Re: Flex Lens Shade
« on: July 16, 2014, 03:55:19 AM »
Looks flimsy to me.  I have some rogue flash benders for my flashes (similar idea) and they are a pain to use. Why you would want this functionality in a hood is beyond me

It does look flimsy. Never meant to be a protective tool of course. I do see the value of cutting off the flare.

Lens hoods two functions are shading your front element/filter to prevent flare and protection.  The flexi-shade would do a good job of the former, but not do much if anything for protection.  Lens hoods for wide angle and UWA lenses are so shallow they don't do much to shade the lens anyway, so protection is the main advantage.  If your primary concern is shade, the flex-shade looks like a good option.

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Site Information / Re: Post Precessing Section
« on: July 14, 2014, 03:36:19 AM »
+1 I think there is a need

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Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 11, 2014, 05:58:20 AM »
I hope I never have to make these tough choices, but:

1 body + 1 lens: 6D + 24-70 f/2.8II
1 body + 2 lenses: 6D + 24-70 f/2.8II + 70-200 f/2.8IS II
1 body + 3 lenses: 6D + 24-70 f/2.8II + 70-200 f/2.8IS II + 135 f/2.0
1 body + 3 lenses + 1 accessory: 6D + 24-70 f/2.8II + 70-200 f/2.8IS II + 135 f/2.0 + 600EX-RT
1 body + 4 lenses + 1 accessory: 6D + 24-70 f/2.8II + 70-200 f/2.8IS II + 135 f/2.0 + 35 f/2.0 IS + 600EX-RT

Though decision between my 135L and 100L Macro.  The macro is more versatile and has IS, but I shoot 4x more portraits than macro, and I love the 135L for portraits.  I could go with the combo of 24-70 and 135L if I had to.  I often use these two lenses for short trips or day outings and it works quite well.  I could also get by with the 6D and 35mm IS and 135L in a pinch and money or space were really tight.

Of course I could get by with my EOS-M and 22mm lens if I had to, I would just wouldn't be able to create many of the images I can today with my current equipment.


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Photography Technique / Re: The definition of insanity
« on: June 26, 2014, 03:07:29 AM »
I have the same problem.  I always take too much gear on family vacations expecting and hoping to have time to take some great pictures, but inevitability I seldom have time for much more than quick shots.

We are right now in Alaska, just wrapping up three weeks in the 49th state.  I took my 6D, 24-70, 70-200, 100L Macro, Rokinon 14mm and a rented Tamron 150-600 as well as my EOS-M, 22 and 18-55 lenses, 3 600EX-RT's, ST-E3-RT, flash bender, mini softbox, set of Lee filters, other filters, tripod, monopod and other assorted items that took up one large backpack and overflowed into my suitcase.

So far I'm used the 6D and 24-70 90% of the time, the Tamron 150-600 9% (wildlife and whale watching cruise).  I've taken token shots with my other three lenses just to feel better about lugging them around.  The flash equipment has gotten little use despite intentions for better lit portraits of the family in front of various landmarks as normally there isn't time to set things up properly. 

Next vacation, I swear I'll just take my 24-70 and 100 or 135mm,  ::)

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EOS-M / Re: Another great toy for EOS-M
« on: June 07, 2014, 08:39:57 AM »
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE my EOS M! Great little camera.

I was looking on DxO Optics. The 22 mm kit lens on the EOS M - that costs $95 new on eBay - is as sharp as my Canon 24-70 2.8 II on my Canon T4i. Not bad for a $250 camera & lens combo!!  :)

I have a Hoodman viewfinder that I use on my EOS M - same basic thing.

I have found, though, that by turning the LCD to full brightness, I can see it in full sunshine with no problem. 

I tested it, turning fully around in a 360 degree circle. The only place I had trouble was when my face was fully lit my the sun, when my subject was backlit, for about 20 degrees of the arc. I could solve the problem just by tilting a ball cap down trp shade my face.

The rest of the time, I had no problem seeing the LCD with brightness all of the way up.

One tip: You can program the "Trash Can" button to increase the LCD to full brightness. Works great!

Otherwise I use the "Trash Can" button to change ISO. I put the Custom Function to select the mapping of that button on "My Menu."

I never need to change ISO in bright sunlight, so it works perfectly to switch that to the LCD brightness ...

Good luck!
Michael

Good tip!  I'll try give this a try today.

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Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 07, 2014, 07:25:29 AM »
My first L was the 100-400.  My first DSLR was a T2i (550D) that I bought with the 18-55 kits lens and an EF-S 55-250 v1.  I was happy with this set-up for about a year, but then replaced the kit lens with a EF-S 18-135 and the 55-250 with the 100-400 as I was looking to additional focal length.  I purchased it used off eBay and it was a pretty good copy.  After over a year of use, I found I was seldom using it much beyond 200mm and often wished I had a faster lens for lower light use and shallow DOF.  So, I sold it to help fund the purchase of a 70-200 2.8 II, which I plan to hang onto forever!

My second L was the 24-105 followed closely by the 35 and 135.

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Lenses / Re: Covering 70-200 Indoors.
« on: June 07, 2014, 06:13:10 AM »
Since you already have the 70-300L, which is an excellent outdoor lens with a terrific zoom range.  I think the 135L would meet your needs for a fast indoor tele option nicely.

I have a 70-200 2.8 II and a 135L and often choose to leave the 70-200 at home due to its weight when I'll be carrying the camera for extended periods.  My equipment choice for festivals and day-long events is my 6D with 24-70 and 135L.  Occasionally, I take an extender along as well.  I often use my 135L for my nieces and nephews swimming and wrestling events in very poor light.  It works well in smaller areas where you can get pretty close to participants, but I take my 70-200 when I need more reach.

I have 1.4xIII and 2.0xIII extenders that I use occasionally with my 135L.  As Mackguyver pointed out, the extenders do not work well with the 135 wide open for some reason, but they work brilliantly with the 70-200.  In my experience (not formal testing) the 135mm / 1.4xIII combination seems to work well from f/5.6 and up, but my shots at wider apertures seemed soft with high CA's.   

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Lenses / Re: Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: June 04, 2014, 07:17:44 PM »
I ordered one from B&H in mid April and no sign of it yet.  We are leaving on a trip to Alaska in a few weeks.  If it doesn't show up soon I'll rent a 400 f/5.6 to take with me instead.  I really need something longer than my 70-200 for Alaska!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: June 01, 2014, 01:15:36 PM »
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As camera phones improve these high end APS-C systems will eventually disappear.

???

I guess it should read "high-priced APS-C systems will eventually disappear" ... and that's exactly my opinion too.

Once we get beyond 135mm focal length, lenses for any sensor-size from mFT via APS-C to FF are exactly the same size: "FF size". And below that focal length, lens size and weight does not scale anywhere proporationately to image circle. There's just no point in buying 1000+ € 56mm/1.2 lenses ... unless they cover 36x24mm image circle.  :-)

Yes, I meant high priced.  If somebody can make a "high end" low priced APS-C system it will certainly be viable.

I'm not saying APS-C will go away, I'm saying APS-C systems that cost as much as better FF systems can't compete and will eventually decline quite a bit in sales.  I suppose there will still be a small market for users who care so much about compact size with lots of features, they are willing to pay a big premium for it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: June 01, 2014, 06:34:29 AM »
Rather good Ff cameras can be had at decent prices (6D, D610, A7) .. And they can be really compact too (A7/R/S). Prices will fall further, functionality will further increase.

Fuji X systems and mFT cameras will not be sucessful in price bands of 1000+ for every camera and every other lens .. As soon as the hype is over and as soon as compact ff mirrorless cameras plus matching lenses can be had at decent prices, people wil buy those rather than half- and quartet-sized sensors.

+1  the Fuji APS-C and mFT systems are very nice, but can't survive much longer at their current price points.  As AvTvM pointed out, there are good FF system alternatives in the same price range.  APS-C's main advantages over FF are size and system price at the expense of some IQ.  The APS-C size advantage is legitimate (even compact FF bodies will require large glass once you move beyond maybe 85mm) but price advantage does not exist with $1,200 bodies and $1k lenses. 

 As camera phones improve these high end APS-C systems will eventually disappear.

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If your wife is getting more serious about wedding and portraiture photography then the 6D is the better choice.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but serious wedding and 6d/5d2 af system doesn't square. You can use it as a 2nd or backup body, but for anything mission-critical that moves this is not the camera you can rely upon. Think of the couple walking down the church alley, your af tracking fails and you have to say "Well, you know, I saved $1000, could you please repeat it?".

There are plenty of excellent wedding photographers using the 6D as their primary camera.  Dustin Abbott, who often posts here is one.  A local photographer, well regarded as the best in the town I live, uses a 6D as primary and 5D2 for his second shooter and doesn't have any AF issues with these bodies.

I'll be the first to admit the 6D's AF is not nearly as good as the 5D3 or 1Dx, but it's not bad either.  Unless you are shooting lots of sports or fast paced wildlife (BIF), the 6D's AF is probably good enough for most uses including weddings.

No offense but I own the 6D, 5D3 and 60D (not to mention many other Canon bodies) and I am fully confident in the 6D autofocus.  In fact, until a firmware update fixed the 5D3 low light AF issues, the 6D stomped it with low light AF.  Don't run away from the 6D because some folks think it has flaws compared to the 5D3.

As for the OP question about 'best all-around body', I also would tend to agree with candc, the 70D is likely the best all around for your needs.  Better video, speed for sports, etc.  A FF sensor (6D) will open up a whole world of creativity but you can still create great images with an APS-C camera and that's the format you are already accustomed to anyway.  Get a 6D ASAP later but get the 70D first and get busy making money to pay for other things.  Buy most of your lenses in EF type so you can use them on the FF camera in the future.

I think we are generally in agreement.  Maybe my wording came across more negative about the 6D's AF than I intended?  I own a 6D and have borrowed or rented 5D3 's and a 70D with enough use I think I understand each bodies strengths and limitations.

For most photography not involving fast moving sports or BIF the 6D's AF is good to very good, excellent AF accuracy and precision.  Certainly a good option for weddings and events as well as landscapes, portraits and street shooting.  The 6D's AF does struggle in AI Servo when compared with the 5D3 and to some degree the 70D in my opinion, partially due to the limited number of AF points.  But, AI Servo is a very small percentage of what I shoot, so the 6D is a terrific body for my use.

I agree that the 70D would be the best "all around" photo/video body to upgrade from a Rebel for the OP's stated purposes.

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