I bought a used V700 from a estate for $100 last summer. There are ways to find a good deal if you keep your eyes open and check daily or at least every other day.
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Give yourself the assignment of creating the book. Researching, writing, photography...everything from start to finish. Spend at least a year working on it. You will become a much better and more disciplined photographer.
That's what I did a few years ago with this project: http://www.unfocusedmg.com/new-salem/index.html
First I produced a book as a sample and published it using Blurb. I have it for myself now, which is important to me. I then decided to turn it into the website above. Through that website, far more people will see it than will ever see any book I might publish (although still not so many).
I came very close to getting it published, but the group that wanted to publish it never followed through. I may still self-publish as a softback magazine as I found a website that does those books on a one-off basis.
Bottom line though, giving yourself the assignment and treating it as though it is a real assignment gives you discipline and focus that you can never gain just shooting for your own enjoyment. It forces you to think about how words and pictures work together. You learn about a topic in depth and you get a much better idea of how to produce pictures that others will find interesting -- rather than just what you like. You'll also learn about layout and design and if you create a website, you'll learn those skills as well.
I now have about three or four other ideas in the works. None are likely to ever see publication, but they keep me motivated and learning.
i'd rather buy one from B & H to make sure i have an authentic Canon Model before I loose out on my hard earned $$I agree that Buying from a authorized dealer is safer.