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In the early 2000's I used to use Ebay...a lot.  I gave up on Ebay around 2007 as the fees for listing/selling were too high and shipping is a pain in the butt.  Since then I have used Craigslist exclusively.  I usually get what I want for my gear and have sold numerous cameras this way including: Leica M8, Canon 1DSII, 7D, G12, 20D and numerous lenses.  In addition to selling, I have bought countless gear on Craigslist too which is a nice way to meet other photographers, not to mention try the gear before you hand over your money.

The thing on Craigslist is to sort out the flakes from the people who are serious...also, for Craigslist to be viable you need to live in a populated area (Vancouver, BC is where I am).  No matter what, do not ship to anyone on CL....cash deals only, in person, usually at a coffee shop.

Perhaps I had back luck on Craig's list but all I was scam offers - "I'll pay extra 50% to ship the lens to my cousin in ..."

No serious offers, so after 2 or 3 items I only list on ebay (10% fee plus 3% paypal fee hurts) or Fred Miranda.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone own both Canon and Nikon
« on: July 23, 2014, 11:53:22 AM »
I think my previous reply to the OP was very confusing.
So try to rewrite it here:

IIn many ways the Sony A7R is not as refined as the D810 is , but it is a lot less risky and  also much cheaper to get.

And if you do shoot only landscapes or studio set up work , then there is no difference between the D810 and the A7R.


Thanks for the great reply.  I primarily shoot wildlife with a bit of landscapes (would like to do more) and some macro.

For wildlife I will stick, without a single thought of changing, with Canon.

Until the new 16-35 F4 came out, I was very disappointed with Canon WA zoom.  The 16-35 F4 is a real winner.  If Canon came up with a 5D M4 (or ...) that had significant improvement in DR I would be a happy camper.  36 MP would be nice but also will increase workflow (larger files, more disk space, longer processing times, ...)

The Sony A7R looks like a great alternative and need to try it soon. 

Thanks again for the thoughts

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone own both Canon and Nikon
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:33:55 PM »
This is late (I do not get to sit down at a computer as often) but if you are simply after resolution and hate shadows in your images, I would suggest as some others have done - which is something like the A7R. Purely as a 'digital back' for whatever lenses you wish to use.

As for lenses, I would strongly suggest a couple of Canon's TS lenses before the Nikon's, simply because many of Nikon's lenses of recent years rely a good deal on in-camera corrections, which has allowed Nikon to slack on physical IQ in the lenses. This means that when not used on a Nikon body the lenses do not perform as well. Canon on the other hand, which only recently included/support lens correction in-camera on the very latest bodies, have had to maintain a little higher physical IQ in the lenses.

Sure, most pp software provides lens correction, but not on off-brand combinations.. so you will not get the proper corrections on something like the 14-24mm when used on the Sony body as you would on a Nikon body, and the same goes for the 17mm or 24mm TS on the Sony body, but the Canon's would need less correction to begin with.

Rental of your proposed setup will provide the best information regardless..

To give you an idea on what benefit in-camera corrections can make, DxO has the opportunity to test lenses on an independent body - a real measure of how a lens is designed, built, and performs - by testing on something like the A7R (as it has the same resolution that DxO says makes all the difference in the world) but stated that most people purchasing something like a Nikon lens would be using it on a Nikon body, and therefore any compensated benefits to be had in that combination are relevant to the lenses performance scores.
(Even though in-camera corrections mask the lenses physical design and performance)

Interesting comments about Nikon lens and in camera corrections.  I had not heard that but I know little of Nikon.  That is one of the reasons I started this thread.

I go back and forth on the A7R.  Great camera but wonder if I could use a camera without an optical viewfinder.

Now only Canon would introduce a 5D M4 with dual pixels to dramatically increase DR :)

Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 16, 2014, 03:07:49 PM »
if you are talking focal length very little

If you are talking about quality and F4

Then killer UWA such as Nikon 14-24.  I consider the 70-200 F2.8 II to be a killer lens

Killer 100-400, current model is okay at best

How about a 400 F4 non-DO but IS.
Also a 400 F5.6 IS and 300 F4 IS

I dream about a extender that either a zoom (1.0 to 1.7) or discrete - imagine  an extender with 3 positions - 1.0 (none), 1.4 and 1.7

How about 1.7 extender

Lots of lens need to be updated, 180 macro (perhaps TS-E).

Overall, a few holes when you look at focal length and aperture combined but major challenge is quality of some of the L lenses are simply as good as many of us expect.

Stop you - hell go full speed ahead.  They are great lenses.
Nice one and I think if you shoot with Canon long enough, the great white fever eventually gets you :)

I have three small whites, does that count too? ;)

Mini whites.  Not quite the great one, but still white fever

Canon General / Re: Have G.A.S. and can't to get rid of it!!
« on: July 11, 2014, 02:38:32 PM »
Bodies 1
Lens  3

I have suffered from GAS for years and have to force myself to keep it down.

Don't buy anything new for a while.  If you don't use an lens or body in 3-6 months sell it.

Learn to control the lust urges.

Stop you - hell go full speed ahead.  They are great lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 09, 2014, 02:00:18 PM »
three things.  First two are would get be close to buying. 3rd is nice.

1.  1Dx -like build, controls, electronics
2.  DR and S/N greatly improved
3.  APS-H sensor (1.3 crop) with 18 to 24 MP

Final buy decision will be based upon what they deliver at what price

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How disappointed will you be if . . .?
« on: July 09, 2014, 01:56:05 PM »
Unless there is a major improvement in the sensor quality, this signals bad news for the future of Canon.  They are behind Nikon (Sony) in sensor technology and need to step up their game to keep competitive.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How disappointed will you be if . . .?
« on: July 09, 2014, 01:54:42 PM »
Maybe Canon has decided to finally make some pro-grade lenses to go with the 7D, and is waiting until they can launch both at once.

All the Pro grade lenses (the "L" lenses) will work on the 7D.  Do you mean that they will make pro grade EF-S (crop sensor) lenses?  To do that, they will need a pro grade body.  A 1Dx with an APS-C sensor.

:'( Goodbye my dear 5d mk III . You were my first "real" love. You were so quick and comfortable in my hands. I loved the way you felt. When we were together, we were "one in the same". You were the peanut butter to my jelly. Simply amazing and skilled in every aspect. Your resolution, dynamic range and AF were as real as it got. I even loved your previous model almost as much. You were my "King of the World."

I have decided its time to move on. We just don't see eye to eye anymore. I need more! You see, I have grown and you have remained static. You're not willing to change. You sit idly by while my new friend, Nikon, keeps growing. She will have upgraded quite a few times since you came to market. She knows that I need more and she is willing to give it me. She has more dynamic range now, a great AF system and, as you already know, more MP. She is willing to give me the resolution when I enlarge. You're not! And, she will feel better in my hand.

And, don't feel to bad. I'm sure you will get your chance to change and improve. I know you will eventually, but I am tired of waiting and the false promises. I hear whispers and rumors hear and there, but they are nothing more than that. I also know you are do for a "change" and I do believe it will happen by the end of the year. I cannot survive on the false promises. And based upon your past, I'm sure your price will be a lot higher.

However, I will never forget you. I will remember the fun we had in Maine, Oregon, and Yellowstone. I will never forget the time we traveled thousand of miles to banff national park, only to be flooded out for five days. I will also remember the time we got soaked under the waterfall in Iceland. Those were great memorable times!

Do I regret anything? Well, let's just say that I wish we had more resolution together. We could have printed so much lager than 32x48. It would have made all the difference in the world to me. I want to leave you with one final thought as you find a new home. Don't let the door hit you in the A$$.  :o

Interesting thoughts.  I am there, too.

As I see, Nikon make incremental improvements and some big steps.  Canon tends to make only big steps (except for the rebel and xxD line) on their Pro and Prosumer line.

About Nikon's incremental steps, if you have a Nikon D4 or D800, I am not sure that the D4s or D810 are enough of an improvement to get you to buy an upgrade.  However if you are consider the D4 or D800 then perhaps the updated models will cause you to buy them.

The key question is whether Canon's next big step will put it on par with the D810 (and when)?  As far as I can tell, the D4 and 1Dx are comparable.  The 5D3 and D800, while different, are somewhat comparable though the D800 easily wins on DR and resolution - the former is important regardless of the resolution.

I am considering supplementing my Canon equipment w/ a D810 and the 14-24 (wish Canon would license this lens and make it work on their body) and a 24-70.  Too bad I can not simply buy the best glass and best body and they would work interchangeably - I know, I have been smoking something :).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone own both Canon and Nikon
« on: July 08, 2014, 02:04:46 AM »
If you're not in a rush I would wait for Photokina and see if Canon comes out with a body that tickles your fancy.

Thanks everyone for their thoughtful comments.  No, I will wait until Photokina.

If Canon introduces dual pixel (as expected) with improved DR and a strong competitor to the Nikon 14-28, I will be very happy. 7D M2 (or what ever it is called) will be the beginning of a new sensor series.  I would like to see the 5D M4 soon with dual sensor but that is a dream right now.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's D800E 30% sharper than D800
« on: July 07, 2014, 12:52:49 AM »
That is laughable for several obvious reasons, first, they are saying the Ziess lens is perfect and causes zero resolution loss, that is impossible, it is either breaking the laws of physics, or their measurements are suspect yet again. And, just read any Nikon forum where people own both, and there are a surprising amount, they will tell you that is simply not true, yes the E does resolve slightly more, but 30% more, no.

Not exactly perfect.  just able to use the full resolution of the sensor.

If they sensor was 8 MP and a lens resolved 8, would you call that perfect?  Just pushes the limit of the sensor.

Third Party Manufacturers / Anyone own both Canon and Nikon
« on: July 07, 2014, 12:49:45 AM »
In particular I am considering the new D810 with 14-24 and 24-70 for landscapes.   

The Canon 16-35 F4 is good but the 14-24 is great!

The 5DM3 is a nice camera but lacks the DR of the D810.

Hate to spend the extra $ for another body and duplicate lenses.

Does anyone shoot both Canon and Nikon - Canon for long lens and Nikon for wide angles?  Experience?  Thoughts?

I am not trolling nor trying to start a flame war, but look for well thought out positions based upon experience.



EOS Bodies / Re: What do you hope-for MOST from Canon in 2014
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:16:45 PM »
High resolution body - on par with the D810 in a 5D body so the price is below $4000

License Nikon's 14-24 lens - it is great, why create it.  They can not do better.

mini 1Dx.  1Dx w/ APS-C or APS-H sensor.  identical except for lower high ISO

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