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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 05, 2013, 09:36:15 PM »
Do these count?   :P

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Announces
« on: July 24, 2013, 10:11:39 PM »
Have any of you bought their used lenses? How did you feel about the price you paid? How was the lens you got with respect to the description of the shape it was in, etc?

Have you had to return one and was that a hassle? Did you get a refund or exchange?

Overall, what's the consensus of buying from them...good, bad, excellent?



Bought my 10-22 and 70-200.  Pleased as punch.  Shipping was well padded, price was good, quality above described.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Announces
« on: July 24, 2013, 10:09:32 PM »
I wonder if they'll have lenses other than what goes through the rental house. As in, can I sell my lenses/cameras to them like or something similar.

After we get things settled in (new building and more staff for LensAuthority) we plan to start offering certification for people selling their own gear: we'll independently test it, give a printout of the optics, and warranty it for the seller. Or sell it for them on consignment. We'll clearly identify when an item is a consignment item, but it will be tested to our standards and warrantied if appropriate. For some more expensive lenses it will hopefully provide some assurances to the buyers and be a better deal for sellers who don't want to deal with Craigslist or eBay (or if they do, they can list our test results and warranty when they sell it.)


Pure Genius!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Announces
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:24:25 PM »
I love how honest Roger is.  I've bought two lens from them, and the condition was BETTER than described. 
Also, this is awesome (on restocking fees):
"What does that mean, you ask? It means, unless you are a jerk, you won’t be charged the fee.

Who is a jerk, you now ask? If you buy 6 different copies of a single lens, intending to look at them all and return 5 of them – you are a jerk and will be charged the fee. If you’ve bought 10 things from us this year, and you’ve returned 7 of them for no apparent reason – you are a jerk and will be charged the fee."

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M Stock & Shipping Update
« on: July 17, 2013, 06:23:13 PM »
Well, I hope they stop the fire sale soon, that way resale value can go back up.  $300 was a complete steal for a camera of this quality.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 6D Body $1499 or $1589
« on: July 13, 2013, 04:43:03 PM »

If you are crafty, you can unload the 24-105mm lens and the Pro-100 printer for about $850-$900 combined.  That gives you a 6D body at around $1,099-$1,149 out of pocket, with a 16GB SD card to boot.

My package arrives Monday; I'll let everyone know how the resale of the printer and lens goes.

I got my package last night.  I wanted the 24-105 lens, so I listed the 6d on Amazon.  It sold in less than 2 hours.  I'm still trying to sell the printer and paper, but already my lens only cost $400, so I really could care less.  I'm going to sell the 17-55mm, so when all is said and done I should have $300 in my pocket.

For what it is worth, I got my order in on Monday.  The camera really has a nice build quality to it and feels better than my T2i.  Honestly, I'm pretty impressed.  Sure, the AF is slower than the T2i, but is better than other P&S I have used in the past.  Also, it came loaded with the latest firmware.

Hope this information helps anyone still deciding.

Call me crazy, but I just bought 5 of each (22mm and 18-55mm kits).  After the promotion on July 9th, the price will be back up and I'll sell them on eBay or Amazon Used section.  Even at that, the lenses themselves are worth $200-$300 each.

Software & Accessories / Re: Manfrotto 055 vs 190, 498 vs 496
« on: January 10, 2013, 07:37:28 AM »
Well, I went through the pain of trying to decide what kind of tripod to get two months ago.  I settled on the 055 aluminum basic legs and a Markins ball head.  I got the basic legs because the other versions of the 055 aluminum were longer and heavier. 

Anyway, after about two weeks I couldn't stand how big the 055 was and so I got the 190 carbon 4-section and love it.  It supports my T2i with 70-200 f2.8 without a problem and is much easier when carrying with a backpack.

Also, the 190 carbon has lever locks, while the 055 aluminum had screw tighting legs, which made setup and take down a lot slower.

With all that being said, I have a 055XDB available if you want it for cheap, as I couldn't return it.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EOS-1D C in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: January 08, 2013, 01:18:41 PM »
Great deal, in for 2.

/sorry, could not resist.

as of today there is a separate thread titled "Canon has Refurbished 5DIII for $2240":

I'm assuming this isn't a troll-post, but I'm kind of surprised because the refurb thread is one that is currently active and shows up on the front page.

As the author of that thread, it was not a troll post.  I use and and I think both of those sites posted the link, which I reposted in the thread here.  However, it is true that the deal is no longer available. 

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon has Refurbished 5DIII for $2240
« on: January 02, 2013, 09:14:08 AM »
Perhaps we should all just wait 10 more years, and then we'll be able to rummage through garbage cans and get the 5DIII for free.

Let's not bother talking about how much the price has dropped: as technology progresses, the price of older tech goes down.  All that I was doing was letting people know who wanted to jump on a good price for today's market.  Market conditions will always dictate price, and a year ago $3,500 was the price.  If you don't like how things go out of date, I suggest you find a different world to live in.

Software & Accessories / Re: Yet another tripod thread...
« on: December 07, 2012, 04:17:50 AM »
Benro is good too.  I don't know anything about that particular model, but LensRentals rents these out for travelers that can't afford Gitzo:

Software & Accessories / Re: Yet another tripod thread...
« on: December 07, 2012, 03:57:05 AM »
Another option would be to go to Lens Rentals and see what they rent out to people.  If it's reliable enough to rent out to people, then it will be good enough for home use.

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