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I have three lenses I want to sell, and I am trying to figure out how I want to sell also.  I sold a lens on eBay last year and the fees were too high.

I have tried twice to sell on Craigslist, and I never had any interested buyers despite being in a highly-populated area.  I think I'll give CL another try. 

My local police department actually went on a PR blitz publicizing how people are welcome to do Craigslist transactions in their lobby, since there are security cameras and it is staffed 24 hours a day.  I figure if someone isn't willing to meet at the police station, they must be pretty shady.  I also bought those pens that are used to tell if currency is fake since I only want to take cash.
Nearly useless.  It only detects cheap paper . . . before the enhanced security went in, they resorted to 'bleaching' singles to print as higher denominations.

As I said further up, if you meet at a bank, their money counter has some level of counterfeit detection built in.  Also, if your bank takes it, it's NOT your problem :)

That is super slick about the police department.  I'm always happy to hear when local government takes proactive steps to make things easier on citizens. It's not always the case :/

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Whereas I'd not invest with anyone other than Canon/Nikon for availability, variety and support, I could really care less as a user who's got the most, sells the most etc.

I suppose publicity is publicity.

This reminds me of *EVERY* 'android' conversation I have with my Dad.  He firmly believes market share equals "ahead".  For a business savvy guy, I can't get him to accept the simple concept of units shipped * profit margin.


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CL - You can hit the lottery and find a real buyer and boom, cash in hand. otherwise, it's a terror. people just suck.

I have now, successfully sold most of my stuff on CL; the direct benefit is zero comeback if the sale goes through.  If you use PayPal and you have someone who knows how to game the system, 'buyer protection' becomes a nightmare.

Once you get used to it, it's pretty clear who's who among scammers. 
1) Local/Cash Only --- anyone who talks about something else, or you driving 50 miles or mailing it is 99% a scam
2) Make sure they know you're going to meet some place with security cameras -- if they take your stuff and run, don't chase 'em, call the cops (Chase Private Client has been superb about this in Fairfield County CT; they even gave us a desk to sit at once!) -- if it's over a few hundred, meet at a bank and let the bank 'count' the money for you; it does a counterfeit scan
3) Ask for a cell, google any info they give you to make sure it's a real person

Out of everyone I weeded out via e-mail/phone, I only met one guy who was an odd duck (tested a lens for 40 minutes) -- I'm super paranoid but I've been surprised the rest of the time how very nice people are.

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One of the features that I like on the 60D is that I can reverse the articulating screen. I hate getting nose-prints on the screen and with the short eye relief on the consumer and semi-pro bodies, nose-to-screen contact is almost guaranteed.

EXACTLY. No screen protector, no screen button,it comes on when you flip it out.

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I was going to make a 'safe gun' joke but that always gets people going :/
Same here, but I decided not to post it - similar issues apply, but better to stay away from politics.  If I had kids, I'd definitely lock up my camera gear, too, though, given the way my niece and nephew play with my gear!
I'm the jerk hanging $2k of gear around an 8-year-old's neck so he learns how to shoot with something that doesn't have little pictures on the dial.   ;D

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 17, 2014, 04:13:09 PM »
For just photos: overkill. Video maybe at the most, but then you need better CFast by then as the data transfer rates are better.

You ever shoot sports at high fps and using raw? I do.

For most normal shooting, overkill. For sports, no.

Just shoot jpeg small, plenty of room!

*ducks*

 ;D

Or I'll just use my iPhone!

Don't forget to HDR it.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SanDisk Sale at B&H Photo
« on: July 17, 2014, 02:57:57 PM »
For just photos: overkill. Video maybe at the most, but then you need better CFast by then as the data transfer rates are better.

You ever shoot sports at high fps and using raw? I do.

For most normal shooting, overkill. For sports, no.

Just shoot jpeg small, plenty of room!

*ducks*

 ;D

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Canon could easily make a 'safetylock' where you literally bayonette the EF/EF-S mount/lens when you ship it/store it.

Do it the right way and you could make it easily known if a lens or body was stolen (if the buyer cares) -- once it gets well enough known, it would cut down on some kinds of theft.

I was going to make a 'safe gun' joke but that always gets people going :/


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Lenses / Re: Year of the lens....a joke....?
« on: July 16, 2014, 10:20:20 AM »
I'll play devil's advocate, which would be more 'year of the lens':

A refresh of 8 already decent lenses that makes them a little nicer.

Two prosumer grade lens upgrades that end up like the 70-200mm 2.8 mk2 IS.

So far, we've got the wide-angle STM lens, and now a wide-angle with IS.  Seriously, I'd consider it a full-on win if the 100-400mm turns out to be a winner at a fair price. 

Look back, the only "year of the lens" I could see was 2010, which, to me, was a very good year.



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Dear "J,"

I supposed I should not be surprised that you chose to announce the end of our relationship in such a public and cowardly way. You were never one for subtlety and discretion.

And, so typical of you to blame all the failures on me. As though you contributed nothing to the breakup. But, then, I guess since you contributed so little to the relationship, I should not be surprised.

The truth is, I've known for a long time this wasn't working. If I could have ended things myself, I would have. But as you know, for me this was an arranged marriage. You picked me and I had no say in the matter. For the honor of my family (and honor is something my culture values very highly) I could not leave you.

At first, your clumsy attempts to satisfy me were amusing and not without a certain boyish charm. But, honestly, it quickly became apparent that you were never going to improve. In fact, I soon realized that you actually thought you were good. I know this is hurtful to say, but since you are the one that began this public conversation, I think honesty is justified.

Never once were you able to bring me to my full potential. No, let me be more candid, never, ever did I come remotely close to achieving the heights I was intended for. You would fiddle with my dials and move my joystick, but it was so mechanical and uninspired that I could hardly bear it. Honestly, most of the time I wished you would just stick to the green box and let me do it myself.

And the trips...well, what can I say? Sure, I enjoyed them, but it was as though you thought that simply going someplace new would solve all our problems. All it did was make me long for the relationships that I saw others enjoying. How I wished that could have been us. But you...all you ever did was worry about whether someone else had a newer, prettier model hanging on his shoulder. 

You were so obsessed with showing me off that you didn't see how many of your fellow travelers lovingly treated their lowly Rebels with respect and appreciation and how they were rewarded in ways that you and I could never achieve together.

Yes, I saw the world. But, really, I would have traded it in a instant for a quiet little town in the Midwest, with someone who understood me and what I was meant to do.

Now, dear D810, believe me, I wish you no ill. In fact, I actually feel sorry for you. I know people say you are nothing more than an overinflated mass of silicon, but I know better. We are both from established families and, like me, you have not had any say in this relationship.

I would like to wish you a long and happy relationship, but I suspect that won't be the case. In the end, you will be blamed for everything. Just remember this. It is not you...it's him.

Ow, ow, ow, stop.  It hurts when I laugh.

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Your 5D MarkIII link is only useful for the USA. Any link for the other 95% of us out there?

Hrm . . . you think the world evenly purchases 5Dmk3 by population?

Seriously, there's like five people who post on slashdot on EVERY US-related article complaining about 95% of the world . . . maybe every forum has these guys?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: June 18, 2014, 10:17:20 AM »
Correction: This point seems contradictory:
  • Quite high MP count
  • Vastly improved AF performance
  • Greatly improved low light and ISO/noise performance
  • Potentially a different sensor and/or technology than expected
  • Good price point
  • Very close to ‘pro’ classification, but non-compete with flagship such as 1dx
  • Release by Fall season as expected
  • Canon holding back 7Dmk2 for a reason. I suspect 100-400 mk2 announcement, or some other coinciding situation.
One of these kids is doing his own thing...
You got it. 

1) if the above list is true, it's gonna cost
2) define 'good' --- I'm saying if this list is true, it's worth $2k . . . other people will want the price below that

Too wish-listy.

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When will Canon finally support Linux with their products?

+1 Agreed

Until Adobe does it, I don't think anyone's going to get a clue.

I'm not saying they'll gain market share by integrating linux, however, I think like me or a few other people would build a Linux box for that reason.  Windows 'workhorse' workstations have way too much overhead and garbage associated with them.  Mac 'workhorse' workstations cost a metric fortune.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Save 25% At LensRentals.com This Week.
« on: June 12, 2014, 04:25:02 PM »
Any chance at lensauthority too?

I'm not above begging  ;D

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Consider this, I have a young friend, who is not really a photographer but likes snapshooting. During community events, when I have my basics covered, I give him one of my cameras and he comes back with expressions that I cannot ever get. The girls of his age are simply comfortable with him. 5-10% keeper but I adore fixing them in post. I simply get things that I cannot get on my own. Obviously, I am not a pro photog yet (amateurs get something "better" than me).

My son (8) over-crops to high-hell most of the time.  I gave him my 7D (yeah, I'm that guy) set up his settings, then told him to assist me when doing a dance shoot that his mother was in.

I got at least 2 shots (out of, admittedly, many) that could only have been taken by a child photographing his mother; precious.  The wife didn't see the artistic eye in it, but I sure appreciated it.

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