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Got this guy in mint condition for $1100 yesterday : )

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-105mm and 100mm lenses with impurities
« on: December 20, 2011, 06:53:48 PM »
He may be talking about some of the tiny bubbles that you see in the glass?
I think thats actually a sign of quality glass...
How do the pictures look?  If good, don't worry about it. 

The likelihood that you ended up with 2 different bad L lenses in the same order is slim to none.

Lenses / Re: Prime Lenses
« on: December 20, 2011, 06:49:51 PM »
Of the primes you mentioned, i have some concern with the 50/1.2 with the things i've read.
The 50/1.4 and Sigma 50/1.4 is often compared and i'm not sure if i would go with the 50/1.2L for what you get with the price.
I definitely would go with the 24/1.4, 85/1.2 and 100/2.8IS Macro II. I'd have to looking into the 35/1.4 and others.

I love my 50mm, sure the AF is a little slow (but not as bad as the 85L II) but when you "get the shot" damn does it look good.  A lot of people say its inconsistent, but I suspect this may have more to do with the super short hyper focal length...if the subject moves even an inch it can throw off the focus.

Lenses / Re: Prime Lenses
« on: December 20, 2011, 06:42:47 PM »
I would seriously recommend not buying more than a couple lenses when you are just starting.  I went crazy and ended up with like 11 or 12 different lenses and all it did was make things harder.  I gradually narrowed them down to what's left in my signature.  But you have to take the time to learn each lens and its quirks, and sometimes having too many choices just makes things harder. 

You will be happy with any of the previously mentioned lenses, but it doesnt really make sense to buy one of the three you mentioned if its going to be your only lens.  But if you have to have one, I'd go for the 35L, like they said its pretty versatile on APS-C (7D, 60D) and FF sensors (5DII, 1Ds3). 

I also agree with the other poster about photography classes, as it does kind of sound like you know more about the equipment than photography itself. 

I have easy $10k in photo gear and I don't call myself a Photographer.

I didn't lay a hand on a DSLR until March 2010 (T2i), had no idea what aperture, ISO, etc. was.  All I knew was that I loved the way the video looked and that if I wanted to shoot it properly I had to learn about it.  But even after a year and a half, 25,000 pictures, countless hours shooting video, I still wouldn't call myself a photographer.  I've always been a video freak, just because I can use a camera and compose properly doesn't mean I'm a photographer, I think that's an insult to the people that have spent their lives doing it.

Everyone has seen it...you're on Facebook, suddenly you see "so and so Photography" pop up, and you have never seen "so and so" shooting or mentioning photography EVER.  Then they offer $20 portraits and devalue the craft, I would be pissed if I were a photographer. 

I got a 180L Macro for $910 a few weeks ago.  Was in great shape and am VERY happy with that one.


Exc cond used 180mmL $899
70-200f2.8mk.II $1974 New
24-105f4L $899  New (kit version though)  Got it 3-4 months back before the current great sale prices

Same here on 70-200mm f2.8 IS II for $1974 (NEW) from B&H

Wow a lot of you guys got in on that deal huh?  I thought the V1 was sick but I've heard nothing but great things about the Mark II.  I've debated selling my 85L and 135L for it, but I just can't bear to get rid of them.

Sweet deal!  My personal policy is that I only buy lenses in excellent condition, and I won't pay more than 70% of current retail pricing for a used lens.   

Some good deals I've gotten in the past:

  • EF 200mm f/2.8L II for $450 (62% of retail at the time)
  • EF 300mm f/4L IS for $725 (60% of retail at the time)
  • MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro for $500 (50% of retail at the time)

All from Craigslist.  I subsequently sold the 200/2.8 and 300/4 (after getting the 70-200 II and 100-400, respectively), and for a decent profit in both cases.  I still have the MP-E 65mm.

I agree, I've purchased almost every lens I have through Craigslist.  In the last year I've gotten:
2 different EF 24-70 f/2.8 - One was $1050, the other was $1000
16-35mm f/2.8L II - $1250 w/$100 B+W filter
35mm f/1.4L- $1100
50mm f/1.2L- $1100
85mm f/1.2L - $1800 (not the best deal, but not retail)
70-200 f/2.8 IS (v1) - $1450

All of them were in great shape, didn't have any problems with the sellers, etc.  CL is great for higher end stuff, camera stuff is so specific you would be able to tell pretty quickly if the person didn't know what they were talking about.

Just won the auction on eBay the other day for a Brand New Canon 85mm 1.2L II for $1500. I've been hunting for a deal on this lens for a while. Can't wait to get it!
I chased this lens around for nearly 6 months, every time one would come up I would come so close and barely miss.  It even got to the point that I "bought it now" on ebay for $1800 and woke up to an email from the guy saying he had sold it 30 minutes before I bid on it.  But when I did finally get it, it was wonderful.  Great deal, you'll love that one.

Lenses / What's the best deal you've ever gotten on a lens?
« on: December 19, 2011, 03:02:21 PM »
I got a mint 14mm f/2.8L II for $1100 earlier today 8)   I've wanted this lens forever, I rent it here and there, but couldn't justify the purchase with a 16-35mm II in my bag already.  Saw the ad pop up on Craigslist, thought it had to be a Mark I, but sure enough it was a II.  Not a scratch on the thing, box and everything included.  Win!

Which made me wonder what kind of other random great deals people have gotten on photo equipment...

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
« on: December 14, 2011, 10:29:29 AM »
The EF-S lens that has had some full frame users jealous for a while. 

Not the educated ones, who would know that the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS on a crop body is out-spec'd by the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS used on FF, since the FF-equivalent of 17-55mm f/2.8 is 27-88mm f/4.5 (becuase the crop factor affects aperture in terms of DoF for equivalent framing), and the 1-stop effect on shutter speed is more than compensated for bu the 1.33-stop improvement in ISO noise with the additional light gathering ability of a FF sensor).  So, the 24-105 on FF is wider, longer, and faster than the 17-55mm on crop, still has IS, and is weather-sealed with L-quality build to match.

I think what they mean by making FF owners jealous is that the closer equivilent lens would be the 24-70 2.8 which lacks IS.. Because if they added the IS to that lens, that would be the choice for a all around lens for FF bodies.

I've used both, and the 17-55 on a T2i was sharper than both copies of the 24-70 I've had on a 5D.  I was really shocked the first time I used that lens.

Lenses / Re: EF 35 f/1.4L II & EF 24-70 f/2.8L II on January 3, 2012? [CR2]
« on: December 12, 2011, 11:34:51 AM »
I'm still not sure - buying the current 24-70 now is safe in terms of good/money or stupid idea?

The fact that it's on sale for around $1100 right now doesnt hurt, and considering it's been $1399 in the last few years I would say you're fine.  Id say youd still be able to get $1k out of it in a year

Lenses / Re: EF 35 f/1.4L II & EF 24-70 f/2.8L II on January 3, 2012? [CR2]
« on: December 12, 2011, 11:33:30 AM »
I liked the 24-70, just not enough to keep it.  Had a few different copies, one of them stood out more than the others.

As for the new one, I could care less about IS, but I'll say this: One of the sharpest zooms I've ever used was the 17-55 f/2.8 IS (28-80 FF equivalent I think..) and I think alot of it had to do with the IS.  So I can see its potential benefit on an L lens with a similar range, but its not a dealbreaker for me.  I know the cost will be higher with IS so I'll give the VII a try either way.

Lenses / Re: Canon vintage primes
« on: December 12, 2011, 11:15:51 AM »
Hi, I currently have a 7D body mostly with zoom lenses but trying to find
some alternative prime lens, and the L lenses are a bit out of my budget
and would like to get some opinion on other alternative primes with very narrow DOF
and preferably wide angle, anything below 50mm i guess

current lenses i have:
EF-S 10-22mm // EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS II // EF-S15-85mm // EF 50mm 1.8 II

Thanks in advance!

You would love the 16-35 on the 7D, it's not super wide, but it's like a 27-55 FF equivalent, which is a pretty useful range.  Also, the bokeh is so circular it looks amazing on an aps-c sensor.  It's a great lens (only zoom I kept out of 24-70, 70-200 2.8IS), definitely worth playing around with.

Now I personally love the Tokina too, very solid build quality, great price, and super wide on an aps-c sensor.  I honestly think you would have more fun with this lens since you have an APS-C sensor.  Either way, I've used both (on FF and APSC) and I think you would enjoy either of them, try renting them to play around with. 

United States / Re: $100,000 - How would you spend it?
« on: December 11, 2011, 11:53:12 AM »
Sony PMW-F3: $13,960.00
Sony CBK-RGB01 S-Log Gamma Option: $3,680.00
Sony SBP 32GB SxS Pro Memory Card: $929.95
Sony BP-U60 Lithium-Ion Battery(2): $539.90
Sony BC-U1 Battery Charger: $179.95
Sony SBAC-US10 SxS Memory Card USB Reader: $265.00

Sennheiser MKH-416 Short Shotgun Interference Tube Mic: $999.95
Rycote Standard Hole Softie Windscreen: $110.00
Pearstone 3-Pin XLR Coiled Audio Cable 3-18": $34.95

Convergent Design Gemini Video Recorder: $5,995.00
Convergent Design 1.8" SSD 512GB(2): $1,349.00
Pearstone VBBC-303 BNC Video Cable: $11.95
Convergent Design D-Tap Power Adapter Cable 18": $70.00
Anton Bauer Gold Mount Kit 2: $1,567.50

Marshall Electronics OR-841-HDSDI Orchid 8.4" Field Monitor: $2,758.85
Bescor PSA-124 12V Power Supply: $134.95
Canare BNC to BNC(SDI) Cable 25ft: $32.99
Marshall Electronics OR-8HO Sunhood: $159.85
Marshall Electronics Battery Plate SB: $22.94
Sony BP-U60 Lithium-Ion Battery(2): $539.90
Sony BC-U1 Battery Charger: $179.95

Redrock Micro Sony F3 Studio Bundle: $1,900.00
Redrock Micro microCage Builder's Kit: $695.00
Redrock Micro microLensGears Kit 4 Gears: $178.00

Manfrotto 526, 545GBK Professional Video Tripod w/526 Head: $1,546.99
Manfrotto 114MV Cine/Video Deluxe Dolly: $314.29
Kessler Shuttle Pod Starter Rail Kit: $599.95
Kessler Shuttle Pod 4ft Extension Rail Kit: $299.95
Kessler Shuttle Pod End Clamps: $149.95
Kessler Shuttle Pod Belt Upgrade 12ft: $84.00
Kessler Shuttle Pod Keeper/Grabber Wheel Kit: $549.95
Kessler Shuttle Pod w/Cheese Plate & 100mm Bowl Mount: $748.95
Kessler CineSlider 5ft w/ Soft Case & Giottos MH621 Quick Release: $1,744.90
Kessler K-Pod Complete Dolly Deluxe w/Hercules 2.0 Head: $1,705.90

Ikan ID1000 3-Light Kit: $2,710.00
Ikan ID500 3-Light Kit: $1,439.90

Canon EOS 5dmkII: $2,249.00
Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3: $135.99
SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Card(4): $1,359.80
Canon LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery(3): $176.97

Canon C 300 Camera Package: $16,000.00
Canon BP-955 Lithium-Ion Battery(3): $524.85
SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Card(4): $1,359.80

Small HD DP6-SDI — 5.6" Field Monitor: $1,299.00
Small HD Sony NP-FV Battery Bracket for DP6: $49.00
Small HD DP6 Acrylic Screen Protector: $19.00
Sony NP-f970 L-Series Info-Lithium Battery(2): $199.98
Pearstone VBBC-303 BNC Video Cable: $11.95

Rode NTG-2 Condenser Shotgun Mic: $269.00
Rode Dead Cat Wind Muff: $33.15
Pearstone 3-Pin XLR Coiled Audio Cable 3-18": $34.95

Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye: $1,449.00
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II: $2,001.00
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L: $2,114.00
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II: $1,481.00
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II: $1,859.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L: $1,255.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L: $1,358.00
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 Macro: $886.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II: $1,859.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro: $886.00
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L: $924.00
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS: $5,500.00

Redrock Micro Universal Studio Bundle: $2,528.00
Redrock Micro microLensGears Kit 4 Gears: $178.00

TOTAL: $96,190.75

that's about all i could piece together. I'd probably get some profoto stuff with the remainder for casual photo things here and there. I'd love some solid PL glass, but it's so expensive :( i'd end up spending all my budget on a set of cooke or ultraprimes haha

We have similar tastes, you went a lot more specific than I did though ; )  Although I have used those iKan kits and seen them malfunction a few too many times for me to trust them anymore....

Oh well in that case, let me get out my checkbook, $20,000 you say?  Ok, here ya go   ;)

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