New gear for the holidays

Jaysheldon

EOS T7i
Dec 23, 2015
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Hi
Starting a thread to see if the holidays have been good to you -- either getting or buying something (gear/software/books) new (or used). I bought a new EF 85 mm f1.8 two weeks ago and yesterday a new Manfrotto 290 Xtra Carbon tripod with the 496 ball head. Tomorrow (the day after Chrismas) is Boxing Day in Canada (and the UK), a day of sales equal to Black Friday, so my shopping may not be over.

Jay in Toronto
 
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Viggo

EOS 5D SR
Dec 13, 2010
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Nope! Haven’t gotten or purchased a single photographic item since my 85 months ago (y)

*edit*
Well, I actually bought a used grid for one of my Bron boxe.
 
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Joules

EOS 7D MK II
Jul 16, 2017
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I got myself an Christmas gift a few weeks in advance - A lighter Rollei travel tripod, because I didn't feel like carrying my usual tripod along on a vacation. I think that was a good purchase, it is less than half the weight of my big tripod and it actually fits into my bag pack.

I managed to resist the urge to get another EF-S 10-18mm IS though, which always comes up when it is on sale. My original one rolled over a mountain cliff :cry: But I rarely need it, so I'll life without an UWA until I go FF eventually.
 
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Valvebounce

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Apr 3, 2013
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Hi Joules.
Have you thought about a 10-22mm, no it doesn’t have IS, but you can get a used one on eBay for £60 less than the 10-18mm “promotional price” at Canon, my understanding is that the 10-22mm is a superior lens to the 10-18mm, Canon‘s pricing might support this theory.
I have a 10-22mm, like you said it doesn’t get used often, but when it does, it is a joy to behold, when you go FF, sell it on, they hold their value well!

Cheers, Graham.

I got myself an Christmas gift a few weeks in advance - A lighter Rollei travel tripod, because I didn't feel like carrying my usual tripod along on a vacation. I think that was a good purchase, it is less than half the weight of my big tripod and it actually fits into my bag pack.

I managed to resist the urge to get another EF-S 10-18mm IS though, which always comes up when it is on sale. My original one rolled over a mountain cliff :cry: But I rarely need it, so I'll life without an UWA until I go FF eventually.
 

privatebydesign

Would you take advice from a cartoons stuffed toy?
Jan 29, 2011
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Completely unexpectedly my mother-in-law gave me an EF-M 28 Macro. What an awesome little lens! The lights are much more powerful then I had been led to believe and though the selector switch is the fiddle a few have moaned about and the focus not as fast as some of the other ‘m’ lenses it is wickedly sharp and stupid good fun!
 

stevelee

FT-QL
Jul 6, 2017
1,323
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Davidson, NC
I bought my G5X II just before my October trip, and don't really need anything now, not even at the tempting refurb prices, so I bought a car instead.
 

fentiger

EOS 80D
Dec 26, 2015
171
57
England
Not buying, but selling my 400 f2.8 mk1
its a fantastic lens, but very heavy and not used much, the money raised will go towards a new subwoofer
 

Del Paso

M3 Singlestroke
Aug 9, 2018
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What a wonderful country where wives and mothers in law make such extraordinary presents like RF 1,2/50 or EF M 28 lenses...
I didn't even get a cheap vodka for Christmas.:cry::cry::cry:
 
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mb66energy

EOS 6D MK II
Dec 18, 2011
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Wanted to buy a 2nd M50 and was two times shortly before clicking the button for a white one @500 EUR.

Then came an offer for an RP + adapter + RF35 MACRO for less than 1100 EUR (after alle rebates etc.) and I couldn't resist: Robust IQ in photo and video, great ergonomics despite compact size, lightweight, very versatile lens (5 stop IS, 1:2 macro, f/1.8) and unique flexibility if you combine all those not so dramatic single specs.
 

docsmith

EOS 6D MK II
Sep 17, 2010
884
268
I picked up a M6 to replace my M3 after Thanksgiving. But that was a planned acquisition. I have been tempted by the R given the prices going by, but I just do not see enough of a reason to switch to it from my 5DIV, which is my main body. For every advantage (better coverage of frame with AF points) there is a disadvantage (FPS).

I really do not feel very "GAS-like" at all this year. But, I really have most of what I want except time and opportunities to go shoot more.
 

Valvebounce

EOS 5D SR
Apr 3, 2013
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Hi Jay.
I’m sure you will find the Better Beamer useful, but I bet you will find it fiddly too unless you just leave it assembled on your flash though I think it is too fragile for that!
I really enjoyed the extra reach they give but I got so fed up with my Better Beamer that I tried the MagMod Magbeam, this too has its down side, the large silicon rubber mount that lives on the flash makes it harder to store , that and the cost! However the set up time when you want the flash extender is seconds rather than minutes, pop it on the magnets and pull plus you get two different stages of magnification!

Cheers, Graham.

.... late addition. My Better Beamer finally arrived from the US. Had given up hope