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  #2350736 9-Nov-2019 13:44
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I've created some saved searches on Trademe - "70-200 f2.8", "24-70 f2.8", "7D Mark II" and "5D Mark III".  My aim is to look at what is available and to watch out for new listings, if I spot a good deal on something I want then I can bid on it and also I can watch to see what it sells for, giving me a better idea of what to expect to pay for the gear I'm looking at.


I did put in a bid on a 5D MkIII that came with a 24-70 f2.8 because that was an auction for 2 items from my list and it was sitting on a really cheap price.  When it was at $2.2k I put in an autobid for $2.5k.  Unfortunately one of the other bidders put in higher bids until it passed my autobid and I didn't really want to get in a bidding war.  I think maybe I should have tried a bit higher because it ended up selling for only $20 higher than my autobid, but the other bidder would have probably bid more if they had to.  It was a very low usage camera with under 10k shutter activations, so it was barely used.


Now I'm looking at one of the 7D Mk II cameras on TM, I'd rather not pay as much as the buy now price, but if I could buy the camera for the opening bid price then it would not be a bad deal.


The lenses I want are not as common, but I figure that I have a decent amount of time to wait for them to come up.  I've had enough of cheaper lenses and really want to get the good quality sharp lenses that I can be happy with for many years, even if I end up mounting them with an adaptor on a future camera.


If Canon would hurry up and put out a truly good new model that had everything I wanted (or really close to everything) then I'd probably just buy a new camera and give Canon a nice chunk of money.  I really think they need to do better because they are currently losing more and more market share to Sony.  Until the new cameras are better I'm just going to spend less on 2nd hand and I'm pretty sure that the cameras I'm looking at are capable of taking VERY good photos, despite their age and lack of certain features.

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  #2350745 9-Nov-2019 14:13
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also got a well used 70-200 f/4 L IS + a not much used 5D Mk 3 for sale here ... pm if interested


70-200 - $900, comes with box. 4 yrs old so i'm told. one owner (not me). NZ new. always used with filter, though there is a very fine scratch on the front glass but only from a certain angle. some chipped paint.


5D Mk 3 - just over 5 years. don't know shutter count, but kept in dry box (i'm the only owner). NZ new, i'd say i could count the number of occasions i used it. but i did have a blonde moment, while trying to remove one dust from the mirror (not the sensor) i scratched the mirror, so you can see a scratched mirror on the viewfinder but the sensor and the rest of the camera is fine, and from the way i have babied it it's had a pretty sheltered easy life and has hardly seen the sun, poor thing. $1500.


waiting for a no fees trademe weekend to sell there ... 

Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


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  #2353420 14-Nov-2019 16:31
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I've managed to get a 7D MkII with battery grip for the opening bid price, should have that in a few days.  I prefer having a battery grip - I have one on my 10D and I had put one on the 40D (sold it when the camera stopped working).  Buying a new battery grip for the 7D MkII would have cost over $400, so heaps saved by buying a camera with the grip already on it.  Once i get a 70-200 f2.8 IS on the camera it will be pretty heavy all up, but I'm OK with that.

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  #2359595 23-Nov-2019 07:03
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I've now read through the manual (mainly to figure out how to use the focusing options) and had a play with my 7D MkII.  It is a seriously nice camera to use and probably all I really need to handle anything I need a 'good camera' for.  Mostly I just need to get some lenses and some other accessories now.


I only have my nifty fifty (50 f1.8 II) which does a good job:



But I'll definitely need a 70-200 for the WRC (as well as for many other things) and a 24-70 for the useful range that offers.  For wider I could either buy a FF camera and mount the 24-70 on it or I could buy a Canon 16-35 f4L IS lens which looks like a really good lens at a reasonable price.


I'm currently thinking that as nice as a 5D MkIII might be, I might just wait for a FF mirrorless that isn't rubbish. (I know the EOS-R can take really good photos, but it totally sucks in a few ways that makes it a no-go for me).


Apart from 2 or 3 lenses, I do need some other stuff.  I've ordered some 64GB SD cards because they are fairly cheap.  Once I get another fortnight's pay (next Thursday) I'll order a couple of 64GB CF cards (damn, CF cards are a LOT more expensive than SD cards - over 4 x the price!).  I am also looking at the remote (under $35) and maybe a WiFi card (around $100).  I also could do with a new tripod, something that goes down to a nice small size that is easily transported by motorcycle, currently considering the Benro FGP18A + B1 Ball head.


I'll also buy some batteries.  The camera came with the battery grip, but only 1 battery.  I'd like at least 4 batteries total so I can have 2 in the grip and a spare 2 to swap to in case I ever run out of juice.  Probably 2 fully charged batteries will last all day with plenty left over, but there could be times where I don't get the opportunity to charge up overnight.  I might also need another charger to allow charging 2 batteries at once.


Right now I'm VERY happy with my new camera.  My thanks to those that recommended the 7D MkII, definitely a good match to my needs!

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  #2368365 4-Dec-2019 20:26
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I've had a hunt through my stuff and found my old 550EX Speedlite that I bought 15 years ago.  It still works as good as ever and gives me a decent flash range (way more than a built in flash can ever match) as well as being able to bounce the flash off the ceiling.


I also found my Sigma 18-50 DC lens, it's a cheapie but does provide an OK wide angle from the crop sensor.


I've got my 64GB Sandisk Extreme CF & SD cards - enough for thousands of shots when shooting RAW + JPG.


I bought a couple of Wasabi batteries and a charger that can charge 2 batteries at once from a USB power source - it is even QC2 compatible for 18W charging.


Today my Benro FGP18A GoPlus Travel tripod (Aluminium version) arrived and I've mounted a Sirui K-30x ball head.  I've very impressed with this travel tripod and also with this ball head.  With the ball head mounted on the tripod it still fits into its carry bag.   With the legs unlocked and swung up over the centre post/ball head the tripod is quite small when packed up - very useful for motorcycle travel.  It also makes a pretty usable mono-pod when combining the centre post with the removable leg - that might come in handy at the Rally of New Zealand when shooting with a heavy lens!


I have bought both the WiFi card and the infrared remote, so I have 2 different ways of triggering the camera remotely, very handy for tripod shooting (like long exposure shots of waterfalls).


I'm now pretty well set up with everything I need - except for the 2 expensive lenses.  I'm watching TradeMe auctions for 24-70 f2.8L II lenses and 70-200 f2.8L IS II lenses to get a better idea of what a good price is for a 2nd hand specimen in good condition.  I'll even consider buying a 70-200 f2.8L IS III brand new if I can't get a good enough bargain on a 2nd hand lens.  It seems that some sellers look at what they paid for their lens or what the recommended retail price is, then they price their 2nd hand lens based on that.  But there is a really wide range of prices you can pay for a new lens and even a parallel imported lens would be better than a 2nd hand one.


I'll need to leave buying the lenses for a few months, as I've spent heaps already and I have a 4-week holiday coming up that I'll need money for.  But it shouldn't be a problem to get the good lenses well before the start of September.

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