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Spring Cleaning — Photography Gear Sale

May 13, 2014

Update: The post below describes a specific fundraiser event we did back in May. But some of the equipment is still available. If you’re interested in any of the items not flagged as “sold”, contact me for more information. Thanks!

Spring Gear Sale Everything Must GoSpring has finally arrived in Calgary! Or has it? I have to admit, I’m not entirely convinced yet. A couple of days ago the forecast called for afternoon rain and I watched yet another snow flurry come down instead. But no matter, spring is at least partly a state of mind rather than a date on the calendar or a condition of the weather.

With that in mind, I’ve decided it’s time to do some spring cleaning of my photography gear. For some time now the nature of my work has meant that I’ve been using my Pentax 645D digital medium format system for the majority of my creative output. Pentax — under new ownership by Ricoh Imaging — has recently upped the ante by announcing the follow-on 645 camera, addressing the most important of the very few things I wished were different about the award-winning 645D. The new camera is the Pentax 645Z and it looks like a major improvement, so I’m going to double down on the 645 digital system and order one. I don’t write about gear that much here on the blog, which is deliberate. But I will cover some thoughts on this new Pentax camera once I’ve been able to get my hands on one and used it for awhile.

I’ve been maintaining a kit of Canon 35mm digital gear: several bodies; a number of Canon, Sigma and other lenses; and various flashes and other accessories. But the simple fact is for the majority of work I do, I reach for the Pentax rig if the Pentax can shoot that work. For the work where the Canon system is significantly better, e.g. long-lens or action, I’m doing a lot less of that type of work. And when I’ve really needed something lighter than the Pentax rig, increasingly I’ve been going with something really small, like my Panasonic LX7, Sony RX100 or even my Samsung camera phone! (Although I did recently pick up a Sony A7R for situations when I need something in between; that will be another story in its own right.)

The upshot is that I’ve decided to clear out almost my entire kit of Canon 35mm digital equipment. It’s a big decision; even though I got off the hamster-wheel of upgrading to every new body or lens to keep costs down, I still shot Canon for over 10 years. That’s a lot of miles, frames and memories, and a lot of us do get somewhat attached to certain gear. 🙂 But it feels like the right thing to do at this point. Equipment should support creativity and vision; since my work has shifted and I’m going to continue pushing this direction, it’s time for a change.

Several of my colleagues in The IRIS Photographic Society of Alberta also have decided to do some spring cleaning of their equipment. And of course, as a non-profit group, fundraising is always something that’s a part of our thinking in order to maintain our ability to do projects that will help accomplish IRIS’ goals.

So — two birds, I’d like to introduce you to one stone. 🙂 We’ve put together a Gear Sale and IRIS Fundraiser. Of the equipment we sell, at least 10% of the proceeds will go to support IRIS. Click through the link for more info, but here are the details of when & where:

Sunday May 18, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Lofts on the Bow
44077 George Fox Trail
Cochrane, Alberta

I’m going to have almost all of my Canon equipment for sale at this fundraiser, plus a few other odds & bits that I may round up during my spring cleaning through the photo equipment storage cases. Other photographers will be there, too, with some other things on offer. If you’re looking for something specific, like to browse for new ideas, or even just want to find out what we’re up to, feel free to drop by Cochrane and check out our gear tables at Lofts on the Bow!

Here’s a sampling of the main items I’ll have:

  • Canon EOS 30D camera with battery grip, 4 batteries and RRS “L” plate. Low shutter count, upgraded to latest firmware (1.0.6). A good starter camera or perhaps useful for IR conversion. $150.
  • Canon EOS 30D camera with battery grip, 4 batteries, no “L” plate. Low shutter count, upgraded to latest firmware (1.0.6). A good starter camera or perhaps useful for IR conversion. $125.
  • Canon EOS 5D (Mk I) camera with battery grip, 5 batteries and RRS “L” plate, upgraded to latest firmware (1.1.1). Canon’s original category-killer full frame digital 35mm, which redefined what digital 35mm cameras could do. Even today this camera produces great quality files; it’s an excellent starter for landscape or other general use. $550.
  • Canon EOS 7D camera with battery grip, 4 batteries and RRS “L” plate, upgraded to latest firmware (2.0.5). Very low shutter count. This is Canon’s “serious” 1.6 crop camera for when the action is hot and fast; there’s really nothing else like it in the Canon lineup, before or since. $850.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mk II camera with battery grip, 4 batteries, and a pair of RRS “L” plates (for use with and without battery grip attached). Upgraded to latest firmware (2.1.2). This is Canon’s highly successful followup to the original 5D, another mould-breaking full frame 35mm digital body adding digital video to high resolution stills. An excellent all-around camera. $1550.
  • Canon G10 point & shoot camera with and RRS “L” plate. A durable, high-resolution compact camera. $100.
  • SOLD Panasonic LX3 point & shoot camera with 2 batteries, missing lens cap. A versatile, lightweight pocket camera. $50.
  • Panasonic LX5 point & shoot camera with 2 batteries. An update of the LX3 with improvements all around; a fun and versatile pocket camera with a great lens. $125.
  • SOLD Canon 580EX flash and external AA battery pack. $175.
  • Canon MT24EX Macro Twin Lite flash and lens ring. $600.
  • Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 lens. This is the widest angle zoom lens made for full-frame 35mm, and provides a highly rectilinear image with minimal barrel / pincushion distortion. $650.
  • SOLD Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens with adapter for Canon EOS mount (or use it on a Nikon I guess). Arguably the best ultra-wide angle zoom for 35mm ever made by anyone, great for landscape and architecture use. $1700.
  • SOLD Canon 17-40mm f/4 lens, a versatile and compact wide angle lens. $550.
  • Olympus Zuiko 21mm f/2 lens with Canon EOS lens adapter. This is a rare find — a tiny, gem-like fast wide prime adaptable to Canon, great for landscape work. $600.
  • Olympus Zuiko 35mm f/2.8 PC shift lens with Canon EOS lens adapter. Another rare find — a tiny, fast, lightweight lens that shifts in both axes, great for architecture work and doing shift-stitches for landscape work. $600.
  • Sigma 50mm f/1.4 lens, one of the best “nifty fifties” made for Canon, incredibly bright and crisp. $450.
  • Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II tilt-shift lens. This is the second version of Canon’s amazing tile-shift wide angle lens. It’s a great optical performer in its own right, and adds the ability to tilt (for playing with depth of field) and shift (for playing with perspective correction). $1750.
  • Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L tilt-shift lens. This is the ultra-wide angle big brother of the 24mm TS-E lens, an incredible and unique optic. It adds a huge, wide field of view to the same great optical quality and tilt-shift lens movements you get with the 24mm. $1900.
  • Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens (the non-IS version), one of the best macros for Canon. $450.
  • Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS lens, a very versatile walk-around lens. $600.
  • SOLD Canon 70-200mm f/4 non-IS lens. This is one of Canon’s best ever mid-range zoom lenses — light weight & compact, sharp, and decently fast aperture. Excellent for all around use. $500.
  • Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 non-stabilized supertelephoto zoom lens. One of the best mid-range zoom lenses for Canon in terms of versatility; until the Canon 200-400mm came out there was nothing else remotely like this level of performance in a supertele zoom. Great for indoor &  outdoor sports, wildlife and more, comes with a 1.4X converter. $1500.
  • Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 supertelephoto zoom lens, excellent optics and the king of versatility for Canon long zooms, fantastic for wildlife & birds; comes with a 1.4X converter. $6000.
  • Lots of miscellaneous stuff like lens teleconverters, right-angle finders, remote cable releases, extension tubes, some ThinkTank bags & pouches, Manfrotto tripod heads, etc.

If you’re interested in one of the cameras, bring your own lens if you would like to try out some test shots. I’ll have a laptop on the site to load up test images and check them out on the spot. Likewise if you’re interested in any of the lenses, bring your camera body and flash card to try them. Sample images, again, can be checked on the laptop.

If you ask nicely, prices are negotiable within reason. Since this is a fundraiser, cash sales are preferred for the cheaper items. For the higher value items, I can process credit card transactions on site, if you prefer to go that route. No cheques, please — cash or credit only. All sales will be final, so please come prepared to evaluate the equipment at the time.

From the equipment cases of IRIS photographers, to your hands! 🙂 It’s a good opportunity for good prices on a range of kit. Drop on by, and we’ll see you there…

May 2014 Gear Sale and IRIS Fundraiser

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Doug permalink
    May 16, 2014 10:15

    Hi Royce……just have a question…..is the canon100mm f2.8 lens an L-IS type?

    • May 16, 2014 10:28

      Hi Doug. The Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro is not the L IS version. When I bought the lens back in the day I found the image quality differences didn’t justify the much higher cost of the L glass for my purposes. Also I didn’t need IS since I was shooting it on a tripod pretty much 100% of the time.

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