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Hey there fellow photographers and cameraphiles! Some of you may have heard the rumor that I switched (back) to Nikon…. well, it’s true!
I’ve gotten a lot of emails asking me to explain why, so i thought I’d use this opportunity to do a little explaining and to liquidate my Canon gear.
First up… why did I switch? Actually, I started shooting weddings on Nikon gear. At the time, it was the best digital solution out there and I never really had too many complaints. But Canon released the 20d and it offered better high ISO capabilities and more megapixels at a much better price-point. So began my 6 year affair with Canon…
Canon was good to me, especially back in the day when I rocked a cropped sensor and a 35mm lens for 90% of my shoots. It was simple, reliable and dependable. Then I got a 5d. The 5d offered great high ISO features, a full frame, a nice big LCD and the worst focusing system money could buy.
Let me preface this next part by saying that I am a hard-core stickler for sharp images; “A little soft,” or “a little back-focused” is not ok by me. It’s tack sharp or it get’s the hose. So, as you can imagine, the 5d became quite a handicap for me. But, nonetheless, I figured out that if I only shot on One Shot and kept my aperture up, I could make in-focus photos.
Despite my near-constant frustration with Canon, I held out for the mythical 5d Mark II – a camera that promised even better ISO, an even bigger sensor, an even fancier LCD and (you guessed it), the same crappy focusing system. At that point, Canon had me by the you-know-whats (I don’t actually have you-know-whats… it’s a euphemism, silly) – I had *thousands* invested in lenses (see below). So I shot my 5d Mark II for the entire 2009 wedding season…. on One-Shot…. using a high aperture… constantly cussing under my breath.
So, there you have it! Canon is a great system…. I will miss some of the lenses and the way the bodies feel in my hands (I still think Nikons are made for a man’s hands and mine don’t quite fit around the grip right). But, at the end of the day, I am a stickler for focus and Canon just didn’t deliver.
Now for Part Two of this post….
So here is the list! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to buy anything. You pay shipping from 92694.
Canon 5d MarkII (excellent condition, one year old, includes body, body cap, 3 batteries and charger) – $2300 – SOLD
Canon 5d – (good condition, a couple of minor scratches on the body, includes body cap, charger and 2 batteries) – $1000 – SOLD
Canon 5d – (fair condition, works great but it has some deep scratches on the body, includes cap, charger and 1 battery) – $900 – SOLD
Canon 85 1.2 lens (excellent condition, includes hood and caps) – $1600 – SOLD
Canon 50 1.2 lens (excellent condition, includes hood and caps) – $1300 – SOLD
Canon 28 1.8 lens (excellent condition) – $375 – SOLD
Canon 50mm macro (excellent condition, includes caps) – $200 – SOLD
Canon 24-105 IS lens (good condition, includes hood and caps) – $900
Canon 45 2.8 TS-E lens (good condition, includes hood and caps) – $875- SOLD
Canon 70-200 2.8 IS lens (good condition, includes hood and caps) – $1300 – SOLD
Canon 50 1.8 lens (never used, this lens sat on my back-up camera for a year) – $50 – SOLD
(2) Canon 580exII Speedlights (good condition, has a piece of Velcro on it) – $225/each – BOTH SOLD
Canon 550EX Speedlight (fair condition, this thing is scratched and ugly, but it works fine, been sitting in my back-up bag for 2 years) – $125 – SOLD
On another note, there are still spots available for The StyleLab, my first workshop in 2 years! A lot of people have been emailing and asking if I will be going to the East Coast or Midwest anytime soon. LET ME BE SUPER-DUPER-CRYSTAL-CLEAR – I am only teaching workshops in Orange County, CA. I love to teach and help photographers, but I love to be with my family more. Being a mom comes first, which means no giant mutli-city tours. So come on down to the beautiful OC and lets’ do some learning