July 22nd, 2014

Murphy's Law at Work in the Fog

The Streak Continues: 234

This post was published at 4:55am from my Mom’s home in Holbrook, NY. I am headed out at 5:15am for the beach. Was in bed early again last night. I will be adding notice of a used 500 II in mint condition to this post when I get back.

This post, which took me 1 1/2 hours to prepare, marks 234 consecutive days with a new enjoyable and educational blog post. With so many folks getting in the habit of using our B&H links and our Amazon logo-links, why quit now? April, May, June, and July have been fantastic as lots of folks are getting the message; using my affiliate links does not cost you a penny and helps support my efforts here. To show your appreciation, I do ask that you use our B&H and Amazon affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially Gitzo tripods, Wimberley tripod heads, and the like. We sell only what I have used and tested, and know that you can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know the tools that you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And we are always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

You can find the following items in the store: Gitzo tripods, Mongoose M3.6 and Wimberley heads, plates, low feet, and accessories, flash brackets, , Delkin e-film Pro Compact Flash Cards, LensCoat products, and our unique line-up of educational materials including ABP I & II, Digital Basics, Site and Set-up e-Guides, Canon and Nikon Camera Users and AF e-Guides, and MP-4 Photoshop video tutorials among others.

I would of course appreciate your using our B&H affiliate links for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases. For the photographic stuff mentioned in the paragraph above we, meaning BAA, would of course greatly appreciate your business. Here is a huge thank you to the many who have been using our links on a regular basis and visiting the BAA Online store as well.

This Just In: 12:15 pm ET: Used Mint 500 II for Sale

Aubrey Blalock is offering a used Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II lens in like new, near-mint condition–used only once, for $9,399. Includes the original leather front lens cap, the rear lens cap, the lens trunk, a LensCoat, and an Arca-Swiss compatible Really Right Stuff Low Foot. Seller pays insured shipping to continental US addresses. The lens will not ship until your check clears.

Please contact Aubrey via e-mail or by phone at 1-409-767-3155. As the last two 300 IIs did, this one should sell instantly.


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The Rusty Nail in an Old Section of 2X4

Murphy’s Law at Work in the Fog Part I

At some point in the early morning I walked back to my new fat wheel beach cart for some reason or another. And got a big surprise. I felt a stabbing pain in my left foot, shifted my weight back to my right foot, bent over, and pulled the board and the nail that you see above out of my foot. It had punctured my surf bootie and gone about 3/8″ into the ball of my left foot. I immediately consulted the doctor. The doctor being Dr. Greg Gulbransen, a pediatrician whom you have read about on the blog before here.

He asked me if I had had a tetanus shot in the last 10 years and I said that I probably had had one but was not positive. He kindly volunteered to give me a tetanus shot the next morning before we hit the beach. Denise suggested that I wash the foot with in the ocean as the saltwater would cleanse the wound. Greg agreed. So I walked into the shallow surf without removing my surf booties and sloshed my foot around. A lifeguard came running up to me from afar and told me that because of the reduced visibility that I needed to get out of the water. He was actually nice about it. The foot hurt pretty good but only for about 30 minutes….


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This large Common Tern chick habitat image was created with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III . ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2 1/3 stops off the grey sand: 1/800 sec. at f/9 in Manual mode.

Central sensor (by necessity)/AI Servo/Expand Rear Focus on the bird’s eye and re-compose. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

The 5D III vs. the 1D X

I have long argued that if you are not photographing birds in flight or in action or wildlife in action where the super-fast frame rate of the 1D X offers a huge advantage over the EOS-5D Mark III, that the 5D III is as good or better a camera body than the 1D X as it offers a lot more pixels on the subject at the cost of slightly slower initial focusing acquisition (due to the 5D III’s less powerful battery). Simply pre-focusing the lens manually pretty much eliminates that minor problem.

Murphy’s Law at Work in the Fog Part II

As there was not much going on that morning in terms of flight or action I decided to switch from my 1D X to the 5D III and create some images for a future blog post on the subject. After a very few frames Mr. Murphy struck again; the LCD screen on the back of my much-used 5D III flickered and then crapped out. I could see the info in the viewfinder and I could see the top LCD screen but there was no image playback and thus no histogram and no blinkies. I was so confident in my ability to get a good exposure even when flying in the dark that I continued to the 5D III. The image above was created without the benefits of playback, a histogram, or blinkies. As I have long espoused, getting a good digital exposure is easy for those who study and practice just a bit.

The Image Design

Note my careful choice of perspective here that resulted in the bird being placed in the opening between the two bunches of grass…. Things like that do not happen by accident.


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A Sticky Situation

The Moment of Truth

Above, Dr. Greg gives me the often quite painful and sometimes dreaded tetanus injection. The truth be told, I did not feel a thing. Once I knew that Greg was done, I asked, “When are you going to give me the shot?” Dr. Greg had heard that one before…. Denise Ippolito observed with apparent glee. Though we could find no entry wound I am feeling fine and so is my left foot.

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July 21st, 2014

Poor, Poor Denise Ippolito with Only the 300mm f/2.8L IS II; Part VI of a Series

The Streak Continues: 233

This post was published at 2:38am from my Mom’s home in Holbrook, NY. I am headed out at 4:15am for the beach. Was in bed early.

This post, which took me 3 hours to prepare, marks 233 consecutive days with a new enjoyable and educational blog post. With so many folks getting in the habit of using our B&H links and our Amazon logo-links, why quit now? April, May, June, and July have been fantastic as lots of folks are getting the message; using my affiliate links does not cost you a penny and helps support my efforts here. To show your appreciation, I do ask that you use our B&H and Amazon affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially Gitzo tripods, Wimberley tripod heads, and the like. We sell only what I have used and tested, and know that you can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know the tools that you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And we are always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

You can find the following items in the store: Gitzo tripods, Mongoose M3.6 and Wimberley heads, plates, low feet, and accessories, flash brackets, , Delkin e-film Pro Compact Flash Cards, LensCoat products, and our unique line-up of educational materials including ABP I & II, Digital Basics, Site and Set-up e-Guides, Canon and Nikon Camera Users and AF e-Guides, and MP-4 Photoshop video tutorials among others.

I would of course appreciate your using our B&H affiliate links for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases. For the photographic stuff mentioned in the paragraph above we, meaning BAA, would of course greatly appreciate your business. Here is a huge thank you to the many who have been using our links on a regular basis and visiting the BAA Online store as well.


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This image was created on the Nickerson Baby Beach Nesting Birds IPT by Denise Ippolito with the hand held Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the EOS-1D Mark IV now replaced by the Canon EOS-1D X.

Shutter Button AF. Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Image #1: Common Terns battling in flight. Image courtesy of and copyright 2014: Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure

Poor, Poor Denise Ippolito with “Only” the 300mm f/2.8L IS II…

I opted to make the trip to the UK without my beloved 600mm f/4L IS II because of concerns involving my damaged but recovering right shoulder. Co-leader Denise Ippolito opted to make the trip to the UK without her 600 II because of concerns involving carry-on weight and travel restrictions. I left instructions with Jim at the BA office to ship my 600 II to my Mom’s house on Long Island so that I would have it–shoulder permitting, for the Nickerson IPT. As we traveled directly from the Newark Airport and then to the NECCC event and then continued on to the IPT motel, Denise was left with “only” her 300mm f/2.8L IS II as her long lens for Nickerson. With both TC of course. I thought that perhaps her not shipping her 600 to my Mom’s might have been a mistake. Hand holding her 300 II for almost the entire 3 days, she proved me wrong in spades.

As above, hand holding allows you to get on and follow the action more quickly and easily than when working on a tripod. And with the 300 II/2X III/1D IV combo she had plenty of reach: 780mm, 15.6X magnification.


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This image was created on the Nickerson Baby Beach Nesting Birds IPT by Denise Ippolito with the hand held Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the EOS-1D Mark IV now replaced by the Canon EOS-1D X.

Shutter Button AF. Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Image #2: Common Tern, large chick jumping. Image courtesy of and copyright 2014: Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure

Jumping Tern Chick

Here again we see one of the main advantages of hand holding: being able to get quickly on the subject and acquire focus. Don’t be fooled however: for many, hand holding the 300 II over time requires strength and stamina and getting on the bird requires superior hand-eye coordination. In addition, Denise, though known primarily for her flower and creative photography, knows bird behavior. That enables her to anticipate the action as she did above.


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This image was created on the Nickerson Baby Beach Nesting Birds IPT by Denise Ippolito with the hand held Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the EOS-1D Mark IV now replaced by the Canon EOS-1D X.

Shutter Button AF. Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Image #3: American Oystercatcher landing, screaming. Image courtesy of and copyright 2014: Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure

Landing Oystercatcher

Please re-read my comments on the jumping tern chick image above….


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This image was created on the Nickerson Baby Beach Nesting Birds IPT by Denise Ippolito with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod and the Mongoose M3.6 head with the Low Mount Arm, the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the EOS-1D Mark IV now replaced by the Canon EOS-1D X.

Shutter Button AF. Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Image #4: Common Tern, adult landing with flatfish lunch. Image courtesy of and copyright 2014: Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure

The Flatfish Dinner

Here Denise was disappointed with herself as she just clipped the last primary of the adult’s right wing. She showed off her formidable Photoshop skills by completing the repair with the Clone Stamp Tool. From where I sit, this was is incredible image that features frantic action and in addition is incredibly sharp. How she gets the lens on these situations and acquires sharp focus so quickly is beyond me.


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This image was created on the Nickerson Baby Beach Nesting Birds IPT by Denise Ippolito with the hand held Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the EOS-1D Mark IV now replaced by the Canon EOS-1D X.

Shutter Button AF. Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Image #5: Least Tern, wings-up landing display. Image courtesy of and copyright 2014: Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure

Wings-up Landing Display

Here the race again went to the young, the fast, and the well-prepared. I was still setting my up gear when Denise created this image. Even though we had a few similar chances after I was in place I just could not get the tripod-mounted 600 II on the bird fast enough to acquire focus; the bird kept its wings raised for only a second or two at most after landing….


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This image was created on the Nickerson Baby Beach Nesting Birds IPT by Denise Ippolito with the hand held Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the EOS-1D Mark IV now replaced by the Canon EOS-1D X.

Shutter Button AF. Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Image #6: Black Skimmers, flock in flight pano. Image courtesy of and copyright 2014: Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure

Black Skimmers, Flock in Flight Pano

Here Denise showcases here artistic side with a lovely pano crop. In situations like this, knowing exactly when to press the shutter button is the key to create a successful images; pointing and shooting without being aware of the shape of the flock as it fluxes and without concern for compositional balance simply does not work….


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This image was created on the Nickerson Baby Beach Nesting Birds IPT by Denise Ippolito with the hand held Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, Canon Extender EF 1.4X III, and the EOS-1D Mark IV now replaced by the Canon EOS-1D X.

Shutter Button AF. Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Image #7: Black Skimmers battling. Image courtesy of and copyright 2014: Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure

Bad Luck for Me :)

I had been sitting behind my lowered tripod for near 90 minutes doing skimmer flight photography. My butt hurt so badly that I got up to stretch. Ten seconds after I stood up I missed the best and only skimmer aerial battle of the day. One of the participants, Dave Klein, got a very similar, possibly slightly better image of pretty much the same instant in time. You stretch, you lose.


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This image was created on the Nickerson Baby Beach Nesting Birds IPT by Denise Ippolito with the hand held Canon 15mm fish eye lens now replaced by the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Fisheye Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens and the EOS-1D Mark IV now replaced for landscape photography by the Canon EOS 5D Mark III .

Shutter Button AF. Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

Image #8: Sea, Surf, and Sky Fish Eye. Image courtesy of and copyright 2014: Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure

Sea, Surf, and Sky Fish Eye

Here Denise shows off her artistic sense of image design as well as her impeccable timing.

Image Question

What does this seascape image have to do with the timing of the shutter release?

This Just In: 10:50am ET: Another Used Mint 300 II for Sale

Sale Pending/Sold Instantly

Aubrey Blalock is offering a used Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II lens in like new, near-mint condition–used only twice, for $6,399. Includes factory software upgrade, the original front lens cap, a LensCoat, and an Arca-Swiss compatible Really Right Stuff Low Foot. Seller pays insured shipping to continental US addresses. The lens will not ship until your check clears.

Please contact Aubrey via e-mail or by phone at 1-409-767-3155. As yesterday’s 300 !1 did, this one should sell instantly.

Your Favorite?

Please take a moment to leave a comment and let us know which of Denise’s great images is your very favorite. And please let us know why. If you think that Denise is a great bird photographer, you are right. But you should see her flowers…. Do think about joining us on next spring’s Tulips and a Touch of Holland IPT. See below for details.

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Denise and artie hope that you can join them next spring in Holland and learn to improve both the technical and creative aspects of your flower (and street) photography.


7 1/2-Day/8-Night: A Creative Adventure/BIRDS AS ART/Tulips & A Touch of Holland Instructional Photo-Tour (IPT)

Keukenhof—Delft—Amsterdam–Flower Fields—Kinderdijk
April 9 -April 16, 2015: $4995. Limit: 12 photographers/Openings 10. Four more to make the trip a go.

This trip needs 6 registrants to run so please do not purchase your plane tickets until you hear from us that the trip is a go.

Join Denise Ippolito, the author of “Bloomin’ Ideas,” and Arthur Morris, Canon Explorer of Light Emeritus, for a great trip to Holland in mid-April 2015. Day 1 of the IPT will be April 9, 2015. We will have a short afternoon get-together and then our first photographic session at the justly-famed Keukenhof. Our last day, Day 8, April 16 will be a full day of photography.

The primary subjects will be tulips and orchids at Keukenhof and the spectacularly amazing tulip, hyacinth, and daffodil bulb fields around Lisse and points north. We will spend one full day in Amsterdam. There will be optional visits to the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House and/or the Rijk’s Museum. Street photography and sightseeing will be other options. We will spend a half day at Kinderdijk where we will be photographing the windmills and doing some creative photography. We will spend an afternoon in the lovely Dutch town of Delft where we will do some street photography and shopping. There is an optional church tower tour/climb. We will also enjoy a superb fine dining experience in a traditional restaurant.

Other than the arrival date: April 9, Day 1, and the date of our last day of photography on April 16, Day 8, there is no set itinerary. We will check the weather and play everything by ear to maximize the photographic opportunities. We will try to do Amsterdam, Delft, and especially Kinderdijik, on cloudy days.

There are several huge pluses to this trip. First off, denise is an amazingly skilled and caring instructor. Both her creativity and her willingness to share and to help beginning and intermediate photographers are unmatched. And though artie has learned a ton about flower photography from denise, their styles and techniques do vary considerably. You will have a chance to be counseled by and to learn from both of them. While denise will hunt you down to help you, artie’s teaching style is more “the closer you stay to me, the more you will learn.” Both leaders consistently inspire the participants. And each other. The sky, of course, is the limit.

You will learn to create tight abstracts, how best to use depth-of-field (or the lack thereof) to improve your flower photography, how to get the right exposure and make sharp images every time, how to see the best shot, and how to choose the best perspective for a given situation. And you will of course learn to create a variety of pleasingly blurred flower images. If you bring a long lens, you will learn to use it effectively for flower photography. Denise’s two favorite flower lenses are the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens and the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. Mine are the Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS macro , the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM lens ,and the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, all almost always on a tripod. Often with extension tubes and/or either the 1.4X or the 2X (with the 300 II) teleconverters. Denise hand holds a great deal of the time. For flower field blurs denise uses the same lenses mentioned above along with her new 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III lens. Artie’s favorite is that same 70-200 often with a 1.4X TC but he uses both the new Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens and the 300 II as well. Both of us use and love the Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIfor all of our flower photography. The in-camera HDR and Multiple Exposure features are a blast.

One of the great advantages of our trip is that we will be staying in a single, strategically located hotel that is quite excellent. Do note that all ground transfers to and from Schipol Airport will be via the free hotel shuttle bus.

What’s included: Eight hotel nights. All ground transportation except for airport transfers as noted above. In-the-field instruction and small group image review and Photoshop sessions. All meals from dinner on Day 1 through dinner on Day 8. There is good food at the hotel and we will be dining there on occasion; whenever you order off the menu be it at the hotel or at another restaurant only the cost of your main course is included. On these occasions the cost of soups, appetizers, salads, sodas and other beverages, alcoholic drinks and wine, bottled water, and desserts are not included. Snacks, personal items, phone calls, etc. are also not included. The cost of bus or train transportation to and from Amsterdam (about $20 US), museum entry, and tower and church entry fees (optional) are likewise not included.

Beware of seemingly longer, slightly less expensive tours that include travel days and days sitting in the hotel doing nothing as part of the tour. In addition, other similar trips have you changing hotels often and needlessly. One final note on other similar trips: the instructors on this trip actually instruct. On other similar trips the instructors, though usually imminently qualified, serve for the most part as van drivers and van door openers.

A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person is required to hold your spot. The second payment of $2,000 due by October 30, 2014. The balance is due on January 15, 2015. Payments in full are of course welcome at any time. All payments including the deposit must be by check made out to “Arthur Morris.” As life has a way of throwing an occasional curve ball our way, you are urged to purchase travel insurance within 15 days of our cashing your check. Artie uses and recommends Travel Insurance Services. All payments are non-refundable unless the trip fills to capacity. In that case, all payments but your deposit will be refunded. If the trip does not run every penny will of course be refunded. Again, please do not purchase your air tickets until you hear from us that the trip is a go. We are very confident that it will.

All checks should be made out to “Arthur Morris” and sent to: Arthur Morris, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855. Call Jim or Jen in the BAA office with any additional registration questions: 863-692-0906.

For couples or friends signing up at the same time for the tulip trip, a $200/duo discount will be applied to the final payment.

When you send your deposit check, please print, sign, and include the paperwork here.

If you have any questions on the trip please contact artie by e-mail or denise by e-mail.

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July 20th, 2014

Can a Bird be a Pig? And Lots of New Used Lens Listings

The Streak Continues: 232

This post was published at 4:45am from my Mom’s home in Holbrook, NY.

This post, which took me 2 hours to prepare, marks 232 consecutive days with a new educational blog post. With so many folks getting in the habit of using our B&H links and our Amazon logo-links, why quit now? April, May, June, and July have been fantastic as lots of folks are getting the message; using my affiliate links does not cost you a penny and helps support my efforts here. To show your appreciation, I do ask that you use our B&H and Amazon affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially Gitzo tripods, Wimberley tripod heads, and the like. We sell only what I have used and tested, and know that you can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know the tools that you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And we are always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

You can find the following items in the store: Gitzo tripods, Mongoose M3.6 and Wimberley heads, plates, low feet, and accessories, flash brackets, , Delkin e-film Pro Compact Flash Cards, LensCoat products, and our unique line-up of educational materials including ABP I & II, Digital Basics, Site and Set-up e-Guides, Canon and Nikon Camera Users and AF e-Guides, and MP-4 Photoshop video tutorials among others.

I would of course appreciate your using our B&H affiliate links for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases. For the photographic stuff mentioned in the paragraph above we, meaning BAA, would of course greatly appreciate your business. Here is a huge thank you to the many who have been using our links on a regular basis and visiting the BAA Online store as well.


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This image was created on the Nickerson Baby Beach Nesting Birds IPT with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon 1.4x EF Extender III (Teleconverter), and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 1000. Evaluative metering +3 stops off the white sky: 1/1000 sec. at f/5.6 in Manual mode. AWB.

Two sensors to the left of the central Sensor Surround/AI Servo Rear Focus AF on the side of the upper breast was active at the moment of exposure. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Can a Bird be a Pig?

As I understand it, this bird tried to feed the rather large flatfish to its chick. When that did not work the bird tried to swallow the fish itself. That did not work too well either, at least at first. Just after the image above was created the adult succeeded in pigging out.

Thanks again to Dave Klein who alerted me to the situation as I approached. I was surprised that Dave was the only one of the nearby group members who was photographing the bird as it struggled to get the fish down. Dave was not very excited but I was!

Image Questions

1-Why was it necessary to use a sensor that was two sensors to the left of the central sensor?

2-Why do you think that I was working with a high ISO, a high shutter speed, and at the wide open aperture? Here is another way of asking the same question: what was I doing just before creating this image?

3-After clicking on the image to enlarge it, can you detect any Photoshop hanky-panky?

Lots of New Used Lens Listings

Please pardon the oxymoronic heading, but after a hot streak of selling a slew of big lenses about 10 days ago we have a slew of great new lenses to share with y’all.

Used Canon 800mm f/56L IS USM Lens

Multiple IPT veteran and good friend Mike Gotthelf, is offering a used Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens in excellent + condition for $8850. The lens is like new except for some very minor wear on the finish. The sale includes the leather hood, the original hard case and key, a low foot, a LensCoat, and insured shipping via UPS Ground to US addresses only. Personal checks only; your new lens will be shipped only after your check clears.

This great lens, my favorite for 3 years, sells new at B&H for $13,999.00. B&H is asking $11,399.95 for a used one here in the same condition as Mike’s. They recently dropped their price for this lens from $11,999.90…. Buy Mike’s lens and save $2456.95 right now! It will save you a ton of dough and you will have a super-sharp lens with lots of reach. And it works great with a 1.4X TC too with all pro bodies and with the 5D Mark III.

Interested folks can contact Mike via e-mail or by phone at (978)-407-0679 (eastern time).

Used Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens

Sale Pending

John Beasley is offering a used Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in nearly mint condition for $6299. The lens is less than 3 months old and has been rarely used. The sale includes everything that came originally with the lens—the hard case, the CDs, the warranty card, the lens strap, all except the shipping carton. Also included is a 4th Generation Design CR-X 3.5, The seller will pay insured UPS shipping within continental US. The lens will ship after the check clears.

Please contact John via e-mail or by phone at 917-374-7527 (eastern time).

Both Denise Ippolito and I have been loving our 300 IIs and using them extensively. It recently served as denise’s longest telephoto lens on both the Puffins and Gannets and the Nickerson Beach IPTs.

Used Canon 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens

Chris Callahan is offering a used Canon 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens in good to very good condition for $900. There is some wear on the finish. The sale includes the heavy duty fabric carrying case that is moderately worn, the tripod ring (tripod collar), and the rear cap. The seller will pay insured UPS shipping within continental US. The lens will ship after the check clears.

Please contact Chris via e-mail or by phone at 1-850-516-7155 (eastern time).

I have long recommended this lens as the best Canon bird photography starter lens, a clear choice over my old “toy lens,” the 400mm f/5.6L. Why? It is faster at f/4. It has IS. And it autofocuses with a 7D and a 1.4X teleconverter. The 300 f/4 L IS has great close focus making it great for frogs, butterflies, medium-sized and large flowers, and large insects like dragonflies. It is a great flight lens either alone or with the 1.4X TC. And it is deadly sharp. It is great on a tripod with the Mongoose M3.6.

Used Nikkor 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 G ED VR Lens

Steve Ellis is offering a used Nikkor 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 G ED VR lens in excellent condition for $699. The lens has some very minor wear on the finish. The sale includes the original box, soft case, manual, lens hood, front and rear caps a Hoya HMC UV filter, and insured shipping via UPS Ground to US addresses only. Personal checks only; the lens will be shipped only after your check clears.

Contact Steve via e-mail or call him at 203-292-3101 (EST time zone).

The 28-300 focal length range makes this lens very versatile. It is a great travel and B roll lens and a great lens to have at Bosque. It sells new at B&H for $1,046.95.

Used Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Lens

Dale Lorenzen is offering a used Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in nearly mint condition for $1850. It is like new with a small scratch on the hood. The sale includes the original box, the software CD, the carrying case, the tripod ring, and the front and rear caps. The seller will pay insured UPS shipping within continental US. The lens will ship after the check clears.

Please contact Dale via e-mail. At this give-away price, this lens should sell instantly.

As regular blog readers know full well, the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens is one of my very favorite lenses. It is often the only other lens that I take into the field with my tripod-mounted Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens. As above, I use it often to create small-in-the-frame or habitat images. I use it for flocks in flight at Bosque with either TC. I use it often to photograph family groups of birds or birds interacting at close range. I use it a ton for scenic images as I did with great success in the Palouse. And I use it either alone (see here) or with either TC to photograph birds in flight at close range. In short, the 70-200 II is an incredibly versatile hand holdable intermediate telephoto lens that offers me a focal length range of from 70 to 400mm.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog or via a BAA Online Bulletin is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charges a minimum of 20% plus assorted fees! Yikes. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly–I offer free pricing advise, usually sells in no time flat. Lately we have been selling everything that comes along quickly.

You can always see our complete listing by clicking here or by clicking on the Used Photography Gear for Sale tab on the yellow tool bar at the top of each blog page. In addition to the above lenses, you can find the following used items: a 600mm f/4L IS USM lens, an EOS-1D Mark III, and a 400mm f/4 IS DO USM lens.

Used Gear Caution

Though I am not in a position to post images of gear for sale here or elsewhere, prospective buyers are encouraged to request for photos of the gear that they are interested in purchasing via e-mail. Doing so will help to avoid any misunderstandings as to the condition of the gear.

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