Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
December 3rd, 2019

The Nikon Lens I Miss the Most, and How to Get Your Dream Gear Soon. And a Superb Juan Tolentino Image from Bird Photographers.Net

What’s Up?

The morning of Monday December 2, 2019 was my least productive morning at Bosque this year. The sky was dead-clear and the bulk of the fly-in was late so I hightailed it to the crane pool. The winds were light from the NNW and the birds were taking off every-which-way. I moved and moved and moved — often several hundred yards. But every time the birds would wind up flying right to the spot that I just left. In short, the cranes outsmarted me …

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If you need a hot photo item that is out of stock at B&H, would enjoy free overnight shipping, and would like a $50 discount on your first purchase over $1000.00, click here to order and enter the coupon code BIRDSASART at checkout. If you are looking to strike a deal on Canon or Nikon gear (including the big telephotos) or on a multiple item order, contact Steve Elkins via e-mail or on his cell at (479) 381-2592 (Eastern time) and be sure to mention your BIRDSASART coupon code and use it for your online order. Steve has been great at getting folks the hot items that are out of stock at B&H. Those include the SONY a7r IV, the SONY 200-600, the SONY 600mm f/4 GM, and the Nikon 500mm PF. Steve is eager to please.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charged a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. They went out of business. And e-Bay fees are now up to 13%. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please scroll down here or shoot us an e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly — I offer pricing advice to those who agree to the terms — usually sells in no time flat. Over the past year, we have sold many dozens of items. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the EOS-1DX, the old Canon 100-400, the old 500mm, the EOS-7D, and the 7D Mark II and the original 400mm DO lens have been dropping steadily. Most recently the price of used Canon 600mm f/L IS II lenses have been dropping like a rock with the introduction of the 600 III. You can always see the current listings by clicking here or on the Used Photo Gear tab on the orange-yellow menu bar near the top of each blog post page.

The Used Gear page has been hot for the past two months with the continuing price drops on Canon and Nikon gear. There are still lots of great buys right now on the Used Gear Page. In addition to the recent sales below, there are many pending sales.

New Listing

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4-5.6L IS lens

BPN friend Ravi Hirekatur is offering a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4-5.6L IS lens (the original 1-4) in excellent condition for the BAA record-low price of $499.00. The sale includes the front and rear lens caps, lens hood, the original carrying bag, and insured ground shipping via UPS to lower-48 US addresses only. The lens was cleaned and checked and the image stabilizer mechanism was replaced two months ago by Canon. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Ravi via e-mail or by phone at 1-608-217-9593 central time.

The original 1-4 is a sharp, amazingly versatile telephoto zoom lens. When I used Canon, I made hundreds of great images and saleable with this lens (including the front cover of Scott Weidensaul’s “Return to Wild America. And it was Denise Ippolito’s favorite Canon lens. Ravi’s lens would make a great starter lens for a beginning bird oor nature photographer, especially when paired with a 7D Mark II. artie

Canon EF Extender 1.4X II

BPN friend Ravi Hirekatur is also offering a Canon EF Extender 1.4X II (the 1.4X II teleconverter) in excellent condition for the very low price of $179.00. The sale includes the front and rear caps, the lens pouch, and insured ground shipping via UPS to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Ravi via e-mail or by phone at 1-608-217-9593 central time.

The 1.4X II TC is every bit as sharp when used with older lenses such as the original 100-400 above and the original 500 and 600mm f/4 lenses. The series III TCs provide advantages only when paired with the series II and III lenses. I used this item more than quite often when I was using Canon, often with great success. artie

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Multiple IPT veteran Jake Levin is offering a Canon EOS 7D Mark II in excellent plus condition for $648.00. The sale includes the Canon battery grip, an extra Canon battery, two 32GB Lexar cards, the front lens cap, the strap, and insured UPS ground shipping to both Canadian and lower-48 US addresses. Your item will not ship until your check clears, unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Jake via e-mail or by phone at 1-514-601-9544 (Eastern time zone).

Both Patrick Sparkman and I used and loved the 7D Mark II for many years when we both used Canon. We both made some truly great images with it. Two of my three 2016 Nature’s Best honored entries were created with the 7D II, one still, and one video. One thing is for sure: the 7D Mark II is the greatest value ever in a digital camera body. Jake’s Body would match perfectly with the two items above. artie

Price Drop!

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens

BAA Record-low Price!
Price reduced $100.00 on 12-3-19

Regular Used Gear page seller John Bowden is offering a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lnes in excellent-plus condition for a BIRDS AS ART record-low $498.00 (was $598.00). The sale includes the rear lens cap, the front lens cap, the lens pouch, the lens shade (hood), the original product box, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US-addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact John Bowden via e-mail e-mail or by phone at 1-919-358-5717 EST.

The 24-105mm focal length is my all-time favorite for B-roll stuff: bird-scapes, quasi-macros, photographers and people, scenics, and just about everything else on the planet. Whenever I would decide to leave it in the car I would not get far before I was wishing that I had taken it along for the ride. artie

This image was created in Ochopee, FL by IPT veteran Juan Tolentino with the hand held Nikon 500mm PF lens and the D500. ISO 400: 1/4000 second at f/5.6 in Manual mode.

Red-shouldered Hawk top shot with arced wings and flared primaries

Click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

A Dramatic Flight Shot

When I saw this image here in the Avian Gallery at BirdPhotographer’s.Net, I said, “Whoa! This one is very special.” You can follow the link to the original post to see what others in the BPN community had to say about Juan’s fine image.

I got in touch with Juan and he kindly allowed me to share his wonderful image with you here.

Ihe Nikon Lens I Miss the Most

Without a doubt, the Nikon lens I miss the most is the Nikon 500 PF. It is a great flight lens, it is eminently hand-holdable by most folks, it does pretty well with the TC-E14, and is a fabulous walk around lens when you are working around tame birds.

How to Get Your Dream Gear Soon

As much as I love my afiliate friends at B&H many folks have been frustrated by the long wait list for the hottest items. IPT veterans Carl Kling and my great friend Anita North have both been waiting for a Nikon 500 PF from B&H for more than a year. Yes, for moroe than a year. Total insanity. Thus, I have directed many folks to Steve Elkins at Bedfords (see the contact info above) and he has been doing an awesome job of getting the latest great stuff for BIRDS AS ART folks in relatively short order. He has consistently delivered on the following items:

  • Canon 600mm f/4 L IS III
  • Nikon 500mm f/5.6 PF
  • Nikon 600mm f/4 VR
  • SONY a7R IV
  • SONY a9 II
  • SONY 200-600
  • SONY 600 gm

If you have been on a too-long waiting list for the great gear that you want, it makes absolute sense to to get in touch with Steve Elkins at Bedfords asap. If he comes through, you can simply cancel your existing order. And I almost forgot, use the BIRDSASART discount code at checkout to save $50 on oorders over $1,000.00.

Here’s what Juan Tolentino had to say aboout Bedford’s: I contacted Steve Elkins with Bedfords in mid-September and placed an order for the 500PF. I thought it was going to be a long wait, but to my surprise somebody called me from Bedfords on October 31st to let me know that they have received my lens and it was ready to be shipped. I got the lens on the next day with the FREE overnight delivery and I also got a $50 discount when I used the BirdsAsArt code at checkouot. I am really happy with this lens; it is a joy to use.

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Please Remember to use my Affiliate Links and to Visit the BAA Online Store 🙂

To show your appreciation for my continuing efforts here, we ask, as always, that you get in the habit of using my B&H affiliate links on the right side of the blog or Bedfords, for all of your photo and electronics purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially the Mongoose M3.6 tripod head, Wimberley lens plates, Delkin flash cards and accessories, and LensCoat stuff.

As always, we sell only what I have used, have tested, and can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know what you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And please remember that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

I would, of course, appreciate your using our B&H affiliate links or Bedfords for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases. For the photographic stuff mentioned in the paragraph above, and for everything else in the new store, 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 those who will be visiting the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store as well.

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December 1st, 2019

Bosque in Dire Need of an Air Traffic Control System ... Great Buys on Used SONY Stuff

What’s Up?

Bosque continues to be excellent. I have been having so much fun that I am staying two extra days. I fly home on Wednesday, 4 DEC.

It looks as if the great bad weather is over; the forecast is for Boosque morning death: clear skies and NW winds …

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BIRDS AS ART

BIRDS AS ART is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charged a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. They went out of business. And e-Bay fees are now up to 13%. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please scroll down here or shoot us an e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly — I offer pricing advice to those who agree to the terms — usually sells in no time flat. Over the past year, we have sold many dozens of items. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the EOS-1DX, the old Canon 100-400, the old 500mm, the EOS-7D, and the 7D Mark II and the original 400mm DO lens have been dropping steadily. Most recently the price of used Canon 600mm f/L IS II lenses have been dropping like a rock with the introduction of the 600 III. You can always see the current listings by clicking here or on the Used Photo Gear tab on the orange-yellow menu bar near the top of each blog post page.

The Used Gear page has been hot for the past two months with the continuing price drops on Canon and Nikon gear. There are still lots of great buys right now on the Used Gear Page. In addition to the recent sales below, there are many pending sales.

New Listing

Sony Alpha a7r IV Mirrorless Digital Camera Body

Josh Anon (son of noted photographer Photoshop expert Ellen Anon) is offering a Sony a7r IV Mirrorless Digital camera body in like-new condition for only $2998.00. The sale includes the original box and all accessories, an extra 3rd-party battery, a screen protector for the LCD, and insured UPS ground shipping to lower-48 US addresses. Photos are available upon request. The buyer will cover any payment fees. Your item will not ship until payment clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Josh e-mail e-mail.

You’ve seen the incredible detail in my a7r IV images made with a vareity of SONY lenses and both teleconverters. I use my 7r IV for 80% of my bird photography and my a9 II in pure flight situations. As the 7r IV sells new right now for $3498.00 you can save an even $500.00 by being the first to grab Josh’s great SONY mirrorless body. artie

Fabulous SONY Re-run

FE Sony 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens

BIRDS AS ART Record Low Price

William Schneider is offering an FE Sony 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens in mint condition for the BAA record-low price of $10,697.00. This immaculate lens has seen little use. The sale includes the lens hood, the lens trunk, the front lens cover, the rear lens cap, the lens strap, and insured shipping via Fed Ex Ground. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Bill via e-mail e-mail or by phone at 1-(262) 269-8628 (Eastern time zone).

This super-fast lens is amazingly light at 6.4 lbs, the same weight as the Nikon 300mm f/2.8. Patrick made lots of great images at St. Paul in the Pribilof Islands last July with the lens alone and with either the 1.4x and 2x teleconverters. He really enjoys the 8.86 ft close-focusing capability and the beautiful bokeh that the lens produces. Now that he owns the new SONY 600mm f/4GM OSS lens, he cannot justify owning both. As this lens sells new right now for $$12,998.00, you can save a cool $2,301.00 by grabbing his virtually new lens asap. artie

ps: at the time of publication this lens is very hard to get; it is not in stock at B&H or at Bedfords.

Sony Alpha a9 (ILCE 9) Mirrorless Digital Camera Body

Price Reduced on 11-21-19

Ken Siegel is offering a Sony A9 Mirrorless Digital Camera Body in mint condition for $2598.00 (was $2698.00). Photos are available upon request. The sale includes the original product box and everything that came in it, a SONY A9 Modular Plate (L-bracket — a $200 value), and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Ken via e-mail e-mail or by phone at 1-(864) 680-5921 (Eastern time zone).

Simply put, the SONY a9 has the best AF system of any camera that I have ever used. And Patrick Sparkman agrees 100%. SONY is getting hotter every day. The a9 sells for $3,498.00 and the new a9 II sells for $4498.00. Either way, you can do the math as far as how much you will be saving. artie

Sony Alpha a7r III Mirrorless Digital Camera Body

Price Reduced on 11-21-19

Ken Siegel is also offering a Sony a7r III in mint condition for only $1949.00 (was $2049.00). Photos are available upon request. The sale includes the original product box and everything that came in it, a SONY A7r III Modular Plate (L-bracket — a $200 value), and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Ken via e-mail e-mail or by phone at 1-(864) 680-5921 (Eastern time zone).

You’ve seen my great Galapagos images … I made tons of great stuff with the 7r III and the SONY 100-400 with and without the 1.4X TC. Simply put, the a7r iii is a great camera body. It is selling new right now at B&H for $2498.0 and the new a7r iv is going for $3,498.00! You can save a very cool $500.00 by grabbing Ken’s a7r III right now. artie

Please contact Ken via e-mail e-mail or by phone at 1-(864) 680-5921 (Eastern time zone).

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Money Saving Reminder

If you need a hot photo item that is out of stock at B&H, would enjoy free overnight shipping, and would like a $50 discount on your first purchase over $1000.00, click here to order and enter the coupon code BIRDSASART at checkout. If you are looking to strike a deal on Canon or Nikon gear (including the big telephotos) or on a multiple item order, contact Steve Elkins via e-mail or on his cell at (479) 381-2592 (Eastern time) and be sure to mention your BIRDSASART coupon code and use it for your online order. Steve has been great at getting folks the hot items that are out of stock at B&H. Those include the SONY a7r IV, the SONY 200-600, the SONY 600mm f/4 GM, and the Nikon 500mm PF. Steve is eager to please.



Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of photographers whom I see in the field and on BPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail. Those questions might deal with systems, camera bodies, accessories, and/or lens choices and decisions.

This image was created on November 28, 2019 on the 2019 Bosque IPT. I used the Induro GIT 404/FlexShooter Pro-mounted Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens and the Sony Alpha a7R IV Mirrorless Digital Camera body. ISO 640. Exposure determined by Zebras: 1/2500 sec. at f/7.1 in Manual mode. AWB at 8:33:)@am on a cloudy morning.

AF Area Mode Setting: WIDE.

Image #1: Sandhill Cranes in flight/near collison

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In-flight Avian Collisions

On rare ocassion, birds collide in flight. Collisions are most likely when a predator sends a large flock of birds into a panic, or perhaps more frequently, with large birds when the winds are calm. Why the latter? It is very difficult for a bird to change direction quickly on still days. That was the case with the near-collision.

I witnessed one horrific collision on Midway Island in 2011; two Layson Albatrosses crashed into each other on take-off on a windless morning. On bird continued on out to sea, the other fell to the ground stunned. It stumbled around dazed for about ten minutes before it was able to take flight after a long run.

How About You?

If you have ever seen two large birds collide in flight, please leave a comment and share your experience.

This image was created on November 28, 2019 on the 2019 Bosque IPT. I used the Induro GIT 404/FlexShooter Pro-mounted Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens and the Sony Alpha a7R IV Mirrorless Digital Camera body. ISO 640. Exposure determined by Zebras: 1/2500 sec. at f/7.1 in Manual mode. AWB at 8:33:02am on a cloudy morning.

AF Area Mode Setting: WIDE.

Image #2: Sandhill Cranes in flight/near collison

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The Stronger Image?

Which of today’s images do you feel is the stronger of the two? Please let us know why you made your choice.

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Please Remember to use my Affiliate Links and to Visit the BAA Online Store 🙂

To show your appreciation for my continuing efforts here, we ask, as always, that you get in the habit of using my B&H affiliate links on the right side of the blog or Bedfords, for all of your photo and electronics purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially the Mongoose M3.6 tripod head, Wimberley lens plates, Delkin flash cards and accessories, and LensCoat stuff.

As always, we sell only what I have used, have tested, and can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know what you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And please remember that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

I would, of course, appreciate your using our B&H affiliate links or Bedfords for all of your major gear, video, and electronic purchases. For the photographic stuff mentioned in the paragraph above, and for everything else in the new store, 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 those who will be visiting the New BIRDS AS ART Online Store as well.

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November 29th, 2019

The Thanksgiving Miracle ???

What’s Up?

With the unsettled weather and tons of geese, Bosque has been great. The other day I was standing below the tour loop road at a barrier gate to a maintainece road. We had been there several times as it got us a bit out of the wind and a bit closer to the geese and cranes. We had seen a roadrunner on each ocassion; it was both bold and shy. It would practically walk between our tripod legs and then run like the dickens. I was photographing geese and cranes in flight with first-timer Dennis Carlson when suddenly the roadrunner darted into view at point blank range. I rotated the lens in the barrel to vertical and quickly moved the Limit Range switch from Not Full to Full. I spun the shutter speed dial five clicks slower for what I guessed would be a good exposure.

The roadrunner faced us for about two seconds. I had Wide AF set on vertical. As the lens focused I could see that the active points were on the bird’s breast. Not ideal, but I knew that if I tried to change to an upper AF point the opportunity would be lost. So I fired off one frame just an instant before the bird took off.

When we were done for the day and parked behind the hotel, I placed my Delkin 128GB UHS-II Power card in the left-hand pocket of my jeans as I do everyday. Along with the battery. (I had only used one body that afternoon.) When I got to my room, I reached confidently into the left-hand pocket to extract the card. The pocket was empty. The battery was inexplicably in my right-hand pocket, but the card was gone. I checked and re-checked all of my pants and coat pockets, refusing too believe that I had lost a card with images on it, never to be found again. I had never done that before. (I had “lost” many cards before but always managed to find them.)

I went back to the car to see if I had mistakenly left the card in the camera. I had not. Using the flashlight on my i-Phone, I carefully searched around the driver’s seat and in the trunk without success. So I fired up the car and headed back to Brooks where I had purchased some skin cream on the way home thinking that the card might have fallen out when I grabbed my wallet. The card was not on the floor near the check-out counter. And nobody had turned it in.

I went back to the room and re-checked all the pockets again. No card. I was resigned to the fact that the card was gone, and with it, a single good image of the Greater Roadrunner. That night, I dreamed that I had myseriously found the card and was quite happy, at least until I woke up. IAC, I was hopeful, heck, strangely confident that it would turn up.

With six inches of fresh snow on the pavement and atop my rental Mazda, the chances of finding the card on the ground where we had parked near the gate the night before, were non-existant. Thanks to first-timer Doug Jackson who helped my clear the snow off my car that morning. IAC, I continued to have hope. Continued below …

IPT Updates

  • The 2020 San Diego 4 1/2-DAY BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tour (IPT) WED JAN 8, 2020 thru and including the morning session on SUN JAN 12: 4 1/2 days: $2099.(Limit: 8/Openings: 5)

Click here for complete IPT info and details.

BIRDS AS ART

BIRDS AS ART is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selling Your Used Photo Gear Through BIRDS AS ART

Selling your used (or like-new) photo gear through the BAA Blog is a great idea. We charge only a 5% commission. One of the more popular used gear for sale sites charged a minimum of 20%. Plus assorted fees! Yikes. They went out of business. And e-Bay fees are now up to 13%. The minimum item price here is $500 (or less for a $25 fee). If you are interested please scroll down here or shoot us an e-mail with the words Items for Sale Info Request cut and pasted into the Subject line :). Stuff that is priced fairly — I offer pricing advice to those who agree to the terms — usually sells in no time flat. Over the past year, we have sold many dozens of items. Do know that prices on some items like the EOS-1D Mark IV, the EOS-1DX, the old Canon 100-400, the old 500mm, the EOS-7D, and the 7D Mark II and the original 400mm DO lens have been dropping steadily. Most recently the price of used Canon 600mm f/L IS II lenses have been dropping like a rock with the introduction of the 600 III. You can always see the current listings by clicking here or on the Used Photo Gear tab on the orange-yellow menu bar near the top of each blog post page.

The Used Gear page has been hot for the past two months with the continuing price drops on Canon and Nikon gear. There are still lots of great buys right now on the Used Gear Page. In addition to the recent sales below, there are many pending sales.

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM Super Telephoto Lens

BAA record-low Price!

IPT veteran Joe Randle is offering a Canon 500mm f4L IS USM Super Telephoto lens (the “old five”) in near-mint condition for the BAA record-low price of $2499.00. The sale includes the rear lens cap, the lens trunk with keys, a Realtee LensCoat, a Don Zeck lens cap, the front front lens cover, Wimberley P-40 Arca-Swiss compatible lens plate (a $58 value) and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

The 500mm f/4 lenses have been the world’s most popular telephoto lenses for birds, nature, wildlife, and sports for many decades. I owned and used and loved my “old five” for many years. If you use Canon and don’t have the cash for a 500 II and can handle the additional 1 1/2 pounds, then this is your best super-telephoto option. Most everyone can produce sharp images with this lens and a 1.4X TC. Folks with good to excellent sharpness techniques can do the same with a 2X TC. A new 500 II sells right now for $8,999.00; you can save a big bundle by grabbing Joe’s lens right now. artie

Canon EOS-1D X Professional Digital Camera Body/with Extras!

Joe Randle is also offering a used EOS 1D-X camera body in excellent condition for only $2,199.00. The sale includes an extra LP-E4M battery, three Delkin Devices CF1000X UDMA 7 64GB cards, four Delkin Devices CF1000X UDMA 7 32 GB cards (all in a nice Pelican CF card case), the front cap, a wide neck strap,Z the interface and stereo AV cables with cable protector, the EOS Digital Solution Disk and Software, instructions Manuals. Insured ground shipping via major courier lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

Two fast, rugged 1D X bodies served as my workhorse cameras for more than four years. I used them to create hundreds of family-jewels-type images.I actually like the 1D X more than I liked my 1D X IIs … artie

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Zoom Lens

Joe Randle is also offering a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II Zoom Lens in excellent plus condition for $999.99. The sale includes the rear lens cap, at Realtree Lens Coat, the lens hood, a Tiffen circular polarizer, the tripod collar, the tough fabric carrying case, the front lens cap, the original product box, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

The amazingly versatile 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses are the world’s most popular mid-range telephoto, I made zillions of great images with my Canon 70-200 f/2.8 lenses. It works well with both the 1.4X and the 2X teleconverters, even with a crop factor body. They are easily hand-holdable and are great for tame birds, landscapes, urbex, indoor stuff like concerts and recitals, and just about anything you want to photograph. As new one sells for $1,799.00 you can save $800 by grabbing Joe’s lens right now. artie

Canon EF 400mm f/4L IS DO USM Telephoto Lens

Joe Randle is offering a Canon 400mm f4L IS DO USM Super Telephoto lens in near-mint condition for $1999.00. The sale includes the rear lens cap, the lens trunk & keys, the lens hood, a Digital Camo LensCoat, a Don Zeck Lens Cap, the front lens cover, a Desmond DPL-100 QR Lens Plate Quick Release Arca-Swiss compatible lens plate, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

I used my original 400 DO lens to make hundreds of family jewels-type images. It is great for flight with and without the 1.4X TC and I used it often for close work with the 2X TC. It is easily hand-holdable for most folks. Best of all, it is a great buy. This lens cost about $7K when it was first introduced. artie

Canon EF 24-70 f2.8L II USM Lens

Joe Randle is offering a used Canon EF 24-70 f2.8L II USM lens in near-mint condition for the very low price of $899.00. The sale includes the front lens cover and rear lens cap, the original box, the Canon EW-88C lens hood, an 82mm circular polarizer, the instruction manual, the lens pouch, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

The 24-70II is the serious landscape photographer’s dream lens. artie

Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM Lens

Joe Randle is offering a used Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM lens in excellent condition for $149.00. The sale includes front lens cover and rear lens cap, the original box, the lens hood, a K&F 58mm Concept UV filter, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

This super-sharp lens is a favorite of portrait photographers. It sells new for $269.00. artie

Canon Extender EF1.4X III

Joe Randle is offering a used Canon Extender EF 1.4X teleconverter in near mint condition for $229.00. The sale includes front lens cover and rear lens cap, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

As teleconverters are an integral part of my photographic style, I always travel with spares. This sells new for $449.00. artie

Canon Extender EF2x III

Joe Randle is offering a used Canon Extender EF 1.4x lens in near mint condition for $229.00. The sale includes front lens cover and rear lens cap, original box, bag. Insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

As teleconverters are an integral part of my photographic style, I always travel with spares. This sells new for $449.00. artie

Canon Speedlite 430EX II

Joe Randle is offering a used Canon Speedlite 430EX II in near mint condition for $75.00. The sale includes the soft case, the original box, the instruction manual, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

If you want to get started with flash, this is a great buy. artie

Canon Fisheye Zoom Lens EF 8-15 1:4 L USM

Joe Randle is offering a used Canon Fisheye EF 8-15 1:4 L USM zoom lens in near-mint condition for $749.00. The sale includes the front lens cap, the rear lens cap, the original box, the manual, the lens hood, the lens pouch, and insured ground shipping via major courier to lower-48 US addresses only. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Joe via e-mail or by phone at 1-620.353.8398 (Central time zone).

I loved the circle lens. If you are creative and know to use it, it is super-fun. artie

Money Saving Reminder

If you need a hot photo item that is out of stock at B&H, would enjoy free overnight shipping, and would like a $50 discount on your first purchase over $1000.00, click here to order and enter the coupon code BIRDSASART at checkout. If you are looking to strike a deal on Canon or Nikon gear (including the big telephotos) or on a multiple item order, contact Steve Elkins via e-mail or on his cell at (479) 381-2592 (Eastern time) and be sure to mention your BIRDSASART coupon code and use it for your online order. Steve has been great at getting folks the hot items that are out of stock at B&H. Those include the SONY a7r IV, the SONY 200-600, the SONY 600mm f/4 GM, and the Nikon 500mm PF. Steve is eager to please.



Gear Questions and Advice

Too many folks attending BAA IPTs and dozens of photographers whom I see in the field and on BPN, are–out of ignorance–using the wrong gear especially when it comes to tripods and more especially, tripod heads… Please know that I am always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail. Those questions might deal with systems, camera bodies, accessories, and/or lens choices and decisions.

The Lost Card!

The Thanksgiving Miracle …

I stopped the car while heading north to the farm fields to photograph some winter wonderland trees heavily laden with snow. When I popped the trunk I looked down at the bumper where most of the snow and ice had fallen off. There sitting as peacefully as could be on the thankfully flat bumper was the missing card, sort of plastered in place by the wet and a bit of mud. I jumped foor joy. And then looked up to the heavens to thank my beloved late-wife Elaine. She has pulled me out of many of a jam, including some life-threatening ones. It is extermely hard to believe that on November 20ieth just past, she has been gone for 25 years. IAC, the card downloaded quickly and easily just before lunch.

Had it not snowed, the card would surely have blown off the bumper somewere on I-25 …

This image was created on November 27, 2019 on the 2019 Bosque IPT. I used the Induro GIT 404/FlexShooter Pro-mounted Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens, the Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter, and the blazingly fast AF King, the Sony Alpha a9 II Mirrorless Digital Camera body. ISO 2000. Exposure determined by educated guess: 1/250 sec. at f/5.6 in Manual mode. AWB at 3:49pm on a cloudy dark afternoon.

Greater Roadrunner

One-Frame Wonder …

It is not often with bird photography that you get everything right in a pressure-filled situation, but I was thrilled that I did just that. Dennis was amazed that I got the shot. And so was I, along with being terrribly thankful that the card found itself 🙂

How About You?

If you’ve ever lost a flash card with some great images on it only to find it, please leave a comment and share your story.

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