Picking a Keeper: 5001 Versus 5013. Rain Gear Help Needed. « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Picking a Keeper: 5001 Versus 5013. Rain Gear Help Needed.


I am using Tramadol for pain relief. Once the powerful stuff in me that was left over from the surgery began to wear off, I have had a bit of pain, especially when standing up or sitting down (as is expected from inguinal hernia surgery). I slept only about 3 or four hours on Thursday night but caught up during the day on Friday taking many long drowsy naps, again as expected. All in all I am feeling pretty good. I did many hours of work on the Used Gear Page and am almost caught up …

I sold Anita North’s 1DX Mark II in excellent plus condition with extras and 247,000 shutter actuations for $3399 before it was even listed. (Anita is way trigger-happy but the 1DX II shutter is rated to 800,000 actuations.)

The Streak

Today makes two hundred sixty-five days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took two hours to prepare including the time spent on the image optimization. With all of my upcoming free time (or not…), the plan right now is to try to break the current record streak of 480 … Good health and good internet connections and my continuing insanity willing.

Rain Gear Help Needed

If you have rain gear (top and bottom) that you love, that is rugged, that is not rubberized, and that actually keeps you dry even when sitting in a puddle, please do share. And please be specific. A link is fine.

Thanks to the Patient

With the injured shoulder, the recently concluded DeSoto IPT, and the hernia surgery, I have gotten more than a bit behind on e-mails, especially some Used Gear Sales business. Many thanks for your patience. I will have lots of time to rest for the next week and will be catching up.

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Dark-siders: Please Do Not Take This Personally

I have been saying this for a while: after many years in the business of brokering used gear sales, one pattern that I have seen is that most Nikon folks think that there stuff is worth a lot more than it actually is. That especially with regard to the sale of the older 600mm lenses, some of which weigh in the 12-14 pound range. If you can shed any light as to why this might be the case, I’d love to hear from you.

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 old Canon 100-400, the old 500mm, the EOS-7D and 7D Mark II and the original 400mm DO lens have been dropping steadily. You can always see the current listings by clicking on the Used Photo Gear tab on the orange-yellow menu bar near the top of each blog post page.

New Listings

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

Ron Gates is offering a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM lens (the original version) in excellent condition for $899.00. There are a few nicks on the tripod collar. The sales includes the front and rears lens covers, the tough fabric zippered case, and insured ground shipping via major courier.

Please contact Ron via e-mail or by phone at 972-890-4105 (Central time.)

I owned and used this lens, the original IS version of the incredibly versatile 70-200 for birds and wildlife and landscapes and Urbex for many years with both teleconverters. It was great indoors for events like granddaughter Maya’s dance recitals. A new copy of the 70-200 II currently sells for $1,949 so you can save a small fortune by grabbing Ron’s lens. artie

Canon EOS-1D X

Ron Gates is also offering a Canon EOS-1D X in near-mint condition for $2499. The sale includes the original box and everything that came in it and insured ground shipping via major courier.

Please contact Ron via e-mail or by phone at 972-890-4105 (Central time.)

Two 1DX bodies served admirably as my workhorse digital camera bodies for several years when I was using Canon gear. The original 1DX has a superb AF system and produces high quality image files. It is fabulous for photographing birds in flight and in action. Some folks wish that they had kept there 1DX bodies and not upgraded to the 1DX Mark II. artie

Canon EOS 7D

Ron Gates is also offering a Canon EOS 7D in near-mint condition for $350. The sale includes the strap, the front body cap, the battery charger, the instruction manuals, and insured ground shipping via major courier.

Please contact Ron via e-mail or by phone at 972-890-4105 (Central time.)

Ron’s used Canon EOS 7D would make a great and inexpensive starter camera body for anyone wishing to explore the possibilities of digital photography. artie

Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite

Ron Gates is also offering a MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite in excellent condition for $499. The sale includes the original box, the instruction manual, and insured ground shipping via major courier.

Please contact Ron via e-mail or by phone at 972-890-4105 (Central time.)

I owned and used my Macro Twin Lite with my Canon 180mm macro lens for years. artie

Some Used Gear Comments

#1: I have been surprised that the items listed below did not sell quickly.

#2: I have been fairly criticized at times for encouraging folks to price their gear too low. That often when several items sell on the first day of listing …

#3: But many of you may not know that I almost always suggest a range of prices and give folks the final say. What often happens is that when the pick the higher price the stuff does not sell … And most of the time when they go with the lower price the stuff sells very quickly. I have learned that there is a very fine line. That said, there have been rare times when the seller opted for the highest price and the item sold quickly. In those cases I love to apologize for being wrong.

Price Reductions!

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

Price reduced $100 on April 20, 2018!

Steve Ellis is offering a used Nikkor 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 G ED VR lens in excellent condition for $499 (was $599). The lens has some very minor wear on the finish. The sale includes the original box, soft case, manual, lens hood, front and rear lens caps, 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 1-203-247-4912 (Eastern 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 $964.95. artie

Tamron SP 150-600 f/5.6-6.5 Di VC USD

Price reduced $100 on April 20, 2018

Margaret Page is offering a Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens for Canon in like-new condition (used only once) for the ridiculously low price of $599 (was $699). The sale includes the lens hood, the soft case, the front and rear caps, the instruction sheet, the original box are included, and insured ground shipping via UPS. Your item will not ship until your check clears unless other arrangements are made.

Please contact Margaret via e-mail or by phone at 706-761-5555 (Eastern time).

Several folks on IPTs have used this lens and made lots of sharp images. A telling factor is that there are no used copies of this lens available on eBay or in the B&H Used Gear listings. artie

These two images were created on the 2nd San Diego IPT on the morning of January 31 at La Jolla, CA with the hand held Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens (at 500mm) and the mega mega-pixel Nikon D850 DSLR.. ISO 400. Matrix metering -2/3 stop.
Image 5001: 1/2500 sec. at f/6.3. Image 5013: 1/2000 sec. at f/7.1. Both in Manual mode. AUTO0 WB at 10:20am on a clear day.

One to the left and one up from the center Group (grp)/Shutter Button/Continuos (AI Servo in Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. In each image the upper AF point in the array just below and in front of the bird’s eye. Clicking on the image for a larger version will make it easier to compare.

Brandt’s Cormorant, gular panting

5001 Versus 5013

First, be sure to click on the image to see the larger version that will make it easier to compare the two.

  • 1-What is the single thing about image 5001 that is much better than in image 5013?
  • 2-What is the single thing about image 5013 that is much better than in image 5001?
  • 3-Which image would you choose to optimize?
  • 4-What is the best anything goes plan for optimizing 5001?

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12 comments to Picking a Keeper: 5001 Versus 5013. Rain Gear Help Needed.

  • Jerry Murray

    If you are still looking for rain gear check out the LL Bean Stowaway gore tex jacket, pants, and hat (www.llbean.com). Another option is Marmot’s Minimalist (gore tex paclite) jacket and pants. They also have a non gore tex option: PreCip jacket, pants and hat (www.marmot.com). Hope that helps.

  • Jake Levin

    1: the open beak is better in the first shot
    2: head angle is miles better in the second shot.
    3: definitely optimize the second. Would almost certainly insta-delete the first.
    4: if we’re going no-edits-barred on photo 1, I’d try to find another pic with a better eye and transplant it, and lighten up the background to be more blue than black.

    • Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      I did not have to look to hard to find a perfect eye; I used the one in 5013. Good point about the backgrounds being different …

      with love, artie

  • Mitch Haimov

    Hey, Artie. I mostly agree with others’ responses to your questions. But, since you said “anything goes,” I think you would transplant the eye from 5013 to 5001.

  • Guido Bee

    I think I agree with Adam (not much difference from the other 3 folks, really):
    1. Gesture, beak open
    2. Tonal separation and the brighter eye
    3. Start with 5001 first and
    4. gain tonal separation from the background and work on the eye.

    Get well soon; take care of yourself, the rest of the world will be there waiting.

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  • Adam

    1-What is the single thing about image 5001 that is much better than in image 5013? The open beak (expression)
    2-What is the single thing about image 5013 that is much better than in image 5001? The eye. It’s always about the eyes.
    3-Which image would you choose to optimize? Tough call because they both have merits, but I would first try to tackle 5001
    4-What is the best anything goes plan for optimizing 5001? Bring up the shadows a bit on the bird to bring in some detail, lighten the background to create more separation. Lighten/sharpen the eye. That’s where I would start.


    Hi Art. Glad you’re feeling better. I have two sets of rain gear I use.

    1. Under Armour Storm 3, camo and Gore-tex. Great for warmer climates.

    2. Rivers West, green in colour. fleece inside. great for cold wet days.

    Take care, Arnie

  • kevin Hice

    Artie glad all is going well,get better soon.

    1 Beak open wide adds great interest
    2 The eye is situated better,pupil is slanted downward in 5001,although 5013 has better head angle and background colors. Blacks will stand out better.
    3 I would choose 5001 for the interest of the open beak and definition of the breeding patch.
    4 Fix the eye.
    More I think about it maybe 5013 hard choice. I guess it comes down to how much work you want to do in post on 5001.

  • Neil Hickman

    1. Great Pose.
    2. Lovely background and perfect head angle.
    3. 5013 and then 5001 ( I don’t get images like these!)
    4. Mask the bird and get to work on that background.