Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Too many legs

I finally got to take my new gear into the field today. I was worried I would get rained out as I drove down the peninsula but Mother Nature smiled on me and the clouds gave way the minute I hit Palo Alto.
The Avocets are raising their chicks in the Baylands right now and the tiny little cotton balls are everywhere! They snuggle up to mom or dad whenever they get cold and then run out and feed in the mud. I had to laugh at all of the legs sticking out from beneath the parents.

When I arrived, I watched as another photographer raised the alarm call - two parents screamed and played broken wing in the street trying to lure him away from their chicks hiding in the pickle-weed. He backed away quickly and soon the family was reunited and searching for food. I watched from a distance for a while, noting where the family groups were and the alarm raised when cars drove by and decided that a blind was in order to avoid stressing the birds.
My Kwik Camo throw blind was perfect for the job. I sat on the ground with the blind covering me and my gear... A few cars stopped to stare but the birds walked right in front of me, babies and all, without a care in the world.

It's going to take a while to get used to all the new controls but the gear performed wonderfully. I think I'm going to like being a Nikon-girl again.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Major Gear Sale

No, I'm not giving up photography, never fear! I'm just going to change my direction... ;^)

So, I have a TON of camera gear to clear out of here, all Canon Brand. If you live in the US and are interested, drop me an email at RJ@Jackrel.org. Cameras and most lenses (excluded are 300mm,500mm or 600mm) have all been cleaned and calibrated recently by the Canon factory near LA.

** SOLD**EOS-1Ds Mark III $4,000.00 (with RRS L-Bracket)
** SOLD**EF 600 f/4.0 L USM $6,200.00 (Lens coat & 4th generation foot)
** SOLD**EOS-1D Mark III $1,500.00 (with RRS L-Bracket)
** SOLD**EOS 30D $800.00
** SOLD**EF 15mm F/2.8 $585.00
** SOLD**EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM $1,250.00
** SOLD**EF 24-70 f/2.8 LU $1,190.00
** SOLD**EF 24-105 L IS USM $945.00
** SOLD**EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS USM $1,700.00
** SOLD**EF-M 100 f/2.8U $475.00
** SOLD**EF 100-400 L IS $1,440.00
** SOLD**EF 100-400 L IS $1,440.00
** SOLD** EF-M 180mm f/3.5L USM $1,230.00
** SOLD** EF 500mm f/4.0L USM $5,526.00 (Lens coat & 4th generation foot)
** SOLD**EF 1.4x II $275.00
** SOLD**EF 1.4x II $275.00
** SOLD**EF 2x II $275.00
** SOLD**Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX $650.00
** SOLD**Speedlite 580EX $325.00
** SOLD** EF 300mm f/2.6L IS U $3,900.00
** SOLD** EF 400mm f/5.6L USM $1,080.00
** SOLD** EF 2x II $275.00
** SOLD** 4 ea Speedlite 580 EX II $400.00 (one with cosmetic issues)

Invisishield EOS 1Ds MkII
Angle Finder C (1D family) $100.00
** SALE PENDING**TC-80N3 Time Remote Switch $75.00
RS-80N3 Remote Switch $25.00
Canon CPS Neck Strap
Canon CL-PL 52mm for super telephoto $150.00
Canon CL-PL II 77mm
CL-PL filter 77mm Quantaray
FLD filters 77mm, 67mm
UV Filters 58mm (2ea), 55mm, 52mm
Domke Photovest XL black
Epson P2000 (40Gb) Battery door is broken but all is functional.
Think Tank Belt System $200.00
  • Steriod SpeedBelt - XL
  • Pixel Racing Harness
  • Lens Changer 80 (rain coat)
  • Lens Changer 15 (rain coat)
  • Lens Changer 25 (rain coat)
  • Lens Changer 50 (rain coat)
  • Trim Changer (rain coat)
  • Lightning Fast (rain coat)
  • Lens Drop In
Cokin P Filter system
  • 4ea Brackets (metal rings not included)
  • Misc. caps
  • 2ea Lens shade
  • Star filter (3 levels of effect)
  • P filters 173, 047, 190, 153, 121, 121F, 164
  • Cokin filter carry case
  • Tiffen ND 0.9 (3stop)
** SOLD**Think Tank Glass Taxi $125.00 (new)
** SOLD**CP-E3 Compact Battery Pack $75.00
** SOLD**2ea LP-E4 Batteries $75.00 ea
** SOLD** Kenko Extension Tube Set DG $50.00
** SOLD** TC-80N3 Time Remote Switch $75.00
** SOLD** 3ea Off Camera Shoe Cord II $25.00 together