Canon Cameras & Lenses For Sale

I’ve finally decided it is time to upgrade my current kit and am putting up some of my trusted equipment for sale. I’d like to keep some of these items but I need to sell them in order to upgrade. Today’s new prices are just ridiculous….but then if you know me….so am I. ūüôā ¬†If you are not local, I will accept PayPal (PayPal gift preferred to avoid fees) or US Postal Service Money Order. If you are local, I can accept the same money order or cash. Here is what I am currently selling with more items likely to be added later:

Canon 1Ds MkII.  Price $1750.  I mainly use this for portraits, landscapes, and macro, though I do often use it for general wildlife.

Canon 1Ds MkII. 16mp Full-Frame Camera. L-Plate sold separate.

Really Right Stuff L-Plate for Canon 1D/1Ds Cameras.  Price $145.00 (will not sell this unless camera is sold too).

Canon 1D MkII. Price $800. This is my action camera as it shoots 8 frames per second but I often use it for portraits as well.

Canon 1D MkII. 1.3x crop factor body with 8fps. Sweet! New shutter replaced about one year ago.

Really Right Stuff Conventional Plate for Canon 1D/1Ds camera bodies. Price $40.00 (will only sell when camera body sells).

Canon 70-200/2.8 non-IS.  Price $1,100.  This is one of the most versatile and most used lenses in many photographers bags. It is an excellent portrait lens, a macro lens when used with diopters, and a wildlife lens (not typically long enough for birds). When paired with a 1.4x extender it becomes an effective 98-280mm focal length.

Canon 70-200/2.8 non-IS. Lens plate not included but lens hood is.

Canon 420ex Flash. Price $130.00 ¬†Has a few white marks, not sure what from but it’s purely cosmetic. The flash works as new.

Canon 420ex (only 1 available). This is a stock photo. I'll photograph mine later.

I think that will be all for now. In the near future I will likely be adding my 24-70/2.8L lens but for now I still need it for the portrait work that I do. I’ll likely add some short primes as well depending on how I retool my camera bag. I’ll let you know when those items are added.

If you are in the market, these are some excellent items that will serve you well for years to come. Until next time…. – KEVIN

ImageSpotlight: Green Metallic Bee

I remember the first time I laid eyes on this beautifully colored bee. I was competing in the 2004 Valley Land Fund-Small Tract nature photography contest and scanning any blooms I could find for some macro work. As I was photographing a spider in a cactus bloom, this sparkling green bee buzzed in an out. Not sure of what I had seen, I spent a little part of each morning hoping to encounter these colorful insects but those efforts were in vain the rest of that season.

Wanting to know more about them, I started researching their habits and as one might expect, I discovered that the adults fed on flower nectar. However, unlike other bees, the metallic bee is solitary. Since they prefer a warm climate, the late spring and summer months would be an ideal time to look for these bees, particularly where you find blooms in the brush.

Now that I knew where and when to look, photographing them was still going to be a challenge. Metallic bees are quite small (from 1/8 to 1/2 of an inch long) and require good macro technique. My first photographic attempts were a blur and I mean that literally. I knew I’d have to abandon the handheld technique as they were simply too small and and active.

To capture the image shown here, I used a dedicated macro lens mounted on a tripod. I also added an external flash to gain a faster shutter speed, as well as to add a little sparkle to the metallic characteristics of the bee. On one particular day at the ranch, the purple sage was in full bloom so I setup my equipment and hoped that a cooperative subject would come my way. It didn’t take long before this bee showed up, landing on the purple petals and crawling inside. Knowing it would exit head first, I quickly setup, prefocused on the center of the flower, and waited for it to rear its head prior to flying off. When it emerged from the inside of the flower, I pressed the shutter. Voila! I had the shot I wanted.

Green Metallic Bee | Canon 1D MkII | 180/L macro lens | 550ex flash at -2 | f13 | ISO 400

As it turns out, this is the only green metallic bee image I have in my portfolio. I need to add more so I’ll be out there when the weather warms again, hoping to capture more images of these fascinating bees. I’ve heard it said that to become a better photographer, you should become a better naturalist. I guess this experience is what they mean by that. Learning just a little about my subject increased my chances of getting this shot.

Until next time, may all your shots be sharp. — KEVIN

Photography Show @ Upper Valley Art League

Hello everyone. I just wanted to let you know that this Saturday February 11th the Upper Valley Art League will host its annual photography show in Mission, Texas. The show will be held from 7-9 PM and the art league is located at 921 East 12th street in Mission (right next to the Mission Library). Twelve photographers will be showcasing some of their work and I’m happy to be one of the twelve. At least 5 (potentially 7) of my images will be on display, along with the fine work of the other photographers. All images will be for sale but whether your interest is buying or simply seeing, come out and enjoy the show. It’s always nice to enjoy the arts and yes, photography is an art form. Hope to see you there… KEVIN