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New member needs help

lurechunker
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I am new to the forum and asking for help. Our granddaughter plays basketball and I would like to photograph her. I kayak and would like to photograph birds. Is the EOS 760D the camera for me? Other? What lens or lenses? How can I protect my equipment form damage from saltwater? Thank you.

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@lurechunker wrote:
My 80D with 18-55 from Canon store will arrive tomorrow. I think I made a mistake by not getting the 28-135. Should I leave the 18-55 in the box and send it back? I'd like to start with an "all-round" lens and one long enough for back yard birds.

Do you mean 18-135, instead of 28-135?  The 18-135 lenses are pretty good.  BUT, they will likely cast a shadow when you try to use the flash.  I know that older 18-135mm lenses cast a major shadow on a T5, so I would expect a shadow on an 80D.  The 18-55mm lens has a 35mm equivalent of 29-88mm, which is pretty close to 24-70mm that is very popular for use with full frame camera bodies.

 

The  STM version of the 18-55mm is a really good lens.  I would hang on to it.  I can guarantee you that whatever plans you have for using the camera, you will find new scenarios to use it.  I would keep the 18-55mm, and pass on buying a 18-135, so that you can budget more money towards your birding lens.  If you can afford to do all of the above, then by all means, buy all of the lenses you want.

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@lurechunker wrote:

What about buying a used or refurbished lens from B&H?


I am not sure if I have seen any Canon refurbished gear at B&H, not in the last few years for sure.  If you want to buy Canon refurbished gear, then I would only recommend the Canon refurbished store.  They will give you a one year warranty, not just a  "guarantee" of some kind.  

 

I think B&H has a fairly good and objective rating system for their used gear.  I think much of it is a bit pricey, though.  Many times they will offer used gear that is rated "good" that has an asking price that is more than what is being offered in the Canon Refurbished Store.  

 

Check what the B&H guarantee and return policy might be for used gear.  I've bought a used tripod head and a "hi-hat" tripod from B&H, and I think I had a 15 day return window, and a 30 day guarantee.

 

Good judgement needs to exercised when buying used gear.  You must consider the source.  You must consider the return policy, for which B&H has a good reputation.  You must consider the cost/benefit of expensive gear without a warranty.  You must consider can the used gear be repaired, if needed in the near future.  

 

With used camera gear, there is always a risk of mold and mildew contamination.  Canon's refurbished gear has that new gear smell to it, so I think the contamination risk is small to non-existent with Canon.

 

[EDIT]. If what you want is out of stock at the Canon Refurbished Store, be patient.  Most of the items will be back in stock in a month, or two, or three.  The "L" series lenses can sell out very quickly.  

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"...they give the camera a brief moment of more time to gather liight."

 

I really doubt that.  The camera doesn't gather (store up) light up to a certain point before it can AF.  It either has it or it doesn't.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!


@ebiggs1 wrote:

"...they give the camera a brief moment of more time to gather liight."

 

I really doubt that.  The camera doesn't gather (store up) light up to a certain point before it can AF.  It either has it or it doesn't.


Right, it either has it or doesn't it.  One of the main reasons was related to the reduction in available light, of that I am almost certain.  Maybe, the camera performes a redundant calculation, which would take more time to process.

 

As far as gathering light goes, it is not instantaneous.  At some point the engineers must define a time period to collect a light sample.  For example, the sampling period could be 1/32000 of a second under normal use, or it could be reduced to 1/16000 with the extender, which could slow down the AF performance.

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"...the sampling period could be 1/32000 of a second under normal use, or it could be reduced to 1/16000 with the extender, which could slow down the AF performance."

 

I don't doubt that. We all know a t-con slows the AF down but the camera is not 'gathering' more light to make it happen. It has what it has.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!


@ebiggs1 wrote:

"...the sampling period could be 1/32000 of a second under normal use, or it could be reduced to 1/16000 with the extender, which could slow down the AF performance."

 

I don't doubt that. We all know a t-con slows the AF down but the camera is not 'gathering' more light to make it happen. It has what it has.


Okay, Ernie.  You are correct.  Whatever you say.

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@Waddizzle wrote:

You should give it more time to learn.    



There's no evidence of that ability. Hence, constant variations of "What should I buy next?"

Is there a trustworthy and affordable place to rent a Canon f/2.8 70-200 IS ll lens for a tryout?

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Lensrentals.com is one place.
John Hoffman
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What paper and Canon printer should I buy for my pix?

Canon Pixma Pro-100. Get it on sale now for $130. Comes with some Canon paper. 

 

B&H may still have a $79 special. 

 

These prices are after rebate. 

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Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, Pixma TR8620a, LR Classic
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