Too good to be true?
Posted 13 December 2010 - 07:18 PM
I'm an NYU film student who shoots a lot with my Rebel XS, but I'm looking to upgrade to the 5D. I've been searching for a deal forever so I could actually afford it, and I found this:
Wondering what y'all think. Too good to be true? Any idea about those lenses? I've never heard of that brand before, but I have a good amount of glass already. The XS kit lens (17-55), a 50/1.4, 75-200/3.5-4 and a 100mm Macro with an FD mount. If this seems legit and worth it, I may just bite the bullet and go for it.
Posted 13 December 2010 - 07:43 PM
Posted 13 December 2010 - 09:23 PM
I would rather have one good lens than 20 junk lenses. My suggestion is to buy a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens. Or just buy the body and two good L-type lenses if you can afford it. You can pick up very nice used L-series lenses on Fred Miranda's buy & sell forum, as well.
Posted 13 December 2010 - 09:29 PM
Posted 14 December 2010 - 04:25 AM
Google to the rescue.
Pretty typical bait and switch operation. I "teased" one of the Brooklyn camera creeps just to see what they would do. When I wouldn't buy their overpriced, worthless accessory package they cancelled my order.
I bought my 7D from B&H. A couple of weeks after it arrived Canon came out with a $100 rebate offer. I called B&H and they HONORED the rebate even though they were under absolutely no obligation to do so. That's what ethical dealers do.
I respect the fact that B&H not only shuts down their retail store for the Jewish Sabbath and Holidays but they also shut down their webstore. That's what I call walking the walk as well as talking the talk. Being New York Jews they're always a bit surprised when someone in Oklahoma whose last name is Smith wishes them "Happy Hannukah", etc. What they don't know up front is this Catholic guy's mother was Russian Jewish and he and his Hungarian Catholic wife celebrate some of the Jewish Holidays. When I converted from the Episcopal to the Catholic Church, the Catholic Priest in charge of the convert's classes was thrilled to learn of my Jewish ancestry. He told me "That's wonderful, you have both Covenants". And I do.
Posted 16 December 2010 - 03:03 PM
Also get some nice high speed sandisk CF cards to record to so your footage stays un-compromised, the last thing you want is to shoot all day and find out one of your cards has failed. Also if you can afford it, get Z-Finder or a monitor so you can see your focus. Since the camera doesn't have a tape hook its impractical to measure focus and a finder or a monitor will help you speed the focus pulling process up.
That may have been more info than you were looking for but I hope this helps.
Edited by Michael Giannaccio, 16 December 2010 - 03:05 PM.
Posted 20 December 2010 - 11:30 AM
With that being said, just call B&H. It's more expensive but it's better to support a positive and helpful business than to contribute to a company that makes its money by manipulating customers to buy faulty accessories. And I've spent weeks looking for a good, reasonably priced 7D package, but it's just not out there. I assume it's the same with the 5D. Get the body, then pick out a lens (or lenses), and buy your accessories seperate. Otherwise, you're going to get something that looks good in a list on line, but is worthless once you take it out of the box and try and use it.
Edited by Clayton Kagi, 20 December 2010 - 11:33 AM.