Old School Photo Hack

Feast for the Senses

Potomac River -- Great Falls, Maryland (July 2015)Sony a6000 + Voigtländer 15mm f/4.5 ASPH III

Potomac River — Great Falls, Maryland (July 2015)
Sony a6000 + Voigtländer 15mm f/4.5 ASPH III

23 thoughts on “Feast for the Senses

    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Have you considered buying your gear via eBay? That’s how I purchase most of mine, probably 80-to-90 percent of it. As a result, I rarely pay list price; usually a third off retail, but it can be as little as a tenth of the new price.

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    2. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Here are some pointers when buying used camera gear via eBay:

      1) Only buy from established sellers that have at least 25 transactions and 100% positive feedback. The more transactions they have at 100% positive feedback, the better. I’ve sold camera gear on eBay since 1999 and have over 400 transactions with 100% positive feedback, so I know of which I speak.

      2) Avoid those sellers that just have one or two images, or if they have “canned” images. More images usually indicates that they actually have the item in hand. And more images gives you a better sense of the condition of the item.

      3) Avoid those sellers that haven’t cleaned the item to make it as presentable as possible. Some evidence of use is expected, but if it doesn’t look clean it may have other issues once you receive it.

      4) Avoid gear that’s visually been abused. Gear that’s sold with the original packaging is usually a good sign that the owner takes care of their gear and it’s in really good condition.

      5) Avoid impossibly good deals — there’s usually a reason, and you don’t want to be the one getting stuck with it.

      6) Set your budget and don’t exceed it. But also research the successful sales for the item and see what the price trend may be prior to participating in an auction.

      If you follow these tips and are careful, you can get some outstanding deals on photo gear. Please let me know if you have any further questions or want to ask my opinion on a specific item.

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    3. Sarah Longes - Mirador Design

      Thanks so much Mitch! I know what you mean about “canned” images. That’s something that I see more and more on various sites like eBay and Amazon. I know much of our gear gets made in China but they also have a booming fakes trade! The dealers I get a lot of my gear from are asking around £600 for the lens and adapter which isn’t bad but just a bit too much for me right now.


    4. Sarah Longes - Mirador Design

      I have two camera bodies. The Sony a58 which is a few years old now and the a6000. Still getting used to it! It’s a great bit of kit but I must get the adapter for my A mount lenses. The a7 range were just a bit beyond my budget but the 6000 is great value I think!


    5. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      The a6000 is a great camera. I picked up mine for less than half price as an open box/return to a local electronics store.

      With appropriate adapters, you can shoot with just about any lens ever made. My only complaint is that it’s not full-frame, which I predict they will reach in that form factor within the next year or two.

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    6. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Right, the a7 is full-frame now, but I expect Sony to extend full-frame sensors to all their lower models within the next two years, and lower the price point to be affordable to many more photographers. The a7 series is just too expensive right now, especially when they are refreshed as frequently as they are.

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    7. Sarah Longes - Mirador Design

      It would be absolutely great if they did do that!! The sensor tech is basically all the same so the price imbalance does need to be addressed. Every time I start looking at the most recent a7 wondering if I can afford it, they bring out something new! I must start editing some of my bits of film together. The 6000 is wonderful for film! I just need to get a dedicated film lens (smoother zoom etc) and a steady cam type rig 😀


  1. Gypsy Bev

    Beautiful! Enjoy the sound of the rushing water. This looks powerful! But I think I’ll stick to my senses of sight and hearing on this one. I’ll not desire to experience the sense of feeling on this one.


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