Friday, February 27, 2015

Canon EF lenses for sale.

I'm at the far end of a 3-year lens buying/testing binge.  

I've phased myself out of crop bodies and have gone full frame, full time.

Time to move the outliers to their new homes.

All lenses were used on a Canon 5d3 exclusively.

24-70mm F4L IS USM

I wanted a compact-in-size zoom with a reasonable wide angle end.

Briefly considered the 2.8L version, but this one was so much more compact it won out easily.

Great image quality, great zoom range for most of my uses.  Ended up using the 24-105 F4L more often, despite it being substantially larger in my pack.

Condition = 9/10.

Price is $700 shipped/insured.

14mm F2.8L IS USM

Incredible UWA prime.

I love this little lens, especially for astrophotography, but find myself using the 16-35 more often.

Condition = 9/10.

Price is $1600 shipped/insured.

85mm F1.8 USM

Great portrait prime.  I've used it once (at Christmas) per year for the two years I've owned it.  

Can't justify keeping it for so little use.

Condition = 9.9/10

Price is $250 including shipping/insurance.

Vello BG-C9 battery grip.

Fits Canon 5d3, Canon 7d, and Canon 7d II.

Used once, perfect condition.

Includes 2 battery trays--one for the LP-E6 batts, and one for AA's.

$60 includes shipping/insurance.

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Please shop around as much as you like--I think that in so doing you'll quickly learn that the pricing I've offered here is a good chunk less than any other reputable source for used lenses at this time.

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I accept payment via PayPal, Google Wallet, or cashiers check.

I ship via Fed Ex Ground, insured for full value, and you'll get emailed tracking info.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A week of winter...

...does not a not-weak winter make.

The last ~2 months have looked like this.

Positively gorgeous, which is what you'd expect of fall and spring around here.

Except that it's the heart of winter, and our most popular trails (light on moisture and heavy on traffic) have already become linear sand dunes.

Finally, on Friday it started to snow.

By Sunday enough had fallen to make fatties necessary for the first time in months.

The irony of finally having fatbike-worthy conditions?

In 7+ hours out on trails in the shadow of Denver, Jeny and I saw one other rider.

(Hey Cal!)

Complaining?  Hell no.  

I'll take empty trails for any reason every day of the week...

...and twice on Sunday.  Which is pretty much how it worked out.

Alas out my back door the snow is already nearly gone.  Hoping that the weather wench predicts gloom and snowy doom for at least a few more weeks.  Our trails and flowers and rivers and psyches are all badly in need.

Thanks for checkin' in.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Finding flow.

A few months ago I got invited on a trip.  Trip of a lifetime some would say: Down the Grand Canyon.

The fine details included a mid-January launch, being out 10 days in small boats, a total of 5 guys well-versed in the self-support ethos that a trip like this demands.

As departure drew closer and friends learned of the trip, a common question, worded appropriate to the experience and perspective of each asker, arose.

'Why rush through paradise?'

Regardless of verbiage, the question is valid from any perspective.  If you're given an opportunity to do something that few can and fewer will, why not take your time and savor it?

The answer is different for everyone.  My answers are simple, and are probably not the same as yours.

-Because I believe in miracles, and getting five first-world-dwellers to put down their devices and engage the world beneath their feet for ten days straight seems nothing less than that.

-Because the simplicity of a self-support trip seems ultimately satisfying relative to the alternatives I've seen.  

-Because ten days is enough time to bring out the best and worst in your friends, and yourself, and to understand that you can't have one without the other.

-Because with a competent group and minimal gear, ten days actually gave us ample time to do all that we wanted to do.  Leisurely breakfasts, at least one hike a day, several hours of floating, time to ask, and hear answers to, any question that came to mind.  Then a leisurely dinner, campfire time, and sleep under the stars and waning moon.

-Because any day in Grand Canyon turns out to be a pretty good day.

-Because ten days beats nine, or none.

What we found was that ten days was the ideal amount of time for this group to flow through this place, unhurried, expectant, engaged.

I'm thankful to this group, and to Alpacka Raft, for continuing to foster my understanding of and immersion in a world I could scarcely imagine just 5 short years ago.

Thanks for checkin' in.