Category: Equipment

Vueca – The Camera Market

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Another photography related hobby of mine is collecting Vintage Canon Film Cameras. I often visit antique markets, auctions and boot sales on the hunt for old cameras, sometimes buying a ‘lot’ of cameras to get a single camera for my collection. I don’t have space for all of them so I have been auctioning the unwanted cameras, often really nice, sometimes really rare, on good ol’ ebay to try and recoup some of the cost of collecting…

We’ll after a conversation with a full-time camera dealer, I decided to take the plunge and try and come up with a serious alternative for buyers and sellers of photographic equipment to list and buy their gear at sensible prices – No listing fees, No final value fees and No fees on postage. All very simple…

Vueca – The Camera Market is what I’ve come up with. It’s only been up and running for a few day but there are already around 100 items listed for sale. Sellers can list globally in any currency and choose to just ship locally or internationally. Hopefully some of you reading this have an interest in Photography and Vintage in general so may find the site useful – You may even have an old camera you would like to sell or, perhaps  you may know someone else who might like to take a look?

It’s free to register to list and buy/bid on the site so please spread the word about Vueca – The Camera Market.

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Go to ‘ell

Well, it’s a decision that I’m sure most Canon users think about at some point. Should I bite the bullet and invest in an L-series lens?

I’ve been using a variety of EF and EFS lenses over the years from the 18-55mm and 70-210mm which I bought with my 350d years ago, a Sigma 10-20mm and my EFS  18-135mm  which I got with the 60d. This has proved to be a great general walk around lens, remaining on my camera most of the time.

But, there’s been one lens which has got me hooked on on the benefits of fast apertures – My only prime lens so far, the EF 50mm F1.4. It’s an amazing lens giving wonderfully bright and sharp pictures and, the shallow depth of field you can achieve is exactly what I was hoping for when I bought this lens. The only draw back with automotive photography, especially at shows, is the distance you need to be from subject. When I switch from the Sigma wide angle I find myself having to march off to the other side of the field with the 50mm!

So I’ve been thinking for a while now about buying a fast short-zoom lens. Reading all the reviews and comparisons I narrowed it down to either an EFS 17-55 F2.8 or the EF 24-70mm 2.8L which is a little more cash. Thinking long-term, I’ve decided to go for the L series lens, so hopefully I’ll be able to try it out for the first time at The Slough VW Swap Meet this weekend…