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#1 Chas is back!

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Posted 16 Apr 2018 - 10:56

So there I was with a great package of a camera for not alot of dough. A Nikon D7000 with a Nikkor 18-200 VRII lens. Unfortunately due to yours truly the lens doesn't really work as well anymore! It's a shame as the body is still spot on and clean with other lenses on.

 

I'm now looking at buying a Nikkor 35mm DX f1.8 lens. However, it seems you can't tell which retailers are genuine and which aren't besides the big boys.

 

My question to you is this. Besides Jessops, Bristol Cameras, London Camera Exchange et al. where do you folks shop?

 

Also, what other lenses can you suggest as an alternative? I plan to use the 35mm as a sole lens for a while and may go back to a variable zoom in the future. But it should be a cheapish way of getting the camera going.

 

I used to have a Sigma 18-55mm f2.8 on my D70S. It was clear with zero pincushioning but the light balance was all over the place; Some shots taken within seconds of each other would either have great lighting or a slight yellow tinge!

 

From what I can tell, the 35mm goes for around £110 secondhand but between £130-180 new depending on your source. I'd expect them to be cheaper secondhand when LCE will sell a new one for £179. It's occured to me that going secondhand via eBay doesn't guarantee you won't get a fake either.

 

I wouldn't rule out a compact SLR either like the Sony A6000 which seems to deliver amazing results for its size, where they look like a compact camera with a smallish lens, but I understand they are not what you'd call cheap.


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Posted 16 Apr 2018 - 11:18

I've got an A6000 and LOVE it.

Have just bought my next, and final (for now...) lens.

 

I've got the 16-50 kit

55-210 kit tele

10-18 f4

35 f.18

and the new addition is the 18-135

 

The 10-18 and 18-135 are the main travel / holiday lenses.

The 35 f1.8 is a stunning lens and is my "if I only take 1 lens and especially if I'm going to a party / wedding type event".

The 16-50 is my "I want to keep my kit small" lens, but will live most of its time on my old NEX 3N as a second camera that the wife can carry with her.

The 55-210 is unlikely to get much use going forward. Maybe the odd trip to a zoo or something like that, but the 135 + clear zoom should be more than enough reach for most stuff.

 

 

I bought bother the 10-18 and 18-135 on eBay.

Both were nearly new, and I got a decent price, my thought process being that if they aren't good version, or if I don't use them much, I can easily sell on for about what I paid.

 

I bought the 35mm f1.8 new on Amazon.

 

If I hadn't gotten decent prices on the 10-18 and the 18-135 I was about ready to hit "go" from these guys:

https://www.ebay.co....=p2047675.l2559

 

It's grey import, but their prices are seriously good on most stuff.

Shipped from Ireland, so no 3 week waiting times, and you get a 1 year warranty of sorts.

 

Often cheaper than buying second hand, and in my view if your options are grey import vs second hand at the same price then grey import is a better bet 9 times out of 10 (just so happened I got good second prices so was willing to take a gamble)


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Posted 16 Apr 2018 - 14:20

https://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk 

Handy comparison site to keep in your bookmarks


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Posted 16 Apr 2018 - 18:52

Eglobal Central i have used and it all turned out fine. I bought a lense new for 90 delivered that is about £160here. For a few quid its not worth the risk but worth checking out their offers and paying by paypal. 



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Posted 17 Apr 2018 - 09:30

I've got an A6000 and LOVE it.

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/kachashop?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

 

 

 

That comment isn't helping but it's great to hear. A mate of mine has the A6000 and is really impressed by it.

 

In comparison to my D7000 do you think I'd be losing much? Having a smaller camera is very appealling and seeing the results it can deliver. I may get a better lens for my D7000 over the 35mm later but then you start looking at other choices...

 

I saw those guys in EIRE. I debated using them but wasn't sure if their stuff wasn't fake. If that can be confirmed that may well be where my money goes, unless I do the TAer thing and get the Sony A6000

 

 

https://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk 

Handy comparison site to keep in your bookmarks

 

Cheers for the tips! I take it the site is a safe place to get bits from i.e the sellers do sell genuine gear :).

 

 

Eglobal Central i have used and it all turned out fine. I bought a lense new for 90 delivered that is about £160here. For a few quid its not worth the risk but worth checking out their offers and paying by paypal. 

 

Super! Thanks for that. I take it that's also a safe place? It's hard to interpret what you are sayign from your last sentence but I think I get the gist. If the products are fake I can always claim them back under Paypal I guess is what you are getting at.

 

Well, I've decided. Unless I have a good reason to defect from my Nikon D7000 (with currently no usable lens) to the A6000 I may well do that. Until then I'll probably buy a 35mm f1.7 Nikkor lens this week.


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Posted 17 Apr 2018 - 09:34

It’s just a comparison site using most of the main sellers in the UK. WEX, John Lewis, Mifsuds, Curry’s, etc.


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Posted 17 Apr 2018 - 09:38

I'm 99% certain the Kacha shop on eBay I linked to is legit.

 

It's just that they are grey imports, ie legit items that weren't intended to be sold in the UK so don't have the full warranty cover.

My understanding is that these grey import companies buy (more or less) whole sale from Hong Kong / Singapore that kind of thing and then sell over here at lower than UK prices.

 

 

E Infinity is another one:

 

https://www.e-infin.com/uk/

 

With solid reviews:

 

https://uk.trustpilo...iew/e-infin.com


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Posted 17 Apr 2018 - 09:43

Oh - just found this as well which might be if interest:

 

https://www.dpreview.../thread/3878377


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#9 Chas is back!

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Posted 17 Apr 2018 - 10:02

Oh - just found this as well which might be if interest:

 

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3878377

 

Just read that :).

It's left me a little confused in some respects! But clarified that maybe the D7000 is worth persevering with after seeing a few shots, and the D7000 is waterproof and has more 'adjustable' images thanks to the RAW formats. It loses out on Pixels to the A6000 but it's a great camera to this day!  It's not made me discount the A6000 completely however. Watch this space later on the year.

 

At £140ish for the lens it's not a crazy amount to put towards making the camera usable again. Someone was saying I may gain sharpness going from my 18-200 to the 35mm prime :).


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Posted 17 Apr 2018 - 10:49

Prime will almost always be sharper than a zoom as there are less compromises in design.

 

The size of the A6000 is one of the main draws for me - with the age old saying of "the best camera is the one you've got with you", but if you don't find the size of a full DSLR a draw back then yeah, no reason to change. Especially as you've got a better / wider selection of (probably) cheaper lenses for the Nikon system.

 

My A6000 cost me £320.

I've spent about 3.5 times that on lenses (and that doesn't include the two kit lenses I had with the NEX 3N...)

 

 

 

Bugger... that's a slightly sobering thought!


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Posted 24 Apr 2018 - 16:26

Eglobal central look dodgy but i've used twice for Nikon lens with total success.

 

Just to rub it in my DX 35mm f1.8 was £82 new from a Chinese ebay seller about 3years ago, prices have risen lots and lots since smartphone boom and economic whatsits.


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Posted 24 Apr 2018 - 18:45

Nice thing with the Sony Nex stuff is the lens registration is so short, you can adapt almost any manual lense onto the system. This drew me to the a7, as I could use my old screw mount and Contax lenses on it.
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Posted 25 Apr 2018 - 07:27

Despite some negative reviews, I have always used SLR Hut ( https://slrhut.co.uk ) and had zero issues. I have purchased 3 lenses from them, each retailing into four figures and have got each lens considerably cheaper and delivered in a quick time. Now they are not an official retailer and they seem to import from the USA and I think their USA base imports direct from China and Japan but I have found their service good for me and the prices have been hard to beat. They claim to cover the VAT and I am happy with that but my last lens an Olympus Pro 7mm-14mm was £1200 in the UK and I got it for £900 and it was perfect, complete with warranty - that said Olympus do not have an international warranty policy as they seem to have a service centre in each continent..


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 06:34

Well, I better say what had happened with the camera situation.

I managed to source one through one of the above contacts. I was still questioning whether the lens was genuine when I got it! So far I have mixed feelings towards it, but generally good so far.

 

Pros

-Focusing from it is pretty good

-Images are very sharp from it!

-It's taken alot of weight off the front of the camera. It didn't seem to bother me with the 18-200 VR lens but subconciously I suspect it did.

-I have rediscovered large apertures. You can get some awesome effects from them as many know here!

 

Cons

-The fixed length is annoying! It's the right size generally but for what I photograph being able to go smaller is very handy! I don't think I realised just how much of the zoom I used on the 18-70 Kit lens and 18-200. I've debated looking at a kit lens again to gain that back. But then the sharpness may be compromised...

-I don't look as cool with this short and stubby lens; That is a joke, but the small size of the lens has made the camera more usable.

 

Eglobal central look dodgy but i've used twice for Nikon lens with total success.

 

Just to rub it in my DX 35mm f1.8 was £82 new from a Chinese ebay seller about 3years ago, prices have risen lots and lots since smartphone boom and economic whatsits.

 

That's quite a surprise is the price difference! A litle annoying for if I want to change the 18-200 lens again! But I'm now not convinced it was ever working right; it was a secondhand purchase from London Camera Exchange to be fair.

 

Nice thing with the Sony Nex stuff is the lens registration is so short, you can adapt almost any manual lense onto the system. This drew me to the a7, as I could use my old screw mount and Contax lenses on it.

 

That's a nice thing to know should I make the switch.


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