runnah's sure fire tips to getting good advice on equipment

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by runnah, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. Steve5D

    Steve5D TPF Noob!

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    It's nothing like that at all.

    The car dealership wants to sell you something. TPF does not...


     
  2. manaheim

    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Officially, TPF is all about helping folks so technically posts with zero up-front work are 100% okay and should be encouraged. There are also plenty of folks on here who haven't answered the same question a thousand times (and a few who are so patient that they don't care at the ten thousandth time) that it's really not a big deal.

    That said... the user who puts a little work into reading a few things out on the internet will get a lot further quite a bit faster, because they will be able to ask some more specific and refined questions.

    BTW, that reading on the internet includes the 40,000 threads on here about "what camera should I buy"... after all, TPF IS a part of the internet.
     
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    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well, that's not entirely correct. There are ads. It's a business.
     
  4. Derrel

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    A few thoughts on runnah's most-excellent suggestions for those seeking buying suggestion/guidance here on TPF:

    1-Budget often can determine if you MUST buy used, or if you must buy third-party equipment, or refurbished. If you are unwilling to go with refurbished or used gear, it's helpful for us to know that, but ultimately the budget can be critical; if you want a 70-200/2.8, but can spend only $275...well...the closest might be a BGN-grade 80-200 f/2.8 from KEH.COM.

    2. State what you have currently. YES!!!!! State your camera brand, and model/format. If you have a Canon, Nikon, or Sony, please state that.

    3.Intentions. Yeah...helpful. If you are planning a format change within a year or two, stating that would be helpful. If you have plans to someday shoot high school sports 3,4,5,6 years in the future, or plan on seriously studying photography or starting a business, stating those intentions might be very helpful.

    4. Skill level is helpful for us to know, but at the same time, some higher-end zooms and lenses are "lifetime", or at least "10 to 15 YEAR-capable" pieces of equipment, so it is often a good strategy to buy for where you HOPE or PLAN TO BE AT a ways in the future.
     
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  5. Steve5D

    Steve5D TPF Noob!

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    But an answer that someone would get here, from another forum member, is not going to be influenced an iota by the ads that are run here...
     
  6. runnah

    runnah Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    As an aside, I don't think that in all my many years of internetting I have ever clicked on a banner ad.
     
  7. runnah

    runnah Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I did order what I thought was a flashlight from one of those ads and for some reason it didn't even light up.
     
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  8. manaheim

    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Ok this thread was just ridiculous.

    Cut it out. Now.

    Anyone posting another obnoxious or inflammatory remark will be given an infraction at least, and possibly a short ban.

    No exceptions.
     
  9. runnah

    runnah Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    #1 I agree with you comments. It boggles my mind how many people don't think to buy used. Photography is a luxury hobby and like most others you can find barely use gear cheap because folks move on. When I snowboarded frequently I could always get killer deals on equipment that had been used for a few days during the season. Since it was last years model I was able to get it for more than half off.
     
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  10. minicoop1985

    minicoop1985 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    You're right, but a lot of people are afraid of going with used gear. There's horror stories abound, but a lot of them are unfounded. What I'm saying is listen to Derrel here-keep an open mind. If buying used is scary (which is actually quite understandable), do your research and buy from a reputable used dealer perhaps instead of someone on eBay (there are reputable sellers on eBay too).
     
  11. Steve5D

    Steve5D TPF Noob!

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    I'll buy used lenses from private parties, but not bodies. The only exception to that was when I bought my Sigma 50-500mm. I was hemming and hawing over the price until the guy said "How 'bout I throw in the 20D?".

    That's the only time I've purchased a used body. That said, I don't think I would hesitate to purchase a used body from B&H or Adorama...
     
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    ronlane What's next? Supporting Member

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    If they try to get on to you just turn around and wiggle your little bunny cotton tail at them. I mean, who could get mad at a bunny, right..
     
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