I am hoping to set up a Facebook group for birders and other wildlife enthusiasts to advertise items free of charge. At present I have many secondhand books
for sale, plus the Canon camera, 400mm lens and 1.4X extender. Whilst pagers often carry adverts for telescopes etc. selling on eBay
doesn't attract the buyers for more specialist items. I intend to direct people here from the Facebook group, hopefully others will direct people to their own sites in a
similar manner but Facebook will make interested people aware of what's for sale. I know Facebook already has a marketplace, but I looked for a specific camera much
loved by birders and didn't find one despite sifting through several hundred adverts. If you don't have a website you can post details directly with an e-mail address.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANYTHING PLEASE E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
CANON 400mm F4 DOI IS Lightweight lens £1300
Perfect for travelling, easily used handheld. This is the lens I've used for years when going abroad, as it causes
no hassle with hand-luggage weight limits etc. and is easy to carry in the field. As a MK 1 it does have its faults, but I have found it perfectly acceptable. The MK 2
has better sharpness and contrast, but unless you're an out and out photographer seeking absolute perfection this is perfectly fine for bird photography the large aperture and image
stabilisation allow use in low-light conditions. Many of the shots on the website
were taken with this lens. It was serviced by Colchester cameras
before my trip to Australia in 2019 (receipt available). The big advantage of it-PRICE, a new MK 2 is £6500, a secondhand one £4200, but I am selling this for under £1300.
Checking eBay yesterday prices for a Mk1 were from £1600 upwards.
How much under is subject to negotiation, postage and packing about £20.
Condition is good, optically perfect, but the underside is heavily "scratched" due to handholding. (Canon paint isn't very durable). The hood is wrapped in black tape
but it is non-adhesive and easily removed, the hood is unmarked. I have never used the travelling case or the tripod mount (easily refitted) and I used an OP/TECH strap fitted to the lens rather than the
camera body to carry it. Most of the time I used a 1.4X Canon extender with it, I tried a 2X but found a better result using a 1.4X and "blowing up" the image if necessary. My last extender is for sale below, as will be the camera body
soon, (I am not giving up but have switched to a mirrorless system with a 100-500 Canon zoom, which is even easier to handle and gives good results in more adverse conditions).
CANON Extender 1.4X Mark III £325
Excellent condition, the latest model which is apparently almost a necessity if using a modern
telephoto lens. Canon say the MK I and II are not compatible, this is probably b******s but there is a definite improvement when using a MK III. For this reason I don't want to haggle much on this, cheapest
I have seen on eBay was £319 but that had far more signs of wear. Postage free.
Condition is excellent, optically perfect, and as it was mounted on a lens more or less permanently there is little
wear from taking it on and off repeatedly. The vast majority of my photos have been taken with this or a similar extender, using both the 400mm and a 500mm which I used to own
when I did a lot of twitching. Complete with soft pouch and box, you won't find a better one.
ZEISS 10 X 40 BGAT Binoculars £395
My own binoculars purchased in the late 1980's. Having kept them as spares for many years I really don't need a spare
pair any more so am offering them for sale. They are still better than many modern bins, Ann is happily keeping hers.
Whilst they obviously show signs of wear (paint on focusing ring and logo etc) they were recently serviced/refurbished by an official Zeiss authorised repair centre (there is a link on the site), and lanyard and strap were replaced by new items (not fitted). In fact the focusing ring is now a little stiff as they haven't been used since and need a bit to loosen up. Please don't bother with silly offers as I really don't want to part with them. Despite the age, unless you want to spend more you won't find better binoculars.
Please note refurbishment doesn't cover the external lenses, but re-collimation, resetting and replacing armour, strap etc. The lenses will show marks if viewed under a magnifying glass, due to age, but nothing that affects performance, they are optically perfect.
The original leather case is included but unfortunately the zip is broken.
I may accept a near offer but am in no hurry to sell. P&P £11 (insured).