New Job = New Gear!!

As some of you might know, I got a job at the Charlatan, the Carleton University’s newspaper, as a Staff Photographer. Now that I’m getting paid to take photos (which stills strikes me as a bit unreal, I must confess), I decided to reinvest the money I’m making.

I was getting annoyed with my results while taking portraits, I was bouncing my flash on walls and the ceiling, but It would not give me the exact look I wanted, mostly because I couldn’t put my flash exactly where I wanted. So last week I went out and bought a light stand and a umbrella.

My cat, champaign, shot with of camera flash through the umbrella

It costed me about $100, but the ability of setting my flash on the exact spot I want with minimal trouble (and to be able to shoot directly without needing to bounce it around), already made my portraits improve immensely .

Shoot-through umbrella on a light stand.

Other than that, I had borrowed a 55-200mm f4-5.6 from a friend a few months ago, in order to cover my telephoto needs, but I don’t want to rely too much on a lens that I do not own. When I was shooting an assignment two weeks ago, another photographer gave me a tip on a 70-210mm f4 he found really cheap on Ebay, and I decided to take a look.

The ebay photo of the lens.

It seemed like a solid lens. It’s old, it’s true, but it looks in great shape, and all the reviews I read make it sound like a very solid piece of glass. So now I’m waiting on that, it should be here in next week. (fingers crossed!).

I’ll post some samples as soon as I get it.

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Flash – SB 600

I finally got a flash!! I found this too-good-to-be-true deal on  Kijiji for an SB 600 (retail $270), for $200. You might say that this is actually expensive, but the info said the flash was bought on december of last year for a trip and forgotten,  so it was “new”

I say the add 2h after the guy posted it, and send an email just in case. less than 6hours after I got a response, and we set to meet yesterday at a cafe. I went with the mentality that if it was any less than perfect, I would not buy it. I brought my camera and batteries.

As I got there, the guy was ultra nice, bought me coffee, and showed me the flash. It was even better than in the add. Completely in the box, almost untouched, not even a scratch. The guy turned out to be moving to Brazil in September, so he even gave me a battery set and charger. It was perfect.

So If I was going to settle for a SB-28, I got an amazing SB 600, cheap, in perfect condition, and through the internet. I’ll put up a series of posts when I have more time to play with it.

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