Following on from the last couple of days’ musings, it’s about time for a clearout. This is your opportunity to get equipment that has been tested, QC’d and used by me – so you know it’s good. The overwhelming reasons for me disposing of gear are consolidation and upgrades. So, without further ado, on to the items. Please send me an email if you would like to buy something; from historical experience, don’t wait too long as everything is usually gone within a day or two. Those who’ve bought from me before know that I tend to rate my gear very, very conservatively. Feel free to make me an offer if you’d like multiple items, or you think my prices are out of whack.
Please note: items are first-come first served; Paypal fees are included but shipping is not (it will of course depend on your geographic location, impatience level and risk appetite :) Any white dots in the images are dust; they have not been retouched in the interests of authenticity. Lastly, I’m happy to do a face to face transaction if you happen to be in Kuala Lumpur.
1. Olympus OM-D E-M5 body (review here)
Price: US$700, or US$860 with the HLD-6 grip
Includes: box, battery, charger, cables, body cap, strap (unused), mini-flash and baggie, protective rubber caps on hotshoe and accessory port – basically, everything that would be included with a new camera.
Condition: Excellent plus; one tiny paint rub on the corner of the prism; LCD is flawless (has a screen protector on it); just replaced the rubber eyecup, too. Shutter count is about 32k.
Reason for sale: This was my primary travel and teaching body for the last 18 months. My E-M1s have arrived; I don’t need a third body… Sold!
2. Olympus HLD-6 battery grip for the OM-D E-M5 ON HOLD
or $160 with the E-M5 body, and you of course save on shipping, too.
Includes: box and contents
Condition: Excellent plus; some rubber marks.
Reason for sale: Doesn’t work with the E-M1.
3. Panasonic Lumix G 14-42/3.5-5.6 X PZ pancake lens, Micro 4/3 mount (review here)
Includes: caps, box and contents
Reason for sale: Replacing it with the 12-32, once it’s available. In the meantime, replacing it with the 12-40. Otherwise, an ideal compact travel zoom – handy to keep in a pocket if you’re running fast primes and need some intermediate focal length in a pinch. Sold!
Bonus: Take the E-M5, HLD-6 and 14-42 X for $1120. In case you need further convincing, here are some images I’ve shot with this combination on flickr.
4. Zeiss ZF.2 2/50 Makro-Planar STILL AVAILABLE!
Includes: Box, caps
Condition: Mint. ZF.2 version with chip; will work with full electronic communication on all Nikon bodies – lock down the aperture ring to f22 to select aperture from the body; otherwise you can use the ring on non-electronic (i.e. film) bodies. Works great on both.
Reason for sale: My 1.4/55 Otus Distagon is going to be delivered soon. This lens, however, is one of the fastest macros (1:2) you can buy, and has outstanding optics at all apertures – even on the D800E.
5. Saving the best for last: Leica 50/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH, 6-bit, black (current version)
Includes: Inner and outer boxes, caps, leather case, paperwork, undated warranty -a full 3 years remaining.
Condition: Near mint. The one thing that prevents it from being mint is a tiny internal dust spec that’s been there since about day three. It does not affect image quality; it is priced accordingly. Note: these lenses are notorious for QC variations; this is my sixth one, and I only bought it after being able to QC it personally. It is optically the best sample of this lens I have used. To be honest, I’m not in a big hurry to sell this one after the hassle I went through to get a good sample…
Reason for sale: Same reason for selling the 2/50 MP: that 1.4/55 Otus ain’t cheap. On top of that, I no longer have any Leica M bodies and I’m using the 75/1.8 more on the OM-D for cinematic work. Upshot is that the lens is basically underutilized and should go to somebody who will enjoy it. Sold pending funds!
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