Happy new year – and a garage sale (price reduction!)

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Wishing all of my Asian readers a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year of the Snake*! MT

*If the image below doesn’t look familiar, or seems interesting, then it’s time to get invited to a Lou Sang or Yee Sang – it’s a kind of salad with symbolic components that gets tossed ritually for prosperity, luck and health in the company of friends and family. The sauce is also quite sticky, so don’t get too close with the camera; from personal experience, it’s hell to clean off lenses.

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On to the more photographically interesting second part: the garage sale. Up for grabs today are a couple of items:

1. The ultimate Nikon D700 body kit – Price now reduced to US$1,500 excluding shipping, but including paypal fees Sold!

Shortly after buying the camera, I modified it personally to be perfectly set up for manual focus work. This means that the mirror zero position has been aligned, and the focusing screen shimmed: what you see in the finder is exactly what the sensor sees. I then went one step further and added a type J screen (extra snappy, central split prism) from the Nikon F6; this is not a simple modification because it doesn’t fit. The screen has to be cut down and filed to fit in the D700’s focusing screen carrier. The camera also includes:

  • DK-17M 1.2x magnifying eyepiece;
  • MB-D10 battery grip and adaptors for EN-EL3e batteries, AA batteries and the optional EN-EL4a adaptor;
  • Two extra EN-EL3e batteries;
  • Two EN-EL4a batteries and a MH-21 charger – this lets you get to 8fps and extends battery life dramatically;
  • New, original, unused strap;
  • All boxes and papers (except for the MH-21, that’s from my busted D2H).

It’s been used professionally but taken care of. Shutter actuations are slightly below 70k, but it was checked recently by NPS and given a clean bill of health. (The D700 is rated to 150,000, so there’s plenty of life left in it yet.) Otherwise, it’s cosmetically perfect with no rub marks, paint, scratches etc. – I believe in taking good care of my equipment.

You’re probably wondering why I’m selling it. Simple answer: I need the D800E’s file size to keep commercial clients happy, and I hardly do any reportage anymore. I felt it should go to a good home and somebody who would appreciate it rather than sitting folorn in a drybox. This is the ideal camera for manual focus lens aficionados! I have a full long-term review here, and a great many of the images on this site were shot with it.

2. Sony RX100 with Franiec grip and extra battery – US$500 excluding shipping but including paypal fees. Sold pending payment

Self explanatory, really. The camera includes a Richard Franiec grip and one spare original battery, plus boxes/ papers and whatnots. Just throwing this one out there as I could keep it or not; it’s an excellent pocket camera. It’s just that I seem to be using the GR1v a lot more than the RX100 these days. Also, if I sell this one, I can pick up something else to review for you guys 🙂 Note: the camera has a couple of small paint loss marks on the left border of the LCD, otherwise it’s perfect. Under 4k actuations on this one. My full review is here.

If you’re interested in either of these cameras, please get in touch. Thanks! MT