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 Monday, September 23, 2013
Macro Feather Picture
I have added 40 new sample pictures to the site. The samples come from a wide range of cameras and lenses. Subject matter is equally diverse.
Post Date: 9/23/2013 11:20:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Post Date: 9/23/2013 11:08:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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By Sean Setters
We post a lot of eBay deals here at, and a healthy percentage of those are from "bigvalueinc." After BigValueInc's feedback rating dropped 1.5% in a relatively short amount of time last year, we started adding a disclaimer to their posted deals. We revised the disclaimer when we received reports that some customers had received incorrect items.
We were also concerned that items purchased from BigValueInc wouldn't be eligible for US warranty repairs. Many items you purchase on eBay are grey market products. Don't get me wrong, there's not usually anything wrong with grey market items - they're made in the same factories and held to the same standards as items earmarked for North American distribution. However, should there be a problem with your grey market item, it would not "technically" qualify for a warranty repair by Canon USA. That's the tradeoff you make for saving money on your purchase price on the front end.
Being in the market for a 5D III body for personal use, I decided give BigValueInc a try. I took advantage of one of the deals posted to the site and saved almost $1,000 off the retail price. So far, so good...
I received a shipping confirmation for my 5D III the next day. Oddly enough, even though the auction had specifically listed FedEx as the means of shipment, BigValueInc shipped the item via UPS instead. While this discrepancy wasn't a big deal to me, I can understand where some might not appreciate the unrequested and possibly unwelcomed change in shipment method (especially if you strongly prefer one shipper to another).
A few days later I received the package. When picking up the package, I noticed the sound of items seemingly moving freely in the box. This was not a comforting sound. After opening the package, I saw a retail box for the EOS 5D Mark III + EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM kit along with some air-fill padding. This didn't surprise me - I had expected it. I assumed BigValueInc was able to sell the 5D Mark III at a lower price because they were buying kits and selling the components separately. One thing was conspicuously absent, though - a purchase receipt. Most sellers include a shipping receipt in the box, but BigValueInc did not include one.
Once I opened the retail box, I found out why I had heard components rattling around. The camera accessories - battery charger, battery, manuals, strap, USB cord, etc. - were simply laying in the void created by the long-gone lens. The camera was securely packed, bubble wrapped, and secured in its own compartment. To be fair, no accessory in the box was damaged. However, I think it would have been wise for BigValueInc to add some air-filled padding in the lens compartment to keep the camera accessories from bouncing around.
I was pleased to find the camera came with a blank, North American market warranty card - good for the US and Canada.
As mentioned, the camera was protected with bubble wrap, undisturbed, in a secure section of the box. I immediately put a lens on the camera and began taking test shots around my home. That's when I noticed an issue - there seemed to be something wrong with the multi-controller joystick. It didn't respond to movements in a dependable way. For every three times I pushed it right, it might register the movement once. I noted the issue but continued shooting with it for the next few days to see if the multi-controller bug would work itself out. I used the main dial and quick control dial to change focus points.
Everything else about the camera worked perfectly. The test images looked great. But the issue with the multi-controller remained after several days of consistent use. I decided the 5D III's multi-controller had to be fixed. I shipped the camera to Canon Professional Services requesting a warranty repair. I included my Paypal receipt to prove my date of purchase. I wasn't 100% sure Canon would repair the camera under warranty because BigValueInc is not on their "Authorized Resellers" list. However, Canon repaired the camera, under warranty, at no charge. It's now being shipped back to me as I write this.
I honestly think it was purely coincidental that I received a camera from BigValueInc that was in need of repair. I do not believe BigValueInc's business practices led to the issue. Cameras in need of repair straight out of the box are rare; Canon made the situation right by performing the warranty repair at no cost. Everything turned out well.
Keep in mind, you shouldn't expect the same type of customer service from BigValueInc that you get from well-established, reputable retailers (like Adorama). BigValueInc notes in their return policy that you may be charged a restocking fee based on the condition of the item being returned. They do make an exception for "defective" products which are eligible for return without incurring a restocking fee, though.
So would I buy from BigValueInc again? I would. I saved a significant amount of money purchasing from them and the item's warranty was validated by Canon. Aside from the small drawbacks - an unannounced change in shippers and relatively unsecure accessory packaging - my personal experience was a good one.
If you had a different experience buying from BigValueInc, please let us know.
And if you're ready to take the plunge, BigValueInc has the 5D Mark III available for $2,549.99 with free shipping.
Post Date: 9/23/2013 8:56:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm VR Lens
Amazon has the Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm VR Lens available for $479.99. The camera comes with a free DSLR Gadget Bag and a 16GB memory card.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/23/2013 8:14:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera available for $2,549.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,499.00.
Caveat Emptor: BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 98.2%. We recently received information that some buyers received the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant. Be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/23/2013 6:20:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens available for $1,209.00. Compare at $1,499.00.
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are grey market items.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/23/2013 6:11:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, September 22, 2013
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens available for $279.99 with free shipping. Compare at $399.00.
Post Date: 9/22/2013 7:24:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

"This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending Sept. 21st, 2013.
In the news...
On Tuesday, the Photoshop Photography Membership Program went live on Creative Cloud. Those with a valid serial number for Photoshop CS3 or later can now register for Photoshop CC , Lightroom and Bridge CC for only $9.99 per month. See our post for the signup directions.
On Thursday, Nikon announced the world’s first waterproof and shockproof interchangeable lens camera, the Nikon 1 AW1 (I accidentally said "A1" instead of "AW1" in the narration), and two new waterproof lenses, the AW 11-27.5mm zoom and 10mm f/2.8 prime. The AW1 and lenses are scheduled to be available in October.
On Friday, Sigma released a new version of its Optimization Pro software as well as firmware updates for its 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM and 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM lenses. The firmware updates allow for quieter autofocus and, in the zoom’s case, improved optical stabilization. The lenses can be updated using Sigma’s USB dock. If you own one of Sigma’s global vision lenses, getting the USB dock is highly recommended.
In site news and reviews...
This week, Bryan added sample pictures for the Canon SL1 and EOS M cameras, three Sigma lenses (35mm f/1.4, 18-35mm f/1.8, 120-300mm f/2.8) and the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC.
On Friday, Bryan also posted a photo of the moon taken at 1680mm. Bryan used the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II, a 2x Extender and a 1.4x Extender to capture the moon with an unexpected, yet certainly welcomed, airplane silhouette.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Monday, we posted a deal from Adorama where you could get Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 for $84.99 with free shipping. That’s a $45.00 savings off the normal, retail price.
This has been the’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 9/22/2013 1:35:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D4 DSLR Camera
DigitalRev has the Nikon D4 DSLR Camera available for $5,699.00. Compare at $5,996.95.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/22/2013 7:27:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, September 21, 2013
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Kit
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Kit available for $1,459.00. Compare at $1,549.00.
See Bryan's full review of the EOS 70D for more information.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/21/2013 10:27:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 20, 2013
Case Logic Kilowatt KSB-102 Large Sling Backpack
Amazon is featuring the Case Logic Kilowatt KSB-102 Large Sling Backpack as a Lightning Deal and is available for $89.99. Regularly $118.50.
Post Date: 9/20/2013 1:40:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera
eBay (via tri-state1) has the Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera available for $69.99 with free shipping. Compare at $84.99.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/20/2013 1:12:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Airplane Over Harvest Moon at 1680mm
I decided that, with a clear sky, I was going to stack a pair of extenders to the back of my Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens and capture the "Harvest Moon" (the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox).
Stacking a Canon EF 1.4x Extender with a Canon EF 2x Extender requires a 12mm extension tube to be mounted between the two – to make the fit possible. The result is 600mm x 2 x 1.4 = 1680mm = Wow!
While you should not expect amazing image quality from this setup, the tight angle of view delivered by 1680mm is quite amazing. So tight that tracking the moon through the frame is a constant task. And, avoiding vibrations is a challenge. I opted to use mirror lockup with the 10 second self-timer to make sure that the camera fully settled down before the shutter release.
I was trying different exposure settings and verifying the results on the LCD. During one such check, I saw a black spot on the moon. My first thought was that I had a piece of dust on my sensor. Zooming in revealed otherwise.
I live well over an hour from the nearest large airport. The sky was black and I had no idea that there were any airplanes in the area. Using the 10 second timer, with the narrow angle of view, meant that I was predicting where the moon would be in the frame at shutter release. Not only did the airplane happen to cross the moon at the exact time of the shutter release, it happened to be in a perfect location over the moon. The timing was divine.
This image is an un-touched and uncropped (but reduced in size of course) conversion of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III RAW file. Photography is so fun.
Post Date: 9/20/2013 9:34:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan Facebook Discussion
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Post Date: 9/20/2013 9:06:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
MindShift Gear rotation180 Giveaway
From MindShift Gear:
We've packed some great gear into one of our rotation180° professional camera bags and we're going to choose a winner to take it all! We will also be giving away spot prizes to people that share and comment!
What have we packed in?

  • MindShiftGear rotation180° Deluxe
  • Wimberly Head
  • REI Gift Card
  • CamelBak 3Ltr reservoir
  • Think Tank Photo Custom Pixel Pocket Rocket

To enter, LIKE the promotion page and fill in the giveaway form.
Fine Print:
This promotion is eligible for entry to anyone where permitted by law. You may enter once per day.
The promotion closes on 8th October, 2013 with a winner drawn and announced in the following 48 hours.
We reserve the right to announce the winner's name via our social channels, if the winner does not contact us to arrange delivery within 7 days of their email notification (and a couple of follow ups, hey, we're not cruel!) we'll re-draw and a new winner will be plucked.
This promotion's prize is not tranferable for cash, gold bullion or single origin coffee beans.

Post Date: 9/20/2013 8:44:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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