Guest Posted January 10, 2009 Share Posted January 10, 2009 At present my main walkaround lens is a 24-105/f3.5-5.6 which is nicely complimented by a 100-300/f4.5-5.6 APO which I generally used for the old garden bird shots. The system I use is broadly broken up in four main lens levels; entry level / kit (<Â£150), mid range (Â£200-350), hi range / enthusiast (Â£400-600) and pro (Â£1000 or more). Of my lenses the 24-105 slots into the mid range description and the 100-300 APO would sit somewhere between entry level and mid range if was still made - optically it probably deserves to be considered mid range but without some of benefits that the proper mid range lenses (like the 24-105) enjoy, like non-rotating focus rings and front elements and slightly sturdier build quality. With my significantly increased interest in photography last year I had many times been considering upgrading both lenses to the next level up, though my main interest was in the 70-300 G ("G" meaning Gold series - serious kit). The reason for this was provide myself with a really high quality lens for birding. After all, Michael Reichmann of Luminous Landscape recently helped himself to one of these so if it's good enough for him it's definitely good enough for me - and could last me 20 years or more. A couple of weeks ago I discovered they were going for Â£450 at Jessops. So last weekend I phoned Jessops in Lowestoft who confirmed that although it was the display model they did have one left and did I want them to put it by. I said not to worry about putting it by, but I'd be in the next day to collect it. I then phoned Norwich to see if they had a non-display one. No they didn't, but offered to order me one (which would, in fact, be the one at Lowestoft because they could get it more quickly). I said no, leave it, I'll go with my original plan and drive to Lowestoft to pick it up from them. Only the next day I was doing other stuff and didn't manage to go. Yesterday I checked Jessops online and realised I'd definitely have to go to Lowestoft as they were becoming scarce. This morning, however, the price had gone up by Â£120! In desperation I phoned Lowestoft to see if I could convince them I'd been tried to get there last week but just couldn't. They said if I'd reserved the item they would have held the price but because I didn't I'd have to pay the new prices! So I asked if I could get it discounted to the old price because it's the display model. When the bloke queried which lens it was again he said it had gone. Sold? Nope - the Norwich store ordered it midweek! And just to make matters worse, the other lens I had been interested in has gone up by Â£110. Yikes! Don't these people know there's a recession on??!! Jessops in Lowestoft also confirmed that Canon and Nikon lenses have seen similarly huge price hikes. So that's that opportunity completely blown - still, I guess I just saved myself over Â£800 as I'll now be buying neither. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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