What To Look For When Buying A Used Lens

1. Absolutely no dings, scraps, marks on the lens body and glass. Especially look closely at the front edges as this is where a drop will almost always make a mark.
2. Shine a light into the lens from both front and back elements to see if there is ANY inside dust, moisture, or the start of fungus (you usually only see fungus if the lens has been in very humid environment for an extended period of time and it often starts showing around the very edges of the glass first)
3. Try to find lenses that have been used in the studio only or came packaged with a new camera and not used at all. Having the original box and packing is a plus.
4. Check to see if the lens moves effortlessly (smooth as silk) when using the focusing ring AND zoom ring AND changing the aperture.
5. Does it come with a filter already on it and do they state they added the filter the minute they got the lens. What does the filter look like – clean, scratched, filmy, dinged etc.
6. Does the outside of the lens look new or dull – as in oil from hands, age, wear, being tossed in a camera bag, carelessly being hung around neck while galloping across fields etc. 🙂
7. Know who you are buying from and if they are reachable if there is a problem. Do they keep their equipment in a camera bag with separate partitions or just tossed in a bag or laying around attached to a camera body?
8. When buying from ebay, there is always the buyers protection, the pictures (make certain they are of the actual lens and not just stock photos), and your intuition (you know, that gut feeling that tells you this is a great transaction from a trustworthy seller – or not).
9. When you first receive a lens that you have not seen in person…go thru 1-6 above and shoot some images in a variety of lighting, focus, and zoom situations.

Generally, in a perfect world, you will buy used and get a lens that looks and operates like new and you might save a bundle.

My Solution To Getting Answers To Life’s Challenges

My Winter has been filled with a new photographic project – I am on a quest to create moving pictures instead of only still ones. Fun, fun, fun.

Equipment details: Panasonic HDC TM900, Autocue CS Glide, Manfrotto 501 Fluid Head, Manfrotto 3046 tripod, Sony Vegas Platinum 12 Suite, Serif Movie Plus X6, HP Quad-Core Dv7 Laptop, and lots of Hilo Mills Hawaiian coffee.

Here is the beginning of my creative journey.

http://vimeo.com/60769466

As an artist, I have reached points where I stall a bit on the creative flow, I run into challenges that seem like walls, and/or I wish I had a totally objective source for some guidance. Radiant Wisdom Tarot has become as valuable a tool to my artistic projects as the delete and backspace keys…that’s saying a lot!

My favorite and very positive and inspirational Radiant Wisdom Tarot Deck. This includes all 92 cards, the bag, the book, and the box.

The book gives detailed information on how to read tarot cards. It is a tarot reading guide and includes some easy card layouts. It also includes information about chakras, stones, astrological signs, energy, psychic powers, and using your intuition.

For me, it’s like getting a free tarot card reading anytime I want/need it and gives me a glimpse into the possible choices I have to discover answers and take action to achieve my goals. It takes leading a joyous life to a whole new level of conscious choices.

Anyway, I thought I would share this glimpse into Radiant Wisdom Tarot and Laughing Womyn Ashonosheni’s bright, positive, and clear tarot.

NOTE: This is also on youtube with some other Winter creation videos. Just type in Radiant Wisdom Tarot. In addition, visit RadiantWisdomTarot.com or go to Amazon or Ebay to purchase your own set.

I hope your Winter was filled with delightful adventures as well as restful peace.

The Brown County Weddings That Changed My Life

I discovered this article that was written about Brown County Weddings and was linked to Nashville Image. The only change I would make would be to say that the Brown County Weddings at Nashville Image are truly unique and always celebrate the couple getting married and their commitment to creating a loving partnership for life.

The Wedding that Changed My Life
Posted on September 25, 2012

Brown County Weddings are the best weddings in the world. Last fall, I had the pleasure of attending my cousin’s wedding in the heart of Indiana. As fate would have it, that autumn wedding in Indiana turned out to be a life-changing experience.

The wedding began like many Brown County Weddings: it was held in a small, quaint, church that was filled with eager family and friends. However, any sense of normalcy ended after the ceremony when guests followed a path of perfectly spaced lit candles to the outdoor wedding reception area.

To say that the reception was like a work of art would be an understatement. From the temperate weather, to the picturesque setting, to the personalized wedding favors, everything was perfect. Every wedding guest in attendance was enjoying the scenic view provided by the elevated outdoor gazebo. Soft music funneled enveloped the guests as they enjoyed their four course dinner and awaited the cutting of the cake. This was definitely different than any of the Nashville Indiana weddings I had ever attended!

It was right at that moment that I met my husband when I edged my seat back to improve my view of the cake. He forgave me when my chair ended up landing directly on his foot, and kindly offered his seat to me. Unbeknownst to us, the wedding photographer captured these moments that marked the beginning of our own union, and ultimately our own wedding in Indiana. We hope that our story will inspire all of the lucky guests headed to any Nashville Indiana weddings!
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New brown county weddings and Nashville Image video

This is so exciting to have a video on youtube about Nashville Image and Brown County Weddings in Indiana.