I went fishing today after a long spell of not going only to find out that both my batteries were dead, so other than taking some photos I came right back home to work on the trolling motor again. I replaced the head on my V-bottom trolling motor and I figured there must be something wrong but it was the batteries. For some reason this new head, taken off a different kind of motorguide seems to use juice even when the variable switch is off, so I will have to either try to remember to put the on off switch in the off position or unplug it.
I bought a new lens on ebay as seen in an earlier post but there was something wrong with it so I had to send it back. The seller was angry and I could tell. He insisted I put shipping on it even though he didn’t when he sent it to me. I said I would and I said I would require a signature so I knew he got it and he insisted I didn’t do that because he would be working. So I agreed and that was a huge mistake. I found out later that you HAVE to have a signature on returns because if it comes up missing you can’t do anything about it, I would have been out $750! He was answering my messages and said he would let me know that he got it ok. That’s when the contact broke. He didn’t let me know and refused to answer my messages. I sent one last one telling him I needed to know so I could have the post office start an investigation if he didn’t get it. He then refunded me promptly. He said he took it to two shops and they said there was nothing wrong with it, that it was user error. I knew better. I was so lucky to have not lost all that money.
So I ordered a new lens from walmart, the same one but it costs $999 plus tax. It works great, for sure there was problems with that other lens. I think it had mold, needed calibrated, had a dirty grimy lens filter that wouldn’t come off. I think this lens may have been dropped. So I am happy with my new 400mm lens. This will open a lot of doors. I had a lot of shots just out of range this last year and now they will be possible. It will be worth it to go on my winter walks looking to get Eagle and waterfowl photos. It really only works well in sunny conditions because it is so large. A faster lens would have costs me a lot more.
I did get some photos today, but it was pretty cloudy so they aren’t the best, but they were taken with my new lens: