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Old 08-08-10, 07:32 PM   #1
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Advice for craigslist sellers (starring a vintage Cannondale)

I posted this on another thread where I had opined that the frame shown was bent. Then I realized that the pictures were badly distorted and the frame probably wasn't bent. This is a giant sorta-vintage Cannondale, some people really like them apparently.

First picture, gotta be bent, right?


Not so fast. Second picture taken from further back, sorry about the blur


Pretty obviously not bent. If CL sellers would take a picture from further back and zoom in, there wouldn't be so many questions about their frames
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Never shoot any bike with less than a 50mm equivalent lens setting. You start introducing wide angle distortions when you start to get less than 50mm. Ideal would be 90-100mm+.
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1st pic doesn't look bent to me. Just looks like the average, everyday point 'n shoot camera pic.
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Around here, at least, you worry more about adequate light and useful pictures. Plenty of bikes for sale, most of them with under-lit pictures where you can't see any detail, or seven pictures of their crappy saddle, or the head tube.
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I am all in favor of lousy CL pics, when I am buying. Partial and inadequate descriptions are also welcome.

When selling though...it's product photography time.
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1st pic doesn't look bent to me. Just looks like the average, everyday point 'n shoot camera pic.
me too........ it's not an optical illusion; it just looks like one..........
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I get warm and fuzzy feelings and open the link in anticipation when it just says 'bike' on the header. I get giddy when I open it and find pictures taken in the dark with a silhouette of a bicycle.

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It's more obvious that this bike isn't bent because it doesn't have lugs. Lugs really introduce some weirdness around the tube junctions. The bike in the other thread looks like it might be bent, but it really doesn't help to have the closeup effect. All point and shoot cameras will do better from farther back and then zoomed in -- if you can hold the camera steady.
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