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Canon General / Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« on: July 29, 2013, 03:26:49 AM »
+1 for for buying it and never looking back.  With a 5DIII and a 24-70L II bolted to it, you'll have a combo that will remove ANY doubt about equipment limitations (unless you're doing something specific like sports).   What's ironic is that, when I carry that combo, I feel like the equipment isn't even there...that it's just my eye & brain & my subject.

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Lenses / Re: Question on new 16-35
« on: July 12, 2013, 03:53:51 PM »
I shot events with a 16-35II on a crop body for a few years (before moving up to a full frame and a 24-70).  I LOVED the combo and found the images incredibly sharp. 

As for the DOF difference, I'd guess the reason is EF vs EFS.  On a crop body, you only see the center of the 16-35II EF, but you see almost all of the EFS lens.  Lenses get funny as you get to their outer edge.

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Canon General / Re: Lost inspiration
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:12:26 AM »
I think it's pretty common to step away for a while, especially when life circumstance change.  My step-back was quite drastic.  Back in the early 90s I shot a roll of film every day for nearly 3 years, trying to make it as an artist.  I failed miserably because I didn't know the business side of being an artist.  I spent so much time shooting and in the darkroom that I burned out.  I started a different career and, for a DECADE, didn't even think about photography.  I had various point and shoots, but that was it.  When digital SLRs came out I bought a Sony 828 (I know, not and SLR, but a heck of a camera for its time) and rediscovered creative photography.  Photography is my career now.  The decade I spent selling computer systems taught me everything about business I didn't know 20 years ago.

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Canon General / Re: fair compensation?
« on: July 11, 2013, 10:50:40 AM »
We had a reporter from a local paper come to do a story on a local issue in our street which concerned us.  The reporter came on a Sunday and he told us that the photographers don't work on Sundays.  I said I could take some photos as the story could get more coverage with a photo.  He agreed but informed me that they could not offer me money for it and I said that's ok, as long as I get my name listed under the photo.  He said, yes for sure.  But they forgot to list my name.  Rrrrrrrrrr.  He apologised profusely but I was so upset for so many days.

@melbournite   That sucks!  I would be furious too!  But you've given me an idea.  Occasionally I give photos to local non-profits, publications, etc. and always require photo credit.  They've always complied, but I'm sure it won't be long before  a "mistake" occurs.  So I think I'll add a line in my permissions that says something like, "Failure to add photo credit will result in a charge of $5000.  This charge in no way transfers image rights."

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Lenses / Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« on: June 06, 2013, 08:50:41 PM »
I know most people use the 16-35 for landscapes, but I used it on a 7D (had the same view as a 24-56mm) for event work for a couple years and LOVED the combo.  On a crop body it's incredibly sharp...you don't lose the corners.  You also don't care as much because most of what you're shooting is around the middle.

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Lenses / Re: Trouble mounting a new 24-70 II
« on: April 24, 2013, 03:08:19 AM »
If you don't like how hard the 24-70 II is to put it on, just wait til you see how easily it can FALL OFF!  Sorry all....still bitter after my little accident the other day.  Sigh. 

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Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: March 31, 2013, 11:24:13 PM »
@Chris Burch  That IS some crap luck...and with gear WAY more expensive than I just lost.  Sorry man.

@Marsu42  Thanks for what you wrote.  While I'm not happy it happened to other people, I'm glad I'm not alone (if that makes any sense).

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Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: March 31, 2013, 06:44:15 PM »
Wow.   I didn't realize my question would bring out so many haters.

I was mid-shoot when this happened.  So it wasn't a mounting error.  In testing, if the lens is not COMPLETELY CLICKED IN, it reads F00 and MF (manual focus).  I suppose it's possible that the release spring didn't engage properly.  But I've tested that 100 times and it seems to be in order.

I was not blaming Canon....yet.  After Googling the issue and hearing other people's horror stories, I supposed that I accidentally hit the release button and rotated the lens off the camera while zooming.  The purpose of asking this question IN A CANON FORUM was to see if any other CANON USERS experienced this issue.  If a ton of other people did, then yes, it would be a design flaw and we would hold Canon accountable.  But it looks like only a few people have had it happen, so perhaps it's just how we shoot or carry our cameras.

On that note, after more Googling, I think I have an explanation....it happened to a few other people as well.  I use a Black Rapid strap over my left shoulder, so the camera hangs on my right hip.  I'm guessing that the release got pushed (perhaps by the top of my belt) as it "bounced" around on my hip during the evening.  After that, all it took was one good zoom to the right and I twisted the lens right off.  I actually feel a little better now that I have a more-plausible explanation than hitting it with my thumb.  I can now look at how I carry my camera so this doesn't happen again.

As for the embarrassment comment.  I don't get it.  I HAVE dropped a lens before...my 70-200L2.8....and I can assure you, embarrassment is not one of the feelings that rises to the top.  It's mostly panic and fear (that you won't get your job done, and that it'll cost you a fortune to fix) and then rage...at yourself for being so stupid.

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Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: March 29, 2013, 11:08:42 PM »
@viggo   Thank you for your comments.   I needed a good laugh right now.   :)

@dylan777   Why would I make this up?

@everyone else   Thank you for your words of support and encouragement.

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Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: March 29, 2013, 04:34:28 PM »
I had been shooting for over an hour, so it wasn't a mounting error.  If that was it, I'd just be mad at myself but I'd get over it.  I believe this is a design flaw as much as human error...or more likely a bad combo of the 2.  Even when I put my thumb solidly on the zoom ring, my thumb is only 1/2 inch from the release button.

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Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: March 29, 2013, 11:40:14 AM »
@pierceography   We must just hold the camera differently.  Not that I've ever thought about it until last night, but in looking at it now, I brace my thumb left against the body of the camera to steady it and zoom with my middle and pointer fingers.  My thumb doesn't move much.  And it's right on the lens release.  Testing it here at my desk, I'm having a hard time replicating it too.  As we all know, though, shooting at a job is a lot different than testing at home.

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Canon General / 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: March 29, 2013, 10:56:55 AM »
Last night while shooting an event, my new (2 months old) 24-70 Mk2 FELL OFF MY 5DMk3 and smashed on a tile floor. I Googled this issue and a lot of people have had this happen. I never gave it much though, but the zoom ring puts my thumb ON TOP OF the lens release button while shooting. I must've hit it accidentally and then, when zooming, rotated the lens off the camera.  I tested it with my 16-35 (that I've shot with for years with no trouble) and the zoom ring is farther down the barrel, so it doesn't get bumped.  Is this a design flaw with the new 24-70 or am I doing doing something different from every other photog out there?  I am devastated.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 17, 2013, 11:56:47 PM »
Maybe I'm naive, but I just can't imagine there's much you can do with a d800 that you can't with a 5d3.  If there's a red tinge in Canon sensors, can't that be fixed easily in LR or Bridge?  And I own the 16-35l and, again,  I cant imagine a lens could be much better.  I make my living from photography (mostly people) and there's very little the 5d3 won't do.  As for MPs, 21 is 10 too many for most of what I shoot.  I often shoot in RAW medium (or whatever its called) so I don't have to juggle and store massive files.

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Canon General / Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« on: March 15, 2013, 02:01:18 AM »
I usually leave both eyes open.  I was taught to shoot an M-16 this way in boot camp.  You keep both eyes open so you can see what else might be coming.  I guess it works well for cameras too.  :)  Though, as a left-eye photographer, I see very little from my right eye (too much camera in the way).

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Canon General / Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« on: March 13, 2013, 04:39:19 PM »
Left eye.  But I'm a righty...sort of.   I say that because my sister studied handedness in grad school.  And after a few tests, she said I was probably supposed to be a lefty but society nudged me to be a righty.  After hearing that, I really started to pay attention and found that for most tasks (except writing or throwing a ball) I have no dominant hand.

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