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Lenses / Re: Do you still love 24-105L?
« on: April 25, 2013, 09:01:27 PM »
I'm keeping mine even though I got the new 24-70 recently. It's good for shooting events where I need a setup for couples shots while using my 24-70 for candids.I like it also for Asia travel where I carry my 70-200 IS and an older 17-35mm. All three lens use a 77mm polarizer, which keeps things simple when trying to keep up with gear.

Only if it's got eye-controlled autofocus

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: October 03, 2011, 08:58:41 PM »
I've used the 5d mk2 & 24-105 combo extensively and professionally ever since the 5D mk2 came out. I've never had any issues at all.This past Jan. I spent 4 1/2 weeks in India shooting 9700 images with probably 9000 of them with the 24-105. I've printed a number of the images. no sharpness issues.

United States / Re: Traveling abroad with photography equipment
« on: September 10, 2011, 09:04:43 PM »
I also can't imagine photographing in India without a flash on my 5Dmk2. While I took a Canon 430 EX as a backup I had a little Sunpak RD2000 external flash mounted on the worked great. It's got a low profile and can be underexposed as much as -1 stop.Great for catchlights and opening up the face a bit.

United States / Re: Traveling abroad with photography equipment
« on: September 10, 2011, 05:41:51 PM »
I'm envious of your trip to India.I travelled in India for 4 1/2 weeks this past January, shooting about 9700 images.It's the most phenomenal country on earth in my opinion. While the flora, fauna,and historic sights are fabulous, it's the Indian people I find so compelling.I had no problem transporting my gear.I use Hill & Usher for insurance, but I'm a pro so they may not have the coverage you want.I think most folks there don't know the difference between pro & consumer gear. You just have to ignore and get accustomed  to being starred at. It's not considered rude as it is in the West.I took about $300 in one dollar bills. besides the other cash I had. The small bills come in handy I also ALWAYS used the lens hood on my 24-105 IS.It's great protection for your lens as you bounce around, getting in & out of rickshaws,taxis, jumping off elephants and camels.I kept my polarizer on at all times except at night. I didn't begrudge people who wanted a money to be photographed. I looked at it as a model fee. Besides there are so many people there who are so bad off. If you have a tele convertor for your 70-200 it would be good. I took my 100-400 which came in handy at times for wildlife, birds, and isolating subjects from a boat in the Ganges at Varanasi.I'd get a power strip at the airport store in India. The outlets in hotel rooms, etc. are terrible about staying inserted, so if you have one power strip to plug in then it's easier to charge multiple items. Enjoy !!!

Canon General / shutter noise in 1DMark III
« on: July 24, 2011, 08:26:42 PM »
When shooting certain events, mainly golf,the noise made by the shutter slap can be annoying to the golfers.I'm usually using high speed fps for this. Is there any way to decrease or absorb  this noise ??

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