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Thank you all - since two days now I am on BBF and I simply can't understand why I didn't figure that out before! Agree with Neuro: "Use it - love it". And the only person I would hand my camera to is my son and he is a much better photographer than me so he would know and I suspect that this is how his 7D is set up :-)

Lenses / Re: Can 24-70/2.8 II replace 35/1.4?
« on: August 18, 2013, 02:32:00 PM »
Thank you all for your input. I have decided to keep the 35/1.4 - for now..... Or let's say that I have postponed the decision  ;)

Lenses / Can 24-70/2.8 II replace 35/1.4?
« on: August 16, 2013, 10:33:26 AM »
I have had the 24-70/2.8 II for a couple of months and I realise now that I have not used the 35/1.4 since. Obviously an f1.4 can do things a f2.8 can't but is DOF really an issue for a wide lens? And I have the 5D MKIII so light/ISO is not that much of a problem either. I was just about to put the 35/1.4 up for sale but I simply can not make up my mind.... Opinions are more than welcome.

Canon General / Re: Guidance re: Europe cruise
« on: April 26, 2012, 05:47:18 PM »
Lufthansa rule:"A piece of hand luggage may not be larger than 55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm and may not weigh more than 8 kg."

If you get into trouble weight wise with your carry on take the camera with the heaviest lens on your shoulder. A camera is not hand luggage! When I need to travel with a lot of equipment and my bag is about ten kg I put the 70-200/2.8 on one camera body and carry it on my shoulder and no one has ever complained to me.

Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: April 12, 2012, 05:40:12 PM »
Barcelona, Canon 40D, EF 70-200/2.8 IS @ f/2.8, 1/3200, ISO 200

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next? A General Breakdown
« on: March 07, 2012, 05:08:17 PM »
I fail to see what could be improved on the 35/1.4? It is my absolute favorite lens on crop and FF. But I am obviously missing something since there is a MKII in the pipeline......


Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: February 17, 2012, 11:07:37 PM »
Shot at a carneval in Spain
5DII 135/2L f/2 1/125 ISO 1600

Lenses / Re: Is it worth waiting for an upgrade to 24-105?
« on: February 13, 2012, 06:24:42 PM »
The 24-105 is IMHO a perfect walkaround lens. I sold my 24-70 when I bought the 5D MKII and got the 24-105 as a kit with the camera. It's light, easy to carry and versatile. A bit slow, yes, but on a FF you can compensate with higher ISO. Some distortion at the wider end but that can be fixed in PP (I use PTLens).

Software & Accessories / Re: FoCal AFMA Software Discount
« on: February 11, 2012, 07:11:35 PM »

Thank you for the link. This time I hit "Buy Now". Just need to get a new shutter and then I will try it out....


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shutter/mirror problem 5D MKII
« on: February 08, 2012, 05:03:01 PM »
OK - then I know at least a ballpark figure. But I live in Sweden and I can assure you that US taxes are no way even close to ours!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shutter/mirror problem 5D MKII
« on: February 08, 2012, 04:31:20 PM »
No warranty unfortunately. Any idea how expensive a new shutter would be?


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shutter/mirror problem 5D MKII
« on: February 08, 2012, 04:22:09 PM »
When you start seeing that black line accross the top of a frame at high shutter speeds, but not low shutter speeds, stop using the camera and send it in for a new shutter before it falls apart or damages the mirror box.

Thanks - then I will do just that. For this trip I decided to travel light meaning one camera body and two lenses..... :(


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shutter/mirror problem 5D MKII
« on: February 08, 2012, 04:16:32 PM »
Just curious of the age/shutter count when this happened (or can start happening)


Shutter count is just 14000.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Shutter/mirror problem 5D MKII
« on: February 08, 2012, 01:57:21 PM »
I have just found a problem with my 5D MKII. It only shows at 1/2000 or shorter shutterspeed. Attached test picture is shot at f/2.5 ISO 100 and 1/6400 (lens 135/2). Mirror or shutter malfunctioning? Get a new camera?


Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: January 24, 2012, 04:02:27 AM »

This is a really difficult question indeed CHL!  I have the mk II version of the 70-200 2.8 zoom and the IQ is preatty much on par with the 135L, minus the extra stop that the 135 provide you.  I am getting the 135 anyway because I am looking for something lighter to carry.

I dont have experience with the version I of the 70-200mm zoom but I am told (and you cant read in these forums) the current version was a big improvement in the IQ.  If you already find you use the 70-200mm zoom a lot for your purposes, I would think you might be better getting the mk II first instead of getting the 135L. 

Keep in mind if you buy it before Dec 31st at B&H you get $400 off! ($1974).  This is a good buy! (the link is on the main CR page).

Hope this helps.

Fabulous on the 5DII, the 135L is that bit smoother than the 70-200 II. IQ of the 135 is better but not with the huge gap there used to be. The 135 makes a good street lens as it doesn't leap out at you and is surpisingly small. Minimum focus distance is small too!

Thank you both. I am going for the 135L because of less weight and it is more discreet compared to the 70-200 2.8. I have also come to the conclusion that the 35L and the 135L will make a very good combo for me on my 40D and 5DMKII. I live in Europe so I can not take advantage of any good deals with B&H - unless I travel to New York which is not a bad idea in itself :-)


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