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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 07, 2014, 07:48:35 PM »
Have you considered the new iMac Retina Display?

Software & Accessories / Lee Big Stopper
« on: May 09, 2014, 02:08:17 PM »
It looks like a new batch of Lee Big Filter have just been delivered across many stores such as B&H and Adorama. Last week Adorama had in stock for a few days but is now out of stock. However, B&H still has it in stock.

Software & Accessories / carry on limitation for international travel
« on: November 20, 2013, 06:33:06 PM »
Hi guys,

I will need another help from all of you experts out there.

I will be travelling to south east asia (Indonesia and Singapore) in less than a month. I am thinking of bringing non-gripped 5D3 (2.1lbs), 24-70mmLII (1.81lbs), 70-200mm2.8LII (3.31lbs), and 35mmL(1.30lbs). At the same time I will also be bringing my manfrotto 054-q2 tripod head (1.35lbs), speedlite 600 (1.0lbs), and ipad mini (0.75lbs) in the backpack. Currently I have a kata bug 205 backpack (53cm x 35cm x 26cm) which when empty weighs around 4.6lbs. That is a total weight of 16.22lbs. This is not including everything else such as passports, documentations, jackets, food, filters, batteries, memory cards, chargers, lens hoods, and other items that my wife or son wants me to stuff into my bag. I estimate around 3lbs for everything else that I might need.

The problem here is that I just found out that my international flight (Eva Air) is limiting the carry on weight to just 15 lbs and dimension to 56 x 36 x 23 cm. My kata 205 width is larger by 3cm... The last time I travelled internationally was almost 5 years ago and I was using lowepro fastpack with just a rebel xsi and 28-135mm lens. Even with a laptop, both weight and dimension were not a problem.

The first question is that, for all of you that have travelled internationally with camera gears, how do you get around the weight limitation?

The second question is that should I just give up on bringing the flash, tripod head (probably put the head in checked in luggage), and 70-200mm? It would reduce the weight by at least 5lbs and I will be fine.

The final question is with regards to the bag dimension limitation. Do you think I can get by with a carry on bag that is 3 cm wider than the required width? or am I forced to get a new bag (i hope this is not the case)? When I bought the kata 205, I specifically factored in international travel and based on my research back then, this bag is supposed to fit... :(

Lenses / Re: Questions on EF 24-70mm II on 5D Mk3 vs EF-S 17-55mm on 7D
« on: November 06, 2013, 06:53:55 PM »
After playing with the EF24-70II with 5D3 and EF-S17-55 with 7D, I am completely convinced to sell my EF-S17-55mm. I found out that I am not missing the IS feature and although EF-S17-55 produces sharp images, the images taken by EF24-70II+5D3 pleases my wife more than the EF-S17-55+7D. I gave her multiple image comparisons without letting her know which one is taken by which set and out of 14 pair images, she selected 12 pairs from the 5D+24-70II. She claims that the "images appear livelier"

Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: October 23, 2013, 01:23:43 PM »
I am getting mine tomorrow from B&H.  I am crossing my fingers, but there is a strong possibility that it will have it.  I am just curious... I know that Adorama was doing the same sale, too, but in a shorter window... Anyone bought from Adorama with the clicking issue?  What about lens from Amazon?  Is this limited to the batch from B&H?

I originally bought my 24-70mm from Amazon during the $1699 deal. This copy was dated Apr 2013 with the new center cap and has no clicking issue. Since Amazon charges Tax in CA, I am planning to return mine back to Amazon and I purchased another one from Adorama which I just received an hour ago. It is also dated Apr 2013 and this one does have clicking issue.  :(

Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: October 22, 2013, 11:00:39 PM »
I just checked mine and it is not clicking. The date is Apr 2013 with the new cap.

Lenses / Re: Questions on EF 24-70mm II on 5D Mk3 vs EF-S 17-55mm on 7D
« on: October 15, 2013, 08:16:33 PM »

I have both lenses (17-55 f2.8 IS and 24-70 f2.8 v2).  Based on the info you provided here's my advice:

1) Why would you use the 24-70 v2 on the 7D when you already have a 5dmk3?  The 24-70's distinct advantages will be more apparent on a FF body because f2.8 on a cropped body is about the equivalent of f4 on a FF so you won't see a benefit in terms of depth of field and bokeh.

2)  If you're not using the 17-55 for video then I recommend selling it.  The 24-70 v2 is optically superior in just about every noticeable way.  Even though it's not an IS lens, the 5Dmk3's ISO is at least 2 stops better than the 7D so you can always crank up the ISO and still have a better image than the 17-55.

Just my two cents,

1. I will not be using the 24-70mm on the 7D. The comparison is between 24-70mm/5DIII or 17-55mm/7D. I was contemplating if I should keep the 24-70mm to use with 5DIII or perhaps I can get the same kind of result with 17-55mm/7D.

2. That is indeed the consensus which is to sell the 17-55mm. I have put it up for sale since I do not really do video.

Thanks again for all of the helps!

Lenses / Re: Questions on EF 24-70mm II on 5D Mk3 vs EF-S 17-55mm on 7D
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:00:58 AM »
The 24-70 is very good, but its not wide enough for a crop body, so you still need a wide lens.
I'd watch for a deal on a FF body to go with your new lens.

I think he already has the 5D3.

Yes that is correct that I have already have the 5D3. But I will be monitoring a deal for a 6D to replace the 7D or even if I am lucky another 5DIII perhaps...

Lenses / Re: Questions on EF 24-70mm II on 5D Mk3 vs EF-S 17-55mm on 7D
« on: October 14, 2013, 01:20:40 PM »
Ok thanks all for the responses. The consensus appears to be to get rid of the EF-S 17-55mm and even 7D altogether and get another FF body. I shall look into this path.

Once again thanks again!   :)

Lenses / Questions on EF 24-70mm II on 5D Mk3 vs EF-S 17-55mm on 7D
« on: October 14, 2013, 12:59:30 AM »
Hello experts,

I currently shoot dual cameras with both 5D MkIII and 7D and the following zooms that I usually carry around during my sessions:
- EF 16-35mmII
- EF 70-200mm IS II
- EF-S 17-55mm
- EF 35mm 1.4

I currently do not have 24-70mmII. However, I have just pulled the trigger on purchasing the EF 24-70mmII and now contemplating if I am making a wrong move here.

Does anybody know if EF24-70mm on the 5DIII would be better than the EF-S 17-55mm on the 7D? I usually deal with family related photos such as portraits, birthdays, cake smashing events etc. Most of the time, I have good lighting except for several indoor events which off camera flash will take care off.

Should I be returning the EF24-70mmII and just stick with all the lenses that I already have and normally work with? Is there an advantage of using the EF24-70mmII on the 5DIII over the EF-S 17-55mm on the 7D?

Thanks in advance!

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