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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 F/2.8L II USM Zoom Ring Smoothness
« on: October 18, 2012, 12:30:53 AM »
Kinda stiff on my lens too...I think this is normal

There is a bit of stiffness, but....I like it that way.

It's nice to hear that mine copy is "fine" too now...  :)

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 F/2.8L II USM Zoom Ring Smoothness
« on: October 17, 2012, 02:00:25 PM »
it might get smoother with time...

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 F/2.8L II USM Zoom Ring Smoothness
« on: October 17, 2012, 01:58:48 PM »
Right now this lens is not for videographers who prefer to zoom in and out during shooting.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 F/2.8L II USM Zoom Ring Smoothness
« on: October 17, 2012, 01:57:11 PM »
Does anyone experience this?
I mean, how smooth is your zoom ring on mk2 24-70?
Mine is stiffer than on my 24-70 mk1 (I've already sold it, so can't compare anymore).
When I hold the lens attached to a body horizontally, the rotation of the zoom ring not quite as smooth-zooming as the 24-70 L I.
When I hold the lens downwards and zoom in (to 70 mm) it's smooth-zooming as mkI. But zooming out (to 24 mm) in the same (down) position makes zooming stiffer.
And when I hold the lens upwards, zooming in (to 70mm) is stiff and zooming out (to 24mm) is smooth again.
That is the effect of gravity, no?  Lifting something (against gravity) is harder than lowering something (with the help of gravity).

The new 24-70 II has a stiffness in the zoom ring — I think it is ideal because I can set it at the focal length I want and expect it to stay there until I want to change it.  So my 24-70 can be a 28, 35, 50, etc.  I think this encourages the use of the zoom as you would a set of primes.  This is unlike the 70-200, for example, which is more likely to be used to frame fast moving sports action; for such a lens you want smooth-fast zoom action.

This stiffness in the 24-70 II will probably not be welcomed by photographers who want to use it for video and want to zoom during video.  There is no way to make it zoom smoothly.  So my impression is that this lens is made primarily for stills photographers.  However, it may be excellent for video photographers who don't want to zoom during video.
Ooops! It's my bad.   ::) I was so busy with zooming that I forgot about the gravity. You're probably right. 

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Lenses / Canon EF 24-70 F/2.8L II USM Zoom Ring Smoothness
« on: October 17, 2012, 08:05:51 AM »
Does anyone experience this?
I mean, how smooth is your zoom ring on mk2 24-70?
Mine is stiffer than on my 24-70 mk1 (I've already sold it, so can't compare anymore).
When I hold the lens attached to a body horizontally, the rotation of the zoom ring not quite as smooth-zooming as the 24-70 L I.
When I hold the lens downwards and zoom in (to 70 mm) it's smooth-zooming as mkI. But zooming out (to 24 mm) in the same (down) position makes zooming stiffer.
And when I hold the lens upwards, zooming in (to 70mm) is stiff and zooming out (to 24mm) is smooth again.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1dX dust in viewfinder
« on: August 18, 2012, 12:43:04 PM »
Same thing with my 5D Mk's III. First one got a speck on the focusing screen after two lens changes.
The second body had a speck on the focusing screen (inside) right out of the box. 
As a recommendation: don't use an air blower. Things may go worse. I pulled lot of specks and tiny fibers on my focusing screen trying to clean it with air blower.  :(
Now I'm trying not to think about it, just focus on the pictures I take.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Big Lexar Memory Card Deals at B&H
« on: August 03, 2012, 04:50:05 AM »
Oh, damn it.  >:(  I've already purchased a bunch of lexars cards for full price. This can't be fair. I've spent 900$. And now it's 40% cheaper. I need to monitor B&H more frequently.

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Site Information / Re: In Sympathy for CR Guy
« on: July 17, 2012, 01:02:30 AM »
My condolences....It's very sad.  :'(

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: F1 Silverstone qualifying 5D Mk3
« on: July 09, 2012, 01:09:31 AM »
Here is my F1 photo from Red Bull Challenge Cup in Kyiv, Ukraine 2012. Shot was taken wit 5D MK3 + 70-200 f2.8L IS II.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: No Focusing Screens for 5D MIII?
« on: June 21, 2012, 07:58:16 AM »
If you look precisely into the focusing screen chamber access of the 7D and the 5D3 there is a difference.
I hope the 5D3 will still have the same ease of access. Actually, they can't change it a lot, can they? Servicing / cleaning of the focusing screen is performed quite often.
 

Well, I must say: it's easy to access. I can even confirm it, but without illustrating the whole procedure on my own body, because I'm a bit afraid to do it myself.

First of all: DON'T YOU EVER TOUCH YOUR FOCUSING SCREEN WITH ANYTHING. USE ONLY AIR BLOWER TO REMOVE VISIBLE DUST ON IT.

As for my experience: don't even use a blower, because you may make things worse, as I did it with my copy of 5D Mk III.

A little story here:
About a week ago I noticed some speck on my focusing screen while looking through the viewfinder. Firstly I didn't plan to do anything with that. But whom I'm fooling around?!  :) It was annoying every time I looked through the viewfinder. Well, I decided to try a blower (damn it).

2 pushes on a blower, then another 2 and another and finally it (the speck) was gone. I was happy for 2 seconds or more before I noticed new participles from the other side of the focusing screen. I tried to blow them away but nothing helped. It was under the focusing screen.  :(

The things got worse when I tried a sensor cleaning swab. My bad. It didn't helped either. As a service guy said I had scratched my focusing screen.   ::)

As you've already know I went to service. The screen was scratched but not noticable in the viewfinder. I asked them to try to clean it from visible participles. As they said it was easier to replace than clean it.

But as it's a newer model, the new focusing screen will take for about 2 month to get shipped. 

I was begging them to clean it, just to try, and the service guy said OK.

I must mention that this was not an authorized canons service centre. In my country (Ukraine), the service under warranty is not so good and professional as the paid one, with "real" engineers working there.

The service guy took my MKIII and invited me to come with him just to watch the whole process (madness).  He unscrewed two little black screws (as on the pic) and pulled out the bracket, which holds the focusing screen chamber.

The chamber opens by clicking the lock, as on the 7D's focusing screen replacement procedure (http://www.focusingscreen.com/work/7den.htm),  and then the screen was exposed. The service guy took the focusing screen out with tweezers and pushed some air on it. It was cleaner than  before, with less dust but some specks were "glued" and didn't want to fall of.  :( So we ended up with ordering the new focusing screen. And now I'm waiting it to get shipped in two months.
That's the whole story. Sorry for such a long one.....   

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EOS Bodies / Re: Cost of 5DMk3 internationally
« on: May 03, 2012, 03:18:35 PM »
3999 US dollars here in Ukraine, body only. 4799 kit version.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III Light Leak Resolution (Canon USA)
« on: April 24, 2012, 07:46:19 AM »
This is from canon-europe...

FAQ: EOS 5D Mark III - Quality Issue Announcement
Issue

Concerning the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera, when the LCD panel illuminates in extremely dark environments, the displayed exposure value may change. Canon has decided on our service policy to address this phenomenon, so we would like to inform you of the details as described below.

Affected Products
EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera whose sixth digit in the serial number is 1 or 2.

For example, “xxxxx1xxxxxx” or  “xxxxx2xxxxxx” (x represents any optional number)

Cause
In extremely dark environments*, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change. However, when shooting with a lens attached, this change in exposure value will not significantly affect the shooting results.

* Some examples of a dark environment are as follows:

1. When the body cap is attached

2. When the lens cap is attached

Answer :

The products affected by this issue will be inspected and repaired free of charge after 10 May 2012 therefore you are kindly requested to contact one of our authorised service facilities.

If you have any further enquiries, please contact us using the e-mail support or telephone support option.

We offer our sincere apologies to customers who have been inconvenienced by this. Canon strives to provide the highest quality products to our customers, and we spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers use our products with confidence. We hope our efforts will earn your understanding.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Screen protector for 5DMK3
« on: April 20, 2012, 07:25:16 PM »
Just curious, is it really necessary to put screen protector on both LCD's? What advantages and dis...? How scratch resistant the LCD is? Any opinions or some experience?

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Video & Movie / Re: NEW 5D Mark III Outdoor Video Test
« on: April 19, 2012, 03:04:05 PM »
Stunning....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Should I buy the 5D Mark III Kit?
« on: April 14, 2012, 04:12:00 PM »
Dear members,
Sorry for posting my reply in this thread but I have similar question with some options... ))
I'm going to have some vacation this summer and want to visit Paris. This is my first trip to France and I want you to give me some advices. Sure if it's possible?! 
In 2-3 day I'm getting my new camera, the 5D mk3 and I haven't made my decision yet. What to get: body only or kit version?
The advise I need from you guys is about lenses I should take with me to Paris.
From my bunch of lenses I have: 24-70 f2.8L; 16-35 f2.8L II; 70-200 f2.8L II; 85 f1.2L; 50 f1.4.
I prefer to shoot landscapes and portraits and some all around photography.
So, what lenses I should choose?
And what about the 5d mk3, should I get body only or kit? Or I should buy a new lens to complete my setup?

Body only. Just bring your 24-70, or maybe your 16-35. and maybe your 50 cause its small and light.
Thanks. I was also thinking about getting the 35 f1.4L. What do you think?

The 35 1.4 is awesome, but I would bring the 50 1.4 on holiday because it's cheaper, lighter and arguably more versatile. Something wider like the 16-35 / 24-70 would be good to have too, just be aware of weight and theft / loss risks. Hard to beat the 24-70 as an all-rounder.
Thank you once again. Yes, the weight is very important. I don't want to walk around with bag of lenses for every shoot scenario. Just want to be as "light" as possible without loosing versatile.

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