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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 01:26:37 AM »
For IQ and overall wonderfulness I would suggest the EF70-200 f/4L IS. If she has a need for speed, then the Tamron SP70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC would be a nice option. If you get her either one of those primes you're considering, you'll end up having to get her a better zoom anyway.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: November 15, 2014, 10:44:11 AM »
Half a Rack is better than None....
Looks like a poor shot to me ...

Well said...

Lenses / Re: Field review of the new Canon 100-400
« on: November 11, 2014, 06:23:24 PM »
I don't know that I would call that a "review", but thanks for the link all the same.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 11, 2014, 06:19:12 PM »
Canon Hon Kong's video comparison between the v1 & v2

Yup. That's a genuine Canon video. Who else would use a Canon CPL :D   Thanks for the link.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 04:43:30 PM »
I think the optical performance specs will be a significant improvement.  What would be the point of a new version if it weren't?  Just saying.

My copy of v1 is quite sharp. I doubt the new one will be significantly sharper (perhaps I have a particularly good copy). What it will have is greatly improved IS, lens coatings and (hopefully) weather resistance. The slotted hood for filters is also intriguing. Though I'm not particularly interested in upgrading, I will keep an open mind.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 01:23:31 PM »
Thanks for the introduction. When do we meet?

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Tripod
« on: November 04, 2014, 07:40:41 PM »
Gitzo is offering a $150 rebate until the end of the year. Two suggestions:

Both will handle your kit. The 4 series is a little heavier, but will take more abuse.

Lenses / Re: Dilemma Which lens
« on: October 31, 2014, 06:24:09 PM »
My sympathies for your dilemma. I am not burdened by such decisions. I would stretch your budget and get the 200-400 f/4L for versatility. You won't really need the 2x extender, so it comes out cheaper than a new 600.

Software & Accessories / Re: Ballhead for Gitzo 2542L
« on: October 26, 2014, 08:25:56 PM »
BH55 would be overkill in my opinion.

I got an Arcratech GP and think it is the medium capacity best general photography head out there, if I lost mine tonight I'd order another from B&H tomorrow.

Acratech has first rate customer service as well. The liquid in the bubble level of my clamp evaporated around two or three years after I bought it. I called Acratech and they sent me a replacement immediately (at no charge of course).

Software & Accessories / Re: Ballhead for Gitzo 2542L
« on: October 26, 2014, 07:26:36 PM »
BH55 would definitely be overkill. My 2 cents: Acratech GP or Markins Q3.

PS: Try not to raise the column if you can avoid it.

As a happy owner of the current 100-400 who actually likes the push-pull design, I wonder if Canon does switch to a traditional zoom design when they update the lens, will lens creep be an issue. The current model has a variable locking zoom ring to compensate for this.

Lenses / Re: Which white lenses are weather sealed?
« on: October 26, 2014, 10:20:49 AM »
"The water and dust proof mechanism is explained in the below URL:

And remember: The seal at the lens mounts will only work with a select few professional Canon bodies. Canon 5Dii and below need not apply.

Thanks for the link!  The Google translation suggests that the bodies with some degree of sealing (which includes crop models down to the 50D, and all of the current/recent FF bodies including the 5DII and 6D) are  dust- drip-proof compatible, although the better sealing of the 1-series bodies is mentioned in a subsequent footnote.

But there's a obvious and likely important difference in the design of the mounts on the 1-series vs. most other 'sealed' bodies.  On most Canon bodies (e.g. the 5DIII shown below), the area immediately surrounding the lens mount is the same slightly textured surface as the rest of the body.  That textured surface may not be ideal for sealing against the rubber lens mount gasket.  The 1-series bodies have a smooth plastic ring surrounding the metal lens mount, and that may form a better seal with the lens gasket.  Interestingly, the new 7D Mark II has that same smooth plastic surface surrounding the lens mount as seen on the 1D X below.

Interesting. Being a lower-tier body user, I was unaware of that difference of texture in lens mounts. I guess I'll just have to whip out the 600 grit sandpaper!

Technical Support / Re: Question about cleaning something off of sensor.
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:56:22 PM »
It sure sounds baked on, a deep wet-clean should do it.
Just had my sensor cleaned at Canon CPS. Here's behind-the-scenes footage of how they did it:


I'm not convinced that video is of an authentic Canon Service Center. I believe their cleaning bowls are red.

Lenses / Re: Building my lens system - where to go from my basic kit?
« on: October 14, 2014, 06:45:41 PM »
Although I have no idea what you shoot, and therefore have no understanding of what your needs are in this regard, I won't let that little detail stop me from recommending a couple of lenses I feel should be in everyone's kit: EF16-35 f/4L and the EF70-300 f4-5.6L 8)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 06:25:29 PM »
I may be late to this discussion, but I think what most users including myself have issues with the 6D is that as a consumer you feel Canon is NOT giving you "great value" for your money when they take the AF system back to one center cross-type, while Nikon doesn't seem to cripple their bodies in the same way.  It was biggest the complaint about the 5D Mark II, and Canon addressed it well with the Mark III, only to revert back to it with the 6D.  My memory is not that short term.
Also late to the topic but this echoes my thoughts too.
Canon not happy with 6D sales? More like their deliberate gimping of the 6D has come back to bite them (FWIW the 6Ds seem to still be quite highly recommended, including excuses of "no body needs more than 3fps :P).

So all I can really say is the same thing as before. If they made them all cross-type at say 5fps, it probably would've sold a lot more without costing 5D3 sales.

I think this is the problem. Canon made the same mistake with the 6D as they did with the EOS M, a seriously underwhelming focus system. The cameras work well for portrait, landscape and architecture. For any other use, the photographer does the work. I say this as someone who owns both and likes both, but would have greatly enjoyed a focus system commensurate with the quality of the photos the cameras are able to produce.

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