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Lenses / Re: Anyone receive 11-24 yet (or shipping notice)
« on: February 27, 2015, 11:21:36 PM »
What is the front lens cap like? Is it crappy like the 8-15mm or is it a better design?

Canon General / Re: How long does Canon repair usually take??
« on: January 11, 2015, 12:07:42 AM »
I'm a CPS Platinum member in the US. I live about 2 hours drive from their Newport News, Virginia facility. Sometimes I just drive a piece over to be worked on. Frequently, is it shipped out to me the same day.

I have the 70-200/2.8 L IS II and yes the 135/2 L is a redundant focal length. I certainly us the 70-200 way more often, but there is just something magic about the 135/2. I love the way portraits look with this lens. It is always in my main bag.

I also like for when I am traveling light. It is the shortest lens Canon has that will take extenders. When I want to travel super light, I will take a 5D3, a 35/2 IS, the 135/2 and a 1.4x extender. That gives me enough focal length ranges 35, 135 and 189mm to do a lot of things and still have a pretty light kit.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is there any reason to shoot sRGB????
« on: November 25, 2014, 09:57:13 PM »
Here is one of the best explanations I have ever heard...


McGaheysville, Virginia, USA (in the middle of The Shenandoah Valley)

Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 08:42:01 AM »
Nothing...this is my job.

I loved my f4 but sold it a few months after I got my first 2.8. Now I'm on the 2.8 v2 and it is my go to lens for a lot of things. I still wish I had the f4 for traveling simply because of weight. The image quality is exceptional on both. I think I remember that Art Wolfe uses the f4 also because of weight.

Lighting / Re: Small container for holding spigots/studs?
« on: June 14, 2014, 10:42:24 PM »
You might check The Container Store. http://www.containerstore.com/welcome.htm

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Advise Please
« on: May 03, 2014, 05:30:39 PM »
+1 on using Lightroom over Aperture. I have used Aperture since the day it came out in 2005. I am in the process of switching over to Lightroom because it is far ahead of Aperture now. It seems that Apple isn't doing anything with it now except maintenance updates.

Software & Accessories / Re: The best tripod ...
« on: April 27, 2014, 02:03:50 PM »
I've been shooting professionally for 30 years now. I have owned 4 Bogen/Manfrotto tripods. Then about 10 years ago I finally gave in and invested in a Gitzo Carbon Fiber. I use a tripod almost every day. The Manfrotto's tended to wear out about every 5 years. The Gitzo which is about 10 years old is just as good as the day I got it. Although a bit banged up now.

Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« on: April 21, 2014, 08:54:11 PM »
Another thing that is very very nice about this lens when shooting wide is the bokeh.  Very special.

+1 ...... Love the bokeh on this lens. It seems strange, but I often use this lens for a portrait lens for close up work.

Lenses / Re: 16-35 or 17-40?
« on: March 05, 2014, 09:00:11 PM »
If you buy now and canon releases something else down the line, you're still ahead.

I bought my 16-35 II for $1250 back in 2008.  I sold it last year for $1218 on ebay.  It's like I had a free 6 year rental and have thousands of images to show for it.

If your gear is clean and looks pristine, L lenses hold their value exceptionally well.  Take the pictures you want now and sell it for little to no loss, using those funds to buy the next new thing that comes along.

Thats very true. I usually wait until lenses hit a low point on price when I buy. I have done very well selling them later. Canon L lenses tend to hold their value very very well.

Lenses / Re: 16-35 or 17-40?
« on: March 05, 2014, 01:24:34 PM »
Thanks for the replies. Money is an object when considering some suggestions to buy every Zeiss prime in that focal range. Hover money isn't an factor when comparing an $800 lens to a $1400 lens.

I actually own the 17-40. It's a great lens. It is my oldest Canon lens now at about 10 years old. I used to use it often when I shot crop sensor bodies, but now that I am all full-frame, I don't use it as much.

What prompted this post is should I try to talk myself into getting the 16-35 since it is on rebate now (B&H for $1398) or just keep the 17-40. The 17-40 is my slowest lens now, but other than being f4, I am happy with it.

Still can't decide what to do. When will Canon have a 14-24??????

Also, I've learned my lesson a few times over by buying non-Canon lenses. Sorry, some of you might think that decision is short-sighted, but I have never really gone wrong with a Canon lens. The only brand that I would really consider besides Canon is Zeiss. That comes from many many years shooting Hasselblads back in the film days.

Lenses / 16-35 or 17-40?
« on: March 02, 2014, 10:50:18 PM »
If money is no object which lens would you choose. Obviously, the 16-35 is a full stop faster. But this isn't a lens that I would use that often. What are the pros and cons of each? Which one is better quality...I mean really better quality...not just, "well the 16-35 is the more expensive one, so it has to be better". Comments appreciated from those of you who have or have used both.


There is nothing that can improve the 1dx for me. I could be stupid and say a 100% accurate AF that is connected to my brain and ALWAYS focus where I think focus should be, but let's face it, that's a few years off still. I can't imagine not getting great images in any situation with the 1dx, better than any other camera. Tripod mounted or crawling in the mud or jumping a plane or anything else. I only bought the 1d3, 1d4 and 5d3 to upgrade what I didn't felt 100% happy with, not because I wanted the newest. With the 1dx I feel no need to buy anything else. It's some famous last words, I know. But it just works...

Exactly. That's why the 1Dx is my go to camera.

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