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Lenses / Re: Rubber covering loose on zoom of 24-70 II - advice?
« on: August 25, 2014, 12:58:21 PM »
Thank you each and all. I called the NJ CPSUSA (couldn't, inexplicably, get through to Irvine) and was very very well-treated by John DiMauro, one of their contacts. I ordered the ring, part # YB2-3754-020, confirmed that this was for Model 2 ZOOM ring, and paid all of $6.15. The real test will be whether my klutzy fingers can get this puppy on. Given my (remote past) extreme difficulty correctly applying condoms, I am worried about this; but the consequences of failure with the lens-collar are less severe, and less expensive.

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Lenses / Rubber covering loose on zoom of 24-70 II - advice?
« on: August 22, 2014, 04:38:23 PM »
Colleagues:
The rubber grip or cover that fits on the zoom ring on my 24-70 II has come loose and become very slightly stretched out. At this point it is a minor annoyance, not a disaster, though I am going overseas next week and don't like surprises. Any suggestions for managing this problem? Or should I send it back to CPS (after I return) and get it replaced? Thank you for your time.

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I use BR very happily but may take a swing at the Peak Design alternative for my occasional shoulder carry. But in that vein, two questions:
First, I was always raised that I should not carry a camera on a strap if there is a heavy lens on front (e.g., the 70-200, or 300) because it may deform the front of the camera body and make focusing inaccurate, because it may distort the relationship of the lens mount to the sensor (or film...) -- is there still truth to that, or no?
Second, the Peak Design loops--the ones that fit on the camera's strap points-- what has people's experience been with whether they show wear before breaking? Wear on a part exposed to friction doesn't bother me; the replacements are cheap; but sudden failure of a weight-bearing element does ...  I appreciate y'all's hive expertise...

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Software & Accessories / Re: Insurance is an accessory right? :P
« on: August 10, 2014, 06:07:45 PM »
Excellent question. First, USAA has great service; we've had it for 30 years. Second, I itemize my gear by S/N and send them lists periodically. Third, there is some question how much pro use vs. hobby use excludes coverage. [Be very careful there, because insurance companies are NOT your friend (just like health insurance); if there is a big claim they may try to exclude you for pro usage.] But if you have any pro usage, then insurance clearly is a business expense. How much your deductible should be depends on your personal financial circumstances. You may want to look at NPPA's member options for all-risk insurance with Hayes.

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The autofocus issues with the new 50 mm Sigma ART are very dismaying, in light of its great build quality and image quality.
Has anyone had autofocus issues (or any other such issues) with the 35 mm Sigma ART?
I use the 5D3 and 1Dx.
Thoughts and advice deeply appreciated.

Please pardon my erroneous posting location--I put this post originally in the Canon section -- my error, sorry.

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Lighting / Need advice re. video tutorials on 600 Speedlight usage
« on: April 30, 2014, 09:29:29 AM »
Comrades - I always refer to the sun as my light source. But now I am looking for a source of video tutorials on use of speedlights, from soup to nuts -- starting with the absolute basics of 'how to turn this on', through correct flash exposing in various venues and fill situations, up to use of multiple flashes with the radio triggers (either canon or aftermarket.) Strobist seems too complex, and I want something geared specifically to thorough use of canons. Either free or for-pay. All suggestions gratefully appreciated. Thanks for your time.

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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 22, 2014, 12:49:25 AM »
Quote from: johnrudoff@yahoo.com on April 21, 2014, 11:44:14 AM
Remember that you have every right to shoot whatever is publicly available

And they have the right to insult and berate you for it; neither is civil.  If you wish to claim every millimeter of the law, you must concede to others the same.

Orangutang, I must respectfully disagree with you. It is correct that I have the right to shoot whatever is publicly available. And onlookers (including police or security guards) do have the right civilly and politely to ask me about my activities. But they do not have the right to threaten, harass, detain, intimidate, or in general cause fear or disruption to me. If I as a reasonable person (and I do NOT mean those professionally-offended professional victims) am intimidated or made fearful by an insulting or berating onlooker, I have the right to be free of that intimidation. (The handout on the adkins website is quite clear on this point.)

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Photography Technique / Re: Panning
« on: April 21, 2014, 12:03:41 PM »
Wombat -- Bravo!! Gorgeous F1 stuff. Good for you!

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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 21, 2014, 11:44:14 AM »
Note to original poster: alas, your experience is ubiquitous. Morons think they know either photography or the law (and know neither), and feel as though they have the right to brace you about shooting. They don't. Period. My response is to start off easy: 'I am a local photographer, here's my card, I do a lot of street shooting, which is what I am doing. Wanna see a few of my pictures?' (A few bucks for a business card is money well-spent.) If they persist, I tell them they are interfering with me, and please leave.' If they persist, I put on my 'I'm planning a left thoracotomy for you' look and say 'If you have a problem, call the police. If you don't, I'll call the police, and then you will really have a problem.' I rarely get to step 3, but I have.
Remember that you have every right to shoot whatever is publicly available, not because you are a respected surgeon (as am I), but because you are an American citizen exercising your rights in public. (This varies overseas.) The literature on the rights of street photographers (professional and otherwise) is extensive; you may want to look at NPPA's website, and there is a host of others.

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma - question re weatherproofing?
« on: April 18, 2014, 02:14:20 PM »
Please forgive me if I am treading on already-discussed ground; but what has experience been so far with regard to the new Sigma 50 1.4 in either dusty environments or damp (like humid or rainy) environments? Reviews  say 'not weatherproofed'-- does this entail some clear-cut difference between their lens and, say, the Canon's 1.2 or 1.8 lenses? The difference in weight is of no consequence to me. Thank you for your advice.

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Canon General / Re: Lioness Fights Crocodiles over a Dead Hippo
« on: March 24, 2014, 04:36:27 PM »
I feel like the hippo ...

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Lenses / Re: Lens Advise for Europe Vacation
« on: March 10, 2014, 03:43:00 PM »
The real questions are: a) how strong is your wife? and b) how tolerant is she? I suspect from your kit that the answer to both is "very." Yer a lucky guy.
But seriously ... it depends on what you usually shoot. I'm a street/people guy, not architecture etc.,  and would take at least the 70-200, the 35 1.4, and a 24-70. I like the 135 f2 very much for street work, and it's less obvious. I'd check my homeowner's policy and make sure you have a scheduled, all-risks, replacement-value overseas coverage.

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Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 22, 2014, 04:46:52 PM »
Certain aspects of this thread (re. smuggling) remind me of a) first sneaking better and better bottles of wine into the cellar; then b) what is euphemistically called 'off-site storage'; then c) a separate charge card... I wonder whether the difference between a 5D3 and a 1Dx is visible to the untutored eye. Not the photos. The body.
If all else fails, eschew GAS for a month, take the money you 'save', and spend a month on the road in, say, Mongolia or Argentina. Take lots of CF cards.

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is this available in usa and if so from whom?

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Technical Support / Re: Help! My Camera Won't Focus After Cleaning It.
« on: January 12, 2014, 09:35:21 AM »
Ah, the old diopter-wheel agony ... I feel your pain. I had the same confusion, and the same embarrassment when I learned about it. On my 5D3 I use a small piece of shiny black electrician's tape over the wheel. It works. I also heroically came to the rescue of a pretty young damsel in distress who was shooting an important event and was bewildered by why nothing was in focus ... my wife (!) steered her to me and I heroically reset the diopter-lever (I think she was using a Pentax) .... I mean, it doesn't get me a Navy Cross or anything, but she was grateful.
And the old "I'll sell X after I get Y" routine ... yes, we all feel your pain. Anyone here buy Canon stock?

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