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Lenses / Re: Walk around lens suggestion
« on: April 01, 2012, 03:40:07 PM »
I have the 17-55 and perhaps I got a good copy because I have not been plagued by dust like some of the other copies floating around. I have had a UV on it since day one.

It is my understanding that dust enters through the part of the lens that expands and contracts for zoom rather than through the from element area.

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Lenses / Re: Filters - Help!
« on: April 01, 2012, 11:46:46 AM »
+1 for B+W filters. They are the best.

Second that, those are amazing, and you see the clarity when you hold it next to a cheaper version.

I also recommend Kenko. Really good. At least the PRO1D that I have used.
Kenko and Hoya are the same company - I think it all depends on where you buy them. It is also the same company as Tokina apparently.

I have used a Hoya Super Pro1 UV for years on my primary 17-55 walkaround and it is very good.

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Lenses / Re: Filters - Help!
« on: April 01, 2012, 11:00:35 AM »
Thanks for the input.  have had no issues with my non MRC B+W UV and my Hoya Super Pro1 UV, so I will likely stick with those. I only use them to provide a better weather/dust seal and to protect the front element, I am not looking to improve IQ by using a filter.

On my 85, I have a cheap piece of glass that came with it, in most cases I unscrew it and leave it in the bag instead of shooting through it, although now I am going to re-tool all my filters so I thought I should do a bit of research prior to dropping the coin.

Thank you again!

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Lenses / Re: Filters - Help!
« on: April 01, 2012, 08:09:44 AM »
Thanks again. I just spotted a post on DPReview that says " I'd recommend the clear over a UV though if you're using it as a protection filter, as there is a subtle IQ impact."
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1029&message=36878300

I have had a Hoya Super Pro1 77mm UV(10) on my 17-55 for years and recently on my 24-105 and I don't notice a IQ difference, although I have never tested IQ in a controlled setting between no filter and filter.

Any thoughts on Clear vs. UV?

BTW, this was the post that mentioned the caps may not fit well, although my Hoya mentioned has never had an issue wit the 77mm cap.
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1019&message=37554913

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Lenses / Re: Filters - Help!
« on: March 31, 2012, 10:26:20 PM »
The MRC makes it easier to clean.

No need for XS-Pro on those lenses, the standard F-Pro is fine.  Maybe on the 24-105, but only if you plan to stack a CPL on it, else there's no worry about vignetting.

Thanks Neuro.
I have them lined up through a guy I know who used to import them - they are a good price. That said, I have heard that Canon caps may be problematic on the XS-Pro line, does anyone have any experience with this?

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Lenses / Re: Filters - Help!
« on: March 31, 2012, 09:00:56 PM »
B+W XS-Pro is the best!

I am considering the XS-Pro's for my 24-105, 135L, 85/1.8 - do the Canon lens caps work well on these filters?

Also, I have a B+W UV 010 67mm on my 70-200/f4/IS but I don't think it is MRC - should I just get one for this too?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Owners - are you happy?
« on: March 31, 2012, 07:14:44 AM »
I've already posted in here how happy I am with this camera. But here are 3 of my favorite shots I took today! I'm still very happy  ;)

EDIT: The first two photos were taken with my 24-105mm Kit lens. The third shot of the moon was taken with a 100-400mm f/4.0-5.6 L Lens... and was taken Handheld.

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Nice images - well done. Glad to see you are enjoying your 5D3  :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Owners - are you happy?
« on: March 30, 2012, 04:21:40 PM »
Another thing that quite annoys me is that the focus point is black in the viewfinder. If you're shooting in a dark place it's impossible to see what AF-point you're using. Hopefully they can fix this as well with a firmware update, because now at times you're wondering why the damn thing isn't getting focus, finding out that the focus point is at another place as you're thinking. I prefer the red AF-point in the viewfinder of my 1Dmk3.

I'm not sure if this helps you, but you can make a menu change so that it shows the AF point that is selected in bright red once it locks onto something, instead of just that circle turning red.  I also changed it so the circle ALWAYS flashes red, not just in low light areas.  I currently use center AF ( not spot ), with the 4 surrounding points, but I don't have them show up in the VF, only highlight red when AF is achieved.

I changed my modes to illuminate the VF in all lighting rather than merely low light and I changed the VF to pre and post focus verification (i can't remember the actual setting name) to have the camera closer emulate my old 40D of "Focus, red dot stays on". The only issue I have with it is it all disapperas once focus is achieved and you are left with the spot meter circle.

I count myself as happy and will be delighted once the 200 F2 business is sorted out.

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I don't have my camera with me to test it but minimum 1/250 does not preclude it from going to 1/8000 - it just means it will not get any slower than 1/250, no?

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Last night I tested the camera again with my 800mm and other lenses including the 70-200mm f/4. I didn't notice any difference with the IS.

I must have a body without the issue. ;D
Craig reported on FM the following:
"The 800 might be a bit louder on the 5D3 than the 1D4, although it's not as obvious. I could have just been hearing things. The 200, there's no question about it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Kit Lenses
« on: March 30, 2012, 06:10:47 AM »
Hi all,
Besides Australia and New Zealand having the 5DIII Prokit 24-70II lens in April, is there any news that this "pro Kit" will be available in other countries?

I have searched the internet and it seems only these 2 countries will be having it.
But then again, the price for the pro kit in aussie is very high, so it will be better to buy them separately overseas.
It has been listed at Photoprice.ca since prior to the March 2nd launch day however it still does not have any pricing associated with it.
http://www.photoprice.ca/product/03869/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-with-24-70-II-Kit-price.html

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Does anybody has any idea why these strange sound appear? Is there any new algorithm of IS drive implemented? I thought lenses have their own processors taking care for optimal IS operating. If camera itself has such an influence on IS operation then it can occur, that IS effectiveness depends on what camera lenses are mounted on. That's something new for me.
I can't speak to the algorithm but keep in mind that this issue is only happening at with AI Servo where there is constant or near constant communication between the body and the lens. When you press the shutter (or AF-ON) on a body it sends the signal to start IS and obtain focus, in my experience it shuts off in five or six seconds with no shutter release or if your finger is removed from the shutter. With AI Servo that is constant so that communication way different, it verges on chatter so any tweak to the algorithm could make a particular lens design totally wonky.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III & Lens Combination Issues?
« on: March 29, 2012, 05:45:49 PM »
I experienced this today in AI Servo mode with my 70-200 f4L IS.
Yikes - I have this lens and the 5D3 - I will try it later when I get home. I have tried a couple of shots with it but not in AI Servo mode.

I just tried this and it seems normal to me. My copy of the 70-200 F4/IS is far from silent anyway. I tried it on both my 40D and the 5D3 with identical results. In both cases AF was on AI Servo and I tried Mode 1 and 2, as well as 1.2m and 3m focus lengths.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III & Lens Combination Issues?
« on: March 29, 2012, 02:46:06 PM »
I experienced this today in AI Servo mode with my 70-200 f4L IS.
Yikes - I have this lens and the 5D3 - I will try it later when I get home. I have tried a couple of shots with it but not in AI Servo mode.

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EOS Bodies / Re: AF / AI Servo tips from 7D users
« on: March 28, 2012, 10:38:45 PM »
C. Fn 2, Custom Controls, set the first option (shutter button) to either "Metering Start" or "AE Lock".
Thanks! I had just stumbled across it myself :-) It works just like before.

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