But still a heavily used lens will show signs of use on other places...
True. I was just pulling your leg...erm...foot.
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The older lens looks essentially new -- not even a mark on the tripod foot.Then it is probably less used and/or more well taken care of. So it must be a better choice.
I want the RAW files to be as "RAW" as possible.
There are certain things (quite a few, actually) that really should be done to raw data before they are saved, including hot/dead pixel mapping, correlated double sampling, and ADC calibration.
Do you know if it is still possible to focus on distant subjects if you use a 300 f2.8 +2xIII , 12mm extension tube and 1.4 converter?
I know a lot of you are using x-rite i1 and we've had this conversation on other threads, but as of half way through 2013, which software/hardware versions are you all using and on which OS?
Another point is Canon III extenders don't stack because of the protrusion (perhaps it's for weather resistence, but probably more for preventing us from using them in ways they weren't designed -- Murphy-proofing).
This is a very interesting choice but it's better for situations where you have to carry your camera/500mm lens with almost nothing else.
Good options. I wasn't sure if the 24-70 II would handle low-light well enough that I wouldn't need the 50 or not.