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Lenses / Any difference bw used and new 24-105mm lens?
« on: March 05, 2013, 01:08:25 AM »
Hi, I have a 24-105mm lens that I bought in 2008 used. Based on the serial code, it was made in 2007. I have been using it with my canon XSi for 5 years in the hope that I would eventually upgrade to full frame.

That day finally arrived and I just bought a 6d! Thing is, i bought the bundle so i have another 24-105 mm lens that is brand new.

I am going to sell one of them but should I keep the 2007 one or the 2013 one?   

My old 2007 lens has no scratches and I don't think it has much dust. It does have quite a bit of zoom creep though, so that when I point it down, gravity pulls the front element down, zooming in. Is that cheap to fix?

I figure selling the new one on eBay will net me about $125 more compared to the old one.

Here are some other possible factors: Has there been any general improvement in Canon's manufacturing quality over time?  Have they improved the coatings or glass elements but kept the same model number?  Do the coatings degrade over time?  Should mechanical wear and tear be a concern?

Thanks very much in advance!

EOS Bodies / How do I set button to use only center AF point?
« on: March 03, 2013, 08:10:09 PM »
Hello, I just upgraded from an Xsi to a 6D.  Pretty excited, but I can't figure out how to focus as I did before.

I don't want to focus by half-pressing the shutter button.  Instead, I want to use only the center AF focus point by pressing that button on the top-right of the body.

I have a feeling I have to modify the C.Fn II setting, but am not sure how.

Any help would be appreciated!  Thanks!

Lenses / UV filters (any difference?)
« on: March 03, 2013, 07:15:04 PM »
So I bought a couple lens recently (17-40mm and 24-105) and want to get some UV filters for them.

Is there any real difference between various filters?

For instance, Hoya UV filters range from $30 to to $110.  My gut reaction is that it is mostly marketing junk and the $30 one is fine.  But would appreciate anyone with knowledge or thoughts to the contrary!  Thanks.

EOS Bodies / 6D Likely Price Trend
« on: December 02, 2012, 10:39:25 PM »

My wife is giving birth in July and I will have a 6D by then to take pics of the kid.

My only question is when to buy.  Is it likely that the 6D will drop in price from Dec. 2011 to July 2012?  If so, I will wait...

Or is Canon like Apple, and will not likely lower the price (e.g. I bought an iPhone4 an unnecessary 7 months after it first came out hoping for a price drop, which never happened).

Just curious if you have any insight based on Canon's pricing history.  Much appreciated, thanks!

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