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The Sigma 35mm is very tempting. I love their 50 and 85 1.4's! I will wait to see some reviews though.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Preorders
« on: November 06, 2012, 10:31:23 AM »
bchernicoff, thanks for the kind words.

If I were to buy anything soon, it would be other lenses I have wanted that are now bargains compared to the new lenses, esp used.  Like the 100mm L Macro.  Or the 35mm L.

There's a 100 L on CL near me that looks tempting, but I've spent enough for a while.

I saw your comment above regarding weather sealing...also very important to me. On a trip to Sweden in August I hiked a round an island in the rain for over an hour with the 24-105 and 5D Mk 3. I wouldn't have tried that with the Mk II. Those all would have been missed opportunities.

I guess my point is that I am willing to pony up the big bucks when there is a clear leap in capabilities, but not when the change is incremental...which the two new 24-70's are. The new 35 offer that kind of leap over its predecessor to the video crowd, but not to me.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Preorders
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:55:12 AM »
Rusty, I think your post is right on the money for the most part. Like you I have patiently shopped for used or refurbished lenses and bodies. I fall firmly into your enthusiast category with a collection of lenses. I owned a 7D and loved its AF and overall speed, but then sold it for the 5D Mk II's IQ. I was really looking forward to what the Mk3 would offer. When it was announced I salivated at the thought of even more speed and image quality, but was also shocked at the price. The speed and improved AF would help me take better pictures based on my shooting style... I don't do a lot of planning or tripod shooting and the AF on the Mk II did cause me to miss shots. Deciding that the Mk 3 represented the perfect camera for me and the one I would keep for the next 4-5 years, I preordered. I felt sick when the first killer deals popped up at the end of the summer, but then remembered all the rad shots I've gotten since my camera arrived.

Which brings me to the new lenses. I get a ton of use out of my 24-105 and none of the recent offerings are better enough to justify me spending any money. With the Canon 24-70 2.8, I would gain one stop and IQ, but lose IS and focal length...not worth nearly 3x the street price of 24-105. With the 24-70 f/4 IS, I would gain IQ, but lose focal length...for a similar price to 24-105, sure...for 2x the cost, no way. Which brings me to the Tamron. It would loose focal length, tie IQ, and gain a stop for 1.5 the cost...that is starting to get more interesting. If I see a sale I will probably buy one.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Preorders
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:23:07 AM »
Personally, this just reinforces my decision to wait for a sale on the Tamron 2.8 VC.

Probably time for a road trip up to B&H to play with one.

Lenses / Re: Canon Makes the EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Official
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:19:51 AM »
Personally, all this does is reinforce my decision to wait for a sale on the Tamron 2.8 VC.

Probably time for a road trip up to B&H to play with one.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: November 05, 2012, 03:41:55 PM »
I own and love. Superb lens.

Lenses / Re: Opinion: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 10:53:28 AM »
Here's a comparison at 70mm f/4 of the 24-105 and 70-200 f/4 L IS. Gimme that kind of quality across the 24-70 range and I would gladly trade the extra 35mm of reach.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is this an Overkill to purchase the EOS....
« on: November 02, 2012, 11:53:35 AM »
I owned both the 7D and the 5D Mk II before 5D Mk III. It really is the best of both bodies. It is fast like the 7D, but has the image quality of the Mk II.

The first time you look through the viewfinder you will say "Wow" about how much brighter and clearer the view is. The first time you take a few pictures you will marvel at how little lag there is compared to the Mk II.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 12-24 F4.5-5.6 EX DG ASP HSM II
« on: October 23, 2012, 03:42:40 PM »
I own the Mk I and have been very happy with it. You can get some very unique perspective with it.

I don't use it very often and so I am selling it. Send me a message if anyone is interested.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Now in Stock at B&H
« on: October 19, 2012, 03:54:15 PM » when is the price going to drop down to $1800?!?!?!?!?!  :-\
Hopefully soon.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thoughts on the New EOS-1D X Firmware 1.1.1
« on: October 18, 2012, 08:56:52 AM »
I demonstrated the 5D Mk III focusing at f/8 on this forum back in May. I stacked my kenko 1.4x onto my canon 2x II onto my 400mm f/2.8 which gives an 1120mm f/8 lens. AF worked liked champ. I then tried the stacked extender setup on my 70-200 2.8 IS II. See this post for a demonstration:

Reviews / Re: My Mini-Review of the 85mm 1.2L II.
« on: October 16, 2012, 04:19:39 PM »
Its not a sealed lens, but It's built to withstand the bumps and knocks of professional use.

I understand that it's not sealed, but I found it to be alarmingly not-sealed. Fine for indoor use.

I just feel like a review should mention that it's a lens you need to be careful with.

I found the build quality of the Sigma 85mm 1.4 to be much better in this regard. With a 77mm filter on the front the focusing barrel is enclosed like with the Canon 50 1.2L.
AF is much faster on the Sigma as well, though that's not related to build quality.

Reviews / Re: My Mini-Review of the 85mm 1.2L II.
« on: October 16, 2012, 04:04:02 PM »
You mention excellent build quality...can you post a picture or comment on the gap between the focusing barrel and the outer lens body? I'm taking about the barrel that houses the front element and moves in and out to focus. On the copy of this lens that I owned, I found the gap to very large and I quickly got dust inside the lens. It settled on the inside of the rear element, where it is actually a problem. Fortunately, the rear element is easily cleaned by taking the lens mount loose (which houses the rear element) and puffing some air on it.

I cleaned mine, verified it still functioned perfectly and then sold it.

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