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Lenses / Re: EF 70-200 f2.8 IS L USM MKII weird noise (attached)
« on: August 08, 2012, 10:01:40 AM »
It *IS* a faulty IS unit.

How do I know? I have had three of them!

The original 70-200 II I bought did this right out of the box. I sent it back and got a replacement.

The second unit worked fine for about 8 months. After that, I start getting the grinding/grunt sound. I sent to Canon and they said the IS was not working properly and replaced IS assembly six or something of the sort. After that, it never made a noise again.

When 70-200 II's went on sale cheap during rebates, I bought another unit. Just because it would refresh my warranty another two years... That unit start doing it as well a few months in.... Sent to Canon and they replaced the same exact IS assembly part. No noises since...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX ISO 12,800 real-life test
« on: August 06, 2012, 12:13:01 PM »
ISO 12,800 with the 5D3 and 1Dx is nothing, at all.

I shot ISO 20,000 last week and the images looked fantastic on my 5D3. So awesome to have so much ISO range, so usable.

6M3C7107 by invertalon, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« on: July 31, 2012, 10:52:32 PM »
1) Versatility... Can use with both 1.4x and 2x extenders with excellent results. Amazing build quality and performance.

2) Nothing really!

3) I have been through three copies so far... The original I had for a week before the IS was grinding. Sent back to B&H and got it replaced. Used the 2nd copy for about a year and the IS start grinding again, Canon repaired under warranty. The third copy was only because of rebates I was able to "refresh" my warranty with a 2-yr through my AMEX and such, so I bought another and sold the one I was using... Within 2-weeks I had the IS grinding again, sent to Canon and they again replaced the same exact IS assembly part. All has been great with it since. The IS is something else though... Three lenses and all the same issue? One of which bought well over a year after the other two.

4) The last one I got for $1974 with the $400 rebates during winter.

5) Lens performance is excellent... Amazing colors and sharpness all the way through. All three of my copies were sharper at 70mm than 200mm, but its so minimal it is non-issue. Solid performer all around.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III Firmware Update Error
« on: June 26, 2012, 06:01:57 PM »
Updated just fine with my BG-E11 attached. As always.

Are you by chance using LR4/LR3 to process these files?

I noticed LR has the tendency to add weird noise patterns and blotches in shadow areas... That does not happen with other RAW converter software. I believe this has been discussed in detail elsewhere as well. I have noticed this forever, even with the 5D2 and 7D prior. Only happens in the darkest shadow areas. It does NOT happen with in-camera JPEG's or if I process using DPP. But I hate DPP, so I use LR4 and suck it up.

EDIT: I saw the EXIF and see you did use LR 4.1... Try processing those in DPP or something and see if it is still there and report back.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.1.3
« on: June 19, 2012, 06:01:24 PM »
Just curious cayenne, when has canon EVER released a firmware that "broke" something?

At worst, they fix it quickly with another.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: My D800 Review
« on: June 12, 2012, 06:00:57 PM »
The samyang is incredible... I get blown away just how sharp text and such is at the very edge of the frame with this lens. And to think I got it for brand new at like $329.  Best value out there, IMO.  You don't need AF with this lens due to the incredible focus depth.

I highly recommend it for somebody who wants an ultra-wide for FF.

CopperHill kit... Awesome for doing wet-cleaning of sensors.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon BG-E11 Making its Way to Retailers
« on: May 25, 2012, 01:06:05 PM »
Not just the west coast this time... Mine came from Allen's Camera located in New York.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon BG-E11 Making its Way to Retailers
« on: May 25, 2012, 12:00:44 PM »
Canon is releasing stock to the smaller mom n' pop stores first, just like they did with the 5D3. Adorama and stuff got them only a day after though for the body, but for the grip it appears that it will be longer.

I think it is Canon's way of supporting the smaller businesses. Fine with me though, I was able to snag the grip at a cheaper price and got it already in my hands due to this ($20 cheaper). Amazon is generally the last of the "big 3" to get them.

You are better off scanning smaller independent shops for stock.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who said 5D mkiii is NOT sharp...
« on: May 25, 2012, 11:58:10 AM »
I am getting sharper images with the 5D3 then I did with the 5D2. I also see the artifacts as a result of that (moire, for example). I have had to use the moire adjustment brush in LR4 a few times now, something I never once did with the 5D2. So I believe the AA is in fact, weaker.

Love this camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview 5D3 review out
« on: May 24, 2012, 09:20:04 PM »
I took some video in faithful with 0 sharpening at all. The video is soft, but as stated above, sharpens well. Once I added sharpening, it looked really good. 

I just put mine on a postal scale with a 70-200 II attached... 6lbs and 15oz  :o

EOS Bodies / Canon BG-E11 Grip Unboxing! Including Fitment Pictures
« on: May 24, 2012, 04:46:12 PM »
Got my grip today from Allen's Camera... This is the nicest grip Canon has released yet. Fitment is seamless. No play between the body/grip, feels great in the hand, buttons feel identical to main body. The joystick on the grip does sit farther away then on the body, so you have to do some muscle-memory relearning when switching to use the grip  ;D Makes the 5D3 feel extremely sold, I love it...  Same excellent soft grippy material as the body, the curves are a big improvement on the old boxy grips.

They did include a new carrying pouch for the extra battery magazine.

Very happy with the purchase though! I think it did deserve a price increase relative to the previous generation grips (5D2 grip was what, $240?)... I don't know if it was $100 more deserving, $50 may have been more fair... But either way, I am happy with my purchase.

Here are the pics!

IMG_0077 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0078 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0079 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0080 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0081 by invertalon, on Flickr

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IMG_0084 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0090 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0089 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0088 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0087 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0091 by invertalon, on Flickr

IMG_0085 by invertalon, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / Re: BG-E11 availability
« on: May 24, 2012, 01:42:27 PM »
They are taking advantage of demand! Over on POTN I have a topic in market watch posting any links I can find in stock. I think two or three changed from the time I posted it in stock to when they went out of stock, and price went up sometimes $50 or more.

I am thankful Allen's Camera did the opposite and actually sold it cheaper. I got it for $339 to my door. 

I wonder when the big retailers will get them... I thought they would have arrived by now, since the smaller shops got them a few days ago. With the 5D3, Adorama and a few other shops had them pretty quickly after the smaller stores. But nothing yet I see!

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