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My spring was replaced in my 24-70 II long ago, under warranty. Got the lens back from a repair and when the focus ring was turned, it would make a "spring" noise... Like boiiiiing!

Sent it in and they spoke with the engineers in Japan as they had no idea... And they wanted to be sure before they tore the lens apart... A month later or so, they got the part from Japan, replaced it (still the "old" spring, according to the repair... but this was probably before the fix) and the lens is fine. Interesting to see what it was though now!

The info for SURE should be posted. Companies should not hide design flaws and have the customer pay for their mistakes in engineering and design. If we get this information public, Canon and other companies may be more open to doing the right thing and doing these types of fixes free of charge.

Lenses / Re: Ordered 300mm 2.8 II; tips/suggestions
« on: March 31, 2014, 09:50:31 AM »
I did! I go to those parks so often and have used every other lens by now, so I wanted a new perspective... I have done ultrawide, standard, fisheye, telephoto... So I needed super-telephoto!

 I did get quite of a lot of attention, but none of it bad at all. In fact, I may get future work at one park because I had the 300 mounted and the advertising/marketing guy stopped by and talked with me. So that was cool considering it is what I focus my work on anyway!

But we went for Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando, and the performers loved it. I always got a priority of their attention over others, even when I was far away for framing.  Was quite cool!

Lenses / Re: Ordered 300mm 2.8 II; tips/suggestions
« on: March 31, 2014, 07:36:34 AM »
Having purchased this lens myself a few weeks ago many people were suggesting new bags, tripods, tripod heads, etc... Once I got the lens, I needed nothing! I hand-hold it primarily, so no need to upgrade the foot or anything like that. My Manfrotto ball head supports the lens just fine as-is if my tripod is used.

My Lowepro 400AW bag loads my 300 II perfectly when attached to the body (plus 1.4x III extender) as long as the hood is reversed. Along with 2-3 other lenses on top of it. Very happy about that!

So once I got the lens, that is all I needed. I guess if you want a good support system or something you would, if you don't have already, but the lens is really not bad to lug around. I used it as my walk-around on my recent trip to Florida at the amusement parks and at times hand-held it for 6+ hours straight without any issues.

If anything, I would just recommend a good strap... I like the op-tech ones, they are comfy when supporting larger body/lens combos. FWIW, I am using a 5D3+grip.

Lenses / Re: 16-35 II vs what?
« on: March 24, 2014, 06:42:32 PM »
I had the 17-40L for quite a while before recently upgrading to the 16-35 II... Sure it is quite sharp at 16mm wide open in the center, but overall, I prefer the 17-40L. Much better value for the money.

I think the 17-40L is sharper, honestly... Between the 2-3 17-40L's I have used and the two 16-35 II's... Maybe the corners go to the 16-35 II, but overall I think the 17-40L is every bit as good if not better. I think 40mm is better than the 35mm between lenses.

If you need f/2.8, go for 16-35 II... If not, the 17-40L is every bit as good.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D II looks like its going to be a disappointment.
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:00:59 PM »
If those specs *are* correct, why are people disappointed?

Because of a 20MP sensor and not 46 or something ridiculous? Please... The 7D has enough resolution as-is for a crop sensor.

As long as the sensor is improved in other aspects (dynamic range, noise, etc...) what is the problem here?

Specs are the same in terms of FPS and such... Which I expected to be honest. If you need 12FPS, get the 1Dx.

So what exactly is there to complain about? Even if it just got a new sensor and some small tweaks (better rear LCD, the new MA, f/8 AF, etc...) and priced under $2,000, what else do you want?

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f/2.8 L II front coating peeling off?
« on: February 12, 2014, 11:39:23 PM »
Terrible to hear so much wrong lately with this lens. I got mine right when released and has been fantastic all around. Perfectly sharp edge to edge at 24mm and 70mm, not the faintest sound of clicking or coating issues. I did exchange my first copy due to slight decentering, but after that no issues!

Canon really should start doing some better QC checks though, especially on the L glass we pay good money for.

Lenses / Re: 24L or 35L
« on: January 05, 2014, 10:15:32 AM »
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The 24 L has MUCH less distortion where the 2470 II is frankly a dissapointment. That is on of the reasons I bought it, but serious AF issues and, as you say, I found my favorite lens in the 35 L as it is epic in (almost) every way, and why I am waiting so bad for the mkII to show up...

I did not notice much of a difference to be honest between the two with distortion... I know the prime is better, but lightroom can very easily correct if need be. I rarely even corrected the Samyang 14mm with its crazy mustache distortion unless it was required! So I am quite tolerant to most distortion unless it takes away from the final image where I will correct it!

Are you saying the 24-70 II had AF issues or the 24L? Because the 24-70 II is probably the most accurate, well performing AF lens I have ever used. The 24L II was very hit/miss, due in part to the f/1.4 aperture I would assume.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Problem with 1Dx AWB on cloudy days
« on: January 04, 2014, 10:27:41 AM »
When I rented the 1Dx for a shoot to use alongside my 5D3 I had some issues with WB in post with the 1Dx on a cloudy day. The images just did not have as much of a neutral look to them. I prefer the output of the 5D3, although the 1Dx did have a lead in extremely high ISO performance and slightly better dynamic range.

Lenses / Re: 24L or 35L
« on: January 04, 2014, 10:22:40 AM »
I much prefer the 35L myself. The 24L II did not impress me much. Great lens, but too wide to be very useful for versatile shooting. I think the IQ of the 35L is better as well.

Plus, I have the 24-70 II which has better IQ than the 24L II anyway at comparable apertures. Better corner and edge performance for one.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: January 02, 2014, 12:24:22 PM »
I use Hoya HD clear filters on all my lenses, including the 24-70 II... No issues what-so-ever and by far my favorite filter to use. Thin framed, still threaded, easy as can be to clean (even better than the high end B+W's I have used) and no IQ loss at all to my eye.

But yeah, no rubbing on the front element.

Lenses / Re: Quest for the perfect copy?
« on: January 01, 2014, 07:04:34 PM »
Thankfully just lenses! Very lucky otherwise lol

Lenses / Re: Quest for the perfect copy?
« on: January 01, 2014, 11:49:04 AM »
I have *terrible* luck with Canon L's....

Some examples with brand new lenses (some issues over multiple copies)...

70-200 II - decentering, broken IS, build quality issues, scratched front element, excessive CA.

35L - USM squealing.

24-70 II - decentered, scratched front element.

16-35 II - USM high pitch squealing.

17-40 - decentering.

I am sure there are more I am forgetting... I almost expect to go through a few to get good a good copy. The 16-35 issue is from yesterday! Waiting for my replacement copy now.

Lenses / Re: Lens Squeak - 24-70 2.8 USM II - Is this Normal?
« on: December 23, 2013, 12:51:24 PM »
Sucks on the packing job. I never send any gear in with the original boxes and put like 6" of thick bubble wrap around each item. If multiple items, each is done seprately and taped together in a big mass... Then put in a box with plenty of peanuts, packing paper, etc... I figure this cushions any shock better than the box it comes with.

Canon NJ has always returned each item back just as good... Usually plenty of thick bubble wrap, tightly packed. If multiple items, they usually put them in their own boxes.

Lenses / Re: Sigma QC 18-35 or other
« on: December 23, 2013, 12:37:33 PM »
I have had plenty of decentering issues with Canon lenses... It is a pain and I exchange/return them right away. Canon has a very hard time correcting it.

Try another! Chances are the second time around it will be OK  ;D I have yet to get two decentered lenses in a row *knock on wood*... Although I wish I did not get one in the first place!

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