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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!

Lenses / Re: 200/2 IS Lust
« on: December 23, 2013, 12:35:18 PM »
In the next year or two I plan to pick up my first "great-white"... I thought of the 200mm f/2 IS, but I think I may go for the 300mm f/2.8 II IS instead... My 70-200 II can cover 200mm just fine, and I doubt I would require the f/2 that much, although it would be nice  :D

300mm gives me more range if needed (420mm at f/4 and 600mm at f/5.6 if needed with TC's). So it becomes a bit more versatile when needed.

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-105 vs canon 24-70 ii
« on: December 23, 2013, 12:32:54 PM »
I had a 24-105 for years and really enjoyed it... But the 24-70 II is significantly better. Quite a jump in IQ across the entire zoom range.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 2.8 focus ring doesn't grab
« on: December 23, 2013, 12:31:51 PM »
I had this happen on two lenses... One of which was the 70-200 II... Canon replaced the intermediate barrel assembly inside the lens. I guess sometimes they can just tighten up the clutch or something, but I suppose it depends on the lens.

I assume it is the same with the 24-70, but may only require tightening a few screws internally.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: December 23, 2013, 12:30:42 PM »
I wonder what is up with this lens lately and these issues... I have a first release and never had any of these problems... Zoom ring is quiet as can be, sharp end to end and minimal MA required (-2W and +1T). Glad I was an early adopter lol (although I paid for it...)  ;D

Lenses / Re: Samyang 14mm f2.8 - focusing
« on: December 23, 2013, 12:29:37 PM »
For this lens, I made my own custom scale on a small piece of paper and taped it to the barrel.

I just marked hyperfocal distance at each aperture... So my little piece of paper had infinity, f/8, f/5.6, f/4 and f/2.8 on it. I matched it up to the focus scale and taped it right on. 

90% of the time I shoot the lens at f/8 and infinity and never have any issues.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II to Finally Arrive? [CR1]
« on: December 11, 2013, 10:29:48 AM »
Not sure if you could honestly improve much on the quality the Sigma 35mm delivers, honestly. Extremely sharp across the frame, stunning quality all around. However, They can surpass them in build, color rendition and AF of course...

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II to Finally Arrive? [CR1]
« on: December 10, 2013, 07:13:40 PM »
I expect prices on the 35L II to be around 40% more than the current, which would put it around $1900-2100 given the trends of all the other "Mark II" versions.

I don't think I will jump on this right away, even though I have been waiting for it. The current 35L I own is excellent, but I do expect the 35L II to be quite a bit improved in some aspects. The price will just suck.

I will wait for rebates before I bite... Given the 24-70 II and 70-200 II dip to $1700 prices, I would wait until I could snag the 35L II for $1400-1500 before I do buy it.

This is all speculation of course, though!  ;D

On the other side, "What If..." Canon surprised us with a 35mm f/1.2L.. If they could sell it at that $2000-2100 price range, I think people would have less of a problem for the increase in aperture. It would at least help justify it a bit more... As long as it performed very well, I think people would be a bit more happy with it at that cost.

Lenses / Re: Lens Squeak - 24-70 2.8 USM II - Is this Normal?
« on: November 26, 2013, 10:31:32 PM »
Nope, I have been using the stuff for years. It absolutely does not feel greasy one bit, nor does it attract dust or cause any other issues. Again, I just lightly mist a microfiber and wipe down everything. It does not get "wet" or anything. It acts as a very mild cleaner/protectant, and has been my go-to product for choice as it is safe on almost all rubber/plastic surfaces.

It is NOT the protectant product they sell, but the interior cleaner. Here is a link to the one I am talking about on Amazon:


Lenses / Re: Lens Squeak - 24-70 2.8 USM II - Is this Normal?
« on: November 26, 2013, 10:06:55 PM »
Normal. Mine does it too. I figured it was the dust/weather sealing in the lens because if I wipe down the extending barrel with my cleaner I use for all my gear, it goes away for months. When it comes back, another wipe down and it goes away again. Makes sense, as it probably acts as a weak lubricant of sorts on the seals.

To me, it sounded like a gasket/seal... So hearing Canon confirm that makes perfect sense. Again, once I wipe down the barrel, the sound goes away completely. Try doing the same?

I use Meguiars interior protectant for all my camera cleaning (external). Good for light rubber/plastic cleaning and without being greasy. I spray it on a microfiber very lightly and wipe down my equipment.

Lenses / Re: Same ole, same ole' Filters vs no filters...
« on: November 12, 2013, 01:53:05 AM »
I have done many side-by-side sharpness tests with my Hoya HD filters and have yet to see any difference... From telephotos to UWA lenses, even at 200% magnification I can not see a difference.

Using cheap filters? Sure you will see some IQ loss. But using high end filters should eliminate that problem. I use them for ease of cleaning only, and while I have gone through periods of taking them all off and all that, I never saw any difference.

My testing when I did side-by-side images included a tripod, remote shutter, mirror-lockup, etc... Target was usually something with high levels of detail such as minty dollar bills, distant subjects and a variety of conditions such as back-lit trees.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Boo Amazon!!!
« on: September 11, 2013, 03:59:23 PM »
It would SUCK if Amazon start charging tax in Ohio... The county where I currently live is at 8% right now, its ridiculous.

I have owned a 24-105 for two or three years straight prior to upgrading to the 24-70 II.

1.) Makes no real sense to have both... Unless you need IS for video and whatever. It will just collect dust.

2.) Not at all... The 24-70 II is a much superior lens. The 24-70 II is sharper at the edges/corners wide open then the 24-105 stopped down to f/8. It has considerably more sharpness.

The 24-70 II is a stunning lens... The IQ is incredible. Wide open at 70mm, it even surpasses the IQ of the 70-200 II (two different copies I compared against). And you know how highly regarded that lens is...

I did not miss the 24-105 one bit though... What is the 24-105???  ;D

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