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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!

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.

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