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I did some comparisons myself between the 24-70 II and the 70-200 II at 70mm using a high detailed target and compared the IQ between them on my 5D3...

Just like the Canon MTF charts confirm, the 24-70 II is sharper at 70mm... While close, there is just a higher level of detail compared to the 70-200 II, which is already very good.

Lenses / Re: 200 f2.0 first dissapointed customer ever?
« on: September 02, 2013, 06:36:02 PM »
I don't see the big problem here.

If you bought it NEW, simply return it and get another that works properly. It could be possible the lens was damaged in transit once it left the factory. Once it leaves there, nobody checks it until you put it on the camera. If you bought from a good retailer, an exchange should not be a problem.

If you bought it used, you should have found these faults when you got it and arranged a return.

If you can't do the either above, send to Canon and let them fix it. Most likely it is simple for them to correct (probably replace the lens PCB board and your focusing issues are fixed).

Just do what you have to do. I have terrible luck with high end lenses as well, but it is because we want perfection when we spend what we do on them. So little issues like gritty focus rings are simply not acceptable when you spend $6000 on a lens. I completely agree with you.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why you shouldn't be worried about DR
« on: August 30, 2013, 11:28:07 AM »
I don't think DR is as crazy important as people make it out to be. Photographers have been making epic images for many years now with the "limited DR" of the Canon system and Nikon previous to the D800. Honestly, I find the D800 images looking a bit "flat" compared to the 5D3 because of the extra DR.

I don't care one bit, honestly. I would take higher ISO ability over DR, and the 5D3 wins against the D800. All they need to correct is the low ISO banding in shadows and I would be perfectly happy with the DR we have.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: August 29, 2013, 07:41:15 PM »
I got my 24-70 II around the time they came out and never had any issue with zoom ring clicking. It sometimes is faintly "squeaky" but that is just due to the seals inside the barrel for sealing (I know this because after I wipe down the barrel extension when I clean the lens, it goes completely away for weeks).

Lens works perfectly and I am very happy with it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D sensor problem?
« on: August 22, 2013, 09:40:00 AM »
There is no problem. Even the modern 5D3 will do the same if you take a picture of the back of the lens cap and push it 10 stops in post.

If it looks fine with normal pictures, it is fine.

Lenses / Re: 24-105L IS Manual Focus Ring Slipping
« on: August 19, 2013, 03:04:14 PM »
If your in LA, it should only be a day or two to to the Irving facility in CA. So if you send it out on Monday, it should arrive there on Tuesday or Wednesday. You may have it back by Friday or Monday of the next week. It should not take long at all.

Lenses / Re: 24-105L IS Manual Focus Ring Slipping
« on: August 19, 2013, 01:28:24 PM »
Had this issue with my 70-200 II just recently. Canon fixed it for me.

Generally it is something with tightening a clutch mechanism on the USM. Canon replaced a main barrel assembly on my 70-200 II, but that may have been for another reason, not sure. Either way, it came back fixed.

Mine would slip and not turn all together when the lens was pointed upward. It would turn fine one way but slip the other way and sometimes even stop completely. I guess it is somewhat common with the 70-200's from the research I have done.

If under warranty, I would just send to Canon for repair. They will get it fixed for you and also clean and calibrate the lens for you. It may come back even better than it already is (happened with me and my 24-105L... they would fix zoom creep, calibrate and come back sharper than before).

Not sure where you are located, but generally Canon repairs lenses in 1-3 days, not including transit time.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Medium Format Talk
« on: August 19, 2013, 01:13:53 PM »
I think if Canon prices and specs the camera well enough this could be very interesting.

Just imagine if Canon releases a system with a zoom or two and two or three prime lenses... Two bodies, one for a pro-sumer and the other aimed at high end professional. The low end one, priced at $5000-7500 with a solid AF system, LCD, maybe 50MP, etc...

The high end could be priced at $12,500 or so and include all the bells and whistles... 150MP, wireless transmitter built in for flashes, wifi for studio use, HDMI, etc... Ultimate studio camera.

The lenses, maybe offer something equivalent to the EF 24-70 and 70-200 as far as zooms go. Then offer equiv. 35, 85 and 135 prime options. Lenses at $2500-4500 each price wise...

This would make a system 'in reach' for somebody who can offset the costs of switching by selling off their EF lenses and EF bodies.

If priced way too high, I don't see it being that worthwhile for Canon. I know the sensors will be pricey, but it still should be somewhat affordable. I would seriously consider switching to a two lens, MF setup IF the price was right (and feature set on the limited prosumer body).

I am just dreaming here, but imagine that IQ from a MF, high MP sensor... Would be stunning... Especially if they can give in some serious ISO range (100-51,200 native, ISO 50 and 102,400 and 204,800 pushed).

If they can do that with a nice updated sensor that rivals what the D800 can do, people will eat it up.

Just thinking out loud here though.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What is 20,000 shutter clicks worth?
« on: August 12, 2013, 11:36:02 PM »
Not sure why people worry so much about shutter failure... They can fail at ANY time. The one you got with 30K may last to 300K no problem, if not longer. If you return and get another with 5K, it may fail at 10K... It is a roll of the dice.

My 5D3 has 60K on it right, going strong. It has its routine check-ups with Canon twice a year...  I don't worry about it failing at all. It IS rated up to 150K but I know it can fail now, at 150K or at 300K (or more).

Shutter replacement is what, $250-300 and your camera is brand new again... Not that significant, considering the camera cost me $3500. I think of it as routine maintenance, like a car battery!  :o  ;D

I would buy a high shutter count camera without thinking twice, as long as it was taken care of along the way...

If you want figures though... Let's assume on the high side, the camera shutter is $400... (I believe it is $250-300 though). Your 1D IV has a rated shutter life of 300,000...

The 7500 you were told it would have would roughly be $10 of 'usage'... The 27,000 would be $36 of 'usage'.

So if you really want to worry about $26 of shutter usage cost...  ;)   

Your "estimate" of a $300 refund is just insane and a rip-off to the seller. Considering its only $26 of usage... Just forget about it and enjoy the camera.

Can't stand the soft photos that come out of the pure RAW file from any camera... 7D, 5D3, etc... Regardless of how amazing the lens may be (85L, 135L, 70-200 II, 24-70 II, etc...)

Like somebody said above, there are filters in front of the image sensor that blur the image to reduce moire. So naturally your image is softened before it even reaches the sensor. It reduces the resolution. You have to sharpen to bring back how sharp it should have been!  ;D

I always sharpen and do minimal NR.

Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:31:46 AM »
I practically live in AV mode... I only use M when needed, and it is quite rare.

Try using manual mode during a live performance with constantly changing back and front lights, considerably changing the exposure. Your manual mode would be dead in the water. By the time you changed settings the light would change again.  AV + exposure compensation and I am good to go. I can look at most scenes and have an idea what EV I will need prior to me taking the shot. I generally nail my exposures.

I hate "M-mode" snobs...

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 29, 2013, 06:58:19 PM »
That will be one very hefty beast, I would imagine!

Either way, Sigma is doing such a great job at being innovative beyond what the large companies are doing and being successful at it. Good for them!

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Annoyances
« on: July 29, 2013, 12:39:07 PM »
My biggest peeve of the EOS-M is the damn touch-shutter button. This option should really be enabled in menu only, not on the main screen. I constantly have to turn it off because it always ends up on, taking random pictures. The only work-around is hitting the info button until no information is displayed on the rear screen. I just use that now to avoid that issue.

That is my only problem, though. All else is great with the camera.

My 24-70 II needs -3W and +1T.

My previous copy needed -2W and +1T (I returned due to decentered element).

Lenses / Re: Is the 16-35 L II worth its price?
« on: June 06, 2013, 06:45:21 PM »
I have a hard time when I think of buying this lens because the 17-40 is half the price and the same IQ/build... Just with f/4 vs. f/2.8... For an UWA, I stop them down anyway, so the f/2.8 although nice at times, is not worth double the price to me.

I really love the 17-40 though.

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