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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

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d MkIII reliability
« on: September 04, 2013, 08:29:31 PM »
I have had my 5D3 since the release and currently have around 70,000 actuations on it.

No failure at all... But with check/cleans they have done repairs... Replaced mirror box assembly, adjusted AF sensor positioning and replaced some other internal foam pieces and electrical cables.

As far as water damage, I have used it in snow/rain and my very sweaty hands with no problems. Only the grip material started to peel, so I glued it back on.

Lenses / Re: De-centered 17-40L - worth repairing?
« on: September 03, 2013, 09:16:04 PM »
If it is real bad I am sure they can correct it.

I had a 17-40 I got refurbished that was decentered on the right side... Sent to them twice and they could not correct it, even when I send with examples and all that. It was fine at 17mm, bad at 40mm.

Returned it and got a brand new one that was perfect on both sides. So I am happy now.

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.

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