I'm very sorry to hear this! They are in my prayers...
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Issues have been reported with ability to download lens information from Canons servers.
Has anyone successfully done this? Lots of users were having issues yesterday, so I did not download it. It might have just been a Canon server was down.
"Hand holdable"? I bet hand holding these babies gets old real quick Even if lighter than the previous generation, they're still heavy. I have the old 400/2.8 IS and it sees much less use than I'd like to because it's difficult to carry around (and transport on airplanes). Granted, it's a bit heavier than the newer ones, but still, unless you have an assistant carrying gear for you, don't count on taking the superteles too far from the car. That's why I'm seriously looking forward to a 400/5.6 IS, if it ever gets released.
Agree on this one. That's why after much consideration I'll go with 300/2.8+1.4TC
I guess the handholdable bit depends rather on the individual
It's good to have a goal.
Thanks all. I will first try to order another card maybe two 16gb or just one 32gb class 10 extreme from SanDisk.
Also, I will search for a tutorial on how to change VBR in ML.
I have a neutral density filter from ProMaster. The first time I put it on a lens, the EF 24-70 f/2.8, was at a beach on a day that was windy and cold. After using it for an hour or so, I could not get it off the lens. When I got back home, I tried to get it off again with no luck. The following day I decided to take it to the store where I had bought both the filter and lens. Before I left, I tried to remove the filter again, and it came off easily.
I think it was a temperature effect. The lens/filter had been room temperature when I put the filter on. The lens/filter cooled down at the beach and the metal on lens must have contracted more than the metal on the filter.
One reason why I prefer B+W over Hoya (rebranded or not) is that a filter is more than just glass. B+W uses brass for the mounting rings, others use aluminum. Brass has a lower coefficient of thermal expansion than aluminum, meaning less chance of the threads binding.
Even so, a set of filter wrenches (~$5) is a good idea.