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Lenses / Dropped my 70-200L F4 onto the carpet from my bag. Advice.
« on: December 28, 2012, 11:25:29 PM »
While under the ravages of the flu, I dropped my 70-200L F4 onto the carpet from my bag. I guess it dropped about 4 feet. What tests do you recommend to make sure it is still functional? If the lens is broken (hopefully not), what are my options? The lens is just over a year old. 

I love it very much and feeling bummed out (the flu does not help matters; I am freezing cold and feel completely out of it which is why I dropped it).

Thanks for any advice.


Canon General / Recommended photography books
« on: December 06, 2012, 10:38:16 PM »
I am an avid reader and I was just wondering which books you have read that helped you further your understanding of photography, whether from a technical or a compositional angle.

Myself, I recently discovered John Szarkowski's "The Photographer's Eye" and I have been studying it slowly. This got me to thinking that there must be other great books which I have not yet discovered. I also like Edward Hopper's paintings very much and I saw its application to photography as a higher art form not realizing of course that this is a well trodden road. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Hyperfocal distance
« on: April 09, 2012, 07:46:02 AM »
This may sound like an odd question but it is one that has bugged me for some time. Here is an example scenario.

Using a 5d2 and a 24-105L lens, I want to use the hyperfocal distance for 35mm at f/8. I know that it is approximately 17 feet.

So it seems to me that I have two choices.

1. Using the lens' distance markings I can manually set the focus distance to be 17 feet and take the picture. This is tricky because the markings are a little off but assume that I have set it accurately.

2. Using an object that I know is measured to be 17 feet from the lens I can use AF, focus on it and take the picture.

Should there be any difference in acceptable sharpness or is it the same thing? I guess the easiest way for me to tell is to test it out. I am just not very good at determining distance by eye so the AF approach runs the risk of mistake but at least I am guaranteed that there will be some plane of sharpness, even if I focus on an object not exactly at the hyperfocal distance.

EOS Bodies / 5d mark 3 in stock at downtown camera in Toronto
« on: March 28, 2012, 08:10:32 PM »
I picked up a cactus trigger on the weekend and I got to test shoot a 5d mark 3 at Downtown Camera in Toronto. Sorry, I forget the price but man does it have much quieter shutter than my 5d mark 2! Anyway, just thought I would mention it. I am not affiliated with this store in any way shape or form, although I do buy my equipment from them. I hope it is ok to mention this in the forums. Sorry, if it is not.

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