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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: October 08, 2012, 12:05:34 PM »

Software & Accessories / Re: Needing a primer on batteries
« on: October 08, 2012, 09:22:11 AM »
If you've got a $1,500-3,500 camera, why would you worry about trying to save $15-35 on a spare battery?   ???

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rented a D600
« on: October 07, 2012, 09:25:14 PM »
Hmm, I read the info. You used a graduate ND filter which in my opinion is THE DR tool (in cases where it can be applied of course). Before reading the details I thought that you had gotten this image straight from the camera! But still this does not change anything. Good practice (grad ND in your case) must always accompany good gear.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rented a D600
« on: October 07, 2012, 09:09:00 PM »

This is cheating! Did you get this nice place as a kit with your camera ?  :o

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
« on: October 07, 2012, 08:58:39 PM »
Very nice images. But hey! I remember you had mentioned you were thinking of a 500mm f/4L IS II. I guess that you got tired waiting.

6400 ISO looks fantastic. I have ordered a 5DMkIII (The maximum I can afford) and I hope it will come a very close second best at 6400 ISO.


Lenses / Re: What lenses do you own?
« on: October 07, 2012, 03:44:46 PM »
Currently I am wondering if I should get the EF 17-40 or EF 16-35 or wait for a new version...
Your 10-22 is a very good one (I had it until it was stolen). True it is not FF but I guess we are after quality so...
Instead you could save for a TS-E 17mm L.
In contrast A FF 17-70 or a 16-35 II is a minor upgrade to an existing 10-22 (if it is an upgrade at all).

Just my opinion...

EOS Bodies / Re: Looks like the 6D may not be so bad after all
« on: October 05, 2012, 09:46:02 PM »
I'm calling it crap (yes I know it hasn't been released yet and I don't care).
Now all of you Canon fanboys are welcome to flame me but you are not helping yourself or Canon by defending their arrogance. You should be fanning your flames toward Canon and perhaps they will get the message that we aren't going to stand for this anymore. I love my Canon gear but enough is enough.
I wouldn't flame you. I have a 5DII and I have already called 6D a joke camera.

Lenses / Re: List of rumored lenses
« on: October 05, 2012, 09:38:33 PM »
Now, my version 1 Canon EF50mm 1.8 still works!
Finally someone else who still has a 50 f1.8 mk1!  I originally bought mine when the EOS 1 was launched back in 1989 (?)  :o
Don't you long for the days when the lenses were so much cheaper? I had gotten the EF28mm f/2.8 for around 100$ new. Now they had to do something to get money even from these lenses. They put IS on 24 and 28 and raised the price insanely as if they aren't just 2.8 lenses...

Weather resistant never meant water proof...
But my Rebel T1i has been through rain, wet snow and used while in rivers and canyoning, still runs like it should for three years. Wish I had a MkIII to trash... :-\
What lenses had you used?

This is bad news. I am sorry to hear it. You will have to send it to Canon after all.  :(

I am waiting for an ordered 5DIII and I hoped it would be as weather resistant as 7D is rumored to be.

Canon General / Re: Why you should take your camera to family Weddings
« on: October 03, 2012, 10:52:51 AM »
I use three 32Gb Sandisk Extreme cards with my 5DMkII. I shoot only in Raw (max resolution) and each card holds more than 1000 pictures. One card is permanently on a Sandisk keychain it came with. That key chain is attached to my car keychain which is at my pocket. And ... I am an amateur! So this is not acceptable for a professional. Unless he found an excuse...

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MKII Used?
« on: October 02, 2012, 03:37:17 PM »
In my opinion, to pay $1400 for a 5D Mark II with 43,000 actuations is a bit high. You can get one now brand new with zero actuations for $1799, and my guess is that the price drop and the move to clear out inventories of the 5D Mark II will markedly affect the Ebay price soon, and quite possibly make used 5D Mark II's with just a few thousand actuations available for the price you are considering. Even though the camera is built to live considerably longer than it has thus far, forty three thousand actuations is quite a bit more than a mere test drive. I think that seller is going to soon have trouble moving the camera because there'll be so many others available at nearly the same price but a fraction of the actuations.
+1 Exactly! 1800 new is much better value for money. Or a cheaper than $1400 used one...

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MKII Used?
« on: October 02, 2012, 11:50:11 AM »
What's a fair going price for it these days? Looking to close a deal on a 5D MKII $1400 with 43k actuation. Is there a lot of life left on it? Thanks. I'm hoping it's still a solid camera as the MK III is too rich and 6D is somewhat of a rip off. Thanks.
Right now it's 1800 new (400$ instant rebate) at B&H (and I guess at other shops as well)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 + 70-200 IS II Stabilization issue
« on: October 01, 2012, 07:08:59 PM »
Typically when you get random jumps it is usually the IS in the lens that is going bad.  the same thing happened to my old 17-55 IS.   The IS in the 70-200 II is known for making awful grinding noises sometimes when it starts and stopps, maybe it is more prone to failure than in other lenses?

Sorry, been away from the computer.

The lens works perfectly fine with my 5D and my previous 5D MK II. No grinding noise and perfect IS function.
I got the lens last year (2011) in August. Submitted a report to Canon and they didn't really give me any information that I didn't already try to guess.

For the most part is works fine and stabilizes normally but once in a while it will jump, very very weird. Hate doubting my equipment especially when I'm trying to shoot a dark reception at a wedding.

Thanks for the responses, keep them coming.

Can you please tell the product code (form: XXnnnn) or if there isn't one (like in some 70-200 2.8L IS II lenses).
I worry too because I have this lens and plan to upgrade to 5D3.

So as I thought, The lens doesn't have a date code. The serial starts with 6920 and was purchased in august 2011.
I'm not sure if I'm noticing the IS issue with my 5D I because the mirror black out is long and the framerate is much slower I can't capture the shots inbetween the frame returning to center. The problem isn't happening often anymore with the 5D3 and so I'm just gunna live with it. I'm starting to suspect the lens itself but I couldn't say whether it is or isn't yet.

My 70-200 II starts from 7560 (bought December 2011). I will see how it behaves when I get my 5DIII.

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