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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
« on: January 24, 2013, 06:19:47 PM »
A small update so far.

No, the seller wouldn't take it back. I have his adress, phone number , name of parents etc so I have a few more cards to play if it doesn't work out ::) No, I will not accept a $2000 paperweight.

The lens is still under warranty so I have shipped it to Canon, arrived there today, so within the end of next week I will probably know what the damage is. The seller said he would split the bill if the fix isn't covered by the warranty after all, I however thinks he will pay the whole bill.

I went to my local shop and tried two other copies of the lens and they were both SERIOUSLY nice and VERY equal, so when it works I think I'm going to use it a lot.

On a side note I shipped away my 85 L today for the third time in 6 years. I  miss it already... ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware Specifcations
« on: January 22, 2013, 04:07:25 PM »
When can we DL?

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Lenses / Re: 135L vs 85L vs 70-200L II
« on: January 21, 2013, 03:56:19 AM »
I've had them all several times, and it comes down to one thing, what you shoot.

For when my kids were tiny and just layed there the 85 is true MAGIC, nothing comes close. But then they start to move a little bit and the slow 85-AF makes you want to throw it to the wall.

The 135 is creeamy and sharp even wide open, discreet and light. But for me I found that when I was in a situation where it wasn't too long, it was just to short.

The 70-200 have almost everything, blistering AF, with crazy accuracy, the HIGHLY useful (fullframe) focal length and fantastic IQ. The downsides is that it is a beast, heavy and long and forget discreet. But for me that haven't used zooms for years and years, I see now that I crop A LOT because I can't change focal. The 70-200 isn't as long and useless as one might think, it's actually a great indoor focal length for kids ( as they aren't 180cm).

If I could have whatever I want in the lens world, I would absolutely keep the 85 also, the 135 I find is in between what I want, always, so not for me. and the 70-200 is, now once again, a given and most used lens.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
« on: January 21, 2013, 02:47:31 AM »
Yeah, tried it first at 0 and it's sometimes a tiny high pitched squeak from the AF. Like it needs lube. IS on or off does not affect this. There's absolutely no sign of it being dropped, but that doesn't rule it out.

Thanks for the replies! Not quite sure what to so at this point, the seller wouldn't return it as he had already spent the money on a prostitute or some cr@p...

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
« on: January 20, 2013, 10:58:56 AM »
@ Viggo - Unfortunately, it seems you may have gotten a dud. You say you bought this copy used, I wonder if the seller fully disclosed the motive behind sale?

Thanks! That is really what I wanted to hear also. I remember this lens as an absolute killer, but both CA and contrast and sharpness is only good at 70mm and useless at 200mm, so I rather it be a dud than me remeber too great things about it.

I've asked him if he would take it back, awaiting reply. But yeah, even though it looked as new, it must be a reason he sold it... I´ve never gotten a bad copy, at least not to this extent before, bummer...

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
« on: January 20, 2013, 10:26:06 AM »
I got my 70-200 (bought used) the other day, and I'm really dissapointed. I have had this lens before and it was epic from start to finish, but this copy is nothing that compares to sharp. It is Reikan Focal adjusted to -8 at 200mm and -1 at 70mm, but even with LV it isn't sharp at 200mm. Does anyone else see or have seen this? Is it just my first copy that was insanely sharp or is this a dud? The first one I had I couldn't say it was less sharp than my 300mm f2.8 L IS (mk1) but this is worse than my 70-200 non-IS.



Top image is at 200mm lower is at 135mm. Please forgive the underexposure and noise, I was pi$$ed off and just shot a very repeatable and comparable shot. No NR, small amount of sharpening, same on both.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: January 17, 2013, 12:38:46 PM »
Anyone still experience large sample-variation with the 24-70 mk2? I'll be getting one very soon, and wonder if it's still a need to buy three and keep the sharpest, or if if the differences are neglible?

I tried two copies from Crutchfield, Reikan FoCal showed 990ish in sharpness @ f2.8. Both copies were from 1st patch.

Nice, thanks for the input, then I know what numbers to look for also.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: January 17, 2013, 07:28:06 AM »
Anyone still experience large sample-variation with the 24-70 mk2? I'll be getting one very soon, and wonder if it's still a need to buy three and keep the sharpest, or if if the differences are neglible?

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
« on: January 16, 2013, 10:16:50 AM »
Do you care about IQ?
70-200 II is not able to replace 85/135/200Ls in many situations...

IQ?  The 70-200 II is equal to or better than most of the primes in it's focal range in terms of IQ - basically, the differences are so minor as to be marginal in rigorous testing (charts/Imatest) and practically irrelevant in real-world shots.  The reason for the fast primes used to be IQ, shallower DoF, more light, and smaller/lighter (for a single lens, not the set).  At this point, for all practical purposes, it's down to shallower DoF, more light (debatable with a newer FF body and the excellent high-ISO performance) and smaller/lighter.

Which is exactly my reasons for getting primes in the first place, but now I see the 24-70 and the 70-200 mk2's and to ME the incredible AF-speed of the zooms along with equal or better IQ, I'm getting rid of some primes. I'm keeping the 35 and 50 as the shallow dof favorites and getting the 24-70 instead of my 24 f1.4.

As always the 85 L is incredible! but what good does that do when the AF just can't cope with tiny rapid movements or my kids walking across the floor, to get sharp images I need to get more dof, stop it down to 2,8 helps, why not then use a 70-200 instead.

The only reason for fast primes for me now is shallow dof. I get MUCH better indoor images at iso 400 and flash to the roof than with 1,4 and iso 6400....

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
« on: January 16, 2013, 04:08:31 AM »
Once again I have decided to sell the 85 L to buy a 70-200, 5th time now I think ;D

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Thanks for posting. I'm a bit surprised, checked the results over at TDP also, and looks like it is like this. Dissapointing.

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Canon General / Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« on: January 06, 2013, 03:38:12 AM »
Well of course the mk2 is wayway better in every aspect and not just a tad. But if you're like me it's a lens I hardly ever used and therefor completely stupid to pay that price for.. However I just the other day picked up a 70-200 2.8 non-is for $350 and then it suddenly is a super bargain an totally worth to own, even if I use it no more than twice a year..

Never missed the mk1 or the mk2 when I sold them..

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Lenses / Re: Oops, did it again !
« on: January 04, 2013, 04:36:35 PM »
Well, it's not exactly the same, but I had decided I wouldn't buy another lens for quite some time, but saw a a 70-200 f2.8 L for $360 and just bought it, who would pass? ;D

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Lenses / Re: Making the most out of a 50 1.2?
« on: December 28, 2012, 02:44:56 AM »
Yes, but how sharp 'p your 2470@ 1.2? ;D

And actually, the sharpest aperture of the 50 L is around 5.0-5.6.

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Lenses / Re: Making the most out of a 50 1.2?
« on: December 24, 2012, 05:57:48 PM »
To really make it useful, forget about every bad thing you've heard and shoot like any other lens. Yes it is pretty soft if you use it closer than 1 meter from subject, but I don't care, because the look and feel of closeup portraits for example is simply fantastic. Enjoy and congrats!

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