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Lenses / Re: 200 f2.0 first dissapointed customer ever?
« on: September 03, 2013, 09:14:59 AM »
All advice and comments are appreciated :)

I live in Norway so shipping with normal post-office mail isn't an option, they only insure up to 1500 usd. And with insurance and shipping for 6000 usd the price is 200.

I know the guy who sold it to me, and he's a great guy, so I think there is 100% chance this isn't caused by either of us, but something with the lens. The lens is only 10 months old.

And I don't think either of us have even used the focusing ring for any thing else than supporting the lens.

It's just very annoying that the sealing is rubbish on this one. I think it's useless that it could happen without even using it situations where it could be an issue with a non-sealed lens. I have pushed the limit with some of my other gear to see what it could take and they worked flawlessly no matter what. I expect this lens to do the same, that's all.

The AF issue is a "sh!t happens" thing, it could happen, I can accept that. But everybody here would be pretty upset to have it happen to a 6k lens within the first year.

I'll update the thread when I get some kind of feedback from the service place, could be useful for others if it is in fact gravel and it's not covered. That means you can't trust the sealing until the lens breaks and you get it fixed.

Thanks again :)

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M / Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Combo
« on: September 03, 2013, 05:11:47 AM »
I wish they add a little to their prices and have better AF. To me, a lens as sharp as anything is pretty worthless unless the AF can make that sharpness happen consistently. Almost all of my favorite shots of the kids are when they are running or otherwise moving quite a lot.

BUT, I love the turn Sigma have taken with all of their new lenses, they've released quite a few, consistently very high quality in (almost) all aspects, and I bet Nikon and Canon are scratching their heads and perhaps having a wtf-moment.. Love that. !

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Lenses / Re: 200 f2.0 first dissapointed customer ever?
« on: September 03, 2013, 03:31:05 AM »
Thanks for your replies everyone.  :)

I have bought it second hand, but the previous owner didn't use it and the "grinding" noise in the focusing ring wasn't there when i got it. But, I have by no means used it so this could happen, not even with an extending barrel non sealed lens, would this happen. I bought it to use it everywhere, but if it can't take a stroll in the city and the occasional playground it can't be sealed at all. I do not use any of my gear for anything else than as a hobby and for taking pictures of my kids, so if pro's can drop and bang them around and use them for all sorts of sandy sports, I just don't get it.

And the problem with simply "sending it in" is that if they say there is gravel, that is not warranty and could cost a fortune, meaning I can't afford to fix it. And another thing is how do I get it to the service place? it's a 6 hour drive one way, and to send it can't be done for less than 200 usd , also one way. Simply put , this would easily cost me a 35 L in a repair that NEVER should have been necessary if the lens did what it suppose to do.

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Lenses / Re: 200 f2.0 first dissapointed customer ever?
« on: September 02, 2013, 05:23:48 PM »


The AF should work on a 6000 dollar lens, not too much to ask I think.. But that is warranty for sure, it's the gravel and dust inside the lens that worries me, they could easily say it's my fault, although I know it absolutely isn't .

I agree entirely, and if it is warrantied then they definitely should look at it at their cost.  I'd eat the cost if it was out of warranty, but only then.

Jim

The lens was new in November last year ,and the first owner almost didn't use
It at all. He sold all his canon gear at the same time and wanting something small, Olympus stuff..

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Lenses / Re: 200 f2.0 first dissapointed customer ever?
« on: September 02, 2013, 05:21:34 PM »
When you called Canon, what did they say?

Sorry, I know you're frustrated, but $h!t happens.  Occasionally, a bad lens is shipped and someone gets unlucky.  Sometimes, a whole production run has a goof, and there's a service advisory (aka recall) - I still need to send my 1D X in for that, actually.

So...venting is good, but getting your problems fixed is better.

I sent my usual service place a very long email explaining in detail the issues, but it was after closing, so I hope they'll get back to me tomorrow .. I intend on sending it in, it's just VERY annoying I keep having problems with newish lenses. The most expensive gear I have the most issues with..

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Lenses / Re: 200 f2.0 first dissapointed customer ever?
« on: September 02, 2013, 05:09:14 PM »
I'll trade you my 300 f/4 for it.   ;D

Jim

Thanks for the offer , I'll seriously consider it. Suddenly I highly regret selling my 70-200 that actually worked.

So your lens for mine and about $4K or so?  I'd like one of them, but I don't want it that badly!   ;)  In your shoes I'd send it to Canon; For a lens worth that much a trip for repairs seems like a good investment.

Jim

The AF should work on a 6000 dollar lens, not too much to ask I think.. But that is warranty for sure, it's the gravel and dust inside the lens that worries me, they could easily say it's my fault, although I know it absolutely isn't .

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Lenses / Re: 200 f2.0 first dissapointed customer ever?
« on: September 02, 2013, 04:18:07 PM »
I'll trade you my 300 f/4 for it.   ;D

Jim

Thanks for the offer , I'll seriously consider it. Suddenly I highly regret selling my 70-200 that actually worked.

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Lenses / 200 f2.0 first dissapointed customer ever? *it's back!*
« on: September 02, 2013, 04:00:57 PM »
Hi guys!

This is an outlet of my frustration.

I bought the 200 f2.0 L a month or so ago and while it's CRAZY image quality, I'm very dissapointed.

The AF is highly inaccurate even with correct afma, it's just all over when tracking and the shots vary a lot in sharpness. FoCal couldn't even do a complete run without prompting me with a message telling me it can't focus, and even suggested the reason might be "a poor performing lens camera combo"

And a few days ago the final effing drop, the focusing ring sounds like it's sprinkled on the inside with gravel!! How??

I have owned almost every lens in the L-series and this is the very first
Time build quality have been an issue...

So I think it truly sucks plain and simple.

I once
Tried to break and scratch a defective 17-85 canon, and it I tried REALLY hard throwing it to the ground, but couldn't even scratch the front element and part
From already defective AF, it
Still shot like new...

Canon ? Wtf?!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX Issues after recall service!?!?!?
« on: September 02, 2013, 06:56:52 AM »
Yeah, that's not good.. Seems they spilled when filling up. Only one thing to do when it's all over. Send it back in.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 02, 2013, 06:35:27 AM »
American High School football with the 1dx and 300 2.8 IS

First shot - ISO 1600, 1/640, 2.8

The second shot was later in the game and the field lighting wasn't good for photography, so I set my ISO at 4000 to go along with 1/640th and 2.8.

I like posting these night/action images because they truly show the capabilities of the 1DX.  No other camera can compare in this situation other than the D4.

Nice shots! Which AF case do you prefer in these dark sports conditions?

Viggo...after experimenting with all the AF cases...I've decided to stick with AF case #1 most of the time, it seems to consistently be the best for me.

Thanks, appreciate that. I've been trying A LOT lately with the 200 f2 as it seems it need completely different setup than other lenses. The dof is, well, non existent so it has to be the right balance between "edgy and steady". Not the easiest.

And also, my sloppy technique that works at 200 f2.8 needs improvement at f2.0, that is certain. :D

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 02, 2013, 04:42:55 AM »
More Bears, Northern Islands Svalbard.

Shot from a Zodiac, 1Dx + 200-400f/4.

The last one there is gorgeous.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 02, 2013, 04:40:58 AM »
A windy day at the beach with my son today, couple of ducks got curious. Feel free to zoom in a little  ;)

Both shot at 200mm f2.0


Love your duck photos...nice sharpness.

Thanks a lot, yeah that lens is incredible. Here's the first shot at 100% crop.


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The question shouldn't be about the "1dx for books?", it should be "Where can I find a machine that flips through the pages at 12 pages pr second. ::) ::)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2013, 10:33:13 AM »
A windy day at the beach with my son today, couple of ducks got curious. Feel free to zoom in a little  ;)

Both shot at 200mm f2.0




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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2013, 10:31:04 AM »
Eml, I love your Svalbard shots, it's a couple of stone throws from my house, (well, almost) ANd I had a friend who lived there, but I never got around to take the trip, so I live through your pictures, just lovely stuff! I love that you squeez out so much color from a very white and bright place.

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