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Lenses / Re: EF 200mm f2 , how much do you use it and for what?
« on: August 07, 2013, 05:07:18 AM »
Anyone here selling a used, mint 200 f2? PM me.

In the Netherlands they are selling, don't know where you are though...

http://link.marktplaats.nl/702492857

Thanks man, it's a great price, unfortunately I live in Norway so I have to add 25% tax, so it totals about 600 eur more than the last used one here. But I'll def think about that one.

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Lenses / Re: EF 200mm f2 , how much do you use it and for what?
« on: August 07, 2013, 04:21:26 AM »
Anyone here selling a used, mint 200 f2? PM me.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II cracked focusing ring. **DIY FIXED**
« on: August 07, 2013, 01:55:04 AM »
I'm glad you got it replaced.  As you found out, its just a big rubber band, nothing technical about replacing it, and certainly no need to glue it or do some other fix.

Absolutely! It's like the first sensor clean I guess, it's not the favorite thing to try, but it's no problem at all...

Does anyone know if someone makes these rings in different colors? Red rings would have been cool :D

I'm glad to read this thread; it sounds like a 'good news story' (even though it started off with a cracked focus ring). I had no idea that the focus rings were like rubber bands, and so easy to remove and install a new one. Well done Viggo with the effort and also good quality photos of the process.

Hopefully your new focus ring will last a lifetime... and it's good you have a spare (zoom) ring too! Did you have to cut through the old (cracked) focus ring, or could you ply something suitable underneath to get a hold of it and then pull it off?

I've done image sensor cleaning (both the rocket hand blower and the wet method) a few times.... it was nerve-racking 1st time, but fine from then on.

Paul

Thanks! No, no tools needed, I just pinched it stretched it out and it came off easy.

The pictures of my hands are done but my girlfriend, and tr others I shot, all with a 5d2, 580 !! And the 100 L. Always loved the IQ from a 5d2 with flash.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II cracked focusing ring. **DIY FIXED**
« on: August 06, 2013, 04:39:17 PM »
I'm glad you got it replaced.  As you found out, its just a big rubber band, nothing technical about replacing it, and certainly no need to glue it or do some other fix.

Absolutely! It's like the first sensor clean I guess, it's not the favorite thing to try, but it's no problem at all...

Does anyone know if someone makes these rings in different colors? Red rings would have been cool :D

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II cracked focusing ring. *DIY FIXED* *Pictures*
« on: August 06, 2013, 03:55:27 PM »
Got the focusing ring in the mail today, it was backordered for sometime. I guess they didn't expect them to break already, lol. The rep told my the warranty will NOT be void if I change it myself, so I had a go at it. Ps, they also sent me the zoom-rubber ring in the same package, nice to have a backup. Anyway, it took about 2 minutes, including pictures.










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Canon General / Re: You know, sometimes, when one is tired...
« on: August 05, 2013, 06:32:13 AM »
Way back in the days I used to shoot droplet-shots in the kitchen sink, on a monopod, suddenly got a good one, and placed my camera on the monopod and ran for the computer to check it out, I heard a slow scraping noise as the monopod hit my kitchenbench and slided off to the floor, I grabbed 10 cm from the floor, lucky reaction...

I also once or twice left my Black Rapid strap at home, resulting in a walkabout with the 1dx+70-200 in my hand only.

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Lighting / Re: Light Meter Help
« on: August 05, 2013, 04:14:12 AM »
If you're using it with flash outside, I find the Sekonic to meter 1 to 1,5 stops too low, always. VERY annoying and kind of make the point of it go away. I have learned to just set my camera a stop faster to compensate. But I would have preferred it to just work. Haven't tried any other types, but I have tried two of the Sekonic (308) and they did the same thing.

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Lenses / Re: EF 200mm f2 , how much do you use it and for what?
« on: August 03, 2013, 04:07:17 AM »
Thanks a lot for the inputs. I had the 300 f2.8 but whilst I loved the IQ , it was indeed too long for me and ended up
Not being used. I'm a sucker for shallow dof and AF in combination. The 85 doesn't work for me and it lacks that amazing sharpness wide open, and it's fully understandable at f1.2. The 135 is neither here nor there for me and that focal works best for me with the 70-200 and IS. And that leaves me with my dream lens, the 200 f2.

I'm glad to see you're all very happy with it, and I think I will be also. I've seen many galleries with several of the superteles and the 70-200, and I can in 85-95% of the cases see when it's the f2, but harder to tell a 70-200, 300 and 400 apart, which tells me I'm on the right path.

My primes are gone so the money is there, can't wait to own this beast.

I saw a very cool nick for it, "Sauron", I thought that was pretty funny :D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Super fast exposure time - BBC News
« on: August 02, 2013, 03:58:22 PM »
Sorry, but how is this news ? I saw a video like
This on YouTube a loong time ago..

Still pretty awesome though!

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Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: August 02, 2013, 02:42:39 AM »
...I kinda go with what I heard Syl Arena say, that he only uses ETTL when the distance between the lens and the subject are moving....

With all due respect to Syl Arena, Joe McNally, Strobist and all the other advocates of manual flash, they have thousands upon thousands of hours of experience working with strobes and know them inside and out. While it's a good exercise to try to learn manual controls, to me it's a little like the original topic of this thread: if a tool is available that makes your life easier, why not use it?

If I live long enough, I may someday have enough experience to confidently set my speedlights on full manual. But, in the meantime, I figure I paid for Canon's top line strobes so I might as well take advantage of the technology they offer.  As so many others have said about the original topic of this thread: it's about the results, not about how you got there.
Bravo.  I don't think I'll ever have enough time to confidently and efficiently set up stobes in manual mode.  I'm sure I could figure it out using tables, trial-and-error and other methods, but I don't do it every day (nor do I think I ever will), so there is no advantage to manual flash when I can just set up camera in manual mode, and play around with ISO, shutter speed and FEC and get similar results in about the same (or less) amount of time.

How about a lightmeter?

Instead of shooting a lot to try to get the flash to fire the way I want, I simply use a lightmeter, set the flash, turn it off, do the next one and turn all of them on, it's done within three minutes, and then I can shoot and move, and no matter if I move so that I have the flash directly to the camera or hidden I ALWALYS know I have the exact same light hitting the subject. That's why I always use manual flash. I have shot with ETTL and found it very frustrating that I had to stand in the same place or the exposure would change, for example having a flash towards the camera suddenly everything is three stops under.


Manual flash sounds difficult, while it's really the opposite.

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Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 30, 2013, 02:48:13 PM »
First off, I'm glad you only get annoyed over important things ::)

I don't shoot manual, except with flash, because that would simply cause a lot of wrongly exposed shots for me. Why on earth would I for example limit my shutter to 1/500s (In M) if the light suddenly changes and I could have 1/4000s? A conert for example, would you rather shoot 1000 images at 1/250s and hope, or would you like to have those explosive images where all the light go boom and the artist jumps perfectly frozen?

The way I shoot is always in Av and auto-iso and I set my shutterspeed range. Out with the kids, aperture set for dof, usually wide open. Auto-iso between two values I'm comfortable with and limit my lower shutter to 1/1000s or 1/2000s.

That way I always have perfectly exposed images, without motion blur, in the shadow, in a playhouse and out in the sun, all in the same 12 fps burst, try to dial that fast in M.... I also have shot so much with the 1dX it's very easy to know when to turn the right thumb a little for a little EC. (My cam is set to have 0 EV to +5/8)

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Lenses / Re: Buy 50mm f1.2L now or wait for the II?
« on: July 29, 2013, 09:10:34 AM »
Now there are people suggesting to get the FF body first. Believe me I have considered that many many times but I still believe investing in a good lens first is the wiser options. My EF lens is only the 50 f1.8 and 85 f1.8. My tammy 17-50 is an efs lens so it'll be not usable.
After browsing so many reviews on the net, I found this link and it made me think http://blog.kareldonk.com/canon-ef-50mm-f12-l-defective-by-design/ , let's wait for the II version to come out! To spend a large amount of money only to be disappointed is not acceptable. I'm not going for other L lens yet at the moment as my lens roadmap is to go with the L primes only.
85mm f1.2 is next in line, and so is the 135mm f2. The L zoom lens that I may consider is 17-40 f4 for travel, landscape and 70-200 IS II for wedding candid in a large hall).
Perhaps this 50mm f1.2 can be put on hold much longer until the ver II comes out.

The L primes-only roadmap used to get you the best IQ, but that was before the 24-70 II.  The 24-70 II isn't perfect but it is a match against the 24L II and is better than the 35L (and is as good as the Sigma 35) and is a much better 50mm than any EF 50mm prime.  The colors and rendering are prime-like.  It does have more vignetting at f/2.8 than the primes (especially at 24mm), but for most, it is a trade worth making.  The primes will give you better low light performance, but is that worth spending 1k or more to upgrade the performance of your 50 and/or 85 or would it make sense to spend that money elsewhere?

I'm bringing this up not because I think you should go zoom over primes, but to give you food for thought.  It is better to think about these trades now before you start committing youself to some pretty expensive gear.

I'll join with you on that one. Sold off my 24L II, 35 L and 50 L once I got the 24-70, and you don't get a much bigger prime-nerd than me. It's THAT awesome. And at 50mm you have almost no vignetting with the 2470 II. The color and contrast are better than the 50 L.

I currently own just the 24-70 and 70-200 and I gotta say, with the ISO performance of the 1d X and the AF speed and corner-sharpness of those two zooms, I'm getting much better images and MUCH higher keeper rate and in focus images in any situation. I haven't missed one of my primes once, not once...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My dead 5D Mark III Story
« on: July 29, 2013, 09:04:35 AM »
I moved to Canon from Nikon in early 2012. I have shot exactly 50 weddings plus assorted other shoots over the last year an 1/2 with my pair of 5DIII's. The very first wedding it was raining all day. Most weddings are dry but I have had many weddings on hot days including an all outdoor weddings at 110 degrees. Talk about a lot of sweat! Never had any problem with either camera. When I am not shooting, I keep the camera's and lenses in a roller bag. I occasionally toss into the bag those little silica packets to keep the air in the bag dry. 

Here is a shot from the very first wedding that I did as a Canon shooter, yes that was rain I was shooting in....

Seriously nice image  :D

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Lenses / Re: EF 200mm f2 , how much do you use it and for what?
« on: July 28, 2013, 04:42:47 PM »
Which one has the fastest and
Most accurate AF, 70200 mk2 or 200 f2?

I feel the the 70200 is faster by quite a bit compared to the 300 mk1. After spending a a
Great deal of time learning about the 200 f2, I can't really see anything that is better except the insane 3d look on the
Images. Hard to justify, still, that feel is hard to argue away.

Cons vs 70200 IMO :

Price, weight, same or "slower" AF. The need for f2 isn't there except for shallow
Dof. 1/1000s is easy to do at 12800 on poor light with the 2.8. Lack of versatility against
The zoom.

Pros. Insane 3D feel and pop. And that's all I got lol.

Ps, I really want to
Use it for a week, but nowhere to rent.

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