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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 12-24 f/2.8L [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2013, 08:53:56 AM »
I dunno about you but given the loss of DOF and light gathering on a crop sensor, I prefer my lenses to be faster on them, not slower. Also the crop tends to be forgiving of fast and wide lenses' edge blur and vignetting wide open. Bring on the 2.8!
Well, I don't actually use my crop anymore, so I'd be equally happy with an f/4 - more so because there might be a chance that that actually would be priced in the 2K region. An FF 2.8 would probably be in the great white price range. But I wouldn't object to the lens per se ;)

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 12-24 f/2.8L [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2013, 08:45:21 AM »
A 12-24? I had the Tokina with that range, and it was great on crop. I can't even think how mindbogglingly useful it would be on FF.

I know this cartoon gets used for everything and its grandma, but what do you do. I'd happily shell out 2k$ for an f/4.

[edit]CR Guy, the amazon link is borked :)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps Now Shipping
« on: February 26, 2013, 09:58:04 AM »
Oh god. The 52mm cap is only for EF-M lenses. Now my 50/1.8 will have to go without... Canon! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps Now Shipping
« on: February 25, 2013, 05:50:10 PM »
Swapped out my OEMs for these long ago...


Same here - only I got them on eBay for a third of that price including postage. Shipping takes a month or so, but it's worth the wait if you're buying a dozen :)

[edit] Ohai, sama  :P

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III - Sensor Cleaning - Clean Now
« on: February 25, 2013, 02:33:57 PM »
it's definitely a click click brrr sound reapeated twice.
That it is, here too ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III - Sensor Cleaning - Clean Now
« on: February 25, 2013, 01:46:28 PM »
I personally wouldn't say it sounds like the shutter but maybe this means that the sound I am hearing is normal (?).
I think that might be because you're confusing the shutter sound with the mirror sound :)

Lenses / Re: first trip to England any recommendations ?
« on: February 24, 2013, 02:33:01 PM »
I can't believe nobody said 'weather sealing' yet - and I don't think any of the TS-E's can handle much rain. Having said that, I'd probably would want to bring a tilt-shift too.

Also, +1 for the Lake District. Then, spend a little research on whether you'd like to visit some stately homes, such as Blenheim Palace (I think Churchill was born there) or Castle Howard (site of tv drama 'Brideshead Revisited'). Not quite castles. To fully appreciate those and the like, you probably want to read Norman Thelwell's 'Some Damn Fool's Signed The Rubens Again'.

Call Canon.  They are not something that is sold in camera stores.
Well, for the 5D2's grip they are. I think this'll end @ Canon at some stage regardless, but I really am pretty surprised I can't find a single shop anywhere. So yeah, I was curious if I overlooked something :)

Is this it?
I'm going to use "and get photographic evidence" as my new catchphrase  ;D

When I bought the grip for my 5DC, the magazine came with it.
Have one. Want two :P

Dear Canonistas,

I've been looking all over the web for a separate battery magazine for the 5D3 grip, to hold extra LP-E6 batteries, for quick changing. I found that the part in question is called the BGM-E11L (the BGM-E11A is the AA-holding variety) but I can't find it on sale anywhere. For instance, the 5D2 magazine, the BGM-E6, can simply be bought at B&H.

Do I need to find a service center for parts like this? Does it usually take a few years before Canon puts 'em on sale? Are they for CPS peeps only? Do I have the wrong type number? And if all else fails: does anyone know of an aftermarket grip with identical magazines?

Thanks in advance for your esteemed input :)

EOS Bodies / Re: guess the spec
« on: February 21, 2013, 09:32:38 AM »
RLPhoto: 85/1.2?
I was going to guess the 1.8 :D but I think it could also be a 50.

edit: forgot the camera, I'm guessing 5D3 but that's more by your posts than by this pic ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: guess the spec
« on: February 20, 2013, 08:08:10 PM »
Really folks. The sig was a dead giveaway but leaving EXIF data isn't exactly covert either. Canon XTi, nifty fifty plastic fantastic, iso 200, 1/800s, f/10... Step it up please!

I really hate 'nifty fifty' as a nickname :P

Lenses / Re: 24TS-E Version I v. Version II
« on: February 19, 2013, 08:14:12 AM »
Out of curiousity, does anyone know why a TS-E lens cannot be made with AF?
Because you can tilt the focal plane, which means that by definition, the focal plane intersects with the image plane. Simplified, you might say you already have focus from distances nil to infinity. The focus ring really moves the focal plane from left to right and v.v. (or up and down, obviously).  It is up to you how you'd like that all to work out.

AF would only have a meaningful function with the focal plane parallel with the image plane and for that, Canon has a perfectly servicable f/1.4.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift Available for Preorder
« on: February 18, 2013, 04:15:50 PM »
I think the real question will be whether or not this lens outperforms the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 I.  That lens is readily available on the used market a lot, and often between $700 and $900.  If this lens performs better at a slight premium, I see the used market for the Mark I tanking as it is flooded with people that want better performance without the ~$2000 entry fee for the Canon Mark II.  I would be all over a Mark I if that happens for around $500-600.  I don't command the best image quality, but the things a TS lens can do cannot be replicated [well] by any other means.
I'm reasonably sure that the tilt and shift functions on the mark I have a fixed orientation to each other, so you can only tilt on an axis perpendicular (or was it parallel?) to the shift. You can rotate the tilt bit 90 degrees so you can change between the two (you need a screwdriver and a steady hand for that), but both the mark II and the Samyang allow free rotation out of the box. That means a great deal more flexibility if you want to combine the two, and you won't get that from a mark I.

It will be very interesting to see what the price level for a second hand mark I will do :)

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid & Kirk clamp hook-up
« on: February 16, 2013, 04:18:23 PM »
I have an Optech uniloop-like setup too, does wonders in terms of peace of mind. Also, for the weight-bearing quickrelease with my Sunsniper I bought a Sirui MP-20 clamp (already have a same brand plate underneath the camera, should be AS compatible). That has an extra pin that makes sure that even if the clamp comes loose, your camera doesn't drop. This way, I have two safeguards and both are allowed to fail. Just not at the same time.

Whether the Sirui clamps have the same fastidious screw knobs remains to be seen. So far, I'm happy but if mine gives, I'll vent here :)

Lenses / Re: I can't stop thinking about A MONSTER!
« on: February 14, 2013, 05:33:58 PM »
I'm all for bicycles as primary modes of transportation, but I couldn't in good conscience recommend to somebody to carry a Great White on a pannier. You're talking about ten pounds of precision optics that costs a thousand dollars a pound. It's very common to take a spill on a bike, and just one would wreck that lens.

Sure, you could get a custom case that would properly protect the lens against a bike wreck, but there's no way you're going to fit it on a pannier.
This wholly depends on your proficiency, and that is gained by using the damn things. Here in the Netherlands, it is NOT 'very common' to fall of your bike (most ppl do that up to the age of five, and after that only when drunk), no matter if there is a passenger and a week worth's of groceries on the bike as well. And as for the 'pannier' thingies, I wouldn't carry a Great White on those either. I would buy a 'transportfiets', which can handle loads of 50-100 lbs easily. Exemple gratia:

Costs less than a 135L and will hold 80kg of big whites  8)

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