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Lenses / Re: New 70-200mm MKII DUST!
« on: June 02, 2014, 10:51:26 AM »
Thanks for your reply.

Would you return it?

I was thinking it would affect retail if I wanted to sell it on in the future.

Lenses / New 70-200mm MKII DUST!
« on: June 02, 2014, 09:13:42 AM »
Hi guys just wanted to know your opinions.

After getting some money together I bought the EF 70-200mm F2.8 IS L MKII.

Upon arrival the lens seems great but upon further inspection there is a rather large piece of dust, I say dust it is reflective. It is in the back of the lens looks between the 1st and second element.

It doesn't effect the IQ nor does it show up at all by shooting a longer exposure as a dust mark.

Im just a little disappointed after spending so much for it to arrive like this. I have a 70-20mm L 2.8 and is 20 years old and has no dust inside it so how does a brand new one have it?

Am I being over the top? Or should I be sending it back. Kind of taken the shine off the new purchase.

Here is the pic comments and opinions welcome.

Untitled by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

TSP_1346-2 by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

TSP_1346_crop by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: buy the 24-70 4 IS... or wait for the 2.8 IS?
« on: June 02, 2014, 06:37:15 AM »
GMCPhotographics - have to agree with everything you said. Reason I bought one and it was half the price, I find it perfectly sharp on my 5DIII, and always loved the lens hood design.

Lenses / Re: UWA for a lady - crop user, EOS 700D
« on: June 02, 2014, 06:32:32 AM »
I can't comment on the other lenses but owned the 10-22mm for 4-5 years and loved it.

Plenty sharp, colour rendition was good, not too heavy and enjoyable to use.

If the new 10-18mm IS version is similar IQ but smaller i would be getting that one.

Lenses / Re: buy the 24-70 4 IS... or wait for the 2.8 IS?
« on: June 02, 2014, 04:35:16 AM »
Ye I agree if you can find good copies they do exist. I don't know how but I have managed to get stellar copies of the 24-105 and 24-70 MKI got the 24-105 new with the 5dMKIII and bought the 24-70 second hand but a very late build date almost last batch, also barely used.

Lenses / Re: buy the 24-70 4 IS... or wait for the 2.8 IS?
« on: May 30, 2014, 06:28:01 AM »
I wouldn't call the 24-70mm a must have focal length. Its a useful length but not an exciting focal length.

It is a workhorse and a useful length for pros shooting weddings and documenting. But if you want a lens that gives you a more interesting look then the primes are a better choice.

Depends what you shoot, if your a run and gun shooter looking to fill a missing focal length again I would buy the 24-105mm save some money and wait, that extra range is useful. If you need 2.8 then yes go for it, but again 2.8 is quite narrow and I don't use it all the time. Whereas a 50mm 1.2 or 85mm 1.2 you buy it for the 1.2-2 range.

The tammy is nice, but the bokeh imo isn't that attractive, it has the onion effect and seems like there is quite a lot of variation between copies but is significantly cheaper.

This was the summary from the above link of the difference between the 24-70 F4 and 24-105mm

Less expensive and offering the same L-class build quality, the 24-105mm offers image stabilization and a longer telephoto focal length, but doesn't have the macro capability and is slightly more distorted in the wide angle. In terms of image quality, the 24-105mm is the same or better than the 24-70mm, especially at the 50mm setting.

Lenses / Re: buy the 24-70 4 IS... or wait for the 2.8 IS?
« on: May 29, 2014, 11:10:56 AM »
I have the 17-55mm IS, 24-105mm L IS and 24-70mm L F2.8. Ive always had an IS standard zoom from my days in APC, If you are used to IS you will miss is. Its not that the 24-70 range doesn't need it, but the IS is a big shoulder with heavy glass and also makes the shooting experience nicer with the steady viewfinder.

If you are used to getting away with shooting between 1/30th - 1/80th you will effectively have to double it without IS and FF. I found moving from the 17-55mm to the 24-105mm a really great path. I thought moving to FF would be a bigger issue with the larger mirror/more slap and shallower DOF. But I love the 24-105mm, I had no issue with the move at all. It is equal in IS/IQ to the 17-55mm and served me very well for my first 2 years with FF. Its not the absolute sharpest but its a brilliant range and 90% of the time will be all you need until you get into low light conditions. I also have an exceptional copy which isn't far off my MKI 24-70mm which I think adds to my opinion.

Moving up from APC to FF the mirror is a lot larger and the slap is more pronounced so shooting without IS higher speeds are needed.

Im a wedding photographer and bought the 24-70mm F2.8 about a year ago because of its low light capability. When out testing the lens I found my keepers were well down, you'll find that you do need to ensure your SS is faster or you will end up with blurry shots, more lazy on my side because I'm used to relying on IS. After a couple of outings with it there was no issues at all, I also have the 70-200mm non IS so started using the same technique and it worked a charm. It doesn't take long to get used to but its also a lot heavier and a pain to lug around, so unless I'm on a job I leave it at home and take the more compact, bigger range 24-105mm.

The 24-70mm F2.8 is an exceptional lens tho and the results are incredible. Its just a different way of working and not relying on IS isn't a bad thing and improves your technique. I generally get 95% of keepers with my 24-70mm down to around 1/40th.

I would recommend the 24-105mm F4 over the 24-70mm F4 for 2 reasons - range and price. Its no argument the 24-70 F4 has better IQ but it is marginal, it has less distortion true but this can be sorted in post. A good 24-105mm can be had for £400-500. Also to say that you can't get great results with one check Sean Bagshaw out on flickr his images are astounding using a 24-105mm and 16-35mm MKI


Joshua Trees and The Galaxy by Sean Bagshaw, on Flickr

Hint of Winter by Sean Bagshaw, on Flickr

and one from me with the 24-105 and 5DMKIII

Hallin Fell, Ullswater, Cumbria, starscape by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

The Macro capabilities of that lens are useful but I'm not sure how useful as you need to be so close you would scare anything away.

Like you I will buy the 24-70mm F2.8 MKIII when the IS version comes out. ATM I feel the MKII lens is too expensive without IS if it had it I would buy it in a heartbeat. IQ may be exceptional but the 24-70mm MKI version is still stellar and not that far behind if you have a good one and leaves you with £1000 change. Thats a lot of money you could add another lens, I added the 16-35mm MKII with the money I saved, which I love shooting with.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 19, 2014, 07:48:14 PM »
Haha thanks! Took me a long time to get near! Army crawled about 50m they are very skittish and just sat and watched him sleeping in the sun! Thanks to the 5DMKIII and the silent shutter he didn't wake up!

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: May 19, 2014, 05:46:58 AM »
5DMKIII with 100mm L Macro at F2.8 backlit at sunset filled with 580EXI flash at half power

Hannah Summer Portrait, Rape Seed Field, Sunset, Penrith, Cumbria by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L
« on: May 08, 2014, 09:54:41 AM »

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