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Lenses / Re: How Much do you use your Canon EF 16-35mm L ??
« on: March 24, 2013, 11:49:41 AM »
Personally, I think it's unwise to base such a decision on absolute number of shots or relative frequency of use compared to other lenses.  I have dress shoes for work and casual shoes for weekends.  Should I sell my snowshoes because I only get to use them once or twice a year? 

The shots I get with the 16-35L are, for the most part, shots I couldn't get with other lenses I have available.  OTOH, Mt. Spokane, you mention using it mostly from 24-35mm - that would be a bigger concern for me.  A 24-70/2.8L II might be a better choice, in that case.

I'm inclined to sell it, since I do have the 17mm prime.
 
I may wait a few more months to decide, I'd like to do some landscape photography, but never seem to find the time.
 
 
If Canon had the 24-70mm MK II on their refurb sale that started today, I'd have it on order. :)   I'll likely order one very soon in any event.

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Lenses / Re: Tokina 16-28mm FX Focusing Issue with 5D3
« on: March 24, 2013, 11:42:42 AM »
Google for Lens Decentering Test Method
 
Or use Roger Cicala's test method here.  It does not involve rotating the camera, and is easier to interpret.
 
Note his warning about ultra wide lenses giving a false positive.
 
You can download your own Siemens Star chart and print it, or take it to Cosco and have it printed poster sized.
 
http://www.downloadcollection.com/siemens_star_chart_hd_pro.htm

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Technical Support / Re: "Ripple" in Image with ND Filter
« on: March 24, 2013, 11:29:15 AM »
Canon and others take advantage of Newtons rings and use them to help polish a lens accurately.  If they are perfectly concentric, the lens is polished evenly. and even the spacing between rings can tell you if the curvature is right.
You are likely getting reflections between the front and back of the glass.  Cleaning off the oil reduced or eliminated them.  Some of the Hoys filters are notoriously difficult to clean.
 
http://www.citycollegiate.com/newtons_rings.htm

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Warning on low card space
« on: March 24, 2013, 11:21:21 AM »
That seems like a nice feature.  I'd go to the Canon forum and suggest it.
 
I finally just got a big enough card to hold twice the expected shooting volume, and the same sized card for backup.  That way I don't have to worry, and I always have a backup copy if there is a failure.
 
Since I do not use the high speed shooting very often, its not a big deal If the SD card is slow.  If I were going to do video, I'd do a low level format on the SD card first though.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Studio shoot, 5D MarkII or MarkIII
« on: March 24, 2013, 01:30:52 AM »
For studio use, get the 5D MK II.  Any improvements on the 5D MK III really do not help much in a studio.
Don't worry about AA Filters, there is not enough difference to worry about them.

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Lenses / Re: How Much do you use your Canon EF 16-35mm L ??
« on: March 24, 2013, 12:27:17 AM »
I was merely wondering if my 1200 some images over the past 7 months was sufficient usage.

How many images in total did you shoot over the past 7 months? And, how does your 16-35 mm usage compare to the rest of the lenses you use? That will answer the usage question but not the issue of sufficiency. Of the images  you take with the 16-35 mm, what proportion of them could you have made with other lenses you own? Or, reverse that, and ask what proportion of images do you make with the 16-35 that you can ONLY make with that lens and how critical are those images to your work?

 
I have analyzed all that, I answered most of those questions before I bought it.
 
I was asking what usage others see.
 
How much do you use yours?
 
Last years usage was low due to my hand surgery, so the data is likely not all that useful after I bought the camera.  Only about 7000 images since I've bought it.  Hopefully, as my Carpal Tunnel heals, I'll be out using my camera a lot more.
I fo have a 15mm FE and a Tokina 17mm f/3.5 prime that are very good, but f/2.8 seems to be on the margin.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tutorial on Auto ISO
« on: March 24, 2013, 12:08:30 AM »
The ability to do this depends on the model of camera.
With a 5D MK III or the 1 Series bodies, you can do it.
 
The others have severe limitations.
 
Which body are you using?

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Lenses / Re: How Much do you use your Canon EF 16-35mm L ??
« on: March 24, 2013, 12:06:01 AM »
Last July, I bought a new one for $1350 on a impulse buy from Newegg, but haven't really warmed up to it. ...
 
I'm thinking of selling it, but I hate to.  It is a very sharp lens, no problem there, I just find that I have little need of super wide angles.

Lenses are simply tools, if you don't need this tool sell it.

You have fallen into the trap of "everybody has one so I need one too."
How much do you use your 16-35mmL?  That was the question.
 
I did not ask for selling advice, I'll be able to make that decision.  I was merely wondering if my 1200 some images over the past 7 months was sufficient usage.

Don't sweat his posts.  They are typically combative and difficult.

I understand, the situation, it does not really bother me, just hoped he might be willing to provide the information, assuming he has the lens.

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Canon General / Re: The need for backup equipment (again)
« on: March 24, 2013, 12:02:51 AM »
I'd suggest that you do not tether your camera to LR4. 
Try Canon Utilities.  Its much more reliable.  You can also turn on liveview and view the image on your monitor before you capture it, that is a huge saver, because the image is captured just as you want it.
If you wish, You can configure Canon Utilities to open the images in LR4, but there is no need, you can view a live histogram and 5X magnification on your monitor.

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I'm waiting for a low level format to complete on my 64GB Lexar 1000X (It takes about a hour).
 
I'll check tomorrow to see how many raw shots I get on high speed shooting before the buffer fills and the slowdown begins.

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Lenses / Re: How Much do you use your Canon EF 16-35mm L ??
« on: March 23, 2013, 11:53:32 PM »
Last July, I bought a new one for $1350 on a impulse buy from Newegg, but haven't really warmed up to it. ...
 
I'm thinking of selling it, but I hate to.  It is a very sharp lens, no problem there, I just find that I have little need of super wide angles.

Lenses are simply tools, if you don't need this tool sell it.

You have fallen into the trap of "everybody has one so I need one too."
How much do you use your 16-35mmL?  That was the question.
 
I did not ask for selling advice, I'll be able to make that decision.  I was merely wondering if my 1200 some images over the past 7 months was sufficient usage.

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Technical Support / Re: Lightroom crashes when I try to import...
« on: March 23, 2013, 10:53:13 PM »
i'd reinstall lr4
Installing the latest version should do it, however, you may have some bad disk sectors, check out your ssd or hard drive.

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Technical Support / Re: Lightroom crashes when I try to import...
« on: March 23, 2013, 09:37:20 PM »
I have seen it crash if I was importing a bad image file.  Try just one file , you might have to do a few files at a time to find the bad one if that is the case.
 
Aside from that, it seems to work fine for me.
Be sure that your video driver files are up to date, they are very high on the list of problem causers.
 
If all else fails, check the Adobe forums.  If its a common issue, there may be some hints of things that can cause a crash.  Things like bad memory can crash if a lot of ram is used too.
 
Good Luck.

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I recommend the H4D-31.... Today Hassy is the best studio camera money can buy.

nah i would go for a phase one back.

IQ180 or IQ260.... yummy....  :)

Its only money :D

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Not using Raw.  You can shoot jpeg all day long with a fast card.
Take what you read with a grain of salt. 

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