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Lenses / Re: Broken 24-105...what should I do??
« on: October 01, 2012, 12:53:21 PM »


It's too bad there is not rice in india. 
Thats a unique view.  No rice in India??  Only China consumes more rice than India.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Shutter count request to Canon.
« on: October 01, 2012, 12:44:20 PM »
What have you done with that 5DII ? How long have you used it that it has such a low count?
I bought it from the Canon refurb store in August after selling my 1D Mark IV, it had about 300 actuations.  I planned to keep it for a year or two, but then I had some hand surgery, which prevented me from using it, and Adorama had the $2750 deal on the 5D Mark III.  I was able to use it one weekend photographing my friend driving his Monster Truck, and then I decided to sell it since I had the 5D MK III, a 7D, and a old 10D and the 5D MK II wasn't going to get much use.
It was a great camera, and a dark frame of the sensor showed a much cleaner sensor and less banding than my first 5D Mark II.

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Lenses / Re: Broken 24-105...what should I do??
« on: September 30, 2012, 07:35:23 PM »
That's actually what I did. I got a new one off eBay when that one seller was selling them for $800.

It just seems like such a waste. The exterior is literally pristine...maybe I'll make one of those Canon lens mugs out of them.

The problem is corrosion. I was in India when this happened, so there was no way of letting it sit out and dry since it was so humid. I believe Canon said most of the electronics were corroded and needed to be replaced. I guess I'm just surprised at how expensive they are. You would think the glass are the parts that are expensive.
I noticed you said it was less than a year old.  If you bought it with a credit card, some of them have disaster insurance that might cover all or part of the cost of repair or replacement.  Many forget to check with the cc company.
Otherwise, Put it on ebay for sale.  you might be suprised at the bidding.  You will at least get something out of it.  There are lots of people looking for parts, or may have parts to fix it from a lens that was dropped.

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Lenses / Re: Broken 24-105...what should I do??
« on: September 30, 2012, 05:24:42 PM »
Send it to Canon.  As long as it was fresh water, it might be repairable.  Thats the only way to know.  Local or small repair shops are not going to be able to deal with this.
Even if its not practical to repair, it might be usable for parts and is worth something, sell it on ebay.
Your engineer friend just looked and magically could tell it was a chip?  Could he magically look at the IS and the AF motors and see they were not ruined??  Being a electrical Engineer as well as repairing simple failures in my camera lenses, I can not look in a lens and decide exactly whats good and whats failed.  Its likely he did not even tear it down far enough to look at the AF motor or IS unit, much less check the brushes for the AF or check the aperture motor.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 ii shipping?
« on: September 30, 2012, 05:11:28 PM »
They are pretty well caught up with pre-orders, they go in and out of stock quickly.  Don't expect discounts though.
 
http://kenmorecamera.com/p-18487-canon-ef-24-70mm-f28l-ii.aspx

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Lenses / Re: Manual Focus Lenses: Smarter in F-Mount?
« on: September 30, 2012, 12:41:42 PM »




Canon's old lenses need adapters to work on anything new
Nikon's old lenses need adapters to work on new Canon or some other bodies.
Nikon's old lenses still work on new Nikon bodies without adapters (with some AF issues on low end bodies)
Therefore, Nikon lenses are more versatile, and there's a pile of old used ones to be found out there, more than Canon's.



True.

But.

Not all things are equal.

Some Nikon Lenses are better than similar Canon lenses of that time.

Other Canon Lenses are better than similar Nikon lenses of that time.

Also Nikon shooters like Nikon Lenses and Canon shooters like Canon Lenses.

So blanket statements are broad, comfortable and kind of cover all the bases but are just barely more right than wrong in any given specific case.

Absolutely! 

Do not try using a Nikon non-AI lens on a new Nikon Consumer body.  Or one of the "G" lenses that were optimized for APS-C before Nikon actually had a FF digital camera.
General statements lead the unaware into actually believing the misinformation and even into damaging their equipment. 
You need to carry a large table around with you if you want to use old Nikon lenses on a new body, or at least have a good memory.
Those wanting to mount old Nikon Lenses need to read this first, or risk damaging their digital body!
 
http://www.nikonians.org/nikon/slr-lens.html
 
http://www.aiconversions.com/compatibilitytable.htm

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 MK II or 70-200 MK II?
« on: September 30, 2012, 12:27:16 PM »
like many, I'm holding off on a 24-70 purchase.  Not because of any concern about early production, (they have been churning them out for a few months now) merely because I have enough lenses that I can wait until the price drops.  I almost wished I had one yesterday, but my 24-105L was actually a better zoom ratio, and I used f/5.6 in any event.  Its the first time for my 2nd 5D Mark II, the lens was AFMA'd, and the results were sharp. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: who uses Focal or similar?
« on: September 30, 2012, 12:20:42 PM »
I wish there were a macro setting for the 100mm L, I'm certain that the AFMA value will be a lot different at near macro distances.

It wasn't for me. For the 100L Macro on my 1D X, it was +4 at 50x FL, +2 at 25x FL, and +3 close up (filled the frame with FoCal's tiny target).  On the 7D, it's +2, +3, and +2, respectively, and the 5DII was -2, -1, and 0.
My 5D Mark II seemed to have a big difference, but I did not use FoCal at the time.  I'll check my new 5D Mark III with the lens.

My 7D required bigger AFMA numbers than 5D2.
Even the same model different bodies will have different results.  There are many things that can cause this.  My 35mmL has a +2 on my 5D MK II while my 5D Mark III had a +17.  Canon calibrated the lens on their reference 1D Mark III and it was right on, while only changing a couple of points on the 5D Mark II.  There were different numbers for my 7D as well.
Usually, if a lens was front or rear focusing on one body, it did the same on all, just a different amount.  However, there were exceptions.  I've done it with dozens of lenses on several cameras.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Shutter count request to Canon.
« on: September 30, 2012, 12:15:36 PM »
I recently sold my used 5D Mark II with 735 shutter actuations and bought a mark III.
You can be assured that I sood it for a much higher price than one with 30,000 or higher actuations.  I received a huge number of responses to my Craigslist ad while the other would be sellers are still waiting.

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One trick for those who are not afraid of damaging their lens is to remove the mount from the lens side, place it on a anvil, and tab it firmly with a flat ended brass bar.  This closes the elongated hole slightly, and tightens up the lens nicely.  I've done it on my 600mm f/4 which had enough play to be annoying. Of course, it will stretch again in a few years.
 
If they machined those big lens mounts out of stainless steel instead of brass, they would not open up with a heavy lens attached.

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Lenses / Re: Non L sharp telephoto lenses
« on: September 30, 2012, 12:00:31 PM »
The Canon 70-300mm IS is reasonable for a low cost Non L lens.  Obviously, the "L" versions are better, but you wanted light and non-L.
The primes are usually pretty good, but you are replacing a zoom.

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Lenses / Re: 6D kit lens 24-105 F4L or 24-70Mark 1
« on: September 29, 2012, 11:22:41 PM »
Let me say I know the Mark 2 is better in every way then the Mark1 but I have to scrape together money for the 6D body let alone a 2K lens.  So I'd debating weather I buy the 6D kit or just body and a 24-70mk 1

If it helps people answer... I don't' pixel peep or anything crazy, I'm in the group that if 90% of the population who are not photogs think it looks good then that's all I need.
Get the kit.  Its a bargain.  The Mark I is overpriced, and used 24-70mm L MK I lenses are nortorious for problems.  Roger Cicala of lens rentals has found some apparent reasons for problems with 24-70mmL lenses with high usage.
 I have had several used 24-70mm Mk I lenses that were not very impressive, they just did not seem to be as good as they should be.
Personally, paying a very high price for a used one might lead to grief.  If its been inspected / repaired by Canon, its likely OK. Lens Rentals does do a resolution test on their used lenses before they sell them, so thats a fairly safe bet.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Shutter count request to Canon.
« on: September 29, 2012, 11:14:28 PM »
Here was Canon's response so far..
Thank you for contacting Canon product support regarding Canon camera.

I do not recommend 3rd party website's such as the one you described but for a different reason, they are generally not accurate. I do not know what is possible to do through the EOS Utility program. I will certainly forward your suggestions  to our software team for their consideration.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey
Technical Support Representative

That is true - generally, but a few actually use Canon's SDK to get the information.  They have discovered by trial and error how to get the information, and its accurate.  Canon does not advertise a shutter count in their SDK, but there are lots of undocumented features.  Eos info and eos count along with foCal all get information by using the Canon SDK.  Most of the others merely look at the image number, which is almost never correct.

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Software & Accessories / Re: who uses Focal or similar?
« on: September 29, 2012, 09:40:33 PM »
I have used Focal with great results. It is a program suited for studio and "set up" photographs as the micro adjustment changes with the distance you are away from the subject and such. If you take photographs of subjects that are "always" the same distance away from you and you "always" use the same focal lengeth, then it is perfect! :)

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Thats true, but it has nothing to do with Focal, its a lens property.
Some lenses change their AF point depending on distance to the subject.  FoCal merely shows you what is happening.  Typically, lenses front focus as you get nearer to the subject.

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Software & Accessories / Re: who uses Focal or similar?
« on: September 29, 2012, 08:23:57 PM »
I wish there were a macro setting for the 100mm L, I'm certain that the AFMA value will be a lot different at near macro distances.

It wasn't for me. For the 100L Macro on my 1D X, it was +4 at 50x FL, +2 at 25x FL, and +3 close up (filled the frame with FoCal's tiny target).  On the 7D, it's +2, +3, and +2, respectively, and the 5DII was -2, -1, and 0.
My 5D Mark II seemed to have a big difference, but I did not use FoCal at the time.  I'll check my new 5D Mark III with the lens. 

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