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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 1D Mark IV in Canon Refurb Store
« on: August 19, 2012, 03:15:43 PM »
I haven't checked for a few days, they must have a bunch of them, or their price is too high.
I sold my 1D4 on ebay Friday for $4200. (Took almost 3 hours for someone to buy).  It was like new with only about 2800 actuations.  I've developed carpal tunnel and can't take the extra weight on my wrists.  That also dashed my hopes of buying a 1D X.
I'll be getting some treatments, but haven't been to see the specialist yet due to a botched referral.
If it persists, I may be looking for something light, but for now, I'm sticking with my 7D and 5D MK II.

Lenses / Re: Going to FF from APS-C, need lens advice
« on: August 19, 2012, 03:09:16 PM »
I use my 7D when I'm focal length limited and my 5D MK II for all around shooting.  I do have a 100-400mm L but it usually gets used on the 7D.
I'd keep your crop body for times where you need more reach, it might cost less than a new lens, and having a backup camera is good.

Pricewatch Deals / 1D Mark IV in Canon Refurb Store
« on: August 19, 2012, 03:05:03 PM »
Won't last long, they usually sell out in a very short time.

The first one is front focused, your shutter speed of 1/1250 sec was fast enough, it should have been ok.
I'd try to test your lens for accurate AF on a static object about 50 feet away.  Use a tripod and take 5 or 6 photos normally, resetting the lens to infinity before each shot.
Then put the camera in live view using live focus, and take another 5 or 6 set the lens to infinity between shots.
If the live focus shots looks sharper, then your camera, or your lens, or both need autofocus Micro adjust.
By doing the tests above, you will know for sure if the focus is accurate.  Live focus is always the best possible focus, it uses the contrast of the image under the selected AF point to adjust focus.  Its slow, but accurate.

Lenses / Re: 100mm f/2.8L IS vs 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II for Macro
« on: August 18, 2012, 11:34:46 PM »
There are at least 6 ways to go.
1.  Macro lens, all of them are excellent, you do not have to buy Canon.
2.  Teleconverter (Kenko).  The Canon TC only works with specific lenses, and not the 24-105mm , but the Kenko will fit almost all lenses.  Its less expensive, and excellent.  Use one with the 70-200mm II.
3.  Extension tubes - There are some very cheap ones (Its only air), get a reporting one with electrical contacts that pass thru..
4. Canon 500D or similar close up adapter.  You should get a good one, not a $15 special.
5.  Reverse Lens ring.  Great for a old 50mm Canon FL or FD Manual focus lens, same for older Nikon, Olympus, Minolta, and other fully manual lenses.  You buy a low cost adapter (~$10) to fit the filter threads on the front of the lens so it is mounted backwards on the camera.  You have to be pretty close, and focus by moving the camera forward or away from the subject.
6.  Bellows, essentially a extension tube, but easy to adjust magnification.  Cheap ones are found on ebay.

EOS Bodies / Re: Pls Advise on testing a 7D on CL
« on: August 18, 2012, 03:38:48 PM »
Why not get a Canon Loyalty Program referb 7D?   Costs less or same and 90 day warranty

To get into CLP, don't I have to trade something in?
A junk 35mm film slr or old powershot will do it.  Just give them the serial number.  They e-mail you a shipping label so you can send it to the recycling center where is will be crushed.  I doubt if anyone really cares if you actually send one, they just want a serial number.
I pick up old Canon film SLR bodies just for the lens for $5 or $10 at garage sales, and save the body for CLP.  Check your local craigslist for old $10 powershots, broken is preferred.  You can usually get one for $10 or less.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dX dust in viewfinder
« on: August 18, 2012, 11:54:08 AM »
Usually, a rocket blower will clean off the dust, on my 5D MK III, it did turn out to be on the mirror, and cleaning it solved the issue.
You can ask Canon to clean it as well.

Lenses / Re: poor kid's 24-105mm problems
« on: August 18, 2012, 11:37:00 AM »
OH HO!!!!!!!!
Update on my lens... that clicking noise is now gone!!!!
I left it on the bed for awhile after I got upset.
And now... its silent the way it is supposed to be!!

I hope it was just lube or something that hadn't set in or something that was pushing or idk....

Thanks for the help!
I'm glad its gone, but its pretty suspicious, a intermittent issue can be nasty to isolate, even for a repair depot.  It might have some damage from return shipping to you.
Take it out and give it a good 1000 photo workout while you can still have Canon repair send you a return label.

Alright guys,

Got the lens, it's optically in great condition, a lil' bit of internal dust but nothing to worry about. 

Things to worry about:
- Put two rubber bands on over the loose grip and it seems to be fine...but weather sealing is @ -1
- The part of the lens that houses the rear lens element moves slightly...and moves the rear element by about a millimeter.  This I took to be a huge problem, as if that moves while shooting my focus will change. (yes?)
- Did some real quick afmf adjustments...and +20 looks the best. (5dmkII) 

Optically it's still a beast, and I don't think I'll be returning it...but is there any way to improve on it's faults?  Please share any experiences you may have had!

Thanks guys!
Some of the third party camera repair stations still have a few parts, and they salvage whatever parts they can from severely damaged units. Check with them about possible repairs.
Check Fred Miranda, since there are several there who use the lens.

Lenses / Re: 500mm f/4.5 focusing help?!?!?
« on: August 17, 2012, 09:20:46 PM »
I focused on the word "mixed" and so far this looked the best of all the other adjustments

Your AFMA method is a formula for disaster.  Focusing on a book that way, the camera might grab anyone of the horizontal lines. 
Use a target designed to make sure that you are forcing the camera to autofocus exactly where you want it to.
Using software like Reikan FoCal is far better, but at least use something like this.  Its free!
Note how the center horizontal line is isolated so the camera can only lock onto the one place.  There is a lot of other good info there as well.  Proper setup and exact perpendicularity to the target is a must.

Lenses / Re: poor kid's 24-105mm problems
« on: August 17, 2012, 09:13:04 PM »
OH! O_O they do that?!
yes it was brand new... but I guess it was in stock for too long that lubricant dried up or something.
(just a theory to make my self feel better)

When I first called them about my first return, they told me I had to pay the way there and they would pay the way back...

Thanks guys! Ill call them up tomorrow and get this label!

If you used Amex to buy it, they extend the warranty by a year, as well as covering damage, loss, etc.

Lenses / Re: poor kid's 24-105mm problems
« on: August 17, 2012, 08:55:45 PM »
Call them.  Normally, they send you return postage.
Did you buy a new one?  Unless you are really expert, buying a used one can end up costing you a lot more than new.

Lenses / Re: great new lens for canon?
« on: August 17, 2012, 03:40:33 PM »
Rotating turret lenses used to be common.  different focal lengths.  And, yes, they were allowed to photograph the president. (Calvin Coolidge ;) ) Times Change

Kodak Brownie movie camera by Jeremy Burgin, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / Re: Lasers Can Damage Your Sensor
« on: August 17, 2012, 03:25:49 PM »
This has been known about for quite sometime. I believe it has to be in liveview as well when the laser hits it.

Im just curious how canon would handle a warranty repair on such instance as there is certainly no warnings from them about the possibility of this happening. So would it be user area and no free fix/replacement from canon?

Yes, the topic is two years old, and someone just now resructed it.  Maybe CR should lock all the old topics?

Lenses / Re: Canon 200-400 lens - Post Olympics
« on: August 17, 2012, 02:20:12 PM »
I really doubt if any of those who were receipents of the loaners post on CR.

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