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For a crop camera, the Sigma is very good.  It falls down on FF a to where even the Canon 50mm f/1.4 beats it.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Big Canon EOS 5D Mark II Price Drop Coming
« on: October 01, 2012, 08:14:09 PM »

Color me stupid but WTF would you buy a camera and only take about 700 photos with it?
Maybe you shouldn't have bought it in the first place...
I planned to keep it, but I gave in to the $2750 deal on the 5D MK III from Adorama.  since I only paid $1407 for the Camera thru the Canon CLP, it was a deal I could not lose on.  I sold it for $1750!    So with the profit on the MK II plus the $55 ebay bucks, and credit card rebates, my new 5D Mark III cost me $2350.  Why do you think thats stupid.

Lenses / Re: Canon 200mm 2.8 l ii: what's the deal
« on: October 01, 2012, 04:49:51 PM »
I like prime lenses, its just that, for me, the 200mm focal length is seldom used.  I love my 135mm L, but a longer focal length is too long.  Of course, I do occasionaly use long focal lengths, just not enough to justify buying a dedicated lens at 200mm.

Lenses / Re: About to buy the 135L, and then saw this....
« on: October 01, 2012, 04:46:06 PM »
The issue with lens measurements is that they put them on a camera body in order to measure them rather than a standalone lens measuring device (They do exist, and are expensive).
Any misalignment in the camera mount may cause a given lens to either look better, or look worse depending on how tolerances stack up.  Then, given a dozen lenses, the measurement will be different on each one.
This is the issue that all lens testers face.  I tend to look at the conclusions of multiple lens testers, and when Lens Rentals posts the results of tests of many rental lenses, the whole picture begins to form.
In the meanwhile, the 85mm f/1.8 is well known for being very sharp in the center.  Now that Adobe Lightroom includes the ability to remove purple fringing, I can use my 85mm wide open and not fear the dreaded purple fringing under most circumstances.  It is important to understand that Lightroom removes a very narrow range of purple from your image, so if doing that happens to match a purple dress or car or whatever, it might not turn out so well.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrading from 500D to 5D Mark 2 or 3
« on: October 01, 2012, 01:02:31 PM »
Although I love my 5D Mark III, your comment about lack of punch tends to make me wonder if you are using Raw or Jpeg.
If RAW, you can try adjusting the camera default settings, if using RAW and you don't like to fool with Lightroom, try DXO.  It has the advantage of producing nice looking photos automatically.  The disadvantage is that it is limited in the ability to make adjustments or masks.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 ii shipping?
« on: October 01, 2012, 12:58:54 PM »
Still waiting on B&H or Adorama (have back orders on both) to catch up. Shame kenmore doesn't ship to different address (I am overseas, with a US forwarding address) else their "in stock" status might have just gone down one unit.

They are a relatively small camera shop, and don't have all the infrastructure to be able to screen out overseas orders that are fraudelent.
You might try some of the Hong Kong shops, they seem to get lenses when no one else has them.  Digital Rev comes to mind.  Higher price though. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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.


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!

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. 

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.

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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