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Great information!

Canon General / Re: Lioness Fights Crocodiles over a Dead Hippo
« on: March 24, 2014, 04:59:40 PM »
Don't think the lion is going to win that one. Too many crocs about!

Lenses / Re: Just bought a 70-200 f/2.8L IS II - A Few Questions
« on: March 23, 2014, 01:01:22 AM »
Can't believe this thread is still going. I am definitely loving the lens! It's super sharp. I still haven't had chance to AFMA it, but hopefully will soon!

I'm trying to decide on teleconverters - either the 1.4 or 2x. Might buy a version II of the 1.4 and a version III of the 2X.

Lenses / Re: Anyone buy the 24-70mm in the last month?
« on: March 23, 2014, 12:55:24 AM »
I went through five copies of the lens. I don't think much has changed with the clicking; chances are you will still get one that clicks unless you're extremely lucky. My suggestion is buy one, and get an extended warranty. That way you can just use it, and if there ever is a problem with it down the road you can just have it replaced or fixed.

Lenses / Re: 16-35 II vs what?
« on: March 23, 2014, 12:46:12 AM »
There is the Tokina 16-28mm F2.8 lens which is kind of worse than the Canon 16-35mm in it's IQ, doesn't accept screw on filters. But's it's really cheap.

Actually the image quality from the Tokina has better IQ and less distortion. The only downside is that it doesn't take filters.

Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 12, 2014, 03:47:52 PM »
I wish you luck with the crap QC issues on the 24-70. It's a great lens, but watch for clicking when zooming.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 2.8 L II summary of defects
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:49:33 PM »
I am on my fifth copy. It clicks...sometimes...other times not. I don't care anymore.

I have extended warranty, so if it breaks it breaks and I'll either get it repaired for free or have it replaced.

At least this copy doesn't have a decentered element.

Photography Technique / Re: FoCal – Long / Fast Lens Calibration
« on: February 24, 2014, 12:28:00 PM »
This is great information. I too have noticed that FoCal doesn't work too well in auto/semiauto modes for fast lenses. I've never had the guts to try all manual, but I think I will give it a shot when the weather warms up here (don't have enough light or space in my house for adequate testing).

Thanks for all the effort you've put into this!

Lenses / Re: 24-70/2.8 Canon or Tamron: Which did you choose and why?
« on: February 03, 2014, 01:23:42 AM »
I chose the Canon but somewhat regret not getting the Tamron instead. I believe the Canon does produces better images, and from what I have seen from 95% of comparisons, it does.

However, IQ aside, my biggest gripe with the Canon is the quality control for this particular lens. I am on my fourth copy and it's still far from perfect. My first copy had a decentered element; my second copy clicked while zooming; my third copy clicked and I wasn't happy with its image quality; and now my fourth copy has a slight clicking sound as well.

I have given up trying to get one without any flaws because I don't believe they exist.

Another issue I have with Canon is their increasingly poor customer service. I spoke with a lady on the phone from Canon Canada after I sent my first copy of the 24-70 in for repair because of the decentered element and had it returned completely the same, and she basically told me I was wasting her time and Canon's technicians' time, claiming that I could never possibly test a lens as accurately as their technicians could.

My experience told me that Canon's customer service cannot be trusted. Now, to the misfortune of my local camera store, I now thoroughly test any lens immediately after purchase to make sure its within spec and I am 100% satisfied; if I am not happy it simply goes back and I get them to give me another copy, and I repeat this until I am happy. I feel dirty doing this because its not the store's fault that I'm obliterating their inventory, but it's really my only recourse to protect myself when dealing with a company like Canon now.

Tamron offers a substantially better warranty, is half the cost, and has a much faster turn-around time for repairs. I know Tamron has had their on quality control issues with their 24-70, but I really wonder if I would really have had to go through four different copies of their lens to be happy.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: February 02, 2014, 01:13:51 AM »
So after having used my fourth copy of the lens for about two months now, I have noticed it too has started to develop a more aggressive sounding clicking noise. The noise on this copy was always there, but so minimal that it was barely noticeable unless you put your ear practically on the barrel of the lens.

Tonight, just sitting in my living room and playing around with taking pictures of our cat, I noticed the sound seemed to be louder than I remember. Very annoying.

I have passed my return period for the lens, so taking it back is out of the question...and I already sold my very first copy of this lens because of a server decentered element problem, and I am not going to go through that again and lose a ton of money. I'm just going to live with it. I have an extended MAC Warranty on the lens, so if anything really goes wrong with it in the next three years I will be sending it in then.

I've come to the conclusion with this whole ordeal that if you're looking for perfection you're just not going to get it with this lens. Canon seems to consistently produce copies of it with decentered elements or clicking sounds when zooming. I love its optics and what it is capable of, but it sure has shaken my confidence in Canon's quality.

As the mileage on this current copy increases I'll update everyone as to whether any significant problems develop as, like I said above, I have no other choice at this point other than to keep it. My own gut feeling is that the noise, while annoying, probably will never amount to any actual mechanical issues.


Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: January 28, 2014, 12:42:54 AM »
Here's a big guy from the Winnipeg zoo. He was roaring a few minutes before I shot this; glad he was behind some glass!

The King by HadrianRobinson, on Flickr

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: January 28, 2014, 12:36:58 AM »
Here's one from last weekend. The park had four bucks all hanging out together. This one drifted off from the pack a little bit; the others were all behind a lot of brush.

E88A1694 by HadrianRobinson, on Flickr

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: January 28, 2014, 12:34:54 AM »
I looked outside my door last night and found a nice fog had rolled in.  My neighbor's house has some lovely backlight.

Colors in the fog by yorgasor, on Flickr

Beautiful shot! This reminds me of a haunted cabin in the woods!

Video & Movie / Re: Just WOW
« on: January 27, 2014, 09:29:27 PM »
That's really cool!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: January 25, 2014, 04:35:49 PM »
Here's a buck wandering around a local park.

E88A1698 by HadrianRobinson, on Flickr

E88A1660 by HadrianRobinson, on Flickr

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