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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 24, 2013, 12:20:19 AM »
I'm on 50K actuations, been with me over a year, never got issues and mine seems affected going on serial number and lack of markings...

You've had the 1Dx since before June of last year?

Yep, got mine May of last year, had been on pre-order for a long while, got one of the first in my country apparently. Do not regret it!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 23, 2013, 02:23:21 PM »
I'm on 50K actuations, been with me over a year, never got issues and mine seems affected going on serial number and lack of markings...

Lenses / Re: 24-70 2.8f II or 70-200 2.8f II
« on: May 29, 2013, 10:44:53 AM »
That's a tough one, but would take the 24-70 first.

Lenses / Re: EF 14-24mm and Filters
« on: May 29, 2013, 10:36:17 AM »
Currently I use the Lee Filter Holder 150 x 150 for the Nikon 14-24f/2.8 on my Canon Bodies, I imagine Canon are not going to be able to do a heap with that front element that Nikon weren't able to do, so I guess if/when Canon drop a 14-24 onto the Market, you'll need to look at after Market adaptors like the Lee 150 X 150 System, it works just fine on the nikon 14-24 but the system & filters are somewhat dedicated to just this Lens, so it becomes an expensive solve to the problem.

I also have the Canon TSE 17 which has a similar issue with the front element (Huge), and no one makes an adaptor, that I am aware of, for this lens, which is a Bummer, best fix I've seen to date is a Modification to a spare Lens Cover for the 17mm adapted & converted to take the 100 x 150 "Normal" Lee Filter set up, I've not tried it though, may give it a go as I'de like to use my Grads on this Lens, the 24 TSE isn't an issue, Lee have a step Ring @ 82mm that allows it fit the normal 100 x 150 Lee System to the 24 TSE & 24-70f/2.8 II.

The Link shows the mod for the 17TSE if anyone's interested.


The lens is filtrable, Lucroit and Hitech make the appropriate filter and holder system....

Debating to replace my 24-105 for a 24-70 II for improved IQ reasons. Still on the fence whether I'll do this. 

I debated that same issue.  Now I'm debating whether to sell the 24-105L, as I haven't used it since getting the 24-70L II.

Neuro getting rid of a lens... that's a new one!

None really, covered except for a coveted second body, hopefully the tout high MP one for landscape work and the 14-24 if it ever appears.

Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L IS I vs. 400 f/2.8L IS II
« on: May 19, 2013, 02:41:05 PM »
I had the version I of the lens second hand for a year, sold it and recently got a hold of version II through a mentorship programme. In terms of IQ and sharpness, difficult to find major differences between the two, AF is fast on both except it had a tendency to keep searching more on the version I (in my case only maybe?), but what I found to be a blessing is the obvious and welcome decrease in weight. I literally got severe back pain carrying the version I, not telling the version II is a featherweight but oh so easier on the shoulders.

Lenses / Re: How "real" is the Sigma Art 135/1.8 OIS rumor?
« on: May 19, 2013, 02:38:49 PM »
Never heard of it being mentioned

Street & City / Re: Stockholm, Sweden
« on: May 16, 2013, 11:38:16 AM »
With all the uwa architecture opportunities you might consider renting a TS lens.

Planned equipment would be a 70-200 mm f/2.8 and 24 mm TS-E.

Street & City / Re: Stockholm, Sweden
« on: May 16, 2013, 08:22:51 AM »
Thank you, looking forward to it!

Lenses / Re: Who has pre-ordered or will order 200-400
« on: May 16, 2013, 01:49:16 AM »
See now I have a dilemma...I have been saving my money to purchase the 400mm 2.8 for the past couple of years and I'm about $1500 off from paying straight cash for it. I am planning to have it by the time fall rolls around for some high school football action. Now with this lens finally becoming a reality I wonder should I just go ahead go for this or just go ahead and pull the trigger on the 400 since I've been saving for it for so long...

Decisions, decisions...
Unless you will need less than 400mm I cannot see why you must change plans.

400 2.8 L IS II weighs the same as the 200-400 and is one stop better...

That's the thing though, one stop better, sharper and more depth of field, but you miss shots if subject comes too close, 200-400 has that versatility but a stop worse... decisions, decisions.

Lenses / Re: EF 14-24mm and Filters
« on: May 14, 2013, 04:31:57 PM »
Non-existent lens, so filter question is superfluous.

Lenses / Re: Andy Rouse Reviews the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: May 14, 2013, 04:29:30 PM »
Here is a comparison of the 200-400 mtfs at 400mm and 560mm with the f/2.8 300mm II + 1.4x TC at 420 mm, and the f/2.8 400mm II prime, and then the 200-400mm at 560mm with TC, the 300mm at 600mm with 2xTC, and the 400mm prime with 1.4x TC. I'll stick with the 300mm + TCs as the 200-400 is too heavy for me as well as too pricey. All these lenses seriously outgun the 100-400mm f/5.6, and you see it quite easily in the resolution of detail when you compare them in practice.

So basically MTF say 400 with a 1.4 is still sharper than the 200-400?

Lenses / Re: Who has pre-ordered or will order 200-400
« on: May 14, 2013, 04:27:59 PM »
Just when I got that 400 mm f/2.8 IS II...

Lenses / Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« on: April 30, 2013, 01:07:37 AM »
Here is an example of using the 8-15mm Fisheye I took. Although I did use a long exposure to get star trails. Hopefully it is still informative for you.

I also have used the TS-E 24mm II for astrophotography and have quite enjoyed it, however I can definitely understand wanting the EF 24mm 1.4 opposed to it for that specific use. Here is an example although I do not have any Milky Way shots with the 24mm.

How did you manage to fit a filter in front of the fisheye? Or you just used bulb mode in near darkness?

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