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Lenses / Re: 16-35 or 17-40?
« on: March 05, 2014, 09:00:11 PM »
If you buy now and canon releases something else down the line, you're still ahead.

I bought my 16-35 II for $1250 back in 2008.  I sold it last year for $1218 on ebay.  It's like I had a free 6 year rental and have thousands of images to show for it.

If your gear is clean and looks pristine, L lenses hold their value exceptionally well.  Take the pictures you want now and sell it for little to no loss, using those funds to buy the next new thing that comes along.

Thats very true. I usually wait until lenses hit a low point on price when I buy. I have done very well selling them later. Canon L lenses tend to hold their value very very well.

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Lenses / Re: 16-35 or 17-40?
« on: March 05, 2014, 01:24:34 PM »
Thanks for the replies. Money is an object when considering some suggestions to buy every Zeiss prime in that focal range. Hover money isn't an factor when comparing an $800 lens to a $1400 lens.

I actually own the 17-40. It's a great lens. It is my oldest Canon lens now at about 10 years old. I used to use it often when I shot crop sensor bodies, but now that I am all full-frame, I don't use it as much.

What prompted this post is should I try to talk myself into getting the 16-35 since it is on rebate now (B&H for $1398) or just keep the 17-40. The 17-40 is my slowest lens now, but other than being f4, I am happy with it.

Still can't decide what to do. When will Canon have a 14-24??????

Also, I've learned my lesson a few times over by buying non-Canon lenses. Sorry, some of you might think that decision is short-sighted, but I have never really gone wrong with a Canon lens. The only brand that I would really consider besides Canon is Zeiss. That comes from many many years shooting Hasselblads back in the film days.

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Lenses / 16-35 or 17-40?
« on: March 02, 2014, 10:50:18 PM »
If money is no object which lens would you choose. Obviously, the 16-35 is a full stop faster. But this isn't a lens that I would use that often. What are the pros and cons of each? Which one is better quality...I mean really better quality...not just, "well the 16-35 is the more expensive one, so it has to be better". Comments appreciated from those of you who have or have used both.

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There is nothing that can improve the 1dx for me. I could be stupid and say a 100% accurate AF that is connected to my brain and ALWAYS focus where I think focus should be, but let's face it, that's a few years off still. I can't imagine not getting great images in any situation with the 1dx, better than any other camera. Tripod mounted or crawling in the mud or jumping a plane or anything else. I only bought the 1d3, 1d4 and 5d3 to upgrade what I didn't felt 100% happy with, not because I wanted the newest. With the 1dx I feel no need to buy anything else. It's some famous last words, I know. But it just works...
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Exactly. That's why the 1Dx is my go to camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon CPS Irvine Experience
« on: February 16, 2014, 01:37:58 PM »
I always send new equipment to CPS for a warranty service shortly after I buy it. I have found that almost all new lenses or bodies I send to them need some sort of adjustment coming out of the factory.

On another note. I use the Newport News, Virginia service facility. They have been excellent to deal with. They are only about a 2.5 hour drive from my office. Sometimes I will just do a road trip to take equipment in to them. Frequently I will get an email on the way home that the repairs have been completed and the item shipped out before I get home. They really seem to treat CPS Platinum members right.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70/2.8 Canon or Tamron: Which did you choose and why?
« on: February 01, 2014, 12:23:11 PM »
Canon. I don't use off-brand lenses.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom or Aperture for friend
« on: November 06, 2013, 09:25:20 AM »
I've been using Aperture since the day it came out in 2005. However, I am in the process of switching over to Lightroom. It seems like Apple is dropping the ball on updates and that concerns me. I hope that they are not going to kick pro photographers in the nuts like they did with the video people and Final Cut Pro X, but I'm not so sure.

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EOS-M / Re: Grip available for EOS M
« on: November 04, 2013, 12:00:10 PM »
It says it uses "very high bond transfer tape". So I guess it sticks on.

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I always keep my boxes. If you look through competed items on eBay, the stuff with boxes, manuals, etc always seem to go a little higher.

I also agree with neuro's comment about giving legitimacy as being the original owner as opposed to trying to sell stolen goods.

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The 24-105L was my most-used lens until I got the 24-70/2.8L II.  Whether or not it makes sense to have both depends on what you shoot. The IS of the 24-105 makes it useful for static subjects in low light with no tripod.  In a studio situation, where you have lots of light and a backdrop, meaning you can stop down to f/8 or narrower, the IQ differences are minimal (the 24-105 is very sharp stopped down), and the longer tele end is very useful - you can go from a group portrait to an individual headshot with one lens.

Having stated that, after a few months of not using my 24-105L, I sold it...and haven't regretted it at all.

Same here.

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Here's the video:

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How could you tell from a video?

The video showed a comparison of this lens with other unidentified popular 50mm lenses.

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I watched a video on this lens a few months ago. The optical quality difference is astounding. This lens makes everything else look like crap. I do recall that the price was way up there. $4,000 sounds right and it is manual focus.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2 5d3's or 1d x
« on: September 20, 2013, 11:49:41 AM »
Unless you are shooting sports get a second 5D3. I would rather have two cameras than only one 1Dx.

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Software & Accessories / Re: New Sandisk Extreme Pro CF cards
« on: September 17, 2013, 10:35:35 AM »
Yes. They were just introduced in the past week.

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