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None of my IS lenses including my 300/2.8L IS II make any audible noise with the IS on. Of course, it would't surprise me if some people on this board are listening to their IS lenses with a stethoscope.

Lenses / Re: Buying used lens
« on: December 27, 2012, 09:31:51 PM »
Lately I have bought most everything new. Years ago, I bought a 300/2.8 Nikon lens and a Nikon 1D ($5000 new at the time) on eBay. Both of the sellers had a high number of feedback ratings and were 98-99% positive ratings. I felt like if this many other people had good things to say then I could trust the seller. Both times the equipment was in perfect condition and the sale went off without a hitch.

Technical Support / Re: Repairing Scratches - 5D MKIII
« on: December 27, 2012, 09:25:30 PM »
Back in 2006 I was on a job in the Northern Territory of Australia and I scratched up the top cover of one of my 1D2's pretty bad. It was just cosmetic and didn't affect the operation or IQ of the camera at all. A couple of months later I sent it to CPS Repair for something else and they replaced the scratched up top cover for free. I guess Canon didn't want a scratched up camera out there.

Canon 135/2L

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is it hard not to buy 3rd party lenses now?
« on: December 26, 2012, 12:09:34 PM »
EVERY time I have bought a non-Canon (or non-Nikon back in my Nikon days) lens I have regretted it.  When I switched to Canon back in 2004 I got talked into buying Sigma lenses. I bought 7 Sigma lenses and regretted every one of them. 

Lenses / Re: Warranty for Lenses
« on: December 20, 2012, 09:06:17 PM »
You might try squaretrade.com. I have used them for cell phone warranties before and they were great.

Lenses / Re: 300MM lens advice
« on: December 06, 2012, 09:06:42 AM »
I had a Sigma 120-300. Not the current version, but the one before. I broke my vow to buy only Canon lenses. I wish I hadn't. I HATED that lens. It was sooooo slow at autofocusing. I eBay'ed it to some guy in South Africa and bought the Canon 300/2.8 IS II. I love the Canon. Maybe I'm just too picky about my glass, but I have regretted buying anything except Canon. That was my policy back in the days when I shot Nikons too.

Lenses / Re: 1Dx or lenses
« on: November 22, 2012, 08:29:28 PM »
I have both the 1Dx and the 5D3. The biggest difference between them in my opinion is speed. If you do sports stuff, get the 1Dx. If not, 5D3 is a great camera.

Technical Support / Re: Sandisk Extreme Pro behaving very unusually.
« on: November 19, 2012, 10:24:47 PM »
If it is a problem with the card, SanDisk is great about replacing them. I have owned about 50 SanDisk cards since 1999 and have had 2 of them go bad. SanDisk replaced them without question.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx battery?
« on: November 18, 2012, 07:42:02 PM »
I'm with neuro.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II focus issue
« on: November 18, 2012, 03:55:11 PM »
I send every body and every lens to Canon every year.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Black friday - Canon rebates?
« on: November 17, 2012, 03:33:45 PM »
$2,100 isn't a bad price for that lens. Since it is a high-end lens, it likely will not be discounted for Black Friday. Your best bet I think is going to be get it before the Dec 1 rebates expire.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 430 EX II Assist Beam Cover lost
« on: November 16, 2012, 08:31:35 PM »
Call Canon. They are really great about sending out parts like that.

I remember back in the day when I was shooting Nikons. Once or twice I broke a hot shoe on a flash. The nikon part cost was outrageous. The same thing happened when I was shooting Canon's. I couldn't believe how cheap the part was.

Buy it with your American Express card. They will price protect you on it. That's what I did when my 300mm f/2.8L IS II dropped $50 at B&H and when my 5D3 dropped $505 at B&H.

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