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Lenses / Re: What do you do with lens cases?
« on: July 26, 2014, 05:16:41 AM »
I basically do what everyone else does.  I do leave the lenses in the safe in the pouches partially unzipped to allow air to circulate.

I zip 'm up fully, they're not air tight anyway and zipping them up keeps the dust out.

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 f/4L IS disappointing?
« on: July 26, 2014, 04:45:38 AM »

In fact, I've even been considering selling my 70-200 2.8L II and picking up a 135L (and change), although I haven't been able to bring myself to do it yet.  If they bring out a 135L IS, that might well convince me ... although I'm still tempted by the 135L as is.   (And no, I don't want to just add a 135L to my kit. I really don't need any more lenses!)


+1, that's almost insane - the 70-200 2.8L II is a bag full of f/2.8 primes all rolled into one. It is the ultimate zoom. So unless you're bothered by its size and weight, I recommend getting the 135L beside the 70-200L (I know how GAS works). Whatever you do don't first sell the 70-200 and then get the 135L. Keep them both for a while (a year or so) to see how it works out.

I find I'm looking at (used) lenses in the 5000 euro range now (!!!) so apparently the comfort zone increases as far as the wallet can take it...
You (and the OP) could consider renting the "Chess Board set" from Lensrentals:

shipping is $1100 to $2400, depending on location.

That's a really great idea  ;D :o

Macro / Re: Mechanicals
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:35:19 PM »
Here's two that I took for practical reasons, but turned out to pretty good photography, too :)

Lenses / Re: What do you do with lens cases?
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:18:11 PM »
I only use them when I store my lenses on my shelves.

+1. They keep the dust out and are a nice secure place to store the lenses. When traveling or on a shoot, lenses simply go into one of my camera back packs.

I must be going a little nuts... I'm looking at 200-400's, 300/400 f/2.8's... and I'm seeing the price tag... and I thinking... "That's not bad." 

As the kids say ... "1st world problem". Count your blessings that you are apparently pretty well off.

+1, that's a bit of a stretch but I find I'm looking at (used) lenses in the 5000 euro range now (!!!) so apparently the comfort zone increases as far as the wallet can take it...

Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:07:29 PM »
Sad topic :-\

I rather see "Your next lenses to purchase?"  ;D

Would that be anti-anti-G.A.S.  ?   :'(

My minimum would be 6d kit, including 24-105mm (which I feel is a very under-rated lens).

Yes, especially since the 24-70 f/4 IS came to be. The 24-105L is a bit of a sleeper - it's really good though, and made me sell my 24-70 f/2.8L MkI :) It's also an invaluable travel lens, it's sure to be in my bag, and most of the time mounted to my camera,  wherever I'm on holiday.

In much the same way, the 17-40L is feeling the competition from the new 16-35 IS, but the 17-40 is still more compact and gives excellent results. For these reasons it's also part of my standard travel kit.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm Art 1.4 Focusing problems
« on: July 25, 2014, 01:58:32 AM »

have you tried calibrating it with the sigma dock?

Again, as I've stated previously, along with the others having this problem, it cannot be user calibrated because it's only off center points having the issue and any calibration gets applied to all focus points, throwing the center point(s) out. Neither in camera AFMA nor the sigma dock can fix this issue, and sigma service has stated that they cannot fix it either until the sigma corporation finishes writing the software necessary to do it with (note: they said it's software to be used at the service centers, so it will still not be a user serviceable issue). At least it sounds like they are working towards making it fixable, god knows how long that will take.

Errrhhh... so you're saying Sigma needs to calibrate the calibration dock?  :o  ;)

Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: July 24, 2014, 04:29:04 PM »
The 300 f/2.8 II IS + 1.4x III and 2xIII is what I upgraded to and other than the cost, size, and weight, I can recommend it without reservation. 

I can see that combination making sense, but I don't use such long focal lengths enough to justify the cost.

Also, your post scared me a bit as "going native" means going without clothes in American slang :o

Catchy subject title, isn't it ;)

Lenses / Going native at 400mm
« on: July 24, 2014, 03:47:59 PM »
Maybe you can help.

I've been bending my mind over the 400mm focal length for quite some time but can't make up my mind. Too many options but none that really stand out. Here are some of my considerations, all for full frame use:

I'd like something better than my 100-400L that I can shoot hand held.

I don't require a zoom and use 400mm mostly for motorsports or animals in a zoo environment.

A 400mm prime would be nice especially if I can use my 1.4x II to go to 560mm occasionally.

I don't want to break the bank or my back. I'd like to keep the weight of the lens under 2.5 kg if possible, investment below 5000 Euro's.

I previously owned the Sigma 150-500 OS, but couldn't live with the handling (focus ring in the wrong place) and the performance at the long end was only so-so. That lens also felt really heavy but looking at the figures I think the weight distribution was more to blame than the actual weight (front heavy).

I know some of you use the new Tamron 150-600 and the resolution looks good at 400mm but it reminds me too much of the Sigma, and I no longer want any lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/6.3.


  • The 400mm f/5.6 has no IS.
  • The 400mm f/2.8 I or II is too heavy and big for one. The cost is a killer too.
  • The 400DO has a mixed reputation. I know of a shop that has a used one, with one year warranty for €3999. The shop is not exactly around the corner but I'm actually really tempted by this one...
  • The 300mm f/2.8II is a stretch, and I'd have to use it with a 1.4x II or buy a 1.4x III making the stretch even longer.
  • The 300mm f/4 IS looks great but less so with a 1.4x
  • 70-200 f/2.8II with a 2x TC? Maybe not.

What else am I missing? What would you recommend?

One thing important to know about VueScan that I forgot to mention: The RAW files it puts out are compatible with Lightroom/ACR, but NOT Aperture.  That's one thing that started my move away from Aperture even before Apple announced it was reaching end-of-life.

Thanks, fortunately I've got Lightroom that I use for my Sony RAW files so it's easy to go from there. For CR2's I still prefer DPP ;)

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm Art 1.4 Focusing problems
« on: July 23, 2014, 01:14:39 PM »
I have an original Sigma 5Omm f/1.4 and it focuses just fine on my 5DIII. Out of the box no adjustments.
I also own a Sigma 35mm Art  and it performed just fine right out of the box as well. No adjustments.


Used an epson v750 for hundreds of slides, thousands of negatives in different sizes from 70+ years of photography.  The details you can get from old b&w negatives is amazing.   It took a while and some experimentation to dial it in.  Key benefit of this scanner is two pass scanning, one in IR to eliminate dust, scratches, etc.  Highly recommend VueScan for the process, it also has profiles for many different types of negatives.  Not sure if you can apply that to images you take with your camera but you might check that out.

Your post saved me some keystrokes. +1 on everything. I don't have hands on with V750, but have hired out some work to a provider who uses a V700 (essentially the same machine without wet-mount ability), and was very pleased with the quality. And Vuescan is killer. Every hardware provider should just stop trying to develop their own half-arsed proprietary software and just make a bundling deal with Ed Hamrick for Vuescan, which allows you to essentially save out RAW files of the scanned data so there's not loss due to processing the file out as TIF or JPG. Vuescan is better than software that came with $20,000 Heidelberg scanners I worked with in a previous job.

Epson's V600 is a great flatbed scanner for your old prints, but for film, it's hobbled by so-so software and horrible film holders. I'm using a pair of Microtek i800's that beat the V600 in about every way and plays very well with Viewscan. Got them both for under $200 ea. on eBay. A dedicated film scanner would be the best thing if you have the bucks. For me, scanning is less mission-critical than nostalgic or for archive, so a large expense can't be justified.

I really feel a scanner is by far the best way to go for this type of work, yet my hat is off to the ingenuity shown by those who have built the home brew rigs shown in this thread. If you go the slide duplicator style route, choosing the right kind of lens would be important. A macro lens or even an enlarging lens would have the flattest possible field of focus that would be key to best results. And the odd and varied base colors of the many types of color negative films will give you fits pretty much without a doubt. A scanner (or more correctly, the software) would compensate for that more easily, in addition to the infrared dust cleanup that scanners with that capability can do.

Thanks, I'm taking notes of this for when I'm going to do some scanning -these kinds of threads are motivating (but I prefer to leave that type of work for the dark days of fall/winter).

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 f/4L IS disappointing?
« on: July 23, 2014, 01:06:57 PM »
f/4 lenses have many uses - they are lighter in weight and generally considerably cheaper than similar quality f/2.8 lenses. Landscape photographers, hikers, tourists are perfectly happy  to have these lenses.

That's right, when traveling I carry the 17-40L, 24-105L and 70-300L. All of these lenses can be considered 'slow' so I compliment them with the tiny 35mm f/2 or 50mm f/1.8 MkI. On my latest holiday in Japan I could really sense that I had replaced the 70-300 VC Tamron that I carried previously, 12 hr days on my feet resulted in back pain. Thankfully I wasn't carrying any f/2.8 'monsters' or my back would have been irreparably damaged....

These are interesting rig-ups; I got a Reflecta CrystalScan 7200 a few birthdays ago but have been too occupied/lazy to use it so far. :-[ I am however saving it for the day when I feel motivated to scan some old (or new) material.

I wonder why nobody has so far posted any pictures that show the photographed and processed results.


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