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Canon General / Compact camera for travel/everyday use
« on: July 22, 2013, 10:13:34 PM »
Looking for a compact body for travel. Would prefer an optical viewfinder over an electronic one if possible, and one that has great ISO performance in this segment. Don't know if I am asking too much but would be great if I can get clean images upto 1600 in low light conditions and usable upto 3200/6400.  I don't know if such compact bodies come with fast primes, or fast zooms but a fixed aperture lens would be nice. Basically looking to replace my 5D3 when I want to travel light or just out and about. Any recommendations?

Abstract / Bring Me Home
« on: July 05, 2013, 10:42:48 AM »
Not sure if this should be in this forum, but here goes. One of the first shot from the 70-200 MK II. Absolutely love this lens!

Bring me home by Dhanad Islam, on Flickr

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: July 05, 2013, 10:28:36 AM »
Love this lens!

Bring me home by Dhanad Islam, on Flickr

During the actual shoot, I often forget to cover the VF. I did not notice any significant change in the outcome of a shot with or without the cover on the VF. Maybe I was lucky to get away with it as I remember I never had any significant light source coming from behind the camera. Maybe I have not yet faced a scenario  where you will need to cover the VF to get proper reading.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:44:52 AM »
Exciting news! Really hope the sensor delivers, as it seems Canon have mostly done right in other aspects of the design (especially the AF system). What amazed me is that they kept the price to $1200. Given their recent price trend one would have imagined they'd price it $1300 or so.

Anybody know if the body is plastic or a metal consturction?

Lenses / Re: Help complete my bundle...
« on: June 28, 2013, 08:57:38 AM »
Thanks everyone!!  The camera, flash and lens arrive on Monday.  How am I going to make it through the weekend?!  Alcohol?? ;)

Haha, congrats on the purchase. Awesome moment after a long wait is when you see a UPS/Fedex truck pulling up in front of your house, and the delivery person is taking out your box. You get all giddy! Even better when you have it in your hands and start playing with it!  ;D ;D ;D

Canon General / Re: Question about Refurbished Lens from Canon Direct
« on: June 27, 2013, 11:45:25 PM »
Okay, so the good news is I gave another thorough look at the front element after a cleanup, and it seems perfectly fine. It must have been some small fiber strand of some sort that was on the glass, but after careful cleaning it looks flawless now. So I guess I was wrong about the mark. Phew! Thanks for all the great advice though folks.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D Next to Be Announced
« on: June 27, 2013, 12:00:43 PM »

Canon General / Re: Question about Refurbished Lens from Canon Direct
« on: June 27, 2013, 03:52:26 AM »
Every lens I've purchased from them has been perfect, so I would ask them to replace it. The 70-200 is unique (among the ones I've ordered) in that it comes in a large brown box (vs the usual white one), sandwiched between a couple of large pieces of foam. The lens, hood, and tripod ring were together inside the lens case.

That's exactly how I received mine just this week. It also has "Canon" imprinted on the sides and a sticker that designates the lens model. To the OP, was the pilfer proof tape fully intact or did it look like the seal was broken? If that latter is the case, then it may have been damaged en route.

Just give them a call and set up a replacement. I'd say mine arrived in about 9.8/10 condition, but it is a superb copy and isn't worth replacing for that extra .2. However, the lens hood that came with it didn't lock quite as well as it should and there was a fairly noticeable scratch on the inside (not as big of an issue). So I called them up, told them about the defect, and within 10 minutes they were processing a replacement for the hood (that is, when it becomes available). In fact, I'd give them a call first thing tomorrow because the 70-200 is currently in stock and they should be able to send out a replacement right away. Their stock goes quickly!

Interesting, so I guess Canon is rolling out refurbished products (lens) in these brown boxes (with Canon imprints on the sides, etc). This is exactly how I got mine, the secure tape was intact. The lens is in immaculate condition, even the hood except for that small paint chip near the tripod collar and the minor blemish (which I cannot locate right now) on the front element. I will take another look at it in the morning and give Canon a call.

Thanks for all the advice and insights everyone.

Canon General / Question about Refurbished Lens from Canon Direct
« on: June 26, 2013, 10:46:40 PM »
I just got my refurbished 70-200 IS II today which I ordered from Canon Direct. Upon close inspection I noticed there is a small scratch/blemish on the front element. A very minor paint chip near the tripod collar. Everything else seems fine. No noticeable dust inside, and works fine. Also I was under the impression that Canon ships their refurbished lenses in a 'refurbished' box. In my case they shipped my lens inside the soft case that came with the 70-200 IS II. Anyone else experienced similar case?

Also, I was wondering if I should return the lens. The minor scratch on the front element is bugging me, even though that mark shouldn't affect the images.

Landscape / Re: From top of Mammoth Mountain
« on: June 23, 2013, 07:05:19 PM »
Thanks folks. Still hunting for a way to repair the damaged CR2 files. I file size appear normal, but I cannot open them at all >_<

Landscape / From top of Mammoth Mountain
« on: June 23, 2013, 10:36:45 AM »
View from 11053 feet from the Mammoth Mountain summit. The weather at the time was beautiful, and the view was to die for.

I managed to lose 83 photos from this series as the camera failed to write the images onto the memory card. I have not managed to repair those corrupted images as of yet. As a result, some of the most precious moments I had of this place are now forever lost. Yet, I was given a second chance to go out and take some quick snaps of the view from this summit before descending. A big thanks to the wonderful folks I was traveling with.

Pause. Breathe In by Dhanad Islam, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Advice on which lens to upgrade/replace/add
« on: June 19, 2013, 09:00:50 PM »
Interesting thoughts. The 3 primes (85, 100 and 135) did cross my mind several times. Perhaps its a good idea to buy used but in good condition and try them out, and sell it off later if not used much.

85L II + 70-200 f2.8 IS II are my fav for indoor portrait.
24-70 II + 135L is not a bad combo at all. Photo below was taken with 135L @ wide open.

Dylan, beautiful photo! I know you recently bought the 135, and you also have the 85. Right off the bat, what did you like most about the 135 over the 85?

The recent thread regarding the 14-24 and 16-50 lenses got me all excited, though it's still a rumor. I know I will definitely jump for the 16-50 (prefer non bulbous front element) if it's released and as stellar as the new 24-70 II or if it's mid frame is substantially better than the 16-35 II. Till then 16-35 II stays. Upgrading to 24-70 II just got more confusing if 16-50 is indeed in the works.

Upgrade the 24-70.
Give the 135L a try (I love mine....)
Are you a strobist? Take a look on a pair of 600rt's.

Choices. Have more fun than headache!

I am no strobist but I am trying to learn the art whenever I get the chance. Have not yet experimented with multiple flash.

Lenses / Advice on which lens to upgrade/replace/add
« on: June 19, 2013, 07:11:58 AM »
Saved up enough for a 70-200 f2.8L IS II. Initially I thought I would replace my current 70-200 f2.8L (non IS) with the mark II. But now I am confused which lens to upgrade/replace/consolidate. I like to travel light, and given my travel habit (with family most of the time) I usually take around 2 lenses, a medium tripod, 1x ND filter and a remote trigger.

Travel kit (these two lens combination worked really well for me so far)
16-35 f2.8L II - Landscape
70-200 f2.8L - Landscape/portrait

Family & friends events kit
24-70 f2.8L (have not tried any other lens combination yet)
580 EX II

General walk-around
24-70 f2.8L
50 1.8 II

I would say all my lenses get almost equal amount of usage in a year, and I am pretty happy with these glasses. I guess I am trying to find out which one to upgrade first, or maybe add a prime. At one point I was thinking maybe get the 70-200 f2.8L IS II and a 1.4x Extender first. So my question is, if you were to upgrade one glass from the list, which one would you replace first. Also, if you were to add a glass (for e.g. travel, family events, walk-around, indoor portrait) to the list, then which would one would you consider? Hope I made sense, and thank you for your recommendation and advice.

Definitely would like a 16-35 MKIII over 14-24 for few reasons

1) Non bulbous front element, so that we can use screw in filters.
2) the focal range 16-35 is just so much versatile and can be used in/for so many applications/purposes.
3) 82mm is the new 77mm (for those who also own 24-70 MKII).

Can't remember if there was any rumour regarding an update for this lens, was there?

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