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EOS Bodies / Re: whats going to be better?
« on: September 13, 2012, 12:28:14 AM »
Get the 5DmkII. If they're holding the price down on a 6D, build quality will likely be the first compromise. If you plan on keeping your camera body for a few years, build quality becomes important.

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* More Canon EOS 6D Specs Surface [CR1]
« on: September 13, 2012, 12:25:40 AM »
If you need a FF and don't have the coin for a 5DmkIII, get your 5DmkII NOW. This new 6D, supposedly an 'entry level' model, won't be as good as the II, and priced higher to boot. You can pretty much take that one to the bank.

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If you end up going with a FF, you'll want to hang on to that 70-200.

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Lenses / Re: The 50mm f/1.4: Conclusion
« on: September 11, 2012, 09:11:56 PM »
Just reading through the comments, it's amazing the lengths that people go to in order to protect this lens! It is sharp, sharp glass...but man is it ever finicky.

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Lenses / Re: The 50mm f/1.4: Conclusion
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:38:49 PM »
Also - whenever you can - remember to put the lens back at infinity before storage.

Charlie, I was advised exactly against this, but to instead store it somewhere in the middle.

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Lenses / Re: The 50mm f/1.4: Conclusion
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:54:48 PM »
Alpine. He didn't actually do the work, but he sent it out to somebody he knew who was qualified as such. I'm taking him at his word because a) he's got a pretty decent reputation and b) I couldn't find anything negative about the service on the internets. Spokane is only about 3 hours north of me, but with these gas prices I figured I was better off just having him ship it.

Also, I'm paying for the original repair work, plus my botched repair job (stripped thread and one other electronic part that needed replacing).

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Lenses / Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« on: September 10, 2012, 08:12:03 PM »
Who cares about pro build quality when you have the option of two lenses at f/8, one that is sharper than the other? 

Actually, I'm just now having a 50mm f/1.4 returned to me from the repair shop. Build quality was the culprit. That, and my inability to fix my own stuff, but that's a topic for a different thread. Build quality will now become a factor when I'm choosing my next lens.

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Lenses / Re: The 50mm f/1.4: Conclusion
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:59:58 PM »
i have a cheap neoprene lens bag from ebay and a cheap lens hood from ebay i store this lens by puting the lens into the lens bag mount side down so the front element face the top then pull the draw string up, the cheap lens hood then fit perfectly around the bag and front element section providing a hard shell around this vulnerable part.

Not a bad idea. Unfortunately, the kind of damage I sustained came from the inside, not the outside. There's an internal part that bangs up against the focus barrel, warping it out of shape. That prevents the lens from being focused using AF or otherwise. It's stuck within a very small range.  Those who have had this problem know exactly what I'm talking about. So while I really like the protection you listed here, this lens needs a little TLC, particularly with how you store it.

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Lenses / The 50mm f/1.4: Conclusion
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:01:56 PM »
So I had to send my 50mm f/1.4 up to the lens hospital in Spokane. It was a DIY fix that went awry. It's being discharged now and is on it's way back home to me. How much did all of this cost? Not as much as a new lens. Not quite, anyway. But it sure feels like it. But it's my own fault, and ended up costing me more because of the botched fix-it job.

If you own this lens: Store it in the middle of the focus range, like around the 3 foot mark, and NOT at the infinity point like a lot of people recommend on the internets. I got this advice from the guy who worked on it, a factory-authorized lens tech.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« on: September 01, 2012, 12:11:43 AM »
No question, the 50 f/1.4 gives you the best IQ for the money in their entire lineup. But it's finnicky and can be fragile. Learn it's little quirks and treat it gingerly, and you should be ok.
If you are not comfortable with Canon 50mm F/1.4, go with Sigma 50mm F/1.4.  It's much better than Canon 50mm F/1.4.

Build quality, maybe, but the difference in IQ is negligible from what I've seen. Plus, I'm reading a lot that the Sigma AF is inconsistent. Not that the Canon's AF is stellar, though. There's some give and taken no matter what you do.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF70-200mm f/4L USM
« on: August 31, 2012, 10:00:21 PM »

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Lenses / Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« on: August 29, 2012, 11:43:31 PM »
No question, the 50 f/1.4 gives you the best IQ for the money in their entire lineup. But it's finnicky and can be fragile. Learn it's little quirks and treat it gingerly, and you should be ok.

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Landscape / Re: 17-40 f4 for lower light vs 16-35 f2.8
« on: August 29, 2012, 10:03:44 AM »
They both let in the same amount of light. The difference is that the 16-35 let's you go all the way out to f/2.8. If you're shooting landscapes (an ideal situation for the 17-40), you're rarely going to want that kind of DOF.

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Lenses / Re: 50mm lens. I Need advice!!
« on: August 29, 2012, 09:58:18 AM »
The canon 1.4 is very susceptible to damage. This is due to the old poorly designed front element focusing gearing and drive. I treat my gear well, mine still broke after a few years. Was gonna cost half it's price to fix two parts, not one but two parts. I bought the sigma, it is sharper and much better built. Research it.

You speak the truth. The 50 f/1.4 creates some beautiful images, but you have to take extra safeguards with it. Things you wouldn't even think about, like storing it in infinity mode, front element always pointed up, etc... Mine is in the shop right now...and I'm not guaranteed I'm going to get it back in one piece. After this whole ordeal, though, I will still likely replace it with another copy.

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Well, it looks like I won't be getting into video work any time soon.

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