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Technical Support / The 50mm f/1.4 focus ring issue
« on: August 12, 2012, 01:48:09 PM »
I've owned this lens for about 3 years now, and the problem has finally caught up with me.  This is a well known problem and is documented on the internet. Basically, the focusing mechanism starts to fail and not allow the ring to work at the extreme ends of the range. AF just goes back and forth as it tries to get to a spot that the ring won't allow. The problem seems to be due to a helicoid that becomes misshapen. There is a rather detailed DIY fix that seems to be fairly straightforward with good photos and appropriate warnings along the way. I actually came across it about 2 years ago and saved it to Evernote, thinking it might come in handy some day. That some day is here.

Before I dive into it, does anybody have any other experience this problem? Am I better off to send it to the repair shop? Thanks in advance for whatever insights you have.

Technical Support / Question about preserving a print
« on: August 11, 2012, 02:04:58 AM »
So I just finished remodeling one of our bathrooms, and I've got the perfect spot for a 16x20 gallery wrap of one of my photos. Thing is, I'm worried about it being in a hot steamy environment like that. Is there a recommended way of waterproofing prints like this? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D in October? [CR1]
« on: August 10, 2012, 01:41:05 AM »
I agree disagree with those who say why does Canon not just keep selling a 5 year old body?   Because would you buy a 5 year old BMW when Mercedes is selling new cars for the same price?  Sure both are nice cars, but there have been improvements over the last 5 years.  I could almost promise that the 6D will be better than a 5D2 in every way.  Better AF, Better metering, Sensor improvements maybe?, Better LCD, Faster FPS hopefully.  Pop up flash.

Actually, if I was in the market for a nice car, but I didn't have the coin for a brand new one, I would probably go for that 5 y/o BMW and be completely content with it.  I'll let somebody with a fatter wallet than I get that new Mercedes.

I love my 5DmkII. A replacement FF for ~$2kUSD is going to be something less. Better get your 5DmkII while you still can.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D in October? [CR1]
« on: August 09, 2012, 10:50:46 PM »
Folks, if it's a 22M FF at ~2kUSD, you might want to be careful. They're going to have cut some corners somewhere, and you'll be wishing you'd bought the 5DmkII for essentially the same price. Get it while you can.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D and 5D II that different?
« on: August 09, 2012, 10:41:40 PM »
Thank you all for the comments. I decided to pull the trigger on the 5D Mk. II. My bank account looks a little sad, but (hopefully) it'll be worth it. I'm a college student so being poor is nothing new.  :)

You won't regret it. I moved from a Rebel to a 5DmkII last winter and haven't looked back.

Lenses / Re: First L Lens... OH MY #^(*^!& GOD
« on: August 09, 2012, 01:04:24 PM »
You know what they say, once you go L, you never go back. Or something like that.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135 f/1.8L IS
« on: August 01, 2012, 03:11:45 PM »
Something floating around at the Olympics, maybe? If it's real, this is probably the one lens I would sell a kidney to get my hands on. As it is, I'm already drooling over the 135mm f/2. And I'm not much of a drooler.

Portrait / Re: Niece and grandniece (candid)
« on: July 30, 2012, 12:33:32 PM »
did u edit the photo? the kid is like shining :o

Of course it was edited. My goal was to do so in such a way as to bring more attention to the baby, and that might have been overdone just a bit. Also, the light was hitting her little pink tuft in such a way as to not allow a lot of detail without underexposing her face badly.

Portrait / Niece and grandniece (candid)
« on: July 29, 2012, 05:07:57 PM »
You're welcome to comment/critique anything you feel helpful, but this candid upload is mostly for fun. It's official: I've got the cutest grandniece in CR Forums.  ;D

Niece and grandniece by Rick.Scheibner, on Flickr

Camera   Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
Exposure   0.001 sec (1/2000)
Aperture   f/2.0
Focal Length   50 mm
ISO Speed   250
Exposure Bias   0 EV

Light source: Eastern Oregon evening sun camera right, subjects in shade.

Lenses / Re: Lenses - All Change!
« on: July 28, 2012, 06:06:25 PM »
@Cosk It's a focusing issue - within a few metres it's not too bad (especially now that I've micro adjusted on the 7D), but anything with a bit of distance, say 6+ metres and its open to guessing what it will do - in/out focus. I cant trust it.
Maybe I've got a bad copy.

Be sure and rule out user error first. This is especially true if you're getting OOF at wider apertures at those distances. Just something to think about.

Lenses / Re: About to jump into the canon boat!
« on: July 28, 2012, 06:02:51 PM »
Except for the 135mm, this is exactly my setup. In addition, I have a 70-200mm f/4 L. If you're doing mostly landscapes, you'll find that this setup covers your range quite nicely. You can get that 70-200 for a lot less than the 135, too. Also, if you're doing landscapes, you'll find that you rarely need IS or wide(r) apertures.

EOS Bodies / Re: Another Spec List for the Entry Level Full Frame EOS
« on: July 25, 2012, 03:34:39 PM »
If this is the camera you're looking for, why not just pick up a 5DmkII right now?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS M & EF 800 f/5.6L IS
« on: July 25, 2012, 03:31:59 PM »
Maybe we can get Canon to kit this?  ::)

Lenses / Re: 40mm f/2.8 or 50mm f/1.4
« on: July 24, 2012, 11:24:24 AM »
At some point, you're going to want a wider aperture than f/2.8. That's the only drawback against the new 40mm that I can see. However, the price to performance ratio seems to be out of this world on that lens.

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