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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.

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.

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

Better get one now before the new 'consumer' FF comes out and the 5DmkII's are not available anywhere. You'll be sorry if you wait.

EOS Bodies / Re: Shooting leveled landscape pictures
« on: August 24, 2012, 12:35:56 AM »
Or to quote from that Luminous Landscape article:
"Relax, Bors. The landscape isn't going anywhere."

No, but the light is. And I'm not saying don't spend 20 seconds making sure it's level. I'm just saying get it close and then tweak it as needed. It's an important element to get right in the field, but not at the expense of paying attention to other things. I just don't see the need for a specialized level like that.

EOS Bodies / Re: Shooting leveled landscape pictures
« on: August 23, 2012, 03:13:46 PM »
I never use the electronic level on my 7D - far too sensitive, nor the bubble spirit-levels on my tripod or monopod, instead, I find it easier to correct in post with the Ruler tool in PS. Your time is better spent getting your composition & exposure correct than your camera level.


EOS Bodies / Re: Shooting leveled landscape pictures
« on: August 22, 2012, 09:57:42 PM »
If you're overthinking your horizons, you might be neglecting to pay enough attention to other elements of your photo.

It means buy the 5DmkII now. The new 'consumer' level FF is going to be a step backward. At least.

Mark my words.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Decision made, it will be a 5D2 w/BG
« on: August 21, 2012, 04:49:18 PM »
Decision made.  I'm going with a 5D2 with a Canon battery grip (I have BGs on my 50D and 7D so I'm used to the feel) and use the $1500 toward new glass or a higher MP FF Canon should one become available in the future.  I like the idea of a Digic 5+ instead of a Digic 4 but my goal is to get started in the FF world.  The 5D2 is the least expensive way to get a new camera and get into FF.  I get a new body every 3 years and who knows what happens then?  Thanks, everyone!

Congratulations on your new addition to the family.  :D

The AF on the 5D2 is NOT inferior. It's just not as good as the 5D3. There's a difference. Get the 5D2 before Canon pulls it in favor of this rumored "entry level" full frame body. It's going to be a Rebel with a big sensor, IMO. The 5D3 is not worth the extra $1500, also IMO.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specs? [CR1]
« on: August 20, 2012, 12:47:29 AM »
7D which is cheaper than the 5D series .... and with BETTER FEATURES???? NO WAY!

1.6 crop vs. full frame sensor
apples vs. oranges

Lenses / Re: Choice for a landscape lens
« on: August 16, 2012, 12:41:12 PM »
If money is not an issue, than the 16-35mm is probably the way to go. Optically, it is superior to the 17-40mm, which I would whole heartedly recommend if money was an issue.

There are some suggestions for some primes on here, but you should consider the flexibility of a zoom also.

Ok, I fixed my focus mechanism according to this tutorial, but now I have a different problem. When I connect it and try to take a photo, I get an Err 01, telling me that the lens isn't making good contact and to clean the terminal (or something to that effect.)

I've attempted to take it apart again and make sure that all electronic connections are correct, but I don't see anything wrong. Everything else is tight and fit back together well. Any advice on what might be going wrong? Thanks in advance for your help.

Technical Support / Re: The 50mm f/1.4 focus ring issue
« on: August 12, 2012, 09:26:06 PM »
Thanks jsbraby. I haven't called anybody for a quote, but I'm seeing figures around the internet anywhere from $90-$200. That's a little prohibitive for me, especially when this tutorial makes it seem like DIY is reasonably within my grasp.  If I can't get it done, I may have to do without for awhile.

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.

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