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Canon General / Re: Canon Complaints?
« on: September 07, 2013, 01:44:33 PM »
I had similar miseries.

I purchased a new 70-200 f2.8L is II.  It was a bad copy.  I sent it back or 4 times racking us several hundred dollars in shipping/insurance fees.  I had CPS gold so at least return shipping was free.  Ultimately, I had to speak with a number of "company men" who assuaged me by giving me a refurb lens.  The big problem with this lens for me now is psychological, in that I don't know if this is as good as it should be or what.

Service wise, it left a bad taste in my mouth.

I would also add that the web site is a pain to navigate.

If you want it fixed, don't stop fighting until it is right.

Best of luck.

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Lighting / Re: Thinking of buying a Light Meter
« on: September 06, 2013, 06:11:08 PM »
That reminds me, I better get the battery out of my meter before it corrodes.

sek

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I have a nice 50D that I would sell you for cheap.

sek

Any older Body's that would still be superb today? Like 1d or 5d?

So the sample images you posted look very wide. There's a good bit of distortion.

Personally my suggestion would be an older FF body and two prime lenses.

I'd look into a good condition used 5D (classic.) Should be able to pick one up for under $500. For a lens I'd skip the zooms and get an indoor prime, something like a 24mm or a 35mm for $200-350, and down the road a bit you can add a good outdoor portrait prime, an 85mm. ($300).

Inside your apartment, or in a hallway, or in a stairwell, there's not a lot of room to work. The full body sample images you posted were probably 24mm or so. When you're outside though, on the street, in an alley, etc. you have a lot more room to work, so stepping back with an 85mm lens will give you a nice shallow depth of field and will really make your subject and outfit pop against what is probably going to be a busy background (that you can't control as well as you can an indoor environment.)

Requirement for both primes - fast apertures.

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Lenses / Re: Is the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L MKII worth the Extra Money?
« on: September 04, 2013, 08:06:20 PM »
Sorry if that came across rough.

Just thought that to be fair, an actual hands on comparison should have been done.  I did read your post and your points are noted and good.

I am biased for Canon as stated.

sek

I can't comment on the Tamron, so I guess this is somewhat pitiful, but I accept that.  However, I feel strongly on this one.

I own the 24-70 2.8 II and a number of other L lenses.  Honestly, some of the L lenses I like a lot, some I love.  This lens is far and away the best one I own and it was worth the money.  I wouldn't consider a third party substitute.  So my disclaimer- I am biased, but this is a great lens.  Is it worth the money, yes.

sek

For those interested in my thoughts if the Canon is worth the price premium over the Tamron, take a look here:

http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/09/qa-post-1-is-the-canon-ef-24-70mm-f2-8-ii-worth-the-extra-money/

If you don't care, please disregard...  If you disagree, state your objections below.

That is an opinion I can respect, even if I don't share it.

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Lenses / Re: Is the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L MKII worth the Extra Money?
« on: September 04, 2013, 07:51:19 PM »
I can't comment on the Tamron, so I guess this is somewhat pitiful, but I accept that.  However, I feel strongly on this one.

I own the 24-70 2.8 II and a number of other L lenses.  Honestly, some of the L lenses I like a lot, some I love.  This lens is far and away the best one I own and it was worth the money.  I wouldn't consider a third party substitute.  So my disclaimer- I am biased, but this is a great lens.  Is it worth the money, yes.

In reading the article, I must say that my "opinion" however is as irrelevant and unfair as is Austin's is, as I have not used the Tamron lens.   

sek

For those interested in my thoughts if the Canon is worth the price premium over the Tamron, take a look here:

http://www.dustinabbott.net/2013/09/qa-post-1-is-the-canon-ef-24-70mm-f2-8-ii-worth-the-extra-money/

If you don't care, please disregard...  If you disagree, state your objections below.

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Lenses / Re: 200 f2.0 first dissapointed customer ever?
« on: September 03, 2013, 10:18:41 PM »
You have remarkable bad luck.  I have had service issues myself, but most of the time it was due to an accident, or just an occasional cleaning/calibration.

I have not heard of anyone with so many Canon rejects.

So sorry.

I'd have not waited a month to exchange it (unless it just suddenly happened). 
 
Even the big whites can have issues, just as $100,000 cars have issues.  Get it fixed or exchanged.

I just discovered the focus ring issue. The AF issue I have been trying to work out if it's calibration, skills or or other, plus as mentioned, getting it to service is quite the task. The first clue was that FoCal just couldn't get it to focus properly on the target and kept prompting me that it had tried 5 times and quality of focus varied a lot.

Yes, the big whites are allowed issues. It just seems unlikely that I had three copies of the 24 L II, all brand new, non of them worked, too exchanged under warranty by canon. I had two copies of the 70-200 mk2 and changed three AF units and Four IS units. One of them also had to realign a couple of the lenses! It never turned out okay., also under warrranty. Two 580 flashes with multiple issues. Had a 300 f2.8 that front focused about 100 meters aiming at 150 meters. All of this is very strange if it's only the occasional issue..

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Lenses / Re: 200 f2.0 first dissapointed customer ever?
« on: September 03, 2013, 10:06:25 PM »
Call them.
Don't worry about the gravel etc.- you didn't try to open the lens, so it is their baby.

sek
When you called Canon, what did they say?

Sorry, I know you're frustrated, but $h!t happens.  Occasionally, a bad lens is shipped and someone gets unlucky.  Sometimes, a whole production run has a goof, and there's a service advisory (aka recall) - I still need to send my 1D X in for that, actually.

So...venting is good, but getting your problems fixed is better.

I sent my usual service place a very long email explaining in detail the issues, but it was after closing, so I hope they'll get back to me tomorrow .. I intend on sending it in, it's just VERY annoying I keep having problems with newish lenses. The most expensive gear I have the most issues with..

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Technical Support / Re: X-Rite Colormunki and ColorChecker?
« on: September 03, 2013, 02:10:45 AM »
The whole idea is that the monitor looks great when you look at it, but you have no context.  These calibration units (along with Datacolor, and others) put the context in.  In other words, your monitor may be too bright, and you adjust for it, but the prints come out too dark.  Similarly, the mind has a way of seeing what it wants.  Calibrating ensures that your colors are the same as a standard (say Pantones), so when you print, or send off for a print, they use the same color scheme.

This means that the print you get will be what you see on the screen. 

The units come with software that will pop up a message on your monitor that it is time to re-calibrate at intervals you can set.

I like the Colormunki better.  It would also be reasonable to consider a good (though not that expensive) photo editing monitor.  You will find for example that MAC's tend to be way too bright.

Hope this helps.

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Canon General / Re: Travel Advice to National Parks in Utah
« on: September 02, 2013, 11:43:40 PM »
I love passing through The Virgin River Gorge!

OK, I've been to he area several times over the years, but I don't recommend SLC as a starting point, fly to Las Vegas if you can.  It will save you a long, boring drive until you get to th parks. Also check out these web sites for the Grand Circle trip.

http://www.utah.com/itineraries/grand_circle.htm

http://grandcircle.org/

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Canon General / Re: Travel Advice to National Parks in Utah
« on: September 02, 2013, 11:42:37 PM »
This may help.

You may want to try a duffle bag.  I just happened to get, for some reason, a catalog from Uline.  I was looking through it today.  They make boxes for everything.  It seems to me you can find something there.  Alternatively, wrap the tripod with clothes and it should be fine.

I have a Benro carbon fiber for travel, especially for going in small planes.

Check also with the carrier for specifics.

sek


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Software & Accessories / Re: CarrySpeed straps vs The Rest
« on: September 02, 2013, 08:35:03 PM »
I will comment on the pin, securing system.

The pin and securing system is very heavy duty, and well constructed.  It has an o ring to slide down so that the screw collar that secures the ball in the connector does not come undone (sorry, I can't articulate this more clearly).  I have a 5D3 and have used it with my heavy 7-200 2.8l is II and my long 400 5.6L and there is no problem with the system holding up.  Of course, I am paranoid and have long ago learned to check connections several times throughout the day.  The wider neoprene strap helps to spread out the pressure and is "bouncy" which helps with shoulder fatigue, a good thing.



... and can use the F1 plate with the SpiderHolster system without any changes.
Thanks for posting. Yes I was wondering about that. I use SpiderHolster system and to have that degree of interchangeability could be the deal clincher. Can I ask if the pin on the F1 plate is engineered as well as the SpiderPro part? There is a great deal of trust resting on that pin. I have trusted the SpiderPro with occasionally unreasonable weights for years with 100% zero issues.

-PW

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Sports / Re: AMA Motorcross - Red Bull Nationals
« on: September 02, 2013, 07:48:04 PM »
Awesome pics!

This is not my genre but I have tried it before, so I know how difficult these shots are to get.  That said- awesome job.

My favs are #1&2.  # 4 is totally different with the panning effect, and that too is great.  I always forget to pan for some reason, so great use of this technique.

sek

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EOS-M / Re: Mount EF, EF-S or L lens on EOS-M --- Your thought???
« on: September 02, 2013, 04:06:08 PM »
Newegg has them on sale for $309.00.

Canon EOS M (6609B074) Black 18 MP 3.0" 1040K LCD Compact Mirrorless System Camera with EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Kit

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1K50YU6524

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EOS-M / Re: Mount EF, EF-S or L lens on EOS-M --- Your thought???
« on: September 02, 2013, 03:35:35 PM »
OK Dylan 777

The pic you posted is just not right!

Now I will have PTSD, and every time I see him in a movie I will have this pic in my mind.

sek

is there any point trying to defend one point or the other?

haters gonna hate lol

The word hate might be too strong here. There is no right or wrong shooting M with much larger lens. It just WACKY looking to me ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: CarrySpeed straps vs The Rest
« on: September 02, 2013, 03:04:41 AM »
I have one and like it very much.  Well made.  I like the pull that adjusts the height of camera on the hip.  I like the double lock on the connectors-just for safety.

The camera plate works fin but... The Arca-swiss groove, I guess, for safety reasons, isn't cut through so there is only one way to slide the camera on the tripod.  Additionally, it doesn't play well with a gimbal head, especially if you have a PW transmitter (even a tt5).  You might get by with a Wimbrerely P8 parallel plate in this instance ($85 USD + s&H).  On a ball head just fine.

What I like about it is the wide band and neoprene really distributes the weight and acts as a shock absorber so carrying heavy gear is less painful on my old bones.

The disconnect system of the strap to the plate is way cool, and reliable.  The product is well made.  I like mine.

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