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Lenses / Re: Strange AFMA results with canon 50 f1.4
« on: February 23, 2014, 07:57:07 AM »
Having searched for this problem now it appears that this is common with this lens design. It suffers from focus shift with aperture changes.  :( what a pain.

So I've kind of settled on leaving it set to +10 as this seems fairly accurate at most distances and apertures that will be common to my shooting needs/style.

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Lenses / Strange AFMA results with canon 50 f1.4
« on: February 22, 2014, 06:18:43 PM »
Ok this ones strange.
Just been adjusting the AFMA for my canon 50 f1.4 on my 5D III.
I've found that I have to set it to around +15 when aperture is wider than f4 and particularly when shooting at medium to far distances. But if aperture is f4 or narrower and particularly when subject is at close distances it's best left at around +5.

Anyone experienced similar?

All my other lenses AFMA settings are unaffected by aperture changes.

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So what software do we get exactly?

Is it the full version of Lightroom 5 and the full version of CS6?

This seems like a terrific deal to be hones

no you'll be able to use Photoshop CC which is the latest and first post boxed version (ie. only ever been available in creative cloud). plus lightroom 5..which as far as i'm aware only comes in one version

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to be honest i can see this eventually becoming a permanently available option alongside the current single app and full apps options.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: October 31, 2013, 05:50:29 PM »
Third time was the charm, smooth and silent!!  April build 042 !!
 ;D

tremendous!  :)
so i wonder if it's been properly sorted/addressed in the more recent builds? seems to me that most reports of the clicky ones are early 2013. lots on the 032 build by the sounds of it from this thread and other forums. pretty sure the clicky one I had replaced was a february 2013 build.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: October 30, 2013, 11:26:00 AM »
I bought the 24-70 2.8 II during the recent price drop from Amazon, and both copies of the lens have had a clicking noise.  It's not horrendously loud, but it's certainly noticeable enough to make me worry something is wrong inside the lens.

I recorded a short video and the on-board mic picked up the clicking fairly well.  Is this the same clicking noise you guys are talking about?

Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II Zoom Ring Clicking Noise

yep the clicking sound is the one that you can hear in your clip the most when returning zoom (zooming out to 24mm). the normal zoom 'shooshing' sound is very emphasised in that video too, but in reality/actual use you tend to just hear the clicking sound on it's own as it sounds in your video.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: October 29, 2013, 09:13:26 AM »
strange... after zooming in and out several more times the faint ticking sound seems to have gone away.  Wonder if I should keep this now or wait a few more days of use?

well all i'd i say is that when I had a clicking copy there was a couple of times i thought or tried to convince myself it had improved or almost gone away but then it came back louder again. can't remember now but i think it seemed like it wasn't so bad when not using it for a day or so and then after using it for a bit it was there again. temperature maybe affects it ?? who knows.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II AFMA Settings
« on: October 27, 2013, 08:50:47 AM »
I have owned 30 lenses on 4 afma enabled bodies, all of them calibrated properly with Canon and it's only ONE lens that needed no afma and that was one of the three copies of the 50 L, but I write that off as pure luck. All lenses to all bodies should be calibrated through Reikan Focal or other equally good methods. I don't believe that one can own 8 lenses and two bodies and no afma needed. There's a difference between good enough and optimal and everyone is different in how much they see or care about it.

If you only shoot stopped down and never larger than f4 I can understand the statement, but f2.0 and bigger will show it. My 200 f2.0 is calibrated at the same place as my 1d, and it needed +4 and the difference is highly noticeable. It's sharp at 0 also, but mindblowing at +4.

actually i totally agree with you here.
people are different on what they consider 'good enough'. as i mentioned before out of the box i considered my 70-200 f/2.8L IS II to need little or no AFMA. if I hadn't been playing around with AFMA yesterday I'd of considered it needed no adjustment. but just a bit of testing and tweaking showed that actually you can get even better results.

i should really spend time to properly callibrate all my lenses even though i'm more than happy with how they perform now.

viggo it sounds like you send your lenses to a canon service center to be professionally calibrated. do you always send your body along with the lens? and does it always come back performing perfectly?

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II AFMA Settings
« on: October 26, 2013, 08:20:39 PM »
My 70-200 f2.8 II is my ONLY lens which needed no AFMA straight out of the box!  I'm super pleased with how great it works on my 5DM3.  My favorite lens, no doubt.

this is actually my experience with most of my other L lenses to be honest and in fact at first I thought my 70-200 f2.8L II was the same and needed no AFMA because it was already super sharp but actually doing some microadjustments just makes it even more accurate at nailing focus.
I've checked it over again and actually it's more accurate at +8 on the wide end rather than +10. there's very little in it really. I guess that's a testament to how sharp it is in the first place.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II AFMA Settings
« on: October 26, 2013, 05:02:25 PM »
Mine is +2 at both ends, and at 135mm.  My 24-70 II is 5 units different at the ends, and two intermediate focal lengths (35mm, 50mm) fall right on the regression line. Might be worth checking 1-2 intermediate FLs on your 70-200.

oh right, I didn't know I could adjust intermediate points. thought it was just Wide and Tele end settings.
my 5D MKIII seems to auto set intermediate points automatically in relation to the two end settings.

You can't set intermediate points, just W and T.  My point is that if you test at 135mm, and get an adjustment of +7 or +8, that's fine.  But if 135mm gives you something like +3 or +14, the lens should go to Canon (or be exchanged if its a recent purchase).

oh right sorry i understand you now.
yes in fact i did actually test at 135mm and it was indeed +8 so that's perfect.
i'm certain this is a great copy that i've got. think it's just that i've only ever adjusted a lens by a couple of digits either way before. i'm very happy with it nailing focus at the settings I mentioned earler.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II AFMA Settings
« on: October 26, 2013, 02:11:56 PM »
Mine is +2 at both ends, and at 135mm.  My 24-70 II is 5 units different at the ends, and two intermediate focal lengths (35mm, 50mm) fall right on the regression line. Might be worth checking 1-2 intermediate FLs on your 70-200.

oh right, I didn't know I could adjust intermediate points. thought it was just Wide and Tele end settings.
my 5D MKIII seems to auto set intermediate points automatically in relation to the two end settings.

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Lenses / 70-200 f/2.8L IS II AFMA Settings
« on: October 26, 2013, 01:43:30 PM »
Had this lens a reasonably short time and haven't had chance to use it too much yet.
On my first tests I was really pleased with it as far as sharpeness goes. Was similar to my f/4 IS version it replaced.

I've now just spent an hour adjusting AFMA on it and surprised how much I could improve it.
Wide end is now: +10
Tele end is now: +5

My 24-70 f/2.8L II doesn't need any adjustment at all so both set to 0.

Is this quite normal for the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II ?
I guess it's not too excessive on AFMA. Maybe the wide end. Anyway I've re-tested over and over and confirm that it nails focus at these settings so I'll definitely leave it set this way.

What do you guys have your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II AFMA set to out of interest?

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: October 26, 2013, 11:47:22 AM »
I previously reported that my March 2013 copy of the 24-70mm (serial number beginning 032) does not make a clicking noise when zooming. I've been using my lens as usual for about 6 months, but all these additional reports got me checking my lens again.

After many tests in a completely quiet room with my ears right next to the lens, I report that I can hear a very faint single click sound as the lens barrel expands past the 50mm mark (like a tiny spring or the inner cams moving into place). This sound is really faint -even the zoom ring moving is louder-, and it takes moving the zoom ring very slowly to even catch it. This is not what you guys are talking about, right?

no that doesn't sound like it at all.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: October 26, 2013, 07:11:47 AM »
yay! great news. my replacement that I got back in June is also an October 2012 copy and is an absolute beauty  :D very sharp at both ends of the range, 0 AF microadjustment needed etc..

Terrific! Glad the earlier batches seem to be working out for a few of us here. I still wonder what Canon did with the March 032 batch that caused all this.

i don't think the one that i replaced back in may with the clicking sound was a march copy. i seem to remember it had a february 2013 date code. so don't think the problem is confined to that march batch.

i feel for those who have this problem. yes, as someone pointed out they are still fine optically but being the fastidious type of person that i am it would annoy me every time i used it.
surprised that a few here are still able to get 2012 replacements. great news but that can't go on forever...obviously. just hope canon will be looking in to changing this for future production.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: October 25, 2013, 08:06:59 PM »
also just to add a comment for those who say their 2013 copies have no clicking sound. or for other people just reading this thread out of curiosity. the sound isn't a loud 'mechanical' click like a safe vault dial  ;D it's a more like the faint sound you can make when gently parting your mouth/lips when wet :D i know that sounds an odd description but it's the best way I can describe it.

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