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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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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: October 25, 2013, 07:51:59 PM »
UPDATE!!!

I got my replacement lens just an hour ago. It is from the older batch. It was manufactured in October of 2012 with the old style side squeeze lens cap. And here are my observations:

1) It does NOT tick or click whatsoever when I turn the zoom ring! YES!

2) The zoom ring is less tight to turn vs the new 2013. It's smooth just like my 24-105. I felt I needed to use about 30% more force to zoom in and out with the 2013 unit I returned.

3) It nailed focus without any AF Micro Adjustments. It's sharper than the replacement based on controlled tests both at MFD and at infinity. Copy variation I suppose.

4) AF seems a smidge faster and less loud. Again, I'm attributing this to copy variation.

So all in all, I'm very extremely happy now. It now truly blows away all my other lenses including my primes at the same focal length...maybe not the new 40mm STM but it's close. At this point, I'm submitting my rebate and putting my 24-105 on eBay.

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..



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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:16:54 AM »
Very helpful thread.  I am one of the people that jumped on the sale last week.  Mine came in on Friday.  I've been testing it over the weekend.  Everything checks out except...a very audible clicking sound when adjusting the focal length.

It has a pinch cap. March 2013 construction based on TDP guidelines...
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Canon-Lenses/Canon-Lens-Aging.aspx


huh well there you go someone else with it. i definitely think it's most likely in pretty much all of the 2013 onwards ones. just that some people can't hear it. which is concerning as like you say it's pretty audible. outside it's not quite so noticeable but in a quiet room indoors it's very noticeable. I'd expect that if you used it for video then the cameras built-in mic would probably pick it up.

I was fortunate to buy from a seller who allowed me to exchange to one that was from 2012. I'd guess these are now pretty scarce. So I guess peoples only option is to either live with it or send to Canon with the specific instructions to fix the noise. Which is a shame as I'm of the mind that it's totally unacceptable to have to send a brand new 'anything' in to manufacturer to fix something.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: October 21, 2013, 06:05:08 AM »
Hi Guys,

NEW member here! But I just found this thread after getting my spanking new 24-70mm f2.8ii from Amazon. I immediately noticed the "Tick Tick Tick" sound while zooming both from 24 to 70 and back. It one of the newer batches with the new CENTER PINCH lens caps. It seems to catch at regular intervals which leads credence to someone here mentioning that it is some kind of sensor/brush that relays focal length data to the camera.

The lens is otherwise just great optically. There doesn't seem to be many forum threads on the Internet regarding this issue. I wonder if folks are simply not hearing it or if it is a rare occurrence.

Has folks been able to swap out for non clicking ones that are of recent production? I got the lens at the recent price drop and love it. Thanks for all your help, folks!

I got mine exchanged at the beginning of June for a pre 2013 build after my discovery of the clicking/ticking sound on previous copy I had. Not sure what the options are now really. I'd of hoped that it would be sorted out by now with new copies but maybe not. I also find it strange that there's not more talk of the issue. I guess some have better hearing than others or maybe it doesn't bother other people. Certainly would bug me though. I've still no idea as well why it only appeared from 2013 copies onwards. They must have changed something I guess. Maybe it doesn't do it with all of them too. Could be to do with how tight the zoom ring has been adjusted etc.

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If it's $10 for life, I might jump on it even I already have LR4 and CS6.

But if it's $10 for e.g. 12 months, and then some ridiculous amount, no way.

So can someone confirm how long they promise the $10?


the adobe blog states that this isn't an introductory price:
http://blogs.adobe.com/creativelayer/introducing-the-photoshop-photography-program/

should be open to all though and not just those who own CS3 or higher IMO

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Macro / Re: Canon MP-E 65 1x-5x 2.8 Macro Lens example photos
« on: September 02, 2013, 09:07:57 AM »
here's one from last week..


Oedemera Nobilis Feeding by lastcoyote, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: August 31, 2013, 07:27:58 AM »
did the lens always have the 'clicking' sound on the zoom ring, or did it start after having it a while? i sent one back for replacement as documented in this thread.

also you say 'the store' are getting the new part in. hopefully if you are getting it fixed rather than replaced then this store is not just a retail store but a Canon approved service centre?

interesting though that i've come across quite a few people now on forums who have had an issue with this. i felt like the only one when i first posted about it.

The lens always had the clicking sound. At first I was told it'll go away with time, but after using the lens for 2 months and not seeing any improvement I brought it back to the store. Not sure about "Canon approved service centre" though.

doesn't seem right to me that the retail store where you bought the lens are saying that they have ordered the part for you to fit themselves  ???

they should really have just swapped out the lens for another copy from the start as you weren't satisfied with it.

if I was you I'd send it off to a Canon approved service centre near you to get it fixed under warranty.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: August 29, 2013, 04:54:30 AM »
My lens has the same issue. I was told by the store that the zoom brush needs to be replaced but they don't have the new part yet (it's almost 1.5 month now since I brought the lens in). I was also told I could use the lens as is, without implications, until they get the part and replace it.
Anyway, my question is, does anybody know if I can really use the lens without further damaging the zoom brush or other internals?

did the lens always have the 'clicking' sound on the zoom ring, or did it start after having it a while? i sent one back for replacement as documented in this thread.

also you say 'the store' are getting the new part in. hopefully if you are getting it fixed rather than replaced then this store is not just a retail store but a Canon approved service centre?

interesting though that i've come across quite a few people now on forums who have had an issue with this. i felt like the only one when i first posted about it.

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Lenses / Re: How to clean lenses ?
« on: August 22, 2013, 06:08:44 PM »
Rocket Blower + Lenspen are an awesome combo. I use the blower to remove dust, the brush on the pen to get anything else off and the pens' carbon dust to clean the lens.

exactly what i do. it's the best solution in my mind.
i have the kit of three lenspens. normal lens one, filter one and small viewfinder one.
vital to use rocket blower first to avoid rubbing small damaging particles of stuff around with the lens pen. as long as you make sure you do this the lenspens are perfect.

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Software & Accessories / Re: B+W Filter - No Green Hologram
« on: August 22, 2013, 07:51:24 AM »
I wonder if they changed it because they discovered the B+W green ones were being counterfeited (on counterfeit filters)?  Hope not.

More likely, Schneider just wants to promote the overall brand.  For those who don't know, they've got a large selection of rectangular Schott glass grad ND filters they sell in their MPTV line.

I think your first guess is actually the correct one.
Here's the wording from the doc:

"In order to ensure maximum safety from product fakes of B+W filters to the end user and the photo trade the function of the previous safety label was extended.

The hologram label itself is secure against manipulations. An unnoticed removing or reapplying is not possible. The adhesion as well as the structure of the material are done in a way that the label is self-destructive when trying to remove it. The safety color is located between two material layers. Consequently, a separation effect occurs and a manipulation is immediately apparent. Furthermore, the numeric coding is also placed securely between the material layers.

Furthermore, it is planned to enable the enduser to check the authentication via an online platform."


Plus this bit written next to a picture of the new hologram label:

"The new safety hologram with a size of 10 x15mm with glittering safety color similar to a banknote are positioned on the side of the B+W filter box. Depending on the viewing angle the color is changing, and the authentication number is clearly evident."

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Software & Accessories / Re: B+W Filter - No Green Hologram
« on: August 22, 2013, 06:42:09 AM »
OK I got an email back from Schneider/B+W. Everythings cool 8)

They confirmed that they've recently changed the hologram from the square green one to this new silver one on the side of their boxes. They even attached a PDF doc explaining the change and new hologram spec. Looks like they have plans to at some point make the characters that show on the lower part of it to be traceable online to confirm authenticity.

Anyway there you go. Hopefully this thread and info will help others out who have the same concerns as I did.

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Software & Accessories / Re: B+W Filter - No Green Hologram
« on: August 21, 2013, 03:12:56 PM »
now I'm home from work I've managed to check the filter out more and all seems good as per normal B+W quality. I've fitted it to my new 70-200 f/2.8L IS II lens. I've got an 82mm version of the nano xs-pro mounted to my 24-70 f/2.8L II as well. Really great low profile filters with front threads. Very easy to clean too. Will probably make them my default filter for new lenses. If I wasn't so fearful of damaging my front elements I'd of course prefer to go filter-less. Nice to have the extra 'sealing' on the front of these L lenses too.

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