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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: July 16, 2013, 04:04:36 AM »
Hi guys, just wondering how many of you use a circular polariser on your copy of the 24-70 f/2.8L II?
I haven't got a CP yet but considering maybe that I should have one for use with this lens.
If you do use one how often is it on the lens? Is it only for the odd occassion or more?
Also any recommendations on filter purchase? All my screw on filters are B+W and am looking at maybe the B+W MRC Nano XS-Pro. Expensive but maybe worth it. Especially as it's slim mount with front threads.
Suggestions welcome..
I splurged on the 82mm B+W MRC Nano XS-Pro and it is a beautiful filter but I can't tell much of a difference between it and my Hoya 77mm Circular Polarizing HD filter.  The construction is a bit better, but Hoya sent me a brand new one when I foolishly separated mine while under warranty.  I use a polarizer a lot in Florida for water and foliage and if you follow B+W & other's recommendations not to shoot under 28mm, it works great, although, I've shot plenty at 24mm.  It works fine if I'm careful about the "effect".

As for frequent vs. occasional use, that's up to you.  If you need one or use one already, it may be worth it, but if you mostly shoot people and don't get around the water, wet landscapes, foliage in the sun, big windows, etc. your better off spending your money elsewhere.

Also, using my polarizer leads me to my one gripe about the Mark II - plastic filter threads.  For $2k+, that seems ridiculous!

thanks for the reply mackguyver. yeah I think it'll be something that's nice to have in the bag when I need it rather than something that i can't live without. however I often come across articles that say it's the most important filter you can have. maybe I'll just wait till money is flowing a bit more freely than it is now and get one then.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: July 14, 2013, 02:18:38 PM »
Hi guys, just wondering how many of you use a circular polariser on your copy of the 24-70 f/2.8L II?
I haven't got a CP yet but considering maybe that I should have one for use with this lens.
If you do use one how often is it on the lens? Is it only for the odd occassion or more?
Also any recommendations on filter purchase? All my screw on filters are B+W and am looking at maybe the B+W MRC Nano XS-Pro. Expensive but maybe worth it. Especially as it's slim mount with front threads.
Suggestions welcome..

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D a New Benchmark in ISO Performance?
« on: July 01, 2013, 11:44:50 AM »
i'll be really pleased if the 70D and the 7DII have nice clean low iso noise files and good DR as I'll be interested in replacing my 40D for my macro work with either of these bodies.

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zero AFMA needed on mine. took a few replacements to get an issue free copy though (and i don't mean focusing issues). my patience has been rewarded with a super sharp copy.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: June 27, 2013, 05:35:14 PM »
just thought i'd mention that i've noticed significant copy variance. i went through 4 copies due to unfortunate problems (never had issues like this with any other lens purchase). first copy i had seemed fine and sharp however after a big outdoor session with it i felt it had the dreaded decentering issue as the right edge was always rather soft. returned it and then had a strange clicky zoom ring noise issue with the replacement as mentioned on these forums. someone else has had this too. seems to be a problem with a batch of the newly made copies. shame as it was lovely and sharp. so back it went for another. the third copy was a lemon. after proper testing i found it incredibly soft wide open (compared to previous copies) and it didn't improve much stopping down. especially at the tele end. no amount of AFMA helped. it wasn't down to a focus issue. went back for a fourth copy. first shot i could tell straight off that it was an absolute beauty. sharp as a razor across the frame. even wide open. both wide and tele end. finally got a keeper. yay!  ;D it was from last octobers manufacturing line (with old style lens cap). obviously i'm really pleased but the reason why I say all this is that it may explain why some are raving about the lens and other not so impressed. i believe like the mark I version there are indeed some copy to copy variances. to be fair i mostly read great things about this lens so thankfully it seems there are more great copies than poor/average copies.

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all very helpful info so far thanks  :)

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maybe it would be sensible to go for a soft ND Grad first then.
WEX in the UK here have 10% off filters at the moment and typically they're out of stock of almost everything Lee  >:(

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Foundation Kit, a 0.9 soft-edge ND grad, the Big Stopper, and if you plan to shoot straight horizons (ocean, etc.), a 0.6 or 0.9 hard-edge ND grad.  If you'll shoot sunsets on the horizon, consider a 0.9 reverse-grad ND (e.g. Singh-Ray).

yeah this is kind of what i'm thinking of getting.
still undecided on whether to go hard or soft on my first ND Grad though  :-\

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I wonder if anyone would post their suggestions on what is a good starting place when it comes to Lee filters?
I know they do a Lee Digital SLR Starter kit but not sure if the included 2 stop filters are the best starting point as I read a lot of people prefer the 0.9 (3 stop filters).

So maybe buying the foundation kit and getting seperate 3 stop ND and NDG would be better?
I know these things are really a matter of what you want to be able to achieve with them but still if we're talking a good starting point what would you suggest?

I'm initially going to be using this with my 24-70 f/2.8L II lens by the way.
I've already bought a Lee 82mm wide angle adaptor ring. I'll also be buying a Big Stopper at some point in the future too.

Any advice welcome...


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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: June 07, 2013, 12:04:40 PM »
I got the store to cancel my purchase and got it somewhere else. I got the 2012-edition this time, old style lens cap, which I love. And the mechanics feel MUCH better! No Noise, no squeaky AF and if anything this is even sharper at all focals.

I got an explanation from the rep guy as to what causes the noise (please note I'm simply quoting him as I have no idea about this myself)

He said there's a brass or copper band around the inner barrel that has a brush mounted to it that reports focal length to the camera. And he had taken in 5 (!!) 24-70 2013 editions with the same exact problem. And he said that brush is simply mounted to hard so that it grinds, it's nothing faulty, and it would loosen up and become normal. He understand fully that I didn't want to wait to "break it in" so I simply got my money back.

interesting. i'm glad it wasn't just me who felt it was worth returning it for though. I was starting to think it was just me being fussy. it must be quite a stiff brush attached to make such an audible 'tick' sound. it certainly didn't sound like it would go away any time soon to me.

as you say the ones made last year were fine. my new copy was made i believe in october of 2012 and is dead quiet and nice and smooth. also it appears to be as sharp as the returned copy. i need to go out and do some proper shooting though to confirm this.

EDIT: huh just seen your reply neuroanatomist. that's how i aged my lens too :)

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: June 06, 2013, 09:26:59 AM »
My copy is almost dead-silent in quite office. Get a replacement.

yeah my replacement only has the normal very gentle swoosh sound when zooming in and out in a dead silent room.

the one i sent back was just like Viggo's. really unusual sound. it's not so much that it's particularly loud, just that it sounds 'wrong'. i'm glad i got mine replaced as it would play on my mind every time i used it.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: June 06, 2013, 04:56:01 AM »
Just checked the store where I bought it from, and they are sold out of 24-70's. That means they don't have one to swap with mine, greeeaat.... I'm going to sound whiny now, but ever since I started photography the only things I buy new are camera bodies, lenses I have always bought used except for a very select few times, and EVERY SINGLE TIME I have had loads of trouble and had to exchange and send for repair and swap ... I'm never buying new lenses again :P I must've owned 30-40 lenses, 98% used, and not had one single issue with any of them....

oh what a nuisance. so have you got one on order with them to replace it later or did you just return it?
i can understand the frustration. sometimes it feels like i have trouble with practically anything i buy new these days. maybe QC isn't what it used to be.

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Macro / Re: Canon MP-E 65 1x-5x 2.8 Macro Lens example photos
« on: June 05, 2013, 05:18:30 PM »

Ant Life#3 by lastcoyote, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: June 05, 2013, 04:54:34 PM »
Really weird... My initial thought was that since it is brand new it will pass over, but reading your replies, I'm not very convinced it will, and I noticed it straight away, and have never experienced it with any other lens.

i had the exact same feeling that it was just because it was new and it would work it's way out. but my experience was that it appeared to get worse....or It just became more noticeable to me.
my fear was that if I used the lens for video the mic might pick up the sound as they can be very sensitive to any sound coming from the camera body region....if you know what I mean.
hope you can get it sorted.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: June 05, 2013, 04:46:09 PM »
Hi guys!

Instead of completely highjacking another thread I'll post a new topic.

Does everybody experience a very slight frequent "tick.tick,tick" noise when turning the zoomring of the 24-70 mk2?

It's spanking new, only very slight afma was needed (+1 to +3) and AF works perfect, the zoom turns smoothly otherwise. I just want to make sure it's nothing wrong.

Don't know if this has any bearing on anything. Just something I experienced  :o

Thanks!

Huh how funny, I've just returned a copy that had exactly this issue! The replacement copy I've just got is perfect. In fact this is my third copy. The first return was due to a decentering issue and second one had the 'tick, tick, tick' sound you mentioned. New one appears to be a keeper with no issues.

It's a really weird sound isn't it? difficult to describe.
Personally if you can I'd get a replacement.
Out of interest did your copy come with the new center pinch lens cap or the old style?
The first copy I had was the old style, the new one I've got is old style too but the one I've just sent back with the 'tick, tick, tick' sound was the new center pinch cap. The only significance this really has is that if it's got the new cap it was made from the beginning of this year. Old style caps mean the lens was made last year.

Hm, yeah, replacement it is :P It's the center-pinch cap on mine.

hmm weird huh. maybe there's a new dodgy batch going around. or maybe they've changed something with the sealing in the newer production of the lens. could be totally inconsequential of course  :P

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