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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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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: June 05, 2013, 04:36:55 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.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 f/2.8L II strange zoom noise + decentering issues
« on: June 05, 2013, 04:27:45 PM »
Got the replacement copy today. Zoom ring sounds perfect!  :D
Definitely must have been something strange going on with the one I returned. So I'm really pleased that I chose to send it back and get it replaced.
Actually the zoom ring action feels nicer too and smoother.
Obviously as I've only just got it today and attached it to the camera to check briefly I haven't done any extensive IQ testing but it appears to be very sharp in the middle of the frame at wide and tele end. Will need to check edges at 24mm properly but that also appears to be very good. So think I've got a keeper!
Also don't know if it's my imagination but this copy also appears to be quieter when auto focusing. The returned one was ever so slightly clunky sounding at times. Nothing serious but again this one is an improvement.
So all appears to be good. Even with the inconvenience I've had with getting a good copy without issues I'm still amazed by the near prime-like quality of the images this zoom can create.
Looking forward to putting it through it's paces now  :)

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thanks for the reply guys.
it's going back saturday as the zoom ring is definitely not sounding right. as I said before it's not that its a loud mechanical sound but rather like some static friction on something like the weather sealing or something. really weird as sometimes it sounded like it was going away and then the next second it was doing it again. never had anything like it with my other lenses. oh well it's going back for replacement. seller wasn't too happy as it's the second copy i've tried from them. both with seperate issues. maybe i'm just unlucky  :(

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Lenses / 24-70 f/2.8L II strange zoom noise + decentering issues
« on: May 29, 2013, 10:14:56 AM »
I've just received a replacement for my 24-70 f/2.8L II as after some shooting with the old one I felt it had some decentering issues (whole right edge was blurred).
The replacement seems generally sharper across the frame, though doing a brick wall test this weekend just gone I now believe this copy to have a slight blurry left edge, not as bad as last copy but still :-\ The right edge is pretty sharp. On this point can someone tell me if decentering issues can be fixed by Canon repair centers?
The other issue which is weird is a strange noise/sound when I zoom in and out. The old copy I had was fine..a bit more resistance than this new one but sounded normal. The new copy I've got makes a strange tiny 'crackling' sound. It doesn't sound mechanical at all and the zoom action is smooth all the way. Maybe something to do with rubber seal in the zoom ring or air/bubbles in lubrication maybe? Only way I can describe it is the sound kelloggs rice krispies make when they 'snap, crackle and pop'  :) It seems to be quite random too. Sometimes it's worse than other times (temperature?). If I've not used it for a good few hours it hardly does it but then seems to happen more as I use it for that session. It is quite faint in sound I must add. If you were outside in noise you'd never notice but in a dead quiet room you can just hear it from behind the camera and if you put your ear to it it's clearly noticeable. I fear that if I used it for video the mic may pick it up easily causing some peaks in the audio.

Anyone else experience similar?

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still love my old 40D :) used now as a backup/macro/crop body.
only thing i don't like is the low lcd screen rez.
other than that it's a classic which can take some really high quality images.

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Lenses / Re: Which Lens ... 24-70 II or primes?
« on: April 10, 2013, 07:30:15 AM »
I would go with the 24-70 II and add one of the primes later if you still feel a need for a faster lens.
+1 Good advice. The 24-70II is so good it has prompted plenty of photographers including myself to sell L primes in the 24-70mm range. My 24 f/1.4II has gone as has the Sigma 50 f/1.4. If I had a 35 it would be gone too. The 24-70 f/2.8II is a simply awesome lens and makes primes in this range all but obsolete.

-PW

the 24-70II is great. however i'm not sure i'd agree fully with what you say about replacing primes.
i myself love to be creative with shallow dof so fast primes are still very desirable and useful for me.
photography is my hobby not work so maybe thats the difference..

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Lenses / Re: Which Lens ... 24-70 II or primes?
« on: April 10, 2013, 05:12:32 AM »
Actually, except if you shoot very often at 24, I'd sell the 24-105 to get both 24-70 and the sigma 35. Was my move when i recently got the 5d3 kit.

yeah i thought of this option too. certainly another way to go....unless you really love your 24-105 that is.

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Lenses / Re: Which Lens ... 24-70 II or primes?
« on: April 10, 2013, 04:52:14 AM »
well i've just got the 24-70 II and although not had chance to put it through it's paces yet it seems to be as good as they say. however looking at your gear in your signature line, if i was in your situation i'd probably go the prime route seeing as how you already have a standard zoom in the form of the 24-105.

i'd go with the 24 1.4L II to get better sharpnes across the frame than you'd currently get with the 24-105 for landscape work and either later get the 35L or look at the new sigma 35 1.4 or wait to see if canon release a 35L II.

my next lens purchase will be one of these 35 primes.

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