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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: December 15, 2013, 04:40:18 PM »
When I see some of these shots I regret selling my 85L II...!

 ::)

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Landscape / Hoover Dam help
« on: September 21, 2013, 07:00:19 PM »
Hi....

Looking for soon advice regarding the new bridge that overlooks the Hoover dam.
I visited the dam before this was built but would like to revisit now.

What's the best time of day to photo from the bridge?
Is there decent room to move around while shooting?
Will 24-70 cover the viewpoint?

Thanks!

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Lenses / Re: How to clean lenses ?
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:46:35 PM »
Pop it in the dishwasher.

Not too much soap powder.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Canon EOS 70D is Hitting Stores
« on: August 21, 2013, 10:59:05 AM »
there's a batch in Dublin,Ireland today too - arrived this morning

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Lenses / Re: Can 24-70/2.8 II replace 35/1.4?
« on: August 16, 2013, 05:00:46 PM »
I had similar situation .
After buying 70-200mkii my 85Lmkii gathered dust for over a year. I sold the 85 and about a month later had a bad case of buyers remorse
But with 24-70mkii I was never tempted to sell the 35
The 35L just gets a look that the 24-70ii can't achieve.
I sold my 50/1.4 as the optics were in a lower class, but the 35L is my fave prime

Ouch :(

I hate the slow AF on my 85L II....however, everytimes I shoot portrait, 85L II is my 1st choice. The bokeh and sharpness are amazing. I hope newer version will be faster and lighter.

I should've said Sellers remorse there but think you got my drift...! :)

 With a baby in tow I found I was losing shots with the slow focus
On the odd occasion it worked,the results were fabulous...but I was losing too many shots
70-200ii was SO sharp and such fast focus,I loved it

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Lenses / Re: Can 24-70/2.8 II replace 35/1.4?
« on: August 16, 2013, 03:09:07 PM »
I had similar situation .
After buying 70-200mkii my 85Lmkii gathered dust for over a year. I sold the 85 and about a month later had a bad case of buyers remorse

But with 24-70mkii I was never tempted to sell the 35
The 35L just gets a look that the 24-70ii can't achieve.
I sold my 50/1.4 as the optics were in a lower class, but the 35L is my fave prime

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Lenses / Re: 85L or 135L?
« on: July 17, 2013, 09:09:55 AM »
i had 85L II and 70-200 2.8L IS and 50/1.4
sold 50, upgraded 70-200 to the mk2

then found the 85L gathered dust. focus was SO bad it was unuseable IMHO
when you've to get shots for $$$ , you NEED to GET the shots - too many duds with the 85L
i'd often convince myself that was the price to pay for the unique 1.2 look
the IQ of 70-200mk2 was so amazing that i gradually lost interest in 85
eventhough the 85 can yield unique results
so sold the 85

then got a 5d3 and missed the 1.2L..but rather than go back again, i opted for 135L
to me,the difference in bokeh is negligible and 135's are generally all keepers
focal length is tight - depends on use
but you'll have the 70-200 for that

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Software & Accessories / Re: NOT happy with Lexar at this time!!!
« on: April 11, 2013, 06:43:21 AM »
i guess it all boils down to confidence.. Canon-F1 feels Lexar are top notch,for me I prefer Sandisk

If i was shooting on Lexar I'd be a paranoid wreck.. but it's just because of my experiences and maybe it's an unjustified feeling..

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Lenses / Re: Which Lens ... 24-70 II or primes?
« on: April 11, 2013, 03:13:33 AM »
Having had 24-70L,28-70L, I would say the 24-70L II is a good jump in quality
(not as dramatic as i noticed when moving from 70-200L 2.8IS to 70-200L 2.8IS II)

the primes I had were 50/1.4, 35L, 85L II

i sold 50/1.4 and 85L II (85 just had too many lost shots - possibly caused by the idiot behind the camera rather than the lens,but eitherway caused a lot of frustrations)

I've not used 24L, but will not part with my 35L- find it's a superb focal length on full frame with great bokeh on wide. 24 is a bit too specialist (for me)

I did recently add a 135L to the mix

so in short, i'd recommend the zoom,and add the 35L when possible.....the 50's available at the moment just don't cut it IMHO -esp when compared to what else is available

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Software & Accessories / Re: NOT happy with Lexar at this time!!!
« on: April 11, 2013, 03:07:23 AM »
Yep. Even the 350 pounds I paid for a 512mb (yes you read that right!) Lexar failed after a few months.
I bought two 1gb Lexar some time later and they failed.
Bought around 20+ Sandisk without issue

Local pro shop told me the only returns he gets are lexars

Other pros I know have had similar issues over the yrs and no longer buy Lexar

But people on here say they've no issue

I think once you experience a serious loss, and not just pics of the cat, you find it impossible to trust that manufacturer again.

True, but you also need to look at the cause of the issue if you can, because many have never had even one failure, so to have two like that must be pretty rare in the big scheme of things.

Plus if you were (God forbid) unlucky enough to have one of each major brand fail, you would be pretty stuck.

I do think it important to buy a card which is appropriate for the camera it will be used in. I believe (might be wrong) but the 5D Mark II has read/write speeds of around 50ish MB/s which really does make the Lexar 1000X overkill, and maybe something to do with that caused the problem.

Who knows, but I do feel for the OP. Good luck with SanDisk.

from my experiences with Lexar & Sandisk, the experiences of about 20 pro's I'd be in semi-regular contact with, and my dealer's comments, I would look on it that YOU have been lucky to have Lexar's that work rather than me having bad luck...!  :)

I don't really understand why this is the case - there are no moving parts - it's a standard product that I assume is factory tested.
In fact I would've suspected both originate from the same factory in china,only later to be branded....
but it really looks like there's a remarkable difference between brands.

And worth mentioning that a few of my friends are nikon guys,so it's not just a reaction between lexar and canon

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Software & Accessories / Re: NOT happy with Lexar at this time!!!
« on: April 10, 2013, 11:43:32 PM »
Yep. Even the 350 pounds I paid for a 512mb (yes you read that right!) Lexar failed after a few months.
I bought two 1gb Lexar some time later and they failed.
Bought around 20+ Sandisk without issue

Local pro shop told me the only returns he gets are lexars

Other pros I know have had similar issues over the yrs and no longer buy Lexar

But people on here say they've no issue

I think once you experience a serious loss, and not just pics of the cat, you find it impossible to trust that manufacturer again.

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Lenses / Lens serial codes
« on: March 27, 2013, 06:51:09 PM »

ok,so Canon lens codes let us see year of manufacture - e.g. Z denotes 2011

my question is what's "normal" for a new lens ?
i.e. if I go into a store to buy a 85L II , what should I expect to see as the code - 2013 or is 2011 normal ?

I know it doesnt REALLY matter for the lens use, but I do notice when it comes to selling/trading people will try haggle a lot saying the lens is x yrs old etc

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Lenses / Re: 35L or 50L?
« on: March 27, 2013, 06:19:58 AM »
I had a 50/1.4 which I loved on film & early digi's....
never thought it was up to scratch on full frame digi bodies

tried 50/1.2 and was much better

but bought and kept 35/1.4L - superb lens....
i upgraded 28-70L to 24-70L, and then went to 24-70L II

but nothing replaces 35L - it's a fantastic piece of kit

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Lenses / question regarding codes
« on: March 27, 2013, 05:53:43 AM »
ok,so Canon lens codes let us see year of manufacture - e.g. Z denotes 2011

my question is what's "normal" for a new lens ?
i.e. if I go into a store to buy a 85L II , what should I expect to see as the code - 2013 or is 2011 normal ?

I know it doesnt REALLY matter for the lens use, but I do notice when it comes to selling/trading people will try haggle a lot saying the lens is x yrs old etc

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: CF Cards - Where do you buy yours?
« on: March 08, 2013, 11:49:40 AM »
i can't believe people use Lexar....

I've had 3 fail...and any other pro's i talk to have had same experience and lost stuff..

everyone (in ireland) using sandisk for a while now...

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