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Lenses / Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« on: November 21, 2013, 05:39:32 PM »
Thanks Sunny and JR for your replies.

I have no complaints about the 2.8. When I got it, I didn't think I would need the 4, so sold it. But now, because of the weight of the 2.8, I wish I had not sold the smaller one. So I was trying to decide if I should replace the one I sold with a current copy or wait for a possible upgrade. But I liked the clarity and sharpness of the 4, so I've decided to just go ahead and get the current one. I plan to keep my 2.8 as well, using it when I can easily use my tripod, but going with the f4 for walking around.

My only problem with the 2.8 is that it is too heavy to carry easily . . .

Thanks again for sharing your opinions.

Zen ;D

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Lenses / Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« on: November 20, 2013, 04:27:32 PM »
I sold my F4 a while ago - to get the 2.8, and now wish I had the F4 back. I'm contemplating buying another copy, but someone said there may be a Mk II version coming quite soon. Does anyone know if we can expect a 70-200 F4 MARK II in the near future? If so, how would it differ from the current version?

Thanks for any info you can provide.

Zen ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mk III handling annoyances
« on: November 19, 2013, 10:55:35 PM »
Ergonomics is an intensely personal matter. You are not comfortable with the 5D, but there are many who are. I'm one of them. I've shot Canon for something over 40 years and have always found them eminently suitable, and easy to use and change settings. After an A1, AE1, F1, 50D and 5D2, I'm now on the 5D3, and indeed, have two copies. I feel completely comfortable with them, have no difficulty whatsoever with the controls, etc. One thing I like especially is that the buttons on the left back, next to the LCD, and those on top right in front of the small LCD, are arranged in a straight line, spaced evenly apart. Makes it easier to find them when changes are needed.

Clearly, however, you are not happy with Canon. One wonders why you bought it? Wouldn't another brand fit your needs better?

Good luck sorting out the dilemma.

Zen ;D


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Technical Support / Re: 100mm f2.8 L Macro - to filter or not to filter?
« on: November 15, 2013, 07:49:50 PM »
XS-Pro Digital MRC Nano Clear Protect filter 007 67mm on my glass, no problems.

Formerly a dyed in the wool Heliopan devotee, I've recently been converted to the B+W XS Pro Nano. Really nice! Brass threads make it as easy to screw on and off as the Heliopan, but the Nano coating is head and shoulders over the H'pan for staying clean. Both use Schott glass, but B+W are considerably cheaper than H'pan.

I'd recommend either the H'pan or B+W. And, I have one on my 100 macro with no problems.

Zen :)

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Canon General / Re: My gears for 14 Hrs at Grand Canyon
« on: November 10, 2013, 01:25:54 PM »
Surapon, as others have said, your kit is way too heavy! Have been there several time, most recently in June, on the north rim, and shot all my images with 24-70 2.8L Mk2. My friend shot all with 24-105. Neither one of us went to shorter or longer even tho we both had longer in our bags in the car. I suggest you consider carrying just the one. If you really feel you want a second, take the 16-35  or 17-40. Be sure, however, to carry the polarizers and hoods. Also, avoid, if you can, changing lenses outside. There's always a breeze, albeit slight, and dust in the air. The spare batteries may come in handy, too.

Good luck and have a good time.

Zen ;D

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: November 08, 2013, 06:39:39 PM »
Not sure how you read a serial number. Everyone on here is quoting "032" and "062". Out of curiosity I looked at my copy, ser. # 9515005637, appearing on the bottom of the barrel. What does that mean?
This is what I've been going by:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/canon-lenses/canon-lens-aging.aspx


Thanks.  According to that, mine was built in Oct, 2012. As I said, no issues whatever.

Zen ;D

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: November 08, 2013, 11:45:23 AM »
Not sure how you read a serial number. Everyone on here is quoting "032" and "062". Out of curiosity I looked at my copy, ser. # 9515005637, appearing on the bottom of the barrel. What does that mean?

BTW, I've checked mine twice, in quiet rooms, and all I get is a whirring/hissing sound, just like anything that turns in close tolerance to something else. No clicking!

Thanks for any info you can provide.

Zen ???

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Canon General / Re: Canon LP-E6 Product Advisory
« on: November 04, 2013, 04:14:58 PM »
This is like using a "Pep Boys" fuel injector in a Jaguar! Why in the world would anyone take the time and go to the expense to buy a "good" camera, and then load it up with sub-standard accessories? Why not just buy Canon batteries? The $20 price difference is insignificant compared to the value of the gear you have . . .

If Canon continually disappoints, then take the alternative route: Switch!

Zen :)


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.2.3 Available
« on: November 03, 2013, 01:32:04 PM »
It never ceases to amaze me how many people are never satisfied with what Canon does.  If the 5D3 falls short of their expectations, why buy it in the first place?

For crying out loud, the 5D3 is half the price of the 1Dx.  If someone wants the 1Dx features, they should reach into their pocket and pony up the funds to buy the 1Dx.  It's that simple.

I elected to add the 5D3 to my bag as a second body to my 1D4.  I knew what the specifications were when I made the decision to buy it.  It performs as advertized.  Firmware updates to deal with bugs that show up are appreciated and I'm thankful that the manufacturer offers them up.  I don't expect Canon to turn my 5D3 into a 1Dx.

Anyone who purchased a 5D3 knew full well what it's features and limitations were when they made the decision and laid their money down.

If you own the 5D3, which is a great camera, just pick it up and go take some photos.

Yeayyy! If you didn't like it, or wanted a 1Dx, why did you buy this one?

I'm satisfied with mine, and there are loads of 'togs out there who wish they could afford one of these "inferior" cameras. Count yourself fortunate to have one.

Zen ;D

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Macro / Re: Fuzzy thing
« on: October 26, 2013, 05:53:14 PM »
Really impressive, especially for hand held. Good-o!

Zen :)

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Video & Movie / Re: As the Photographers--What will we do?
« on: October 26, 2013, 03:51:26 PM »
I think it is also important to understand your role going into the situation.  If you are a "professional photographer" on assignment, you will have a well defined mission with rules of engagement.  If you are not given an assignment, or are not paid, you have a different role.  Even still, we are all humans first, and we must all act within our own set of values.  If our values are crystal clear to begin with, the decision may be hard, but what the right thing to to will be obvious, as our values do not change- just the situation.

Seems to me that this is the best answer. But as someone else said, it's easy to sit here in our living room and imagine what we might do . . . when the chips are down.

A very good subject, though.

Good luck to all who may find him or herself in such a circumstance.

Zen

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Lenses / Re: why would anyone scratch off the red ring of an L lens?
« on: October 24, 2013, 04:18:47 PM »



Glad to hear that it can be super glued back on. I was thinking of doing the same but was worried about the chemical reaction on the lens body. But based on brad-man's experience, I'll give 'er a try.

Just be careful, a little glue goes a long ways. On my 24-105 (fell off for no reason) I did this before I sold it and initially the focus ring got glued too! Luckily I barely used any glue and it spun with a little bit of force. After that, it worked just fine and you couldn't tell a difference from normal, but had I been a bit more generous on the glue I may have glued the focus ring permanently in place...

Thanks for the tip. I Plan to be careful.

Zen :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: I think I may want a Monopod
« on: October 24, 2013, 04:06:11 PM »
I have the RRS carbon fiber monopod and their standard head. It's terrific! Light, easy to extend and retract, and the head's swivel mechanism, NOT a ball, works flawlessly. The rig holds my 5d3 with 70-200 2.8L and RRS plate easily.

Use of a monopod requires a bit of practice. It "plants" one point solidly on the ground, but can still wobble, so you have to be careful and aware. It's better if you can brace it against a second solid point.

Expensive compared to others but well worth the extra cost.

Good luck.

Zen :)

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Lenses / Re: why would anyone scratch off the red ring of an L lens?
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:19:22 PM »
Same story with mine. No drops or bangs, but the ring cracked and fell off. Interestingly, I had scheduled to send it in to CPS for cleaning and asked them to replace, repair or ? They said "OK" at no charge. When I received it back, all they did was to turn the ring so the break is at the bottom of the lens and add a short piece of clear tape. Seems like a less than adequate repair.

But I AM quite satisfied with CPS in general. No complaints. Actually, except for the tape repair, CPS is quite impressive.

Glad to hear that it can be super glued back on. I was thinking of doing the same but was worried about the chemical reaction on the lens body. But based on brad-man's experience, I'll give 'er a try.

Zen ::)

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Hello Surapon,

The Spirit world is magical and mystical and far above our poor human ability to comprehend. And although we cannot understand it, I am convinced that there IS a Spirit world. Sometimes we are aware of it, but most times not. This may be one of the times we have been made aware of it, and it is a privilege you have enjoyed.

I, as well as most of us out here in photo-land, respect your right to choose what to believe, who to believe in, how to worship and how to follow your own beliefs.

If you do not wish to post the photos for any reason, whether Religious, cultural, traditional or familial, or for any other reason, please do not!  You should not compromise your beliefs merely to satisfy someone's curiosity out here . . . or to try to explain away a phenomenal spiritual experience that you have had. You may regret it later.

Best wishes to you and to your family as you struggle to understand the loss of your loved one.

Zen :)

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