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Lenses / Frequency of EF 24-105/4 L error 01
« Last post by Frodo on January 21, 2018, 11:07:31 PM »
I've been very happy with my 24-105/4 L since I bought it for my 5D to replace the very soft 28-135 that I had since film days.  It then graced my 5DII and 6D and now provides very sharp images on my 5DsR. It must be 8 or 9 years old.

Today the red "L" ring broke - no big deal, but it made me wonder how frequent is the failure of the cable that actuates the diaphragm blades on this lens.  This is the failure that causes the "Err 01" message and means the camera can only operate at 24mm and f/4.  I am less concerned about the cost to have the lens repaired (I have got more than my value back on this lens) than the failure leaving me without a working lens.  When I take critical photos (e.g. weddings), I always have back-up lenses and a back-up body.  However, the 24-105/4 L is an almost ideal FF hiking lens and normally it would be my only lens on a hike.

The internet is (of course!) full of horror stories about this lens failing.  But how frequent is the problem?  And would replacing the cable / diaphragm unit reduce the risk of future failure?

Thanks
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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« Last post by dpc on January 21, 2018, 10:26:09 PM »
Log strewn beach
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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« Last post by dpc on January 21, 2018, 10:25:19 PM »
Very nice series, dpc.  8)


Thanks!  8)
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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« Last post by dpc on January 21, 2018, 10:24:41 PM »
Eldar, dpc and danski0224,

Nice pictures, guys. Keep posting.  :)


Thanks, Click!  :)
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Industry News / Re: DJI Teases New Drone, Coming January 23, 2018
« Last post by Murdy on January 21, 2018, 10:23:13 PM »
Waiting too see. A Mavic Pro 2 would be very tempting. Anyone got a Mavic or Phantom 4?
What do you make of it as a camera?

I tried out all the DJI consumer drones and although they're great for video, the stills quality is absolutely shocking and I mean really, really, really bad.
If you're going to put some photos on Instagram or something then they're ok, but for anything else forget it.
I ended up getting an S1000 to get the 5DIII into the air.
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EOS Bodies / Re: Does anyone still love their old gear?
« Last post by stochasticmotions on January 21, 2018, 09:35:55 PM »
I usually sell of one camera when I pick up a new one but I still have a canon 7NE and a canon s90 with the canon underwater case that both get used pretty regularly.
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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO gives the A7R3 a 100
« Last post by rocksubculture on January 21, 2018, 09:29:24 PM »
Even the best electronic viewfinders don't hold a candle to optical - no comparison.  Personally I know I won't consider switching until I can hardly tell the difference.

Late last year I literally sold all of my Canon gear because of my experience using a camera with an EVF on vacation.  It made the OVF on my Canon bodies seem like ancient technology.

If you haven't tried a new camera with an EVF you really owe it to yourself to try it out...  for me, it was a game changer.  And I'm not a fanboy of any particular brand - I've shot Canon seriously beginning with the 5DII (after many years and many iterations of the Rebel bodies).  Over the past six years or so I've owned at least three serious Canon bodies at any given time (5DII, III, IV, 1DX, 6D, 5DSR). 

I went to Italy for a few weeks last year and didn't want to drag my heavy Canon gear all over the country so I decided to buy a Fuji X100F just for the trip (having owned earlier iterations previously and enjoyed the interface)...

The EVF technology has come so far in such a short period of time. 

I absolutely loved using the camera, and the EVF was really a remarkable thing to experience - "seeing" your photo before you take and and adjusting as needed before pushing the shutter button, rather than chimping.

And even though the Fuji is APS-C (and half the megapixels I was used to with the 5DSR), I found the images not only comparable (if not needing to crop) but the JPEGs were remarkable.  It changed all my notions about gear and photography.

I sold every Canon camera I had and bought most of the Fuji lens line-up and a few XT2s.

My wife has always shot Sony, and with the A7RIII, I bought my second Sony body (I had an A7S long ago for low light but didn't like it for a variety of reasons and sold it).

The A7RIII is amazing.  The eye detect is phenomenal for portrait work.  I spent two full days on a shoot in LA a few months ago and it enabled me to work faster and with more precision with wide aperture lenses.

And it is also incredible for sports, with it's super fast focus and tracking.

For me, I love Sony for action and portraits and Fuji more for "creating images", if that makes sense, though both are really great for everything (I've used both systems for everything).

I still love Canon (though I own zero Canon products at this point) and enjoy reading these forums.  And while they still do great in terms of overall marketshare, I've found talking to people - other pro and semi-pro photographers - that there is definitely a shift happening at a certain level.  Not mass consumer and hobbyists maybe, but like at my local camera shop, every single person that works there shoots either Sony or Fuji.  And when I run into other photographers at events and such, I'm surprised how many are switching from Canon and Nikon to mirrorless (Sony, Fuji, and Olympus, in that order) for weight, benefits of mirrorless, and other reasons.

Anyway, not trying to be a troll or anything, just sharing my own experience.  I think competition is great because it forces new advancements and competition in pricing, so it's good for everyone IMO.  Plus cameras from all major companies these days are all great, but there are enough differences to give people some options to choose what best suits them.  But I really love the EVF on the newer cameras (and no, they weren't this good even a few years ago).
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Sports / Re: 6D Slightly Struggling with Sports
« Last post by Don Haines on January 21, 2018, 09:26:23 PM »

I'm about to ramp up my "running" photography a lot.
Thanks.

Are you shooting the runners, or are you one of the runners?
I'm the photographer at "running" events.  I also run which, I think, helps me to capture the essence of the event.  But I either run or photograph and not both at the same time.
Thanks.
I guess that means you are shooting in daylight....  That gets rid of the necessity of fast lenses and FF cameras (high ISO performance) and gives a lot more options.
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Well, the immediately previous remarks regarding the effect of filter thickness would make me want to put a micrometer to the four filters to see if the "12" and "16" filters were significantly "thicker" than the others. One easy way to get more density (darkness) in a filter is to make it thicker rather than changing the relative opacity of the material from which the filter is made. Could this be a contributing factor??? Inquiring minds want to know...
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Sports / Re: 6D Slightly Struggling with Sports
« Last post by Cory on January 21, 2018, 09:13:09 PM »

I'm about to ramp up my "running" photography a lot.
Thanks.

Are you shooting the runners, or are you one of the runners?
I'm the photographer at "running" events.  I also run which, I think, helps me to capture the essence of the event.  But I either run or photograph and not both at the same time.
Thanks.
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