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Lenses / Re: Exorbitant repair costs, Canon Australia
« Last post by dgatwood on Today at 10:54:32 AM »

This isn't a laptop, where half the cost of the device comes from a single part.  It's a lens.  You'd expect repairs to never cost more than a quarter the cost of the hardware.  If they do, you're getting screwed, and you're better off parting it out and selling the pieces on eBay for twice what it costs to buy a replacement lens.  It takes longer, but if you're seeing five hundred bucks for a lens repair, there's some massive pocket padding going on there.

No matter what, a repair shouldn't take three hours of a technician's time.  if the lens really took that much time to calibrate, it would cost a lot more than that to sell it to begin with.  I'd expect Canon to just replace an entire lens group, then send back the pieces for remanufacturing, where the parts of the lens group get put back together and calibrated in an automated fashion, just like they do during manufacturing.  This leaves just a handful of calibration adjustments that technicians actually make during most servicing.  I could be wrong.  If I am, then Canon needs to rethink their service procedures.
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If only Zeiss made AF Canon lenses.  :P

I think I can safely say that all of us agree with you on that point.  This lens with AF and IS would be worth $3000+.  It is crazy good optically.
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Photography Technique / Re: Getting photos home from overseas
« Last post by Vivid Color on Today at 10:51:21 AM »
16 GB per day is ~700+ images shooting RAW on the 1D X.  If you are awake for 16 hrs per day, that's 960 minutes.  If you actually plan to average a picture every 82 seconds, I strongly recommend that you take some time to see the sights of Europe without your view being constrained by a viewfinder.   ;)

+1. This is what I was trying to get at but more precise and better said.
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Photography Technique / Re: Getting photos home from overseas
« Last post by dgatwood on Today at 10:42:51 AM »
16 GB per day is ~700+ images shooting RAW on the 1D X.  If you are awake for 16 hrs per day, that's 960 minutes.  If you actually plan to average a picture every 82 seconds, I strongly recommend that you take some time to see the sights of Europe without your view being constrained by a viewfinder.   ;)

*shrugs*

That's also about what I average when I'm traveling, unless I'm either somewhere with little to see or I'm somewhere that I've been many times before.  It quite frequently involves periods of "Ooh, I'm at the top of [insert random building].  Let me take a thousand photos from this vantage point," interspersed with periods of much lower shooting density.
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Photography Technique / Re: Getting photos home from overseas
« Last post by neuroanatomist on Today at 10:35:29 AM »
If so, I'd say don't do a 50-day trip, do a 14-day trip this year, and another one next year...


I dislike short trips, and to me 14 days is short.  Our international trips are generally a month or so.  Figure you lose a day (or more) on either end for travel, and if going to "Europe" or "East Africa" you lose up to a day traveling between locations.  That 14 day trip becomes more like a 9-10 day trip...like I said, short.  Obviously it's a personal choice, but IMO you miss a lot if your itinerary includes too many places.  When we went to East Africa for a month, subtracting a week of travel (16 hrs flying time each way, plus intercountry flights) gave us a week on Zanzibar, a week in northern Tanzania (Arusha/Serengeti/Ngorongoro/Olduvai), and a week in Rwanda.  That was about the minimum time to really appreciate each location, IMO.
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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« Last post by RLPhoto on Today at 10:32:34 AM »
If only Zeiss made AF Canon lenses.  :P
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Third Party Manufacturers / Review: Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T*
« Last post by Canon Rumors on Today at 10:21:35 AM »

Dustin Abbott, a friend of Canon Rumors has completed his review of the Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* in the ZE mount for Canon. The review is pretty glowing for the Zeiss, as one would expect. Dustin directly compared it to the classic Canon EF 135 f/2L and came away with the conclusion that the Zeiss is optically better, though for twice the price it should be. However, the missing AF in the Zeiss is a big deal when comparing the two.


Says Dustin: “Will it be replacing my 135L? Probably not. Until I shot with the Zeiss I thought the performance of the 135L was fantastic, and I will still enjoying shooting with it. I knew that the Zeiss would be better before I did the review, although I was surprised by just how noticeably better it was in head to head comparison. But for many of the applications that I use the 135L in, I need the AF. But I’m also not a full time professional photographer, and frankly, there are a few higher priorities for that kind of money in my kit at the moment. I’ll keep using my trusty Canon, but I will cherish the images that I took with the Zeiss. And one day, there WILL be a Zeiss lens in my kit. They are just too good.”


Read the full review | Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO Sonnar T* at B&H Photo


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 1.4 Art NOT bokehlicious?
« Last post by Terrierist on Today at 10:21:05 AM »

I think he's very wrong. And he's also wrong about build quality.

+1
I'm loving mine.
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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« Last post by Zv on Today at 10:12:25 AM »
Wow, and it doesn't seem like a mis-labeling error either - the bottom of the description pretty much states that it's discontinued so you should check out the 70D instead!

Then again when you hit the 28-135 button the bracketed (DISCONTINUED) vanishes.

 ???
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Photography Technique / Re: Getting photos home from overseas
« Last post by Orangutan on Today at 09:53:39 AM »
Unless you will be staying in hotels that could take care of this for you, I'm concerned that you could use a lot of your valuable vacation time trying to find a post office and then standing in line waiting to mail your items.
+1

I strongly recommend that you take some time to see the sights of Europe without your view being constrained by a viewfinder.   ;)
+1

Is this your first trip to Europe?  First trip overseas?  If so, I'd say don't do a 50-day trip, do a 14-day trip this year, and another one next year, etc.  It would be a shame to get 10-days into your trip and find that you don't really like being away from home that long, or that you misjudged your interests or stamina, etc.  Traveling well is a learned skill-set.
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