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A Lion Eats an EOS 5D Mark II & EF 16-35 f/2.8L II

When I was in Kenya, we had an incident at Lake Nakuru with a baboon entering our vehicle and scaring the you-know-what out of me. He was sitting on my 5D Mark II, but he didn’t eat it. Instead, he stole our cookies and snacks and bolted. If you know my friend and travel companion Ethan Meleg, you’d know taking his cookies is about the worst thing you can do to him.

FYI: Don’t leave car doors open at Lake Nakuru.

The brave Baboon that stole our cookies – Lake Nakuru, Kenya | Click for Larger

Lion eating a 5D Mark II & 16-35 f/2.8L II
It turns out Ed Hetherington had the same sort of thing happen and sacrificed his Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EF 16-35 f/2.8L II for some fun photographs. The good and bad news? The lens lived, but the camera is touch and go.

Ed Writes:

I brought a remote control and a small stand to Zimbabwe so that I could capture some animal images from a unique “on the ground perspective”. I used the setup for some images of elephants and African wild dogs and most animals ignored the camera after or at most gave it a quick glance.

Photo by Ed Hetherington – Lion eating 5D Mark II & 16-35 – Click for Larger

Then the fun begins for Ed, check out the rest of the images and full story below.

Read the entire story on Ed’s Facebook page

Via [PP] from [EH]



New Wide Angle Zoom Discussion & Opinion

New Wide Angle Zoom Discussion & Opinion

A forum thread on POTN talks about a replacement for the EF 16-35 f/2.8L II being due based on past history..


Quote from the thread

  • FD -> new FD = 6.2 years
  • new FD -> EF = 5.5 years
  • EF -> EF USM = 6.5 years
  • 17-35 -> 16-35 = 5.7 years
  • 16-35 -> 16-35 II = 5.3 years
  • As of today (August 2012) we are 5.4 years from the release of the 16-35L II

There has been lots of talk about an EF 14-24 f/2.8L since Nikon launched such a lens. I wouldn’t think this would be a replacement for the 16-35 f/2.8L II, as I can’t see how it can be easily filterable (without large and expensive third party solutions).

If a 14-24 does indeed become the new f/2.8 ultrawide zoom in the Canon lineup, then I expect a 16-40 f/4L IS type of lens to come quickly for the landscape world and for people that need an easy filterable ultrawide. However, the Nikon 14-24 is a monster of a lens, and would be an awkward replacement for a 16-35 at weddings if you currently shoot with one (just my opinion). The widest screw-on filter lens I have seen is the still to be released Carl Zeiss Distagon T* ZE 15mm f/2.8, which has a 95mm filter thread.

There’s enough chatter about a new wide angle zoom, I think we can start to expect one sooner than later.

Source: [POTN] via [NL]