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Old Feb 27, 2011, 1:57 PM   #1
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this shot reminds me of the Japanese zen gardens, where they have rocks stuck in the middle of an open space of carefully raked gravel or sand... only this one is in water! 5D (before it died) and 24-135 (before IT died), 135mm, 4 sec @ f/13, with polarizer...

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Rocky, nice shot, but I am deeply disturbed by the loss of your 5D and the legendary 24-135. Unbelievable! That lens got you a lot of nice shots, I know, I've commented on several of them. Is the 5D repairable?
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Old Feb 27, 2011, 9:27 PM   #3
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Rocky, nice shot, but I am deeply disturbed by the loss of your 5D and the legendary 24-135. Unbelievable! That lens got you a lot of nice shots, I know, I've commented on several of them. Is the 5D repairable?
yeah, i'm sure the 5D is fixable... probably just a shutter replacement. it's more the unanticipated - and unbudgeted! - nature of the problems that bothers me most. i sent the 5D off to the service center yesterday, so should have an estimate in a week or so, and hopefully will have the beast back in my hands before the end of March.

as for the lens, it did indeed serve me very, very well... i've gotten a lot of "money" shots with that lens, so i was very sorry to see it start acting up like that. on the bright side, i picked up a mint-condition copy on eBay this afternoon for about $170... not bad, considering the price before they discontinued it was over $$450! it's not an "L" lens, true, but with the 24-105 you're paying a great deal for the Canon name and the "L" designation. this little Tamron was every bit the 24-105's equal in terms of image quality, IMHO, but didn't have IS or the Canon name, so it was about half the price of the 24-105 when i bought it. anyway, according to the seller, the one i bought is about a year old, in perfect condition, and comes with all the accessories, including the lens hood, which is nice, since mine got lost in the woods somewhere last year! if this copy is anywhere near as good as the one i had, i'll be right back in business again very shortly.
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Old Feb 27, 2011, 11:47 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply! I'm glad to hear you got a replacement on the lens, I feel that way about my two 70-210 beercans. I should probably sell one, but I am afraid one will break. Anyway the IQ from them is incredible, so a spare is not a bad thing. Good luck on the camera, will be looking for more spectacular shots in the future!
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got my "new" (to me, anyway) Tamron 24-135 today... sooner than expected! looks in great shape. went out and took some preliminary test shots of a rock retaining wall covered in ivy (from a tripod with remote), and from what i can tell, it's at least as sharp and clear as the old one. there's a bit of softness in the corners at 24mm wide open, but any lens will do that, and even at 24mm it sharpens up beautifully from f/8-f/13, which is where i try to do most of my landscape shooting. it's a little hard to be certain, since the light was going when i took my test shots, and of course i won't be able to tell for sure how well it performs till i get my 5D back, but on my 40D, at least, it seems the replacement is every bit as good as the original! it seems equally good at 70mm and 135mm, and the close focus (about 10" at 135mm) seems to work fine as well. and for what i paid for it... well, let's just say i got a very good deal!
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