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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:10 am 
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So guys, long time no see.... years have passed I think. Well youre reading this because you want to know what' s up (or you dont want to of course :wink: ).

Years ago I have been working very hard and very much (student!) for saving and buying my ultimate kit: 50D + grip + Tamron 17-50 + Canon 70-200 f/4L.

All 7 batteries of my 50D are only lasting a few shots, which doesnt seem a problem of the batteries themselves... though I did order a new battery for the sake of trying, but I am afraid my 50D has a huge problem of detecting that all my batteries are empty even though they are not. For a long time this happens and stops me from making any photos with the 50D. Fortunately I can take a few shots with 2 batteries in the grip.

My Tamron 17-50 has some AF issues since years, it auto focusses very slowly (3s from back to forth and back again). In youtube movies I see it should last around 1s. Well doesnt matter me the most because I like MF too. Also I had some strange spots on my photos which seemed to have been caused by a strange spot on my front element. I had to open the lens and make it clean again. Looked like an oil spot or something in the glass, very strange looking. I got it removed though. Now since few weeks, the lens focuses at infinity at 17mm, but only having at around 1m/3ft in focus. Everything beyond is very blurry. So it' s front focusing enormously at wide angle! At 50mm though it has no problems. Unfortunately MF doesnt correct for this front focus and the AF adjust in the 50D can of course correct for the front focus at 17mm, but over corrects at 50mm then!!!! It' s really useless now because the farthest I can get sharp at 17mm is 3ft in front of me.

No warranty of course. If I only had a job, but as a student I really cant just get another camera (hope the new battery will show that the 50D is OK) and/ or another lens.

Damn. Hoped to use this kit for the coming 20-30 years and not having to upgrade in the meantime because the quality is that good. Fortunately I still have my good old 350D with the newer kit lens of the 1100D which is quite sharp.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:12 pm 
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Sounds like you're having a tough time, Ruben. Very disheartening.

Are your batteries genuine canon ones? If not, it might be canon themselves that have `disabled` them. Firmware update?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:02 pm 
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Yeah it's not the best experience I have had so far. Fortunately, I have bought a Tamron 17-50 2.8 in a Canon kit -used. Now I am not interested in the camera it came with, so I will try to sell it to get as much money possible. Most of my batteries are non genuine, though good other brands. I do have 3 genuine batteries though, and they dont last too. Ive ordered another "fake" one to see how it will go.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:39 pm 
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I got to be kidding myself.

The 70-200L backfocuses by about -12 at 200mm, but 0 at 70mm. What to do now? Played some hours with finding the right settings but I think the right setting is adjusting the micro AF tune to -12 to have at least sharp pictures wide open at 200mm, but now at 70mm I really have to close that aperture a lotto get it as sharp as it should be.

While I hate the idea of a mirrorless it seems I have no choice when I can grab one! My lord how can an L lens be so bad.... and why me.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 1:36 am 
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Sorry to hear about your experience.

However,
Ruben123 wrote:
Damn. Hoped to use this kit for the coming 20-30 years and not having to upgrade in the meantime because the quality is that good.
In my humble opinion, expecting today's gear to last 20-30 years is just a bit unrealistic.

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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 7:41 pm 
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Antony wrote:
Sorry to hear about your experience.

However,
Ruben123 wrote:
Damn. Hoped to use this kit for the coming 20-30 years and not having to upgrade in the meantime because the quality is that good.
In my humble opinion, expecting today's gear to last 20-30 years is just a bit unrealistic.


30 years is a bit too many indeed, but 20 years isnt that long. My Canon 350D and G5 from 2004 are still working as if they were new, with only 8 years to come before they reach 20. 50D, an L lens and the Tammy should certainly have quite some time left (I dont use my gear too heavily).

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