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I just bought two of these, one with each type of lens, for the family to use and share on an upcoming trip. I had been considering just getting the G15 for the trip, but decided this way gives me more options. My kids really like the functionality of the touch screen, since they are used to using an iPod.

Is it true that the M uses a combination of phase and contrast detection, and so if I use my m42 manual lenses on it, will it still give a focus confirmation beep? 

And if I use my 50mm 1.8 lens on it, which on my DSLR has inconsistent focus reliability (due I think to having a cheap focus motor which doesn't seem to work too well with phase detection) it will focus much more reliably because the contrast detection on the M will help it?

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Does anyone know if this camera has a minimum shutter speed setting? And does its auto-ISO work properly?

Since it has no stabilisation, if I give it to my kids to use, I want to be sure that it doesn't drop the shutter speed too low in low light, but instead can adjust the ISO as needed. I'm teaching them photography, and my DSLR is a little heavy. But it's also an older DSLR (500D), and doesn't have a min shutter speed setting, and its auto-ISO is useless in the non-auto modes (it just picks ISO 400 every time).

Can you also tap the touchscreen on this camera to take a photo focused on where you tap it?

Lastly, what sensor is this M the same as, the T2i's?

Thanks.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Olympus OMD EM5 or 6D
« on: May 21, 2013, 11:34:06 PM »
Also read his first impressions of using the OMD, I just saw the link on the right: http://betterfamilyphotos.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/olympus-om-d-first-impressions-comments.html


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Olympus OMD EM5 or 6D
« on: May 21, 2013, 11:30:40 PM »
I also have T1i with a number of non-pro but nice lenses and have been considering what to move to next. I am thinking about the 6D vs OMD EM5 or of course the new Canon 70D. Anyway, I haven't decided yet, but Overture I think you might want to read this person's story of migrating through P&S to crop to FF to OMD EM5: http://betterfamilyphotos.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/a-tale-of-seven-cameras-and-one-subject.html
and
http://betterfamilyphotos.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/the-truth-behind-migration.html
should give some food for thought.

Personally I really want the high ISO and particularly the shallow DOF of the 6D, but I also like the extra reach, less cost and more portability of the OMD. I want to be able to carry all my lenses with me and it not weigh a ton, and for that matter to only need about 3 good lenses to cover practically everything - 2 zooms covering wide to tele, and a portrait prime. Also I don't like big, heavy, expensive glass. Crop could be the best compromise, but I'm not sure about that. I often want more shallow DOF that crop can't give me. So it is difficult. Perhaps the best thing is to have both the 6D (or some FF) for your more pro situations, and the OMD EM5 to take when you just want to enjoy photography, or when out walking or travelling. But that means two different brands and systems, which seems kind of wasteful. Anyway, the links above may be interesting for you. I would be interested in hearing what you decide and how it goes. I think it would be good to try some hands on practice in a camera store before deciding. And besides that trial, the deciding factor is probably just what it is you are wanting to achieve with your photography.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Nik Collection Bundle for $126.65
« on: March 31, 2013, 10:12:55 PM »
Will the price set by Google stay at $149 indefinitely or is this a temporary offer by Google?

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 08, 2012, 01:13:57 AM »
Never seen any Gura Gear before, or held it in my hands. Looking forward to the first time coming soon. :)

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Lenses / Re: What's your dream lens
« on: December 03, 2012, 11:29:34 PM »
For crop cameras:

1. EF-S 15-60mm L f2.8 IS  (walk-around & general purpose)

2. EF/EF-S 85mm L f1.4 Hybrid-IS Macro (for macro & portrait & indoor events)



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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro
« on: November 27, 2012, 07:46:28 PM »
I am slowly saving up for this lens after trying a friend's copy for a month - I was amazed at how rich the colours were compared to my 60mm macro. Plus the IS is invaluable since I like handheld macro. 

One alternative however, would be to put the money towards a 70-200mm IS, probably the f4, to gain the upgraded benefit of that lens for telephoto, plus buy a 500D close-up filter to turn it into a macro. I have seen some stunning photos taken with that setup, since that lens is very very good too. Does anybody have experience with that setup to comment on how it would compare overall with the 100L for macro? I would guess it is less flexible somehow, but I don't know in what way.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's roadmap
« on: November 25, 2012, 11:22:27 PM »
@Zlatko: Fair enough, but my main point is not that I don't have a fresh new model (with just right specs) available for me right now when I would like it to be, but rather that the rumour is that Canon is not planning to make that model even in the future if it is true that there will be no 70D and so they will offer only T4i/T5i and 7DII as crop cameras. i.e. it is a hole in the lineup roadmap. If true, there is no point in waiting and being more patient for the 60D's replacement to come around - there will be no replacement.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's roadmap
« on: November 25, 2012, 09:45:43 PM »
Ignoring the overly-negative posts and the ones who can't seem to acknowledge Canon doing a thing wrong, I agree very much with what Interpilot and That1guyy have posted - there seems to be a glaring hole in the roadmap. Where did this rumour come from that the XXD and 7DII are going to be merged? Is it official from Canon? Because I can't understand how Canon can not address the enthusiast market in the approx. $1000-$1600 range. Looking at crop cameras, the T4i is a solid product. But based on Canon's recent history, I don't care how much of a fanboy you are, you have to admit that Canon seems to be milking every $$ they can with recent pricing, and so the 7DII will be expensive, probably pushing $2000 for most of 2013.

Now personally I am also in the category who was looking forward to the 70D body. I have a budget in the very low $1000 range. There is not a chance that I am going to pay for a 7DII, or even a 6D if its price drops $300-$500. Yet I am an enthusiast, with a small, nice collection of lenses, who has outgrown my 500D rebel and looking for something higher. I have money ready to buy early in the new year. The 7D is too heavy for me. I want a super-rebel, and was looking forward to the 70D being an improvement on the 60D, with the new 650D tech in it, plus hopefully a new, better sensor, and if lucky, MFA.

Surely there are other customers in the same situation as me? It looks like I have 3 options: 1) buy the 60D for a good price now and use it for a year while we see what happens. It looks a good camera. But I don't really want 2010 technology, I want something that is newer and will last me for some years. I also would like to get video auto-focusing, even though it is of moderate use, I still want the option. And the 60D doesn't have that. 2) Trust that the new mirrorless v2 will be fantastic, priced reasonably, released on time, and convince me to go mirrorless. 3) Change to a different brand.

I don't see that the next T5i will move up, since they need to keep the entry level camera cheaper and well under $1000. There is a chance that they could make the 7DII smaller and lighter and price it at the 70D level, with great features, to make a killer camera in that market area. That would be great, but based on current history I don't see it happening. Or the 70D being killed off could just be a rumour.

So here I am with money ready to buy, and I can't see that Canon is offering me anything. I've been a Canon user since 2002, but this is on top of the other rather annoying decisions Canon has made lately which the original poll covered (yes, they are debatable, but they certainly aren't winning fans by their decisions. They may be still able to keep their old fans.) What has Canon released lately that has made customers think 'Wow, I just have to have that product, that's a great buy'? And by great buy I mean a very good product that doesn't feel like it has been purposefully crippled in some small but key way, AND has a quite reasonable price, i.e. one that you can't wait to have in your hands to own, without the offsetting feeling of 'Ouch that cost a premium'.  I remember the excitement caused by the 7D, it was like they were trying to dominate an area of the market. I understand that in 6 months time, things may be different, so I guess my 4th option is just to wait with my 500D for 6 months and see if Canon announces something new in the pipeline. But the topic under discussion here is what do we think of the roadmap, so I think it is reasonable to ask questions and criticize without people just saying 'Nothing for you on the horizon, but stop whinging'.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

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