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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Purchase in St. Thomas
« on: March 01, 2015, 10:44:55 PM »
If it's anything like watches, the prices will be slightly higher and you will have to haggle with them to match a big US store.  Unless you can get a great deal which I doubt, I would buy it in the US from some big store where you don't pay tax.

Canon General / Re: What were you hoping to buy on Black Friday?
« on: November 29, 2014, 01:05:52 PM »
I was wishfully hoping for a $2,500 or less deal for a 5DIII body from a store like B&H, Amazon or so.  But nothing like that.  Maybe on Cyber Monday, but I doubt it...

Photography Technique / Re: Back-button focus?
« on: August 31, 2014, 09:18:35 PM »
Ever since I heard about BBF I have been using it.  Absolutely love the idea of disconnecting the AF from all other processes.  I use it on my 7D, 5DII and even the SL1.  I do have to say though that I don't have big hands, and it is certainly not a comfortable grip/motion.  Very painful after a long day of shooting.  It puzzles me why Canon won't put a customizable button a little further down.  It would make it so much ergonomic to use...

Lenses / Re: Best PRIME lenses to take to NYC?
« on: August 28, 2014, 10:58:20 PM »
NYC?  It would be a shame not to take something wide.  Take your 8-15 or 16-35 and then the primes.  What's a good NYC photo session without getting all the buildings and streets in one shot...

EOS Bodies / Re: My 'OMG EOS-M just £199' one week in review
« on: August 15, 2014, 08:56:16 PM »
I went through the same stages.  Would have never purchased it for the original price.  When it went on its big sale here, I got one.  Was really impressed in the beginning.  Later I realized that the AF is just too slow still.  It's a very nice camera, but when I lose a good shot because the AF just doesn't hack an average situation, then I have to rethink my strategy.  Once Canon announced they would basically discontinue the system, I gave up on it.
I did get a SL1 when it was on sale here on, and that one I fell in love with.  Yes, it's still a little bigger than a M, but the AF works great, picture quality is better, I can assign the focus to the back button, it takes all my crop lenses without adapter, it's like a little 7D.  I still use that one all the time.

EOS-M / Re: EF-M 55-250mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens rumour
« on: June 16, 2014, 01:04:55 PM »
"If true, it will provide a welcome reassurance to those unsure about the future of the EOS M system."

Is there anyone in the US who is not unsure about the EOS M system? I got one and now it's collecting dust.  My SL1 is getting a lot of use though.

Photography Technique / Re: Family Picture with Dogs
« on: June 12, 2014, 01:09:46 PM »
Thanks for the input so far.  I should have added, the dog is apparently in pretty rough shape, so they want to do it at their house.  They have a backyard, and I will try to use it.  I have a feeling though that the best for distance will be a 50mm lens, maybe if I'm lucky a 85mm.  I always like sunset and sunrise, but they have trees around their yard, so I have a feeling it will get dark quickly around that time.  As you can see, lots of challenges.  I do have a bunch of flashes and tripods and umbrellas/reflectors and so on, but I hate artificial light, so that will be a last resort thing.

Photography Technique / Family Picture with Dogs
« on: June 12, 2014, 11:12:33 AM »
I have been asked by some friends to take a family portrait with their dogs as one of them is older and sick.  I have been looking for fun ideas online but haven't run across anything that I really liked.  I do like the dog(s) in the foreground with the family in the back, I will definitely do some of those.  Any other ideas that you would like to share?

I have seen used 5D Mark II's on Craigslist for around US$1,000.  Honestly, that sounds like the best body for you.  Full frame for portraits, has MFA, video and you already have two EF mount lenses that you can use.  Spend the little extra cash and get that still amazing camera.  I have both the 5DII and a 7D and I hardly use the 7D anymore.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 28, 2014, 05:19:47 PM »
I also got the EOS M when they were selling them cheap.  It's a neat camera, and I was hoping for the wide angle zoom to come to the US.  Then when they announced the EOS M 2 was not going to be available here, I decided to give up. I  still have the EOS M with the 18-55 zoom and have it laying around the house for quick shots.

I did get the SL1 and absolutely love that camera.  With rear button focusing it's nearly like my bigger cameras, but much smaller and more compact.  I would love to see a even smaller SL2, would buy it in a heartbeat.  I also love being able to use all my normal lenses without adapter.

I would love a white SL1.  I'm really happy with mine.  It pretty much replaced my M.  Too late now though, not going to buy another body just for a different color.  Besides, if it is UK only, then oh well...

EOS Bodies / Re: UPDATE: EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: March 01, 2014, 03:54:38 PM »
I gave the M a shot.  It's a great little camera.  I got frustrated when they announced that the wide angle zoom wasn't coming to the US, nor any other stuff.  I used EF-M lenses with the adapter.  In the end I bought the SL1 when Amazon had it on sale for $350.  Absolutely love that thing.  Small, no adapter or new lenses needed, image quality and AF are better than the M.  Yeah, it's not as small, but it does the job. Heck, you even have back button focusing.

EOS-M / EOS M: Patent-16-120mm-f3-5-5-6-is-stm
« on: January 02, 2014, 09:23:48 AM »
Interesting about the new lens patents.  I bought the EOS M pretty much hoping for the wide angle zoom.  Apparently Canon wasn't interested in selling it to us.  Rumors say the EOS M2 won't be sold here either.  I doubt this new super zoom will make it to the US.  I just bought a SL1 and will be selling my EOS M with kit lens and adapter.  Yeah, I'll miss its size and uniqueness, but at least with the SL1 I can use all the lenses I already have without adapter and performance should be a little better.

I like how the front looks, but the back looks like a microwave...

Lenses / Re: UV Filter damage limitation on 16-35II
« on: October 03, 2013, 06:15:11 PM »
Never dropped a lens while changing it.  I'll take the risk.  I don't use filters but do religiously use lens shades.  Bashed quite a few lenses around and the lens shades always saved the day.  By there's no need to argue, we do what we feel is best...

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