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EOS-M / Re: Why do I keep my Eos M?
« on: January 20, 2015, 12:31:07 AM »
Interesting topic, maybe I can add my muse...

I originally got the camera because I was interested in the small form factor that was also compatible with the flashes I used on my 5D. I wanted to check out mirrorless, why not when it was a steal and it leveraged the gear that I have (vs the impressive but expensive sony/Panasonic/Olympus variants).

Yup its slow, and the IQ is that of the 7D, the WORST IQ I've seen from a canon camera of that grade.

I also upgraded from an near zombiefied iphone 4 to an iphone 6 recently which made me reconsider it for snapshots.

so where does this leave my EOS usage...

The iphone is the camera that is always with me, thats both good and bad b/c as a photographer you usually had your camera at reach for those "moments"... and since it was the camera you had, it was a good one.  Now I have a camera that I would have never bought as a camera (no zoom or interchangeable lenses, no RAW coupled with no real manual adjustments) attached to my phone which toggles my lazy gene to not have a "real" camera at hand..  so Pluses and minuses...

While I was hoping for the EOS to be a street camera, a 5D coupled with the 40mm pancake kinda fits the bill with MUCh better IQ and the response time of a fast DSLR AND a viewfinder... this really helps my composing....

that being said, My 'M goes on many trips b/c it fits in a small bag with TWO lenses, I can stuff my 600 speedlite in the bag, even the radio remote and have a compact camera system that is as versatile with flash photography as my 5D. When I go to family events where most folks would have whipped out an iphone and have a grainy photo, I end up with sharp image with flash filled or flash bounced images with WB and exposure precisely controlled.

This is my conclusion: I love the 'M because it allows me to shot that small form factor EXACTLY as I shoot the large form factor 5D. Its an albatross market failure of a camera.... doesn't meant its a bad camera, its just a bad consumer product. 

ITs also gives me a peak into the small mirrorless form factor.

Here is my concern: with the M being an official crop sensor mirrorless camera (a great compromise), I'm sorry to say that, even with the 7DII, the sheer suck-a-tude of the current "crop" of crop sensors.  I think canon traded mega pixels and a lot of software foolin' around for the fidelity for a natively less noisy image. I think it was the 40 or 50D that had and APS-C  that was 10MP and 15 MP respectively that was the ceiling on IQ for the APS-C.  So I think its a far chance that canon would release yet ANOTHER mount standard for mirroless for full frame. So we are stuck with the dynamic range challenged, grainy APS-C sensors for mirrorless. 

Heres another thing too: since the flash isn't built in, and has to be external. why not make it more than just a "lifestyle" flash (read: underpowered).

here's what i propose for an EOS-M3:

Make it have a built in Radio for a new line of flashes that can either gelled quickly or have it have two bulbs (like the iphone flash) , one at 5600K the other at 2900K. they both shoot in tandem for the correct color temperature above indoor 2900... which makes sense since you will need more power likely....  built in radio offers off camera flash as STANDARD now.  Imaging little go-pro style booms attached to these flashes so that you can throw light anywhere...   Imagine the tiny little snoots and light modifiers that would fit these little thing.. I'd say no bigger than a 270EX with the bounce head feature too.  "But won't the flashes be too small or underpowered" you say in your most annoying voice...  Well imagine if the the EOS-M3 shaved off a few megapixels, say 12-15MP in leu of light sensitivity... so that i can live in ISO  6400, 12,800 easily without the sharpness loss.  Marketing nightmare but a photographers dream.. whats the point of having a 18 or 21 MP image that sucks at low light and you end up losing resolution by noise reducing in post or in camera, right?

Smaller MP also means less DIGIC processing time, faster shutter, faster response, more pixels for phase shift whatever-the-funkity face stalking technology they have...  it will be a better picture taking and overall IQ in the end.  Every reviewer will pan it, but every canon user will buy it.   


because you can shot with it EXACTLY as you do your DSLR AND its smaller AND you introduce some innovative technology: like built in radio for flashes, White balance smart flashes, bullet proof ad-hoc networking with mobile phones for instant uploading to the phone's camera roll, ready for sharing.....

What do you guys think...? besides that I went oFf topic, captain Obvious, What do you guys think would make a future EOS-M even a  bigger keeper than the current one?

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:34:22 AM »
I just read the best thing about this camera over at DPreview!!! It's got spot metering linked to the AF point!!! I've been hoping for that and thought they would never build this into a non-1-series camera!!! I love it!! :D

Doesn't the 5D do something similar? Page 171 in the manual, where when metering is set to evaluative, during exposure lock, the metering is linked to the AF point.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 14, 2014, 03:37:19 PM »

Hi everyone!  With my crazy schedule, I typically purchase a very high-end laptop and edit using it (since I've gotta be mobile).  My current model is a powerful ASUS which is in their Republic of Gamers lineup.  I've forgotten the actual #, but it's only 1 year old as of now.  I have had no problems with the ability to handle my editing needs, and the monitor (sometimes bashed as the weak point of Asus and their laptop lineup) has been good for me once I purchased/used the Spyder Pro 4.

Here's my question:  I'm getting a new laptop soon, but the specs I'm looking at are the high-end gaming ones.  I guess my question is this:  Is it overkill?  Should I be looking at a particular linup of laptops which someone here's had good success with?  I like having the newest stuff, but I don't wanna buy a gaming system which I'll never game on. 

Oh, and Photography only.  No video, or plans to go that direction.

Any thoughts?  Thanks in advance.

I'm not looking to get flambé-ed, but I do hear this often from my windows buds where they tout how much cheaper their PC laptop is compared to a Mac, only to need to replace a year or two later because of "issues". I have a 2011 i7 refurbished with a 17" screen and a SSD, and it still flies! I'm not advocating getting a Mac but just askin'

What I would suggest is:
1) put an ssd in the cd drive and get large capacity HD or use the current included drive.
2) move your current in progress files to the ssd. This gives you speed for your current projects while the standard HD gives you capacity.
3) for photography editing, get 16GB, an i7 processor and as large a screen as you can get. 17" and above. If your current machine has these specs then just get an SSD.
4) If you get a new PC, immediately erase the drive and do a clean install of windows. This is to clear the bloatware that all pc's come with.

Lenses / Re: How resistant are L lenses against the shocks/vibrations?
« on: August 05, 2014, 04:41:17 PM »
One night when I was out of town, my pit bull decided she was into my 16-35 f/2.8 II...which means that she pulled it off a shelf that is four feet off the ground, and used it as a chew toy.  I was sure that this was the end of the lens but, honestly, it works perfectly, cosmetic damage aside.

Yes except now its a Sixteen to Thirty-Slime lens!!! LOL!!  HA  I kill me..  I'm here all week people..

EOS-M / Re: New Job for my awesome EOS-M
« on: June 01, 2014, 02:42:49 PM »

You should see all the people curious about my little eos M with the giant lens AND the giant 600 speedlite on top!

Thanks for sharing.  You give me courage to go out there with the M as a second body...

"Intellegent lens cap", LOL!

Technical Support / Re: 5d3 Buttons not working
« on: June 01, 2014, 02:37:44 PM »
As per canon's less than scientific instructions, if you are out in a slight drizzle you are OK. As soon as you are getting too wet, then so is your camera!

I think common sense says don't get it wet, use a rain jacket on the camera.  I remember I was shooting by a pool and some water splashed up and droplets hit the camera.  Droplets, not buckets. These drops can get inbetween the buttons and short out a typical camera. I think that was the intent of the canon's weather seal.  That's it.  Shooting in the rain, that's the job of the 1DX.

Technical Support / Re: 5d3 Buttons not working
« on: June 01, 2014, 02:34:16 PM »
As per canon's less than scientific instructions, if you are out in a slight drizzle you are OK. As soon as you are getting too wet, then so is your camera!

I think common sense says don't get it wet, use a rain jacket on the camera.  I remember I was shooting by a pool and some water splashed up and droplets hit the camera.  Droplets, not buckets. These drops can get inbetween the buttons and short out a typical camera. I think that was the intent of the canon's weather seal.  That's it.  Shooting in the rain, that's the job of the 1DX.

Technical Support / Re: Multi-controller joystick 5D MKIII jumped off
« on: June 01, 2014, 02:24:01 PM »
You should be able to use the top rolling dial to move around focus points. You might have to program it as such or just enable them with the AF point selection button.

By the first month of use, at least by me, that camera will be off white, then bone white, then crusty creme, then sandy brown, then dirt brown, then burnt sienna brown, then marbled black, then pretty much the color I have now, minus a few buttons.. so whats the point!?!?!   ;D

EOS Bodies / Eos-M2 available now in the USA!
« on: April 01, 2014, 01:11:00 PM »
Canon USA announces that the EOS-M2 will be available in the US starting in May.

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 1, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. has announced the availability of the EOS-M2 to the US market now that inventory has been cleared of its predecessor the EOS-M.  According to Sakuichi Ishizukara, Canon’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., you are being fooled due to the nature of calendar events, known as April fools.

Ain't I a stinker?!?!

Lighting / Re: Tired and Frustrated of the Pocket Wizards
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:07:41 PM »
Someone just posted about layoffs at pocket wizards:

I had problems with the flex system on my 580exii.  Moving to canons 600 changed all that.

Lighting / Re: PocketWizard Layoffs
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:02:33 PM »
This is unfortunate.  There was a burst in growth in photography which always reaches a saturation point.  But I think it was the Chinese knock offs which took sales from pocketwizard.  Canon's new radio system I'm sure took some of their high end sales. They had to shrink.

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 06, 2014, 10:24:03 PM »
Thats nothing'!   In my last shoot with my 5D, I didn't even have any film in it!  (bud-dam-CHING!)  ;D


That and get a mac, but then I'd have to duck and dodge the flame throwers!   ;D

I've dropped every one of my mac laptops, each landing on a corner, with a nice "daily beater" dent on it. No operational issues.  I get them refurbished to save some money.  I can understand, despite the many reason to not get a mac (less GFX support, less versatility, premium price), the fact that 17" and 19" screens aren't available... thats a big fail on mac.  I got the last of the 17" as a refurb. However my biggest gripe on the PC's is that, even after spending $2000 on one, you are getting non premium parts... it may just be a fan or power supply or even a firmware incompatibility with a component, but any of those can potentially stop your productivity.  One youtube tech guy put it best: "I don't make money by saving money".  His point was that he bought premium gear because he makes money being productive. Downtime means he's not earning. His point was to his audience who often tout their frugality.  Thats fine, but he pointed out that getting premium gear doesn't mean you are an elitist, it means you need reliability.  ECC memory, xenon processor, server grade over provisioning SSD... these all cost more because they are more reliable. 1Dx over the 5D over a rebel, again more reliable.

Best example of this I had a colleague that had a powerhouse of a laptop PC with uber fans, i7, workstation class nvidia... beautiful machine.  He popped in a DVD to show me his reel and he got a blue screen of death.  I had just gotten my $2150 17" refurb mac pro which he deemed too expensive. I mean the timing couldn't be more perfect. He claimed I paid too much by $400 by his calculations.  I told him that had he been doing a client presentation of his reel, that $400 "savings" would have been peanuts compared to losing the client.

I've been out of the PC market for a while. But I hope for the many folks that need and want to stay in the windows world, that there is a PC manufacturer that you know uses premium components. That level of reliability is worth any premium price.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom for iPad Coming Soon
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:38:30 PM »
99$ per annum? LR5 is 149$ one-time for PC... I don't understand this pricing.

Its not supposed to make sense... just make Adobe richer!   ;D

My concern isn't the annual upgrade... well it should just be $79..damn thing shouldn't be more than the current upgrade price.  My problem is the necessity to always be connected to the Adobe Borg Collective to do anything with their software.  I believe the current model is that it has to talk to adobe every 60 days or else you're officially a pirate.  The irony of course is that the actual pirate version will circumvent this likely, making this just an inconvenience to the user and effectively zero impact on piracy.
People often countered this by saying the likelihood of not having wifi access in two months is slim.  But I offer you an equivalent situation: Imagine if my canon had to talk to canon every two months or else it doesn't work anymore.  Doesn't seem like you own it any more. Yes software is licensed, not "owned" .. . so that license is effectually only good for 2 months..

Yet folks with the crack would likely enjoy trouble free operation.

As a paying customer of my software, this pisses me off.

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