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Technical Support / Re: Newbie needs help: Tamron 150-600mm
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:03:29 PM »
congrats on your purchase. your shots look fine. Remember with a long lens any movement will be magnified. So  proper shutter speed, IS/VC, technique, tripod/monopod will help.  Don't forget sometimes the birds move too and that can't be fixed...faster shutter speed of course will help "freeze" movement.

you can also do 2 stage sharpening, one in RAW, then unsharp mask in photoshop or some plug in or stand alone

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Availability
« on: December 14, 2013, 05:32:14 PM »
Kind of ridiculous for people to be arguing over the sharpness of a lens that hasn't been released yet.

The Tamron 70-300 VC is a very good lens for the money. Comparable sharpness to the 100-400 L. Not as sharp or as responsive as the 70-300 L but about a third the cost too. My only real complaint with the 70-300 was that under certain conditions it had a tendency to "hunt" a little before locking focus. Not consistently and not a terrible problem, but I did experience it a time or two.

If the 150-600 is of comparable quality, I'll be pleased.

I'm very pleased with the Tamron 70-300 vc also, esp. comp to the Canon 70-300 IS USM(non L). My big pet peeve w./this lens is mechanical. The VC on/off switch protrudes a lot and I'm constantly shutting it off by mistake, not realizing it until I waste a couple shots. hope they improve that.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.3 VC on Thursday
« on: November 07, 2013, 12:19:48 AM »
well, with Canon taking forever to come up with a replacement for the 100-400 IS L,  this might be an option. Somehow the rumor specs and price don't seem to jive...I had a Sigma 170-500 that served me well, but no I.S. I hope this is better than the current Sigma's and under 2k

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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: September 15, 2013, 11:14:54 AM »
tx for the comprehensive review, I agree w/most of your points.

Have had it for 3 months and added the M -18-55 IS STM

IQ is on the par w/the 60D, 650D, etc.  18-55 (M) clearly better build and better IQ than the 18-55 EF-S II.

Size is great as a second body or carry around. I don't miss the flash. A built in would be so small and close to the lens it would be useless. I bought a Sunpak for about 39.00.   I "autobracket" a lot and I find that it's actually faster 2 get the 3 frames off than on the D series and of course much much quieter.

I hate the controls/menu system.  Shifting back and forth from the D-series, I can't train myself to press the right buttons on the M. It's almost random. Sometimes you press "info" once, sometimes twice. So many ways to change settings, but none of them intuitive. I don't like the fact that you can't see the highlight warning light blink when image is full screen. That's same on the Rebel Series, but on the on the D's you can see it. Would like more ISO choices(eg,640...not just 400,800) and more custom functions.

Agree that a hinged screen would make this much more useful for overhead shots, etc

Don't like image review/playback. doesn't seem to be a button to zoom(pinch to zoom works)

Overall happy w/the investment.  If an improved version came out, I'd consider it in a couple of years. In essence, the custom functions,etc are more in line w/the Rebels than the D's and would like to see it ratched up.


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Technical Support / Re: monopods and telephoto lenses
« on: July 29, 2013, 09:04:07 PM »
Hi Davidr,

I've been shooting with various L series lenses and an monopod for years and always leave IS on.  It hasn't been a problem.  Even with a monopod there's a trace of movement, lateral and/or forward.  I remember researching it somewhere and that Canon recommended it on for monopod.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 'Revolutionary' Dual Pixel AF Explained
« on: July 26, 2013, 08:36:03 PM »
for live view shooting to become primary, someone needs to come up w/a replacement for the LCD that displays well in bright light.  We've heard about OLED and other techns. etc for years but don't see it yet

Also, built in I.S.. would help Canon help photographers use Live View more. W/o a tripod it's hard to hold camera steady far a way from the body. I.S.helps a little but it's not in the camera.


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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM & 90EX $399
« on: July 19, 2013, 02:08:25 PM »
I wish they had this deal on 7/3!. I bought the body/w 22mm for 299.00 and a sunpak flash for about 36.00.  I wudda sprung for the Speedlight at this price.

Can't address IQ vs the G series, I can say it's about comparable to the APS-C slrs

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EOS-M / 43mm circ polarizer for the 22mm ES-M
« on: July 15, 2013, 01:23:29 AM »
has anyone found one? It's a very odd size. can't seem to find a multicoated polarizer except the B&W at 92.00

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EOS-M / Re: Just got my EOS-M! First impressions...
« on: July 12, 2013, 05:10:37 PM »
Like some other posters, I'm seeing this "impulse purchase" more as a substitute for my cellphone camera, or a 2nd camera+ short lens to take with me for a landscape shot or snapshot when I have my heavy telephoto oriented kit.   So it's not a true "back up" because I'd struggle with all the menus, buttons and lack of viewfinder for "serious" shooting.  I must say that I;m 100% pleased w/the IQ I got shooting some RAW images outside on an overcast day today.

A couple little things to get used to: The shutter trigger is very light.  I think I;m just locking focus by pressing part way on shutter release, but wind up taking a photo.

Touch to focus either not working or it's a not possible
... I could swear I was doing it at one point.   You can move the focus point around by touch and in focuses in and out if "continuous focus " is set, but not lock.    YOu can use setting to "shutter release by touch"... but not just get the green focus lock.  Am I getting this right?

I need to experiment w/my Sunpak RD 2000c small flash more.  I thought i'd save a lot of $$ over the Canon (Sunpak was 35.00), but the coverage(width) isn't equal to the lens...i've only done some shots of my living room, need to try it on some portraits group shots..
If anyone has sprung for the Canon flash, pls comment

I didn't want to spend much on accessories before seeing if this was a keeper.  Right now, I'd consider the 18-55 ES-M STM, but not at over $200. 

TX

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EOS Bodies / repost: first take on my EOS M(had put in wrong thread)
« on: July 12, 2013, 10:14:54 AM »
Got my EOS -M  22mm kit from B&H on  Wed pm(ordered the day the sale started).

Will take a slight "learning curve" after  using only the D- and Rebel series for 10 years, don't shoot in "live view" much.......

First impressions:
 +very solid build,
+ no autofocus problems (S/W 2.02),
+ IQ very close to 60D(no surprise),haven't had a lens this fast since my Canon AE 1 Program 50MM 1.8

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-  controls not very intuitive to me(which is why I love the D series buttons)
- feels strangely heavy, even though it's light...sounds like an oxymoron, but the footprint is tiny, so the weight is concentrated in a small area.
-flash I bought (small sunpakRD2000 unit) really has lousy coverage.I didn't want to spend the $ for Canon unit. maybe down the road.

I bought this on a whim as something I can keep with me as a second kit at all times, eg if I'm carrying my bird photography kit and want to grab a wider landscape or snapshot.  Have been using my Samsung Galaxy  for that, , but now I  won't have to sacrifice an IQ should I want to really work with the images, print etc.

Whatever Canon's motivation for clearing these out at low price(assuming they cut wholesale price), I think they may have gotten the M-series in the hands of many of us who were not going there otherwise after the negative reviews plus high price.  If I really get used to this, I'd add a short zoom, and down the road maybe the EOS MII, M&M or whatever they call the next version.


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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next EOS M Camera(s) [CR1]
« on: July 10, 2013, 10:33:37 PM »
Got my EOS -M  22mm kit from B&H today(ordered the day the sale started).

Will take a slight "learning curve" after  using only the D- and Rebel series for 10 years, don't shoot in "live view" much.......

First impressions: +very solid build, no autofocus problems (S/W 2.02), IQ very close to 60D(no surprise),haven't had a lens this fast since my Canon AE 1 Program 50MM 1.8

-  controls not very intuitive to me(which is why I love the D series buttons)
- feels strangely heavy, even though it's light...sounds like an oxymoron, but the footprint is tiny, so the weight is concentrated in a small area.
-flash I bought (small sunpak unit) really has lousy coverage.

I bought this on a whim as something I can keep with me as a second kit at all times, eg if I'm carrying my bird photography kit and want to grab a wider landscape or snapshot.  Have been using my Samsung Galaxy  for that, which is great if you just want to post on FB, but now I  won't have to sacrifice an IQ should I want to really work with the images, print etc.

Whatever Canon's motivation for clearing these out at low price(assuming they cut wholesale price), I think they may have gotten the M-series in the hands of many of us who were not going there otherwise.  If I really get used to this, I'd add a short zoom, and down the road maybe the EOS MII, M&M or whatever they call it.




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my main kit is 60D 15-85 USM IS or Tammy  70-300 VG.  I bought a Drebel T4i w/18-135 STM, but the weight of one camera, let alone two at a time is killing me.  The Drebel/ 18-135 really isn't much lighter than the 60D and I hate the controls, etc.  I will not compromise and get a P&S w a sensor smaller than APS-C.

So,  sold my Rebel/18-135 for 800.00, and bought the EOS - M for 300.00...That leaves me 500.00 to put towards at 70D for XMAS..


Are you the mayor of Winnipeg?

nope! nor the former mayor of Phili. 

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my main kit is 60D 15-85 USM IS or Tammy  70-300 VG.  I bought a Drebel T4i w/18-135 STM, but the weight of one camera, let alone two at a time is killing me.  The Drebel/ 18-135 really isn't much lighter than the 60D and I hate the controls, etc.  I will not compromise and get a P&S w a sensor smaller than APS-C.

So,  sold my Rebel/18-135 for 800.00, and bought the EOS - M for 300.00...That leaves me 500.00 to put towards at 70D for XMAS..


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Lenses / Re: Best step up/down threads for filters?
« on: April 15, 2013, 10:10:26 PM »
it's not my  $$ but those stepping rings are a p.i.ta.  Sometimes the filter gets stuck on the ring and then you are out of luck.   they also add some thickness so, that compounds the problem w/vignetting w/a wide angle lens.  I hate to spend the $$(esp w/polarizers...) but I invest in the filter and try to keep it forever.

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Lenses / Re: New Canon USA Lens & Speedlite Rebates
« on: February 17, 2013, 03:02:12 PM »
woops, I read that all wrong.... I think the 1459 includes rebate. The Canon Rebate form is only $150.00 which is not a big deal at all, given the price.


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