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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M And EFM22mm Low Light and Portability?
« on: Today at 03:27:28 PM »
I use the inconspicuous LowePro Dash20 mounted on my belt. The M+22 fit just fine, it's reasonably quick to pull it out and put back.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M And EFM22mm Low Light and Portability?
« on: February 16, 2015, 10:03:03 PM »
A year ago I had a reunion with childhood friends in a dim lit bar. The M with the 22 gave me priceless photos of the occasion. I also took a few photos with my iPhone and they were all terrible, grainy and washed out with people blinded by the flash, no one else even thought to try taking photos in that light, they loved the photos I got. Actually, the waitress took most of them, in full auto without flash. Piece of cake.

I probably wouldn't have brought a DSLR, it would've been too awkward in a social situation, which would've meant terrible iPhone photos. I'm frustrated with the slowness of the camera, but it's those occasions for which there are no alternatives that make me keep using it. It's also fantastic for family gatherings for the same reasons.

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EOS-M / Re: How usable is an EVF?
« on: February 11, 2015, 02:09:46 PM »
What I'd like to hear is how it's practically used on the camera. Do they carry it like portable flash, choosing when to mount it on an outing (say, on sunny day hikes), or just bring it along and mount it as needed and take it off? Is it cumbersome to have mounted on the camera and quickly bring it to eye level? How about fitting the camera with it in a bag?

I also can't help thinking that there was a design decision like "selfie or EVF?" and the selfie won.

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PowerShot / G1X II owners: what's your experience with the EVF?
« on: February 09, 2015, 01:50:55 PM »
How does it feel to use that EVF, day to day? Is it quick and convenient, something you have to remember to bring, do you leave it on when it's sunny?

Looking to get some perspective about the M3 and the same EVF combo.

Please post your experiences.

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Anyone cares to post their experience in this workshop? Do people get to shoot using their camera with guidance or just watch the instructors? How much of it is hands on?

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Grip with integrated Arca Swiss plate review
« on: April 23, 2014, 03:37:19 PM »
How do you reach the shutter button?

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EOS-M / Re: Freniac grip ergonomics?
« on: March 16, 2014, 12:08:23 AM »
I didn't really care for it to be honest.  It just wasn't comfortable to me when shooting and I actually preferred the original grip.  Having said that, it did make holding the camera via the grip easier.  But the bigger factor for me was comfort while shooting.

I realize I'm in the SMALL minority with that opinion and if you've used one of his grips before and liked it, I can't see why you wouldn't like the grip for the M.

We had an expensive drop with the s90, so it was important to me to have the extra secure handling. The thing is, the M body is thicker, so the shutter is farther back from the other fingers which is not ideal.

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EOS-M / Re: Freniac grip ergonomics?
« on: March 12, 2014, 04:27:46 PM »
Apparently I misspelled his name when searching for reviews. Thanks  :)

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EOS-M / Freniac grip ergonomics?
« on: March 07, 2014, 10:50:24 AM »
Has anyone here bought the Freniac  grip?

I've had a Freniac grip on the S90 and liked it. Just wondering how the ergonomics work on the M, with the index finger having to remain in the back on the shutter button.

Comments or pictures appreciated. Thanks.

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What is the typical PR dynamic with Canon releases? It's been very quiet, barely a few sample photos or hands-on. Will these show up just before dealers receive them? Getting a little obsessed here.

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EOS-M / Re: Is the canon eos-m a dead end system?
« on: February 17, 2014, 03:59:43 PM »
There was a DPReview interview with a Fuji SVP of marketing:

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Is there more profit to be made in the high-end market?

Yes. For two reasons. The bodies themselves, we can sell at a higher price but also we sell more lenses with higher-end cameras, so overall it’s more profitable. Our research shows that the attachment rate for a high-end camera like the X-Pro 1 is around 3.8, whereas cameras like the X-A1 it’s more like 1.2. With low-end cameras people often just stick with the kit lens.

So this is interesting: entry level mirrorless don't really make sense if buyers only stick with the kit lens.

It's also common for reviewers of high end mirrorless to conclude that once mounted with large lenses, the small bodies don't make much sense.

Taking all these together, I think Canon sees DSLRs as the right answer for high end needs anyway, and entry level or small form factor better served with large sensor, fixed lens compact and all the optimization benefits.

I'm the kind of buyer who wanted APS-C quality in a small camera, but didn't want to spend $2000 for a top end mirrorless with a collection of lenses. The price and size of the M did it for me. Not exactly an entry level buyer, but also not committed to a full collection. But I'm probably not a typical buyer.

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EOS-M / Re: Is the canon eos-m a dead end system?
« on: February 16, 2014, 09:12:04 PM »
I found this PDF from the G1 engineering group an interesting read. Among other things, they make a passing comparison between the G1, a fixed zoom compact and mirrorless:

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Comparing the G1 X Mark II to an
SLR or mirrorless camera


The PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a compact digital camera with a fixed integrated lens. This means that many aspects of performance can be optimised for this lens. Sharpness, distortion, lens zooming position, sensor can all be optimised for the integrated lens. This kind of optimisation is not found in cameras with interchangeable lenses, especially those with lenses of f/2.0 or larger.

It seems that Canon's view remains that they already have a small camera form factor, and they're out to prove that it's a better system than mirrorless. Elsewhere they also dismiss the recent retro design trend. The overall tone and perspective in the paper is quite conservative, as in Canon knows best where to focus its efforts.

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Lenses / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Thoughts from CP+
« on: February 14, 2014, 12:16:22 PM »
After owning the s90 I stopped believing there's such a thing as a pocketable compact.

Even that camera was not comfortable to walk around with or store along with anything else in a pocket. I can't imagine what it's like to walk around with the RX100 in your pant pocket.

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Canon General / Re: Canon Announces the PowerShot G1 X Mark II
« on: February 12, 2014, 05:44:11 PM »
Canon UK early product page, lots of details with some samples. Interesting PDF from the engineering team:

http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/Digital_Camera/PowerShot/powershot_g1x_mark_ii/?WT.ac=SS_G1XMarkii_UK

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EOS-M / Re: How do you pack and carry your EOS-M?
« on: January 12, 2014, 06:22:10 PM »
When traveling, the M with a 22mm is in a Dashpoint 20 thrown in my carry on. When walking I carry the Dashpoint on my belt. When hiking the Dashpoint is mounted on one of the shoulder straps of my backpack for a quick draw. While inside the Dashpoint I leave the cap off.

I also have an EF 50mm with the adapter always mounted to its base. Since I use it only occasionally, it's wrapped in a cloth in my backpack, but I intend to find some pouch for it.

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