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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?

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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:

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.

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:

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.

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.

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:


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.

EOS-M / Re: M images. Images taken by M body and EF-M lenses only.
« on: July 14, 2013, 03:43:35 PM »
Casual portrait across the restaurant table with the 22mm wide open:

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Optical Viewfinder
« on: July 09, 2013, 04:36:33 PM »
FYI: I also ordered a glass screen protector for my LCD. I don't know, if I will use it. I have seen spotty reports that the LCD has Gorilla Glass, but can't seem to find anything official.

I won't use the protector, if I can confirm the LCD has Gorilla Glass or some other form of sufficiently hardened glass. Adding the protector could potentially increase the glare and therefore visibility of the LCD, but then so could scratches.

Other than a few forum entries, I can only find one site "versus.com" that states the EOS M has Gorilla Glass. I would like to find confirmation on a few other reputable sites or some sort of official statement from Canon.

The manual specifically advises against using a screen protector.

From past experience, I stopped using them. The plastic films always get scratched eventually, and add a layer of distortion.

EOS-M / Re: Cases FOR EOS M + 22
« on: July 03, 2013, 10:35:39 AM »
I got the LowePro Dashpoint 20. It fits exactly, but it's a bit fiddly to get the camera out due to the lens cap. There's enough space left to throw in a battery, but no dedicated slot for it.

EOS-M / Re: Portrait lens for the EOS-M
« on: June 30, 2013, 03:38:01 PM »
Get a 22mm(35mm effective) keep your natural perspective as if you were shooting on a 50(80) and croppity crop.
You have 18mp, a 6mp crop would still give you an a4 photo quality print, the f2.0 will help keep your shutter up and your iso down (and the 22mm is great even wide open) the longer subject distance gives you a better chance with focus, and best of all, it's tiny, so keeping the csc advantage of small form.

Thanks Paul.

I'm intrigued by this idea and will experiment. But can you point me at a reference table somewhere on the distance required to simulate the 85mm perspective on the 22mm lens?

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