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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 19, 2014, 11:45:21 PM »
I find the ef-m adapter useful as a backup option, to extend reach, or to mount specialty lenses.  Before I had the entire ef-m lens collection I tried all of my L glass on the M to see how they performed. I had used them on a T2i before so I was already comfortable with the crop factor.  I appreciated the lenses with IS a bit more but found I could handhold them with appropriate shutter speeds.

I really prefer the native lens for their size and balance.  In the photos you can see how I cradle the M and lens in my left hand, freeing my right for the controls. It's surprising how small and easy to hold is a 200 mm lens.  It's somewhat similar to your golf grip.  Lenses with the adapter were a bit more awkward.

My primary outdoor lenses for the M are the 11-22 and 55-200, with the 22 my choice for indoors.   I find the 18-55 most useful for backyard video of the grandkid. The adapter still gets used for the Tamron 150-600, 100 f/2.8L IS Macro, and 8-15 f/4L fisheye which don't have ef-m counterparts.

How do you like the 55-200? I can't find any definitive information about it at all. Do you find it to be sharp at all/most FL? Do you feel that the lens is worth $400, or is it simply the only game in town with a small footprint? Any insight would be appreciated!

A bit early to say anything definitive.  Initial impression is as good as EFS 55-250 STM. No comparison to my 70-200f4L IS on the M, but they are in different leagues.  The size and balance easily trumps the others.  It goes easily wherever my M goes.  The others didn't.

Meets my needs, but I don't pixel peep too much except to compare with my other lenses. Seemed a bit soft on the long end but that could easily be my handholding technique or missing focus.  Have posted a few photos in other threads.  Maybe we need to start a thread for it.  Traveling now and have a backlog to process, might post some more next week.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 19, 2014, 04:01:56 AM »
Just got the EOS M + 22mm. Like it and will keep it for the long term, so now need to think about accessories.

4. Bag: Neuro earlier had mentioned the Dashpoint 20. Any other suggestions?

Thanks, all, in advance.

The Dashpoint 20 is a good fit for the M+22.  I use a hard case for storage and travel with my M system now.  I use the Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 20 to carry the M, 2 lenses, batteries, etc when I'm out and about.  I also have a 3" aluminum rod tube to carry my M, 2 lenses, and accessories when I'm hiking/backpacking.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 19, 2014, 03:42:49 AM »
I find the ef-m adapter useful as a backup option, to extend reach, or to mount specialty lenses.  Before I had the entire ef-m lens collection I tried all of my L glass on the M to see how they performed. I had used them on a T2i before so I was already comfortable with the crop factor.  I appreciated the lenses with IS a bit more but found I could handhold them with appropriate shutter speeds.

I really prefer the native lens for their size and balance.  In the photos you can see how I cradle the M and lens in my left hand, freeing my right for the controls. It's surprising how small and easy to hold is a 200 mm lens.  It's somewhat similar to your golf grip.  Lenses with the adapter were a bit more awkward.

My primary outdoor lenses for the M are the 11-22 and 55-200, with the 22 my choice for indoors.   I find the 18-55 most useful for backyard video of the grandkid. The adapter still gets used for the Tamron 150-600, 100 f/2.8L IS Macro, and 8-15 f/4L fisheye which don't have ef-m counterparts.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 19, 2014, 02:23:29 AM »
I use the Peak Design Cuff with my EOS M. You should check out the Peak Design System, its one of the most versatile accessories out there.

I use the Leash and Cuff to easily switch between a regular strap to a wrist strap in seconds.  The straps are small too which is perfect for the EOS M. And if I'm hiking, I use the Capture Clip to "clip" my camera on to one of my backpack straps, keeps my hands free and my camera from dangling around on a strap.

Here's the link for their kickstarter video if you wanna see all 3 accessories in action:
http://kck.st/1ii6tm0

I use the same setup from Peak for my M - cuff, leash, Capture Pro with Microplate, and long clamping bolts for my thick packstrap.  Great for hiking or just around town.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Has the EOS 6D Body Ever Been Cheaper?
« on: September 18, 2014, 05:58:00 PM »
I picked it up off the Canon refurb site for $1215 a while back during a 20% off sale.

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EOS-M / More EF-M lenses in the future
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:28:10 PM »
Another tidbit from this Photokina article regarding EOS M, Canon's third lens ecosystem.

The newest range of Canon lenses is the EF-M series for the company's new "mirrorless" cameras, a line that's more compact than traditional SLRs. Canon only has a handful of EF-M lenses, but during a press conference here, the company committed to adding more.

That's notable, since it indicates that Canon is playing a long game with its mirrorless models, which were late to market compared to many rivals' models and thus far haven't spread widely.


http://www.cnet.com/news/canon-reveals-details-for-future-telephoto-lens-line/


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How do you say Nikon
« on: September 12, 2014, 12:40:50 PM »
Just can't get Paul Simon out of my head since this thread started... And they did take his Kodachrome away.   ;)

http://www.paulsimon.com/us/music/paul-simons-concert-park-august-15-1991/kodachrome


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Photography Technique / Re: Benefits of IS in fast shutter speeds
« on: September 10, 2014, 05:36:58 PM »
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More important on longer lenses, but I find IS helps even at 100 mm.  The view floats instead of jumping around.

I might extend that to shorter focal lengths when near MFD.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Owners Post Your Pictures
« on: September 01, 2014, 02:29:06 PM »
A few close ups taken with the EF-M 55-200 plus crop, curves, and NR.  The 1 meter MFD keeps surprising me, I try to get close but am unable to focus and have to back away a bit.  It's such a small package you forget you have a 320mm equivalent in the palm of your hand.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: August 31, 2014, 05:53:33 PM »
dcm, that is a nice simple solution. Does it shift and rattle any while walking with it?

Nope, not in my tests.  The fit is fairly tight (the M barely fits) and the bags (like rod socks) eliminate any noise or wear from contact with the tube or other items in the tube.  The seams at the bottom of the socks and the fold from the velcro closure at the top provide padding between items.  Padding on both ends of the tube and the close fit keep it from shifting much, even if you invert the tube.  When I attach a camera/lens combo to the pack strap I will likely stuff a sock or ziplock filled with air in the tube to fill the void, even in a vertical orientation.  Both horizontal and vertical external attachments are possible with my pack, internal will be vertical.

It's still in the experiment stage.  My first hikes are a few weekends away.   I'll know better after several miles on the trail and post an update then.  It might be a reasonable option for other compact camera systems, but I don't think it will scale up to DSLRs and L series lenses.

The tube worked just fine today inside my 30L pack on a short shakedown hike (6.5 miles, 1500 ft elevation gain).  I put it down the center of the pack with gear on both sides, then tightened the compression straps.  No noise or movement that I could tell.  A couple of thunderstorms passed over with brief downpours.  I was able to stow everything pretty quickly and retrieve it after the storm passed.  Even made a lens change on the summit just because.

Also tried the Peak Design Capture Pro and Leash for carrying on the trail.  I'm pleased with the combo.  The Capture Pro on my pack strap handled the M with either lens well.  Easy to retrieve when I stopped for a photo op and easy to replace.  The leash was nice to help steady the camera, for moving around during the photo op, and as a safety strap. I attached the leash to the clips that came with the Canon strap and think this change will be permanent since the leash is more flexible.

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EOS-M / Re: Recommendations for lens to supplement EF-M 22mm?
« on: August 31, 2014, 05:36:37 PM »
For lenses I'd look for STM (quiet focus) and IS (especially if you plan to hand hold with no stabilizer).  There are some EF-M and EF-S lenses that will fit the bill, but I'm not sure there's anything in your price range.

Also consider some time of external microphone and/or recorder for your sound.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: A Very Small Niche
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:28:46 PM »
I like the concept of the EOS-M, but I just can't justify buying one.  It would have to fit into a very narrow gap between my S100 and my T2i. 

If I want a pocket camera, the S100 works very well and has a nice zoom range.  If I want to carry a small camera bag with an extra lens or two, then the T2i works great.   

If I didn't own these two travel cameras, maybe the M would make sense for me.

Agreed.  I had the S100 and t2i combo for a while.  After I replaced the t2i with the 6D the M made more sense as my APS body and pocket camera.  The M is a bit more flexible and gets used quite a lot.  I hadn't used the S100 since I got the M so I gave it to my wife.

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EOS-M / Re: Finally a 50mm for EOS-M...
« on: August 25, 2014, 03:34:35 PM »
Confirmed for EOS-M mount.  http://www.cinema5d.com/samyang-50mm-t15-announced/

It is not really a compact 50mm.  The EF-M version would be the same as buying the EF version and using Canon's adapter.  The lens was designed for full frame sensors and flange distances.  The weight of the EF and EF-M versions are the same and the EF-M version is 26mm longer than the EF version (basically has a built-in EF-M adapter).  Lenses sized for the M are less than half the weight and much shorter.

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