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EOS-M / The owner/reviewers at B&H Photo like the EVF
« on: February 11, 2015, 01:59:37 AM »
The reviewers all used it on the Canon G1X Mark II, but there comments bode well for its use on the M-3

EOS-M / Compared to what? the LCD display? an optical viewfinder?
« on: February 11, 2015, 01:44:25 AM »
Compared to the LCD display:  I find all the LCD displays I have seen on cameras can become unusable or very hard to use in bright sunlight, and I shoot most of my photos outdoors.

I also agree that with an EVF, one can hold the camera closer to your eye and in a more stable position.  If you need reading glasses, then one has to hold the LCD display even further away.

Compared to an Optical viewfinder -- it depends on the optical viewfinder. Some of the optical viewfinders are tiny.  EVFs may be bigger and and have the additional advantage of conveying a lot more information.

Previously, EVFs had lag effects, particularly if one was trying to track quick moving objects. The newer EVFs, like the one on the Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 are very nice indeed and a vast improvement over older EVFs.  I am hoping the Canon EVF is good since I ordered the M-3 kit with the EVF from Amazon Japan yesterday.

Lenses / Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO durability?
« on: January 19, 2015, 01:35:44 PM »
I had a version 1 of the 400mm DO and twice on international trips, the front and rear barrel assemblies on the lens became loose, then completely broke apart -- the first time causing the distal 60% of the lens to crash onto the pavement.  I had the lens hood on, so the glass was not damaged.  Canon charged me $370 for the repair.

These two barrel assemblies are held together by internal bolts that are not accessible to the average user.  I have heard other stories from friends of similar behavior with this lens. 

I found it completely unacceptable to have a $6,000+ lens break into two separate pieces during normal usage far from anyplace I can get it repaired.  Luckily, the second time, the break occurred on the last day of my trip.

No one else ever seems to mention this issue. Hopefully, they have fixed this problem in version II.

I phoned Really Right Stuff also yesterday. The person I spoke to said that their generic MPR-113 plate "works well" (as previously reported). He said that one needed to use the MPR-C optional flange at the FRONT of the plate (that he said always has come with the plate even if I never remember receiving one!).  I commented that both the rear and front of the Canon lens foot curve up so there is no right angle to set against any flange.  He said that he had a 100-400 mk II in front of him and it worked fine.  I remain skeptical..

Whether or not Canon ever makes its own lens plate or foot that is A/S compatible, it seems strange to me that the current design of the lens foot seems so lens plate unfriendly.

Pricewatch Deals / The deal has ended? - now shows a price of $1,899
« on: March 15, 2014, 12:04:44 PM »
This is the price shown even after you put the camera in your basket.

Pricewatch Deals / Deal no longer available as of March 8?
« on: March 08, 2014, 01:26:20 PM »
Clicking on the link shows a discount only to $2,399, not $1,999.

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: December 05, 2013, 03:13:56 PM »
I have recommended my Gura Gear Kiboko to so many friends.  It has saved my equipment many times with the restrictive carry-on limitations (Air New Zealand - 15 lbs = Kiboko, 400mm DO + 2 bodies, 1.4X TC.)

I would love:

Chobe - 19-24L
Saba Super (sand)
Tenbo 6 CF/ 3 SD



B&H Photo lists the white model of the EOS-M as "Discontinued".  I am not sure if B&H Photo ever carried the silver or red models, but it does not currently even list them on its website.

I had a Live Chat with a sales rep yesterday about the White EOS-M I had ordered July 5. He said that my order would be fulfilled but B&H would not be able to fill some of the orders made after that date. B&H still taking orders for the black model with the 18-55mm lens (in stock) and the black model w/ the 22mm lens (back-ordered until July 18), but no body only listing.

This seems consistent with Canon stopping manufacture of the EOS M, or of just the white model.

EOS Bodies / B&H Photo showing the white EOS M as "Discontinued"
« on: July 09, 2013, 06:54:16 PM »
I ordered a White model w/ 22mm lens on July 5 at which time they were out of stock, but expecting delivery later this month.  My order status says "On order".

Checking B&H's website for this model:

"This item has been discontinued by the manufacturer and is no longer available."

B&H said that my order should be OK since I had not received an e-mail.  B&H still has the black model with 18-55mm in stock and the black model with 22mm backordered until July 18.

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