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EOS-M / Re: Why do I keep my Eos M?
« on: January 12, 2015, 06:29:29 PM »
Because I use it!  Hiking, fishing, travel, around town, and around the house.  Surprising number of grandkid photos just because it was handy and I definitely prefer it to my phone.  Still prefer it to any P&S I've used.  I view it as a P&S upgrade rather than a DSLR downgrade,  I didn't expect it to do what my 6D or even my previous 550D does.  Picked up the  EF-M 11-22 in March and acquired the EF-M 55-200 in August to replace an EF-S 55-250 STM I had been using. 

About 40% of my 11,000 images this year are from the M (the rest from my 6D).  A third of those with the 11-22, another third with 55-200/55-250, about a sixth with the 22, and the remaining sixth with EF lenses on the adapter - mostly 100L Macro and Tamron 150-600 at 600mm. The kit zoom did not get much use except video.  Most popular focal lengths are 22 (30%), 200/250 (30%), 11 (15%), and 55 (10%).

Love your post, dcm.

Can you share how you organize your photos? How do you know the percentages the way you do? Thanks.

I can add a reason for using the M: IT IS FUN!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Firmware Coming for EOS 5D Mark III
« on: January 07, 2015, 05:33:36 PM »
Hope it doesn't mess with 3rd party batteries. >:( I am pretty fond of my many Wasabis, and they currently are supported.

I'm a bit late to this thread...

I have a quartet of much-loved Wasabi batteries for the 5KMkIII and have resisted upgrading from 1.2.1 because I was wary of what might happen.




Do the Wasabis work seamlessly (i.e. without error messages) with 1.2.3?





My Wasabis are treated like my Canons under 1.2.3.


Thanks for the information. With your 'encouragement'...

I applied the update (1.2.1 to 1.2.3) and Wasabi batteries, in my 5DMkIII, are working flawlessly (so far...fingers crossed).

Also...a non-Canon vertical grip (here: http://tinyurl.com/mg8t9d5) also works with the 1.2.3 update.

Thanks for the responses.

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I am really of several minds on this sort of question...and I have given it a lot of thought. Not two cents worth--maybe a nickel.

I have come to the conclusion that, when traveling, I like to get by with the smallest and lightest gear that can still acquire decent images.

In other words, I think about my photo gear while on vacation the same way my wife thinks about...you know what...just enough to get by(!).

I own full-frame and crop DSLRs, a mirrorless (the M), and what was once a pricy point-and-shoot (all Canons). I do not travel the world regularly like many CR posters (I'm envious!), but occasionally travel to FL and occasionally to Europe with my wife and two kids.

It seems to me that, for our vacation style...that what matters is that I commit to a style of shooting on a given day (or portion of a day) and then stick with that style. And usually a given 'style' means a given camera.

Some of our best-ever vacation pix were taken during a week's touristing through Paris...with a Canon S95.

I'm looking at the S95 Paris pix in an Adorama-printed 8x8" lay-flat book as I type this...other than the problems associated with a small sensor (i.e. little or no subject isolation focus-wise), the images are spectacular...and the occasional ability to use fill-flash when necessary was important. With two spare batteries in my wallet (front pocket...we were concerned about pickpockets and saw some in action) and a 32GB card, I was set...and the S95 fits in my (other) front pocket.

Of note...the vast majority of the S95 pix referred to above were daytime pix...the small sensor of point-and-shoot cameras is a real limitation as far as night-time shots are concerned.

So a SMALL pocketable point-and-shoot has its place...at least in my opinion...especially for daylight shooting.

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We just returned from Disney World. I employed a 5DMkIII/35mmf2.0IS combination to acquire night-time images at Disney's Boardwalk area as well as the Christmas light display at the Movie Studio. The quality of the photos obtained in this way is clearly superior to previous efforts using a 40D/17-55mmf2.8IS kit. While in the park, I did not pack the camera/lens combo in anything...no backpack or shoulderpack or anything...just hung around my neck for a few hours. The 35mmf2.0IS lens is not very heavy and I would not hesitate to use the same gear again in the same way again. So a LARGE 5dMKIII-based kit is useful, too.

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Our two kids both have their own Ms, and have (by themselves) traveled to Europe a couple of times. The M+22mmf2.0 combination, in the hands of our 20 year old, has yielded hundreds of images from England, France, Italy and Switzerland that are stunningly good...but of course the M suffers from slow focus problems (which does limit my 'candid' street-style vacation photos of moving family members). But our kids find the small size of the M+22mm set-up terribly appealing--that and the touchscreen capabilities.

When I utilize the M in our travels I always pack the 270 flash...as I've stated previously on this forum I find fill-flash to be essential for our vacation pix that include family members.

Most of the time the 11-22mm lens is on my M when traveling; indoor shots at various places really benefit from the wide-angle capability as well as the IS.

Obviously I think the MEDIUM-sized M is essential, too.

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Small, medium and large--all necessary (I think). If I had to pick one and only one I think I'd go M +22 + 270flash...and ask my wife to pack the flash in her handbag!

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EOS-M / Re: External (but not shotgun) Microphone for EOS M
« on: January 07, 2015, 02:11:44 PM »
Thanks to the responders. I purchased the Rode Stereo Videomic Pro...and the day I had planned to use it (at Disney World)...it rained/drizzled...all day.

I've tested it some around the house and it does seem to work well...and the controls are simple to use and understand.

I am beginning to believe that among the EOS M's best attributes is its utility as a video camera...

Thanks again to the responses...and when I get something decent to post using the Rode on the M I will try to post here...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII AF Point Issue (addendum..resolution)
« on: January 07, 2015, 02:02:06 PM »
Stop scaring me!

Had to try mine. It was almost dead on. However, using the 24-105, if I turned off the IS, then the AF point always shifted ~1/5 upwards. Strange. Did about 10 both ways, IS-ON was ok, IS-OFF was slightly up always.

Btw., what's the FW they installed? Wouldn't be the first time the service uses pre-release of something that's coming out in public some time later.

If's it's different than what we have, you need to go through all menus to check if you can find any changes.

...tried mine as well (using the viewfinder and center-point, and live-view and center-point)...and ended up having to google 'parallax view' (not the movie!).

My 5dMkIII is perfect using live-view LCD center-point focus, but depending on the position of my eye at the viewfinder I could induce a bit of parallax which caused just a bit of off-set in the downward and left-hand direction. I wear prescription lenses and I suspect this contributes to the problem, too.

So I think it is worth testing this AF Point Issue using the LCD and live-view before sending your body off to Canon.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Firmware Coming for EOS 5D Mark III
« on: January 06, 2015, 10:40:27 AM »
Hope it doesn't mess with 3rd party batteries. >:( I am pretty fond of my many Wasabis, and they currently are supported.

I'm a bit late to this thread...

I have a quartet of much-loved Wasabi batteries for the 5KMkIII and have resisted upgrading from 1.2.1 because I was wary of what might happen.

Do the Wasabis work seamlessly (i.e. without error messages) with 1.2.3?

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I have had grips for three Canon SLR bodies (one Canon and two third-party). I did extensive internet research for the last grip I purchased (for a 5DM3)...probably two hours total. I ended up with an eBay-purchased grip that works flawlessly. Both third-party grips have worked well; oddly enough the Canon grip for a Rebel has proved to be a bit problematic but it still works.

Grips are good, in my opinion, most of the time...but not when traveling when size and weight are at a premium. Somehow, in my hands, a gripped Canon SLR feels better balanced...with most any lens attached to it...than that same body without the grip.

My two cents.

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EOS-M / External (but not shotgun) Microphone for EOS M
« on: December 07, 2014, 02:31:38 PM »
...trying to plan a holiday vacation and looking to acquire a bit of video using the M.

I want to/need to add an external hot shoe-mountable microphone, and have identified three possibilities (thus far):

1. the well-reviewed Rode Stereo Videomic Pro (runs on one 9V battery)

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/839897-REG/Rode_STEREO_VIDEOMIC_PRO_Sterei_VideoMic_Pro.html

...and...

2. the 'unreviewed(?)' Senal SCS-98 DSLR/Video Stereo Microphone (runs on one AAA battery)

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/998713-REG/senal_scs_98_x_y_stereo_camera_mic.html

...and...

3. the 'unreviewed(?)'  Polsen VMS-1080 Stereo DSLR/Video Condenser Microphone (runs on two AAA batteries)

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1003414-REG/polsen_vms_1080_stereo_dslr_mic_10db_hpf_sm_ws.html

HELP!?

(I like the cost of the Polsen...)


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EOS-M / Re: Using the 11-22 lens on a tripod to shoot video...
« on: December 02, 2014, 06:49:49 AM »
There is a good explanation of this here:
http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/education/technical/image_stabilization_lenses.do

In some of the newer Canon lenses, the IS can automatically detect whether the camera is on a tripod.  Given how little information there is on Canon's website for EF-M lenses (at least in Australia) and how relatively cheap they are, I'd assume that it's not a feature of these lenses and be turning IS off.

thanks for the link.

I am planning an upcoming Disney trip and have a bit of an idea to bring a piece of the parks home for my family that will require me to use two of my bodies...and the M will be used for both stills and video.

Turning IS on and off (if necessary) is just one more thing to worry about (and forget). Thanks for the responses.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:17:46 AM »
another M in December? That's next month! And Dec 1 is just one week from today...talk about a stocking stuffer...

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EOS-M / Using the 11-22 lens on a tripod to shoot video...
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:29:39 PM »
...should image stabilization be turned on or off?

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:46:26 AM »
I don't want the M to be any bigger.

Yes the AF needs big-time improving.

But I have a beef with those who post on this board and  yammer on and on about the need for a viewfinder.

I was there...until I bought an M.

Shooting without a viewfinder is simply different...not necessarily better or worse...and after a ten-day family vacation where nearly all of my images were obtained with the M (and its 11-22mm lens, the M's killer app), I became quite familiar with its eccentricities...and I was hooked! And yes I still love traditional DSLRs (and their viewfinders).

What is WAYYYYYYY more important to this vacation/travel/street shooter...is (even a tiny) on-board flash.

I own the 270 flash...but don't always have it with me. Daylight vacation people shots BEG for the onboard flash...and the fact that my 40D has the onboard flash is one reason that it still gets used.

But I suspect that those who demand a viewfinder etc. really haven't used the M.

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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 04:34:52 PM »
Nice shot Joseph, Animal Kingdom if I am not mistaken.
Correct! Shot taken from the balcony of our room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 02:45:42 PM »
For my needs image stabilization is essential. I have had nice results with the newish 35mm f2 IS paired with a 5DMkIII. The image below was hand-held with exposure time of a quarter-second, I think. I would have to think long and hard about getting an additional stop if there was no IS.


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Reviews / Re: Camera Store Trashes New G7X
« on: October 20, 2014, 12:39:11 PM »
I assume it's better than my S95 at least?

...my thoughts exactly.

The trouble is--the price will have to drop significantly for me to consider it in a serious way.

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