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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)


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


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


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

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:

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.

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 about a stocking stuffer...

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?

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 (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.

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.

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.

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? thoughts exactly.

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

PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 14, 2014, 04:04:39 PM »
Not sure, but I wouldn't care about stuffing a camera in my pocket.  Given the smaller sensor, lack of EVF, lack of Hotshoe, lack of 4K, etc. I wouldn't know or care as the Four Thirds camera offers superior IQ.

Once again, too late to the game as the field has already changed.  LX100 is the new authority...anything less than Four Thirds sensor, no thanks

If the G7 X has the S120 form factor, it will fit in a jeans pocket.  Is that true of the LX100?

Some in this thread talk about the essential nature of a viewfinder (for their style of shooting). I suspect that the vast majority of those folks who post on this board who own a full-featured DSLR (a 5D Mk whatever) as well as the EOS M and maybe even an S90-120 or whatever...view 'pocketability' as essential--FOR CERTAIN USES.

Mark me down in that category--when examining our Adorama 8x8" books, some of the best vacation shots I have ever taken were with a Canon S95. Its small size was purrrrrrfekt for our needs. No viewfinder.

I've thought about starting a separate thread for the following guess is it is already on here somewhere.

Specifically, most of my best pics involve family travels and/or sports. My philosophy is this: I want to take the LEAST sophisticated camera/lens combination possible. This generally translates to the smallest possible, too.

As I've posted here before, I find the 11-22mm lens for the EOS M invaluable. I also find the Canon XYX-270 flash indispensable, on the M as well as the 5DMkIII.

Since I purchased the M, I have found less use for the S95. Its larger sensor enables more cropping as well as all of the other advantages you all know about.

What is troublesome about both the M and the S-series of their lack of responsiveness. If Canon builds this new one to be as responsive as a DSLR I think I will buy one.

And, assuming it is pocketable, I will use it. A lot. Not for the same shots as a full-field or APS-C...but for when it suits my needs at the time.

And sometimes, when traveling, pocketable is GOOD.

PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 14, 2014, 12:25:40 AM »
well, no winner. too late. Should have come out with that thing 2 years ago instead of stupid Powershot S 100/110/120 and instead of also stupid G1 X/II

G1X II is not stupid. It is let down by poor sensor. It is incomprehensible how a small RX100 MK3 sensor can perform better.

Let us hope the G7X has a better sensor

The G1 X I and II are stupid. Because Canon did not stick the best APS-C sensor available at production time into them, but chose a weirdo 4:3 format sensor instead. Or otherwise use a 1" sensor and make the damn thing smaller, rather than waiting more than 2 years until they finally come up with a response to the Sony RX-100.

1. Avtv--you make some good points sometimes but you sound so angry!

2. I own the S95 and the M. What is terribly important to me is how responsive the new rig really is.

3. It really is neat to read some of the posts here--quite entertaining and sometimes educational, although not in the way that the posters intend.

...this is all useful and well-presented information. Thanks.

PowerShot / Re: New Large Sensor PowerShot Rumor [CR3]
« on: September 04, 2014, 10:20:54 AM »
As important to me as specs are...what matters more is the responsiveness of this rumored large-sensor PowerShot.

My first DSLR was a Rebel XT (it still works and is itself quite small). Put the responsiveness of this...what...ten year old body...into a truly pocketable mirrorless?

I'm there.

Photography Technique / Re: Tethered Shooting with 5D III & Microsoft Pro 3
« on: September 03, 2014, 06:57:24 PM »
Just a heads up - the Surface Pro 2 in my opinion is a lot better for photography and video than the Surface Pro 3.  The Surface Pro 3 throttles like crazy and I think the SP2 would just be a lot better suited for field work - FYI.

You control this with the standard Windows power plans. The default plan on the SP3 is probably aggressively power-saving. Switch it to a less aggressive plan (Balanced should do it), or the high performance plan. Just keep in mind, if you limit the power saving, your battery life will suffer.

no snark intended: Are you certain that you can control throttling on the SP3 via changes in the power plan?

Photography Technique / Re: Tethered Shooting with 5D III & Microsoft Pro 3
« on: September 02, 2014, 12:08:19 PM »
I don't have the Surface Pro 3. But my main job daily is developing modified software for the SME based on the Microsoft Dynamics platform.

All the models of the Surface Pro, here available in Belgium, have 4Gb internal memory with the exception for  version the 512Gb i7 version which has 8Gb internal memory.

I would never advice you to run LR on only 4Gb memory. I use a HP elitebook 8770w, dual i7 QM with 24Gb internal memory and 2 internal SSD harddisks. Does this laptop run smoothly? Mostly yes, but not that I never have to wait.

So the only advice I can give you is to think first again if you really want the Surface Pro as your post processing unit? If you decide to go on with the Surface Pro then please do take the 512Gb i7 with 8Gb internal memory. I know, its 1949€ over here, but only 4 Gb for LR is not enough !!

For shooting, even the basic version might be OK. But post processing asks for more power.

...very good...and very useful advice.


Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS $999 at Adorama
« on: August 31, 2014, 09:57:00 AM »
To be fair, on a cosmic time scale the entirety of human existence has been 'for a very limited time'...   ;)

When I hear the phrase 'available for a limited time only', I sometimes think of the ad campaign for the McRib sandwich. It is for the good of The Entirety of Human Existence that the McDonalds McRib sandwich is usually available for a limited time only.

Wasn't the 24-70 f4/L overpriced at 1.5K?

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