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EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 07, 2015, 02:08:31 PM » is selling M3 with EVF for about $500. Has anybody done business with Amazon in Japan from the U.S. ? Will it ship to U.S.??

Oh My.

Oh My.

M3 + EVF for about $500?

...the M3 alone for about $425 or so?

At that price, I would buy three of them--one for me and each of my two children.

How many CR Forum readers would buy an M3 body alone for $425 or so?

This no NA thing is beginning to make me mad...

EDIT: I checked

The site lists several packages and the body only is about 95% the cost of the M# + viewfinder.


I'm still in for 3...with a N. America warranty...

EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 05, 2015, 09:50:18 AM »
Anyone know what the button beside the shutter button is for?

I believe it reads "M.fn" - slightly better to see on image of white M3. Meaning "multi function". As on 7d, 7d ii, 5d iii. Default use there for AF-field group selection toggle, butcfully user configurable to a lot of different funtions. :)

Thanks for that!

The increased manual control suggests some aspect of catering to dSLR users looking for a smaller system.

It is the small size of the M1 (especially with the 22mm lens attached) that is, in my eyes, that is most appealing about the M 'system'...

Am I the only one who will look carefully at the size/weight of the M3, and compare it to the M1's size and weight?

EOS-M / Re: First Image of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 12:23:31 PM »
Am I right...the M3 is close to a half-inch 'taller' than the M1?

...a little more body above-and-below the 18-55 lens on the M3 (compared to the M1)?

EOS-M / Re: First Image of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 12:14:01 PM »
The "grip" will accommodate a larger, higher capacity battery.

One top dial is a mode dial. The other is exposure comp -- de rigueur now for live view shooting in this type camera.

I like waffles.

I thought the same thing about the battery.

My youngest daughter has zero...and I mean zero...problems doing exposure compensation on her M1 with the touchscreen. Here again when I shoot mirrorless (and no viewfinder like on the M1)...I think differently about getting the image.

The importance of the touchscreen and how it is used changes everything. With no viewfinder, I don't see a huge advantage to using a dial on the top of the camera for exposure compensation (as opposed to the touchscreen itself, where the image is).

But I look forward to trying it out!

Where did you get the information that the second dial is exposure compensation? I did see some reference to that in a machine translation of the comments section on the webpage that contains the image of the M3...

EOS-M / Re: First Image of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 11:37:59 AM »
1. Is there a translation available for the page that the photo appears on?

2. I've posted here on the EVF goes again. The on-board fill-flash (which the M3 looks to include) is much more important to my family and I (we own 3 Ms) than the EVF...and I suspect to most (but not all, and not experienced DSLR users) M3 buyers as well. Some kind of viewfinder is, in fact, essential for certain photo settings...and for me, that's when I hope to utilize a different, more traditional, camera body. What I'm afraid some DSLR traditionalists (many of whom haven't really tried the M or some other modern mirrorless) don't understand is that, at least in my hands, I think about photography in a totally different way...when shooting with an M, as opposed to a 5D whatever. And part of what makes it different is no viewfinder. Embrace change!

3. Our two children LOVE their M. Both tried Rebels. Both prefer the M+22mm combo...and the images they've brought home prove it. We will look hard at the M3. I will look at the next 5Ds, too...but my kids, I think, will prefer the M3.

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!

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: also works with the 1.2.3 update.

Thanks for the responses.

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 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 least in my opinion...especially for daylight shooting.


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 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.


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 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.


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!

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) 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...

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.

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?

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.

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...

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