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Canon General / Re: Another Northrup - Canon vs. Nikon
« on: Today at 04:59:31 AM »
What I loved about the video:

The fact that-
  • the only advantage Canon cameras have is a larger buffer  :o
  • portrait photogs should use Canon because of the longer reach of Canon's 70-200 II (how about the 99% photogs who don't shoot portraits at 200mm?)
  • sports shooters <10k should use Canon because of the 70-200 II and the 400 5.6 (how about the <10k great whites? or blacks, if you think Nikon)
  • and of course, as someone mentioned- >10k wildlife and sports are recommended to get the D810. As is he hasn't heard of the 1D X or D4s.

I used to like his reviews and technical discussions, but now it has become too ridiculous and lost all objectivity.

EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: Today at 04:45:36 AM »
While not as fast as the CFast, SDXC UHS-II cards can now reach 250MB/s write speeds.
SD form factor is suitable for consumer and space-constraint application.

CFast form factor is suitable for professional/prosumer.

I can see UHS-II cards being used on the successor of the 6D, 70D, 700d, etc but for 1D, 5D and 7D bodies it makes more sense to go CFast.

UHS-II is constrained to 312MB/s while CFast is 600MB/s.

Of course, whatever works for a professional, he or she will use it- these rigid boundaries are merely theoretical.
I am not very familiar with CFast. They seem to have been around for a while, why hasn't any major manufacturer started using it yet? What about the Nikon XQD cards?- I believe they can write as fast as 500MB/s (the newer version might be even faster)

EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: Today at 04:22:18 AM »
Have better specs than cameras from Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Fuji and other brands.

Ditch CF and SD.

Go CFast that exceeds the 167MB/s limit of CF cards. SD cards should be the province of the 6D only.

While not as fast as the CFast, SDXC UHS-II cards can now reach 250MB/s write speeds.

Technical Support / Re: 5D III OR 6D or 7DII
« on: Today at 01:45:47 AM »
1. 5DIII has an excellent AF system. Maybe 7DII will better that, but frankly 5DIII leaves little desired (unless maybe you are used to a 1D X).
2. Both the FF cameras will be better in terms of noise, but considering the AF in point 1, the 5DIII is a no-brainer. However better the 7DII might be, it will never surpass a similar generation FF sensor in terms of noise.
3. The 5DIII has 6 fps and I find that adequate for BIF and action. You mention 5+ is sufficient for you, as well.

I know many people suggest having two cameras that complement each other, but I see that as two cameras which are incomplete by themselves. Different perspectives, both correct depending on the user.

By the way, I don't know how attached you are to your lenses, but if you have to buy FF lenses anyway, why not consider the D750 (I will possibly face the wrath for saying this)? Excellent noise results, higher fps, and great AF with 3D tracking. Also more compact, and a camera 2 years more recent than the 5DIII, and cheaper to boot.
Nikon also has an excellent 105mm Micro-Nikkor, a 24-70 almost as good as the Canon and much less expensive, a much better 80-400 I think (although a grand pricier) and a far better 50/1.4G. Just a thought...

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:20:13 AM »
Can anyone help me find the viewfinder accessory????   :P

Good point. That would greatly help reduce battery consumption and reduce glare outdoors (although I saw a huge loupe on ebay for pretty low price that somewhat dwarfs the M).

I used to think the same and bought a 35mm OVF. But you can't turn the LCD off when you half press the shutter button... you're not going to save much battery if at all. And a good OVF costs more than the M itself...

Good point, getting spare batteries will be a cheaper option :)
Well, I really bought the M for its LCD, which my wife and random good samaritans prefer. So the VF is not a priority. I guess I'll use a cap or something out of doors...

BTW, thanks all for the suggestions.
I have bought the Dashpoint 20 already. Now debating between the Sugru silicon putty and the eBay grip Surapon and BL had suggested earlier. BL, if you read this post- can you please post a photo of how you grip it? My hands are quite small and I am worried I won't reach the shutter button after wrapping my hands around the grip...  :-\
Strap wise I am debating between the Joby and the OEM strap- the neck strap is definitely too much in my way.
I think I will hold off the EF-EF-M adapter. Metabones says they cannot comment on a Speedbooster for the M. I think if Canon shows a bit more commitment, they might. But would Canon? Like launching an M3, selling the wide and tele zooms in the US, how about that, eh?

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 14, 2014, 09:02:05 PM »
Found something really cool to maybe create a grip, called Sugru.
Anybody used this before? How strong is it?

I don't use a grip, but this one seems quite nice.

Thanks, Brad-man. I did see Richard Franiec's grips.
It is about $ 40 though, and the eBay one is half the price with an Arca Swiss mount.
So still a little undecided. I am really considering the sugru play-doh thingy.
If I end up buying it, I shall post a brief description of my experience.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 14, 2014, 07:14:58 PM »
Found something really cool to maybe create a grip, called Sugru.
Anybody used this before? How strong is it?

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 14, 2014, 05:04:27 PM »
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:

Thanks for the link to Leash and cuff. I am waiting on their Clutch which I should receive thru Kickstarter sometime in the next few months.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 14, 2014, 05:03:15 PM »
I bought and sold an EOS M + 22 + 18-55 + adapter.  Then when the second fire sale (at $250) came around, I snagged the M + 22 again and added the adapter as well.  When I had it previously, about the only lens I mounted on it was the 40mm.  However, this time around I have additional lenses and find 2 that work really well with it.  I use the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM and the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM both work wonderfully on it.  The EF 85mm f/1.8 also works well but due to the longer focal length I find it slightly more difficult to compose images and locate my subjects - it's not terrible, but it's not great either.

For me, the 22 + 35 IS + 50 is a GREAT, LIGHTWEIGHT, small(ish) walkaround combo.  Personally, I find zoom lenses on the M to be cumbersome and I don't really like them.  Both the native 18-55 and adapted zooms.  Adapted zooms are worse.  Probably a personal preference.  And note I haven't tried the 11-22 or the 55-200.

I agree, a fast 50 on the M will complement the 22 nicely. Much like a 35-85 combo on FF.
I didn't really like the 50/1.4 though (bought and sold it 3 times), so I am thinking on the FD 50mm lines.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announced D750
« on: September 14, 2014, 03:49:04 PM »
..Let's think for a second: who will buy the D610 if they can pay a few hundred more for a D750?
I am more envious of the 20/1.8. I wish Canon made something like that...

As for the 20/1.8... I'm salivating just thinking about it.
I use an old AIS MF 20/2.8 and an AI 20/3.5 and they're both very good, the 3.5 being very compact and light.
it there's slightly better corner sharpness with lower CA in this new lens, it will be very welcome

I'll be interested to see if this lens is anything other than a blurry mess at 1.8, and how deep an aperture it takes to sharpen up the mid frame.

I'm unclear on the real application of these very fast ultra wides. I can appreciate that at f2.8 they have much less vignetting than a f2.8 lens yet they are inevitably worse across the frame in resolution.

An ultra wide that is very good at 2.8 would be interesting because of the high dof produced by that focal length at that aperture.

I'll be interested to see if Nikon have been able to do this but I doubt it.

1. 20mm is a range not covered by my 24-70 II (which is excellent at f/2.8- obviating the use of f/2.8 primes between 24mm and 70mm).
2. If it opens as wide as f/1.8 then it is more likely it will be very sharp at f/2.8, which will make it an excellent fast lens for landscape and street.
3. If I need to take shots in very low light, f/1.8 at 20mm still provides sufficient depth of field.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 14, 2014, 01:05:06 PM »
For me, the whole idea of having an EOS-M is to make a small (hopefully light weight) travel kit. I fit the following into a Lowepro Micro case (as the name implies, it is small, 5'X6"X7", external):EOS-M with strap and 22mm lens(all in an old Rollie P&S pouch that can be attached to the belt), 18-55 zoom with hood, optical view finder for the 22mm, 90ex flash, lens cleaning stuff, one SPARE cap for each lens( the center push cap falls off easily) and a 35 f 2.0 Summicron  with M to EOS-M adapter( 2" x 1 3/4" combined). If the need arrives, I can switch the Elmer 90 f4 for the Summicron 35 f2 before the bag leaves home. No EF to EOS-M adapter or EF lens due the the relatively large size.

Why, you have a nice M kit going!
Love to see some shots out of that 35/2 :)

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 14, 2014, 01:00:50 PM »
Just got the EOS M + 22mm. Like it and will keep it for the long term, so now need to think about accessories.

1. The Canon EF-EF-M adapter: I think of the M as a compact camera to carry everywhere, so I don't know how useful it will be to have the EF adapter and give up the whole compactness thing. Not that I will try to use the reach advantage and shoot birds, LOL  ;D.
So your opinion will be really useful to inform me of advantages I am overlooking. How many of you use the adapter regularly with EF lenses? Which EF lenses do you mostly use? Is that still true if you have a second body?
Retro lovers: is it better to get a FD 50mm and an adapter instead? If so, which 50mm- there seems to be a bunch of them out there (I mean 1.8s and 1.4s, the 1.2s are too expensive and my manual focus capabilities with the M are untested and with regular dSLRs are ok, not stellar!
I like the 80-85mm-ish focal length a lot for portraits and don't have that FL for full frame unless I am lugging my 70-200 II.

2. Wrist strap: I thought of getting a grip for the M, but I am not sold on the metallic grip- once again because it will increase bulk. Here again, those who bought the thumbs up and grip for the M, how useful do you find it?
Is there any wrist strap that works particularly well with the M? I am aware I will have to switch out the neck strap to use the lug connector.

3. Batteries: Wasabi, is it? Any other options? How long is it safe to run the M continuously? If an hour or so (in the mandatory 29.99 minute chunks) is ok, I will use this as my primary video cam.

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

Thanks, all, in advance.

Dear Friend Mr. sagittariansrock.

Here is my Best New toy  And Cheap for EOS-M.


Thanks, Surapon. Interesting lens, will have to keep it in mind.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 14, 2014, 12:59:26 PM »

1)  I use the adapter regularly with my 40mm. I use my 40mm more on the EOS M than I do on my DSLR.

2) I use a peak design Cuff. It's not a perfect solution but Canon's decision to use the lugs really limits the options here.

3) I use a mix of OEM and opteka batteries. The optekas are functionally the same as the OEM. Charges in the charger, reports battery life to the camera, etc. I hear similar reports about the Wasabi also. I don't shoot video so I can't comment on that but I get about the same number of shots from the opteka as I do the OEM.

4) Bag - I'm often carrying other things, not just camera kit, so others will have better suggestions here!

Oops! I am actually planning to sell my 40mm now that I have the M+22!
The Cuff looks mighty interesting. Will have to look into that!
Thanks for the tips!

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 14, 2014, 12:56:42 PM »
1.  One reason I got the M was as a travel backup body, need the adapter for that.  I use it occasionally for a tele option on the M (a bit ungainly with the 70-300L), I'll likely pick up the M55-200 soon.

2.  I use the Canon ER-E1 strap, has the lug.  Ordered from HK (as the M55-200 will be, there or Canada).

3.  I just got an extra Canon LP-E12.

4.  Lowepro Dashpoint 20 for the M+22, Dashpoint 30 for the M+18-55, the latter fits with the EW-54 hood mounted in the forward (in-use) orientation.

Thanks, Neuro.
Let us know how the M55-200 looks. Good to know that it exists. Wonder why Canon thinks US is such a bad market for the M (well, probably because it is :( )
ER-E1 is a bit expensive for a strap without a cincher. How do you use it? Can you maybe post an image of you holding it?
Some were saying the Wasabi runs longer than the OEM batteries. I wonder...
I'll probably not get the 18-55 anytime soon, so the 20 might work unless I find something *slightly* bigger so I can pack the batteries in as well.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 14, 2014, 12:49:56 PM »
Can anyone help me find the viewfinder accessory????   :P

Good point. That would greatly help reduce battery consumption and reduce glare outdoors (although I saw a huge loupe on ebay for pretty low price that somewhat dwarfs the M).
Interestingly, one of the USPs of the M was the LCD composition, P&S style. My wife hates using the viewfinder (I'm not sure I understand why) and so do random tourists when I ask them to take photos of me.

Here's a little anecdote (somewhat off-topic on my own thread :P):
A friend wanted to borrow my dSLR to shoot an event. I selected the 5Dc and 40mm pancake as it was the lightest combo, removed the L plate, switched to ISO 400, TV mode with 1/50 (in that light, the aperture was falling between f/3.2-4), center point AF with BBF turned off. Also told her if anything looks off, just turn to the green square.

She told me the next day that the camera was great, but a bit heavy and she wasn't able to hold it steady and taking blurred shots; so she gave it to another guy who took some nice pics. I looked at the images and found out her subjects were consistently off-center, so she was always focusing on something in the background! I suppose that's why the green square is so useful, it is impossible to predict always what might go wrong. The other guy has a 40D, so he is quite familiar with dSLRs.

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