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EOS-M / EOS-M in Turkey
« on: November 10, 2014, 06:23:31 PM »
Most of the members are using EOS-M as a back up or for light duty usage.  I was using the EOS-M as my ONLY camera  on a 12 day land tour in Turkey. I would like to share my experience with you.
Equipment: EOS-M, 22/2.0, 18-55mm Zoom, 90/4.0 Elmer, 35/2.0 Summicron, 8X32 binocular, SD 800 IS (as backup, in case the EOS-M dies, fortunately, it never got used), additional lens caps,. Lens hoods, 2 spare batteries, lens cleaning stuff. All packed in a Lowepro Nova  2 with a Lowepro Dashpoint 20 in the Nova 2  to fill in empty space. The total weight of the bag is 7 lbs.
Since this is a small system, That make me feel  a lot more comfortable in both the size and the weight of the bag.
Both Canon EF-M  lenses feels  very slippery. Since the Nova 2 is packed very tight, it makes the changing of lens a little bit scary. The Dashpoint 20 can be attached to the strap of the Nova2. That make it become an additional pocket  for the lens or camera.. That makes live a lot easier.  I have also put the EOS-M with 22/2.0 in it for easy access.  Thanks Nuero for the suggestion of Dashpoint 20. I have actually drop the EOS-M with 22/2.0( in the dashpoint10) from chest level. Nothing is broken. Lucky!!
In bright sunlight, I have to turn the screen brightness all the way up to make the camera usable. If the sun shines right on the screen, all bets are off. Fortunately, I have a 25mm view optical view finder. With my glasses(with the sunglass attachment to push my eye even further away from the view finder. That make it almost the same angle of view of the 22/2.0.
Battery life: since I have to turn up the brightness of the screen, the battery is only good for about 200 to 250 shorts. I am glad that I have 2 spare batteries.
Touch screen is both a blessing and a curse.  It makes adjustment very fast, especially AF points. I need to make sure that I do not touch it by accident and change something .  One way to combat this  problem is  to use wrist strap and turn the camera off when I am  taking a break in shooting.
Both lenses perform well as expected under normal condition. The 20/2.0 is slightly sharper than the zoom.  The AF of 20/2.0 is slightly slower than the zoom.  Both are lenses are sharp enough even Wide opened. Both have proved to me that they are suitable to do ”shoot and run” in an organized tour. The AF speed on both lenses on EOS-M is no match to USM lenses on the 40D. But the difference is not subtancial.
At low light (4 EV, 2.9 at 0.5escond with ISO1600) ,the zoom refuses  to AF when the AF assistant light is out of range. The 20/2.0 can still AF at that condition.
Manual focusing: Since the screen of the EOS-M does not like bright sun light, the Magic Lantern with focusing peaking or LV Digic Peaking are very hard to use under the sun. It is a slow process. Not suitable for “shoot and run”. However the 90/4.0 Elmer proves to be indispensable during the balloon ride. I preset the distance at 300 ft and let the DOF takes care of the rest. That is zero delay in focusing.  The Elmer is small but not light weight.  The overall picture quality is even better than the 20/2.0. it will be in my EOS-M bag  from now on. Due to the fore-mentioned reason, the Summicron had never seen the daylight.
The 18mm on EOS-M seems to be quite a bit narrower than the 17mm on the 40D. Quite a few times, I feel that the 18mm is not wide enough. I end up doing a lot of stitching.. I am considering either the 11-22 Canon EF-M or Rokinon 12/2.0 EF-M
Conclusion: The EOS-M system will be my travelling system. I need to live with the forementioned short coming also

EOS-M / Rokinon 12/2.0 or 11-22mm zoom?
« on: November 02, 2014, 02:52:52 AM »
I am doing a "field test" in Turkey. I have the both the 22/2.0 and the 18-55mm zoom, along with 90/4.0 Elma and 35/2.0 Summicron.  I found out that the 18mm end of the 18-55 zoom seems to be quite a bit narrower than the 17mm end of my 17-40mm with my old  40D. Now I realize that I need something wider in the future. my shooting is mainly scenery with "shot and run" attitude. Another thing that I have noticed is that the 22/2.0 is obviously sharper than the zoom. I am flipping between the 12/2.0 and the 11-22mm zoom. Please give me your expert opinion, especially from the owner of both lenses. Thanks for the advice in advance.

EOS-M / EOS M with Magic Lantern, shutter cannot release
« on: October 23, 2014, 02:17:04 AM »
I have been using ML since July 25 this year on my EOS-M with 8G SD card. No problem untill today. The problem: after the camera has been turn on, the EOS-M will AF but will not release the shutter. The only way to make it work is to release the lens and reinstall the lens (both with the camera on). I formated the SD card outside of the camera and use the same card, The camera functions normally (without ML). I use the same card to reinstall the same version of the ML. Same problem. Format the same card with the newest version of ML, same problem. Has anyone run into the similar probl;em?? Has anyone knows how to fix this problem???

EOS-M / EOS-M and Magic Lantern
« on: July 18, 2014, 12:46:47 PM »
Has anybody used the Magic Lantern on EOS-M?? What is your experience of Magic Lentern on M??Thanks.

EOS-M / A quick and un-orthodox user impression (review) on the EOS M
« on: July 15, 2014, 02:56:18 AM »
I finally got my M upon good advices from the members of this forum. Thanks. There are many excellent review on the M. Therefore I am trying not to repeat what has been done.

1. AF speed: This is the weak point for a few people. Coming from 40D and 20D. It is good enough for me even with the 22mm f2.0. It is definitely faster than most  p & S. I do not shoot action or children anymore.
2. AF point selection: The touch screen does a better job than the dial on the 40D
3. CA correction:  It tends to make the picture "less sharp". I would avoid it personally.
4. Printed owner's manual: not so good, sometimes confusing.
5. Controls (or the lack of it): I use the touch screen instead of the dial 95% of the time. After 4 days of playing around, I do not even miss the dual control dial and the joy stick on the 40D.
6. 90EX flash: small, cute, slow recycle and weak.  However, when it teams up with the 22mm set at f2.0, it seems it can instant recycle at 10 ft.
7. 22mm lens: very sharp at center even wide opened. whole frome is sharp at 2.8 to 8.0
8. 18-55mm: sharp at center even wide open. corners get much better by stopping down one stop.
9. with 22mm lens, it will fit in my pants pocket and jacket pocket comfortably except the weight. I carry it with an old Rollie  P& S film camera pouch on my belt. No original strap. A fabric hand strap is used for compactness.
10. Screen: may be a little bit hard to see at bright sun light. I have a Voigtlander 25mm view finder. With my glasses to force my eyes away from the view finder it gives me almost the same view as the 22mm lens on M. That helps.

It will replace my 40D with 17-40mm and 28-135mm as a travel camera. it will be a great weight saving.

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