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EOS-M / Testing EOS M for Portraits
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:49:17 AM »
I usually use my 5D3 with the L lenses for portraits but recently i decided to give the M a shot.

Here are just some samples i did with the EOS M with the Canon 50mm F1.4 and an M adapter i bought from ebay (not original)

My opinions:

It took me a long time to get used to not having a viewfinder to shoot and even after this shoot, i still bring  the camera to my eye thinking there's a viewfinder.
Focusing was sometimes frustrating where it beeps in focus but it is not. (similar to what Digitalrev had) And i wasn't using a tripod..just handholding..The AF square was on the face and it beeps and turns green but it's not in focus..i encountered this MANY times during the shoot. But thankfully, models don't move that much so i could manual focus when i hit that issue.

I was also using the Youngnuo TTL trigger with my 600ex flash and the TTL also didn't work as well as would a 5D..then again..i wasn't expecting it to...Many shots were overexposed but thankfully the TTL meant i could adjust the flash power from the camera.

Overall, i believe the M's Raw files are pretty decent.. I still miss my 5D of course but the M actually performed reasonably well in terms of IQ..since it's the same sensor as the 650D, the typical Canon look is there in all the raw files and edibility is very good as well.

In Summary, when i don't want o carry around heavy gear, i will definitely use this M for shoots where speed isn't a necessity and ISO doesn't go above 400.

Sample 1:


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Lenses / Are Primes really better for portraits?
« on: September 22, 2012, 09:31:57 PM »
I believe this is an age old question that has been asked many times.
But that was when zooms weren't fantastic in terms of sharpness.

I currently shoot portraiture 90% of the time and i constantly use the 50mm f1.4 and the 85mm f1.8 prime lenses only for my shoots..granted they're not the L version but those are way too pricey. I'm shooting on the 5Dmk3.

However, i'm always "struggling" to be happy with the results i'm getting. The photos aren't bad but i jus wished they were a tad bit sharper. I've done all the AFMA stuff and still am not happy. In fact, i'm even happier with the results from my 40 f2.8 STM lens but that lens just isn't fantastic for close up shots.

Therefor this question…should i give up both primes and go for a new standard zoom lens?
It seems the new 24-70 from both Tamron and Canon are impressive in terms of sharpness in the center and corners. Primes are still better at extremes but i'm more bothered about center sharpness.

Looking at MTF charts for both these lenses at 70mm f5.6 (5.6 is what i usually shoot at, sometmes f4 but never lower), their center sharpness values far exceed what both my primes can do (because they're both VERY old designs?)

I admit, i wished Canon would update their 50 and 85 no L lenses as they're both like 20yrs old, but until that happens, should i just go for the Tamron 24-70? It's sharp, it's cheap, it's got IS…other than it being only 70 and not 85 which i'm used to…are there any other "negatives" as to why people use primes for portraits more than zooms? Especially the new models..

I'm asking becuase i never owned a 24-70 so i have no clue how it's like shooting with it. i only have the 24-105 which is a horrible lens if you want sharpness, but that's not what i bought that lens for in the first place.

Any comments will be greatly appreciated in helping me decide to give up my primes and go for the Tamron or just stick with the primes.

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