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Lenses / 18-55 EF-M STM lens
« on: September 12, 2014, 10:24:56 PM »
I just bought this lens hoping to get somre mover versatality out of my EOS-M camera.  On the scene intelligent Auto picture taking mode (which I use 99% of the time) I am noticing that the images are really soft.  I saw some reviews say the same thing and this is more pronounced indoors with lower light. 

Aside from applying a sharpen filter or mask - is there a setting I should use on the camera to adjust for this?  Thanks - Tom

EOS-M / SD card recommendations for EOS-M
« on: July 30, 2013, 03:43:37 PM »
Does anyone have recommendations for what type of SD card to get for the EOS-M - the manual mentions 3 different kinds - I just wanted a recommendation on what specific card to get - I am thinking I would just need a 32GB card at this time.  Thanks in advance. 

EOS-M / EOS-M video questions
« on: July 30, 2013, 03:32:31 PM »
I just shot a minute and half of video and it is 490MB.  I had a few questions.  How do you load 1080P video to youtube?  I download my video and photos to iphoto and from there I use imovie to export 1080P video to youtube. Where it would take my iphone 5 minutes to create 720P video this is taking up to an hour for my 1.5 minute clip.  Is there a way to shrink this before I upload to youube?  Should I be using the canon software that came with the camera?  Is that a better workflow option?

Also, on a related note, what is the best AF setting to take advantage of video AF - I cannot remember the name of the setting but I am pretty sure it is the multi flex zone setting for AF.  I am using one shot, not the servo mode. 

EOS-M / Where is my backordered EOS-M w/22 STM lens?
« on: July 17, 2013, 10:53:07 AM »
I ordered at B&H Photo just as these went on backorder.  The expected availability date was 7/18.  Checked today and now 7/25.  I ordered on 7/7.  I think BH should have provided some explanation why the date was pushed out and whether I should have any degree of confidence that I can get one.  Is the goal to get me to cancel my order so they can sell it for $50 more?  I am starting to think I will never get the camera and lens at this price. 

EOS Bodies / EOS-M or 100D
« on: June 25, 2013, 01:16:42 AM »
Hi - I am intrigued by the anticipated firmware update to the EOS-M that may make the AF usable.  I see some people are suggesting that the current AF of the 100D is slightly better than the EOS-M.  Will the firmware improve the EOS-M over the 100D?  I am a little bit not very well informed about the technology but will the faster AF from the firmware update also improve video AF as well for the EOS-M?

As a side note, I was intrigued by the possibility of getting a EOS-M by price matching through Best Buy for the Frys EOS-M w/22MM STM lens for $349.90 but they interpreted the Fry's offering as a clearance sale so best they could do is knock 10% off their own price of $479.  I may go to Frys only if I have an opportunity to get there by 6/27 when the sale ends.   However, I am slightly nervous buying one until the firmware is firmly offered.  What if the final result is less than par - I hope they don't jack up the price again.  I suppose I should wait.  The main thing for me is if the firmware increases the video AF then I will get the EOS-M.   SHould I wait or take a look at the 100D?

EOS Bodies / Will the 6D have video AF
« on: November 27, 2012, 01:34:59 PM »
I was wondering if the new EOS 6D that is coming out next month will have video AF much like the Rebel T4i?

The poor handing of video AF is what is stopping me from getting the T4i so I wonder if the 6D will have it - if so I will want to see how that feature works as compared to the Rebel's implentation of it.   Thanks, Tom.

EOS Bodies / What will a mirror less camera offer
« on: June 24, 2012, 01:32:57 AM »
I know nothing about mirror less other than the name implies.

I was wondering what they will offer in terms of picture quality or video quality.

Will they be better than the Rebel T4i or fall in between a point and shoot and a Rebel.  Or do we need the specs first?  I was just wondering what people expect that they may deliver and will a mirror less offer some advantages over the current technology? 

EOS Bodies - For Video / t4i - lack of samples
« on: June 22, 2012, 11:38:43 AM »
This camera has been out for a few weeks now and I am still on the fence.  I have found mainly a handful of sample videos, none of the particularly revealing or useful.  I am a Rebel Xsi owner who is impressed already with image quality so my sole criterion is how well the video stacks up.  I am waiting for better videos.  I have a couple lenses which is why I want to stick with Canon, but one is full frame and the other is the EF-S so it is not a large loss if I switch to a different system - I just want a video/still camera that does both well.  I have no upgraded in 4 years so I want to make sure the next purchase will do well for the next 4.  Is there anyone who has used the video and liked the quality of video?  I have yet to see a video with the 40 mmm stm in action. 

EOS Bodies - For Video / I want to upgrade from Rebel XSI
« on: March 23, 2012, 02:34:43 PM »
I missed the video boat with my Canon Rebel Xsi purchase in 2008.  I want to shoot video for hobby/family purposes.  I wanted a Mark iii until I saw the price.  I am thinking the Mark ii may suit me once price drops a little after the mark iii is more available.

I have one EF lens and just one other efs lens so I am not worried about the need to buy new lenses if I go full frame. 

What is has come down to is I am not really impressed with the Rebel t3i video as compared to the canon mark ii.  However, I do not know much about the cameras and I know the 4i should be coming out in a matter of weeks.  I am concerned about paying so much for a camera with 4 year old technology when the 4i might have something that is a better value for the price.  I know we do not know the precise specs on the 4i do you think the video quality will compete with the mark ii.   Maybe it is too early but at some point I will be looking to compare the mark ii with the 4i - is it possible to get an opinion on what will be better from what we know at this point or is it still too early?

My own hunch is that some are already saying that the mark iii does not improve the video quality to justify price so my logic says the rebel line is not going to surpass the mark ii - but I guess it may close the gap between the t3i and the mark ii.

I look forward to replacing the xsi with a camera that can do both video and stills.   

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