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Folks, can I use all the features of the GPS device when connecting it to the EOS M via USB cable?
I would like to do so because I want to mount a Flash as well.

Carying a Flash and the GP-E2 might look wiered but the M is my only EOS with GPS support.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / GPE2
« on: April 03, 2014, 02:30:43 PM »
Folks, can I use all the features of the GPS device when connecting it to the EOS M via USB cable?
I would like to do so because I want to mount a Flash as well.

Carying a Flash and the GP-E2 might look wiered but the M is my only EOS with GPS support.

Lighting / How to get studio light on the fly ...
« on: March 12, 2014, 06:49:13 PM »
Suggestion One:

Cosplay Convention ..... Level: Canon Ninja

This is a 2MPixel Kodak sensor in a EOS 1n body.....


The German text says that it is on sale as defect because the owner can't test it as the power supply is missing.

Dpreview lists the Power supply here:



Lenses / Dear Lord in case I die
« on: November 16, 2013, 06:44:09 PM »
please make sure that my wife does not sell my gear for the Price I told her that it has cost....

My wife is usualy scared by what I spend on Canon gear. I gained some Karma after selling some lenses but had to invest some of these Points when telling her that I Need to get a 50mm again.

I did not want to go again for the huge Sigma 50mm 1.4 so I went with ye olde EF 50mm 1.4 via eBay.
Came Close to divorce this morning when the mail man delivered this 50mm lens. The previous (private) owner sent this almost mint lens in ist original box together with the sun shade and used as the Transport protection the original box of a 5D Mark III Kit. My wife is not a market maven but she can smell if a box in her Hand has this 3000 Euro smell.

Anyone else had such a Kind of Situation before?

EOS-M / The rumored tele lens for the M
« on: September 21, 2013, 06:13:58 PM »
Whenever the new M is rumored also the new tele lens is rumored shortly after.

Especialy in this Forum I hear again and again that such a lens would make Little sense as by Definition such a lens Needs to be huge (compared to the camera) and that this misses the reason of existence for the M. Once that Argument is thrown into the Arena the usual comments either go towardes the 'I anyway just use the pancake'  or  'please give me another Xmm pancake'

Now to come to the Point:
Does Canon not have this DO technology? WHy should they not decide to make a lens with the 'beauty' of the 70-300 DO I mean fat and short? Maybe the guys here who can calculate the feasibility of an optical system better than me can tell me what is possible or impossible. A EFM 55-200 DO IS 3,5-5,6 only 1 centimeter longer but 2,5 cm wider  than the kit lens? DO would massaker the IQ but a System that would still fit in the pocket of a coat would be very sexy to me.

A question for the Kelby apostles among the forum

I have a few thousand picture to process in Lightroom (5.2 since yesterday evening)
To my suprise even Lightroom 5.1 had already full support for the new Canon EF-M 11-22
And anyway there always seems to be every Canon lens my hearts desire to be available in Lightroom.

Now with 5.2 I try to find the correction for my Sigma 17-35 1.8 and the only thing Lightroom offers me are 4 rather obscure lenses... Am I doing something wrong or is Adobe just ignoring Sigma?

If there is such a correction already out, how to get it and how to make it visible in Lightroom?

EOS Bodies / Finally a rumor again...
« on: September 15, 2013, 05:03:22 PM »
Canonwatch writes about a mag in France believing that Canon might anounce the next M this week...

Software & Accessories / Bag for Sigma 18-35 1.8 and EF 70-200 2.8 IS USM L
« on: September 12, 2013, 08:08:57 AM »
During my recent China trip I found an obscure company naming themselves SH-KATA

I assume that anything hinting at an almost similar named brand is coincidence.
They have a product:
Which can be obtained in camera centers in China for anything between 25-40 Euros and also show up on some internet dealer pages.

The bag is perfect to hold an unmounted 70-200L upright on the right and a Canon body like my 600D or 7D with the new Sigma 18-35 1.8 mounted to the camera and with the sun shade of the Sigma mounted in usage postion as well in the middle. There is afterwards still some protected space for a 85mm 1.8 or something of that volume + the usual small things and a small tablet (if required).

I got the brown version with the typical Yellow interior and I'm loving it. I can leave the 60D on standby and because of the mounted sun shade do not need to worry about the lens cap. As the bag is very deep but now wide the weight center is close enough to the body to make the weight easy to cary.

Germany / Workshops in Germany
« on: September 12, 2013, 05:18:53 AM »
hat jemand irgendwelche Workshops die er uns ans Herz legen moechte?

EOS-M / 4 weeks in South East Asia with the EOS M as 2nd Body
« on: September 10, 2013, 11:52:47 AM »
Came back a week ago from my trip and now I’m working through the pictures in Lightroom. To understand my opinion about the M I night to feed you some background Information:

I went on the trip with my EOS 60d as my primary camera and the EOS M as a back up. I used a (for me complete new mix of lenses) For the 60D I packed as much as I got into the Tamrac 4 which was the EF 70-200 2.8 L IS USM, the new Sigma 17-35 1.8, The EF 135 L 2.0 and the Canon 1.4 x extender

The Eos M got a third party EF-EFM adapter, the new 11-22mm and the 17-55 KIT lens
I use the M since about 6 month mainly as a fun camera or a substitute for the 60D when size and weight matters.
To summarize already in the beginning:  I made maybe 400-500 pictures on this trip which I could not have done without the M at all. So I’m happy and grateful to have bought it but compared to the reliability and usability of the 60D the M is a piece of “insert any desired 4 letter word here”.

But now let’s start with the details.
I used once the 135mm L and once the 70-200mm L on the M both lenses performed very well but in the end the handling of the 70-200mm on the M is to awkward. However walking around in an amusement park with a red M on the white L creates raised brows at the Canonistas you meet.  In China that means either the wealthy amateur with his 5DII and the 24-105 Kit lens or the more dedicated guy carrying 2 full frames with usually the 24-70mm L and the 50-500mm BIGMA attached. Plenty of nice gear talk started because of me wearing the 70-200 with the M in the white /red colour combination over the shoulder, so it at least pleased the hedonist in me.

The absolute surprise was the usage of the 11-22mm on the M. To be honest I do not know how I survived before without it. I did not mount the 17-55 Kit anymore on the M once the 11-22mm was attached. Street photography par excellence and in a tight space with 11mm you can shoot without even looking and still have everything covered. The 11-22mm mounted on the M uses less weight and real estate in my camera bag than my Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 as a lens alone. OK the Tokina is faster but with the better ISO of the M compared to the 60D and especially the optical stabilisation the 11-22mm is much more versatile and because the of the STM technology and thanks to the new M firmware achieving focus is faster with the 11-22mm on the M than with the Tokina on the 60D.

Further advantages? Yes, the 8mm more than the Tokina helped a lot and coming home I was more than satisfied that Lightroom 5 already fully supports the proper lens correction for the 11-22mm while sadly it doesn’t do so far for the Sigma 17-35mm 1.8

Disadvantages of the 11-22mm? It is delivered typical Canon style without a lens shade and the only dealer I could find who sold one wanted a fortune for it so I spent my time under the Asian August sun without one.
If you unlock the 11-22mm in a hurry you almost automactly have your hands in the wrong position. This means either the hand gliding in the Zoom position is now to high blocking the AF assist beam or the thumb of your hand slid to far up and is now blocking both microphone positions.

Now the downfall of the M:
I do not own Canon original Batteries for the M just the substitutes from Patona  (which on Paper are as strong as the Canon counterparts) With the M as a secondary camera taking just 30% of the work and the 60D having to power the heavy lenses and the M just driving the 11-22mm I still ate through 3 EOS M batteries per day.
I always travel with a minimum of three to four batteries per camera as a minimum but coming after a long day into a hotel room and than being forced to make a rigid time planning to allow loading 3 batteries over the span of a short night with just one loader was annoying.

The killing issue was however a different one:
I never managed to find a proper balance for the settings of the camera. I would like to be informed about the settings of the camera so I switched a lot of this settings to be visible on the touchscreen. I also prefer to see a picture for a few seconds right after the shot so I configured the camera to display the picture for  a short while. During this time the camera is active and sensitive. Being used to almost never realy switching the 60d off Me and my family tretead the M the same way... bad idea

The first few days would go like this:  Me or my wife would take a picture than have the camera hanging around the shoulder or neck which would touch the body plenty of times and put random settings in place each time. Having the focus placed in the wrong corner can be corrected fast through pressing the delete button but ISO from Auto to 12,000 without recognizing it or AV 3.5 changed to TV 1/20 and very often correction set to 3+ made us loose good opportunities or taking bad pictures.

I tried to counteract this by making any setting information disappear from screen (reducing my interference to using a point and shoot in green mode) and reducing the screen on time after a shot to mere seconds. My routine was to have a short fly though the menus every so and so to either choose AV set to 3.5 or TV set to 1/250 and let the AUTO ISO do the rest. Before every shot than I pressed  the delete button to have the focus centred. The camera counteracted this impertinence behaviour of mine by still displaying  a small area on the touchscreen which would enable the shutter release through the touch screen. This small area is maybe 1 % of the touchscreen and the chance of touching it should be small but it happened way to often exactly like this.

Climbing a the steps of a temple in Thailand, the M around the neck of my wife. Climbing down the stairs sitting in a boat leaving the temple when suddenly the evening sun breaks through the clouds painting my family and the temple far behind us in red and gold. The shot of a lifetime. The M flies into my hand. The full exercise explained above plus a few seconds to unlock the 11-22mm out of its retracted position and “Memory full” suddenly in the display. The red golden moment slips away while I dumbfounded wonder how a hundred pictures can fill up a 32 GIG memory card. Looking at the picture counter the camera says 2500 pictures taken. Yep it had happened again a few hundred picture of stone steps and a few hundred pictures of backs and bottoms surrounding the few pictures we really wanted to take and keep. This happened several times and I later changed to 8Gig cards just to be able to delete all unnecessary picture within a coffee break.

Way smaller thing:
I put the ML Beta on the M but removed it shortly afterwards again. While I loved the HDR feature, the lack of buttons and the overlay of menues makes the M not the perfect taret for ML

To end on a high note..

IQ of the pictures: at least as good as the IQ of pictures taken with the 60D. At low light situations way better than the one better ISO stop would suggest.

Once you get used to the fancy continous shooting behaviour of the shutter release button than the Ms continous shooting is behaviour is very nice. That is focus like with any DSLR, pressing the shutter button through to take the shot but afterwards releasing it just half like if to achieve focus again. This results in the first picture being taken, screen going black but instead of now showing the taken picture instantly the camera will now continue taking pictures. (Still don't know if this is a feature or a bug)

EOS-M / My EF M 11-22 has arrived
« on: July 18, 2013, 06:38:14 PM »
Two days after the lens arrived I had the chance to test the new addition to the M world.

it is a littlebit more steamlined than my previous wide lens

I used my EOS 60D with the Canon 17-55 1:2.8 and the Tokina 11-16 1:2.8 as the main camera and the M with the two available zooms as a back up. At least that was what I had planned.
Coming home I had almost 120 Pictures made with the M and just about 20 with the 60D

The M zooms are much slower than my semi fast zooms on the 60D but the better ISO of the M and the IS of the 11-22 make up for this disadvantage.

Real estate in my gear bag is in short supply and the comparrison in the next picture explains why I like the M more and more.

Disadvantages found so far:

On the first picture you can see the Switch you Need to press in order to extend the lens to ist working position.
That is awkward for street photography. The M will not let you do anything wioth the camera, not even changing a setting when the lens is in its 'park position' so you either loose valuable seconds or you have the lens always extended.

I did not have a chance to make a comparrison picture with the Tokina 11-16 but when using the 11-22 to shoot semi glossy surfaces like for example a turned off computer screen than any reflection on this surface will look surreal like a overdone HDR picture.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Amazon.de lists EOS 70D for 1099 Euro
« on: July 12, 2013, 04:52:33 PM »
Availibility: 21st of October 2013

EOS-M / Lenses that do or don't do well with the M
« on: May 28, 2013, 06:31:18 AM »
In order to avoid disapointment, let's share the experience gained from what we have.

My contribution:

Canon EF 85mm 1:1.2 L MARK I
does not Focus at all on the M

Tamron 18-270/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
works in good light/contrast conditions
Slow to focus on the long end, PZD sound like a staple gun
VC kicking in (literaly) before focus is achieved, picture then starts to jump

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