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EOS-M / Re: Grip available for EOS M
« on: November 10, 2013, 08:34:42 AM »
BTW, I like that you put a hot shoe cover on your camera.  I hate that Canon did not come with one as the other brand do.

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EOS-M / Re: The rumored tele lens for the M
« on: October 14, 2013, 03:25:24 AM »
The problem is that any P&S shooter 'upgrading' to a EOS M is going to looking at the competition too.
M43, Nex, etc, all have a range of small lenses to match their small bodies that includes at least one telephoto and at least one large zoom range (e.g. 10x) lens.

It is of less advantage to say that new EOS M users can use EF lenses if they don't have them already, as their size negates the advantages of the EOS M and don't compare well against the smaller sized competition.

Moreover, if the solution to lack of EF-M lenses is to use EF and EF-S, then why even bother producing an EF-M 18-55 or 11-22 when there are adequate EF-S equivalents already?  Why not simply produce an EOS M sized body with the EF mount? (slightly bigger than EOS M, but still probably smaller and lighter than a EOS M + EF adaptor.

No. To be successful in the CSC market the EOS M has to have a range of native lenses that at least allows it to be competitive against the other CSC systems it will be compared against.

At a minimum it needs
- a telephoto like a 55-250mm STM
- another prime at 50mm or longer. Perhaps with Macro. EF-M version of 60mm Macro.
- a large zoom range in the 18-200mm category - for P&S shooters who see value in a larger sensor, but don't want the hassle of changing lenses all the time.

Then, the EF adaptor provides the icing on the cake by providing access to all of Canon's lenses.

But IMO only with a decent range of native EF-M lenses will it be a system in its own right that is capable enough of competing with other CSC systems.

I absolutely agree with lw.  In fact, I had moved to m43 system from EOS M due to the comprehensive choice of lenses of the m43 system.  I still keep my 5D Mk III.  I am not a professional photographer, just a hobbyist but there should be a lot of people like me that are willing to own at least two systems – one for IQ and one for convenience.  Canon need to catch up otherwise they will lose the CSC (MILC) market.

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M II
« on: July 12, 2013, 09:14:38 AM »
I personally think that we do not need a new M body that urgent.  What we need is a more comprehensive M system – more lenses and accessories available.  The EOS M should not be only a backup camera for the EOS DSLR.  It is nice that I can put the L lenses to my M body once in a while, but I prefer to use it with more choice of smaller lenses as my daily camera.

I agree: unless you're going to use it merely as an emergency back-up, putting full-size DSLR lenses on it seems self-defeating, especially since in many cases it's the lens, not the DSLR body, that's bulky and heavy.  The problem is, if you're not going to use it as a backup (I probably won't - I have two Canon FF bodies) but want it as a compact system as an alternative to DSLR gear, there are already such things out there which are  superior now and may remain so.  E.g., a few months ago I bought an Olympus OMD for that purpose, and there's a wide range of small, light, and extremely good lenses etc. for it and other m43 cameras (smaller and lighter than the Ms are likely to have).  Why would anyone wanting a compact system bother with the M at all at this point unless they're happy with the limited choice of lenses?  I ordered an M because the price is ridiculous, I'm somewhat curious, and the 22mm lens looks rather cute; but I'm half inclined to cancel my order if B&H hasn't shipped it....

I am one of the EOS-M early adopters (yes, I paid the premium).  Initially I thought that it’s good idea to have a small camera to pair with my Canon DSLR and lenses system for daily use but soon I found out that was not the case.  Not to mention the “unergonomic” use of the EOS-M with the full frame lenses for causal shooting (you feel heavier to hold the camera in the air a foot away from you when comparing to stuck a DSLR to your face), at some events, I want to be low profile but with a big lenses attached to a small camera, it even draws more attention than using DSLR!

EOS-M is a nice camera with quality built and the ability to use the EF/EF-S lenses is certainly an advantage when you have special needs.  But Canon’s concern on having the DSLR market share stolen is wrong.  I am sure that most of us here can afford to run two systems – DSLR when performance and/or IQ are needed and Mirrorless for convenience.  If Canon does not act fast to build a more comprehensive Mirrorless product line, their market share will eventually be eaten by other companies.  In fact, I am eyeing on the Olympus PEN E-P5 if its price drops a bit later… But I hope that Canon will catch up also.

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M II
« on: July 11, 2013, 04:02:26 PM »
I personally think that we do not need a new M body that urgent.  What we need is a more comprehensive M system – more lenses and accessories available.  The EOS M should not be only a backup camera for the EOS DSLR.  It is nice that I can put the L lenses to my M body once in a while, but I prefer to use it with more choice of smaller lenses as my daily camera.

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EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: July 09, 2013, 03:54:26 AM »
If one is looking for a small shoulder bag, the Lowepro Compact Courier 80 ( http://store.lowepro.com/shoulder-bags/compact-courier-80 ) is the perfect one, stylish and pratical . It fits my M with the 22mm plus the 90EX as well as spare batteries. It should also able to fix a EF-M zoom lenses which I do not own.

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Canon includes viewfinder cover attached to the neck strap with the 5Dmk2 & mk3. I'd be surprised if xxD & xxxD models didn't have one as well.
They do. It is just inconvenient to detach the eyecup first, and then try not to loose it  ;)

In fact, there are so many people crying Canon for upgrading sensor technology and other stuffs, but not sure why not many voices to ask Canon to improve such low-hanging-fruit items.

Built-in VF shutter is the first one in my list

The others are:

  • Change the flat strap mount back to rings like those in AE-1, this will make my strap last longer
  • Include a monitor cover
  • Hot shoe cover

I believe that Nikon has already done those.  >:(

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EOS-M / Re: Cases FOR EOS M + 22
« on: June 25, 2013, 10:53:26 AM »
apologies, it was the edit 110, which is even bigger, but it carries my tiffin digital filter kit, the ef-m adaptor, spare battery and other bits and bobs, I know I know, a tiny camera in a big case... 

You should see the CCS gladstone I use for my DSLR!
Too big for my needs ...  I've been looking around for a good little case that fits only the EOS-M with the 22mm lens ... coz I primarily use the EOS-M for evening parties, like dinners in a restaurant or places where the light is not that good but carrying a big DSLR to those events would look intrusive ... also the wife is already fed up with all the big camera bags that I've been collecting over the years. so all I need is a small case that can be hooked up to my belt or belt loop.

I read the OP and thought that he was looking for a camera case like what stolpe recommended.  Anyway, if one is looking for a small shoulder bag, the Lowepro Compact Courier 80 ( http://store.lowepro.com/shoulder-bags/compact-courier-80 ) is the perfect one. It fits my M with the 22mm plus the small flash as well as the spare battery.  BTW, it has belt loop as well.

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Well I found that the Mark III did not draw much attention now.  About 3, 4 years ago when I used the 5D Mark II outside, a few times people stopped by to chat how great the camera is.

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Electronic dry box/cabinet is commonly used to store photography gears in Asia where the climate is humid.  It was difficult to find such equipment at the consumer grade a few years ago when I was in U.S.  But now when I keyed in the keyword “Electronic dry box” in Amazon and found a few:

http://www.amazon.com/Electronic-Dehumidify-Dry-Cabinet-Box/dp/B0086LMFF8/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1371622110&sr=1-2&keywords=electronic+dry+box

But the best solution is to use your gears more often so that can have enough sun light (UV) to kill the mold.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Beginning of a new Canon starting with 7D Mk II?
« on: June 12, 2013, 02:28:10 AM »
If my $600 cellphone which fits in my pocket has GPS, wi-fi and Bluetooth the you can be g*******d sure my next SLR body (beyond the 5D2 I have) will too.  There is no excuse.

Jim

+1

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I understand that we cannot utilize the highest speed of 5d3 if we setup the camera to write files into both cards at the same time due to the limitation of the in-camera SD card speed.  So my question is if it is possible to take photos and save as RAW into the CF card first and then do a Jpeg conversion through the camera later to save the Jpeg files into the SD card?  I know how to do a single file conversion but would it be possible to select a batch of RAW files and do a batch conversion through the camera?  This workflow is very useful that we can do batch processing without a PC especially during travelling.  I have to admit that I did not read the manual completely.  Any help on this would be appreciated, thanks!

Yes, and that is the only way that I have used the SD card so far (intentionally at least).  I shot dozens of pics in RAW to the CF and then batch converted them to jpgs onto to SD card.  I was then able to move the SD to an iPad and display the photos from there.  I hate how the iPad is unable to display RAW 5D III files (works with 5D II).

Hello Random Orbits, can you show me how to do batch convert in 5D3 or point me to any on-line references?  I had just tried again with my camera but still have no clue on how to do it.  Thanks!

Actually, I can't because my memory is faulty.  You can batch copy but not batch convert.  Sorry.  I must have converted them one by one...

 :( sad that canon does not provide such feature,  :) anyway, thanks for your clarification.

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I understand that we cannot utilize the highest speed of 5d3 if we setup the camera to write files into both cards at the same time due to the limitation of the in-camera SD card speed.

That's odd.  Most of the performance bottleneck is usually caused by the speed of the card, not anything inherent to the device that is writing/reading data, and last I checked, the fastest SD cards had almost the same write speed as the fastest CF cards, to within +/- 10% or so.

Here is the link to explain this: http://jeffcable.blogspot.de/2012/06/why-you-should-not-put-sd-card-in-your.html

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I understand that we cannot utilize the highest speed of 5d3 if we setup the camera to write files into both cards at the same time due to the limitation of the in-camera SD card speed.  So my question is if it is possible to take photos and save as RAW into the CF card first and then do a Jpeg conversion through the camera later to save the Jpeg files into the SD card?  I know how to do a single file conversion but would it be possible to select a batch of RAW files and do a batch conversion through the camera?  This workflow is very useful that we can do batch processing without a PC especially during travelling.  I have to admit that I did not read the manual completely.  Any help on this would be appreciated, thanks!

Yes, and that is the only way that I have used the SD card so far (intentionally at least).  I shot dozens of pics in RAW to the CF and then batch converted them to jpgs onto to SD card.  I was then able to move the SD to an iPad and display the photos from there.  I hate how the iPad is unable to display RAW 5D III files (works with 5D II).

Hello Random Orbits, can you show me how to do batch convert in 5D3 or point me to any on-line references?  I had just tried again with my camera but still have no clue on how to do it.  Thanks!

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I would like to be able to save my raw files to cf and small jpg images to sd...  and I haven't gotten that deep into the manual to see if it can do that...  though I guess no.

It can do it.

I understand that we cannot utilize the highest speed of 5d3 if we setup the camera to write files into both cards at the same time due to the limitation of the in-camera SD card speed.  So my question is if it is possible to take photos and save as RAW into the CF card first and then do a Jpeg conversion through the camera later to save the Jpeg files into the SD card?  I know how to do a single file conversion but would it be possible to select a batch of RAW files and do a batch conversion through the camera?  This workflow is very useful that we can do batch processing without a PC especially during travelling.  I have to admit that I did not read the manual completely.  Any help on this would be appreciated, thanks!

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Camera Body Gallery / Re: Birds, Birds...with EOS 1Dx and 5D III
« on: June 08, 2013, 07:10:53 AM »
Great photos, thanks for sharing :)

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