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Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: Today at 12:20:52 PM »
It all depends which browser that you are using. It is "Ad-free" on this site when I am using Internet Explorer. If I use Firefox on this site, the noisy ads and the other ads are so bad that I cannot stand it. To be fair, there are a lot popup ads and noisy ads even on Amazon and a few other sites when I use Fire fox. It is up to a ppoint that I do not even use Firefox anymore. P.S. My Firefox has been set up to block ALL popup already.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: Today at 02:35:44 AM »
Can anyone help me find the viewfinder accessory????   :P

Good point. That would greatly help reduce battery consumption and reduce glare outdoors (although I saw a huge loupe on ebay for pretty low price that somewhat dwarfs the M).
....

I used to think the same and bought a 35mm OVF. But you can't turn the LCD off when you half press the shutter button... you're not going to save much battery if at all. And a good OVF costs more than the M itself...


Good point, getting spare batteries will be a cheaper option :)
Well, I really bought the M for its LCD, which my wife and random good samaritans prefer. So the VF is not a priority. I guess I'll use a cap or something out of doors...

BTW, thanks all for the suggestions.
I have bought the Dashpoint 20 already. Now debating between the Sugru silicon putty and the eBay grip Surapon and BL had suggested earlier. BL, if you read this post- can you please post a photo of how you grip it? My hands are quite small and I am worried I won't reach the shutter button after wrapping my hands around the grip...  :-\
Strap wise I am debating between the Joby and the OEM strap- the neck strap is definitely too much in my way.
I think I will hold off the EF-EF-M adapter. Metabones says they cannot comment on a Speedbooster for the M. I think if Canon shows a bit more commitment, they might. But would Canon? Like launching an M3, selling the wide and tele zooms in the US, how about that, eh?
http://www.kleptography.com/rf/#camera_eosm
That may be be the best grip for EOS-M

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EOS-M / Re: More EF-M lenses in the future
« on: Today at 02:30:08 AM »
A 50mm "M" lens would solve all of my problems.
What propblems?? 50mm is too long for general use and too short  for portrait. How does it solve your problem??
I use a 35 2.0 IS on my 70D and have and M/22.  A 50mm "M" lens would complete my package and make my EOS M a complete kit for travel.  I like 50 a lot for portraits.
And I think that would solve my GAS problem since I think I'd prefer an M/22 & 50 to the G7X or any other compact.
If you are planning to use the EOS-M for travel, 22mm may be too long for a lot of occations.18-55 zoom will be a lot more versatile and gives you a wider angle when you need it. Quite a few posts recommended the 11-22mm ($400). It has been rated very high.

I have the 22, 11-22 and the 18-55. I find the 22 and the 11-22 to be exceptional lenses, but the 18-55 is just not as sharp and a bit slower to focus than the others. Perhaps I got an inferior copy. I will gladly accept faster primes at pretty much any focal length, but would prefer a 14, 55 & an 85mm.
18-55mm should have a faster AF than the 22mm. Sounds like you are having the opposite. Please double check it. If that is true, may be you can exchange it.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 17, 2014, 12:39:31 PM »
Can anyone help me find the viewfinder accessory????   :P

Good point. That would greatly help reduce battery consumption and reduce glare outdoors (although I saw a huge loupe on ebay for pretty low price that somewhat dwarfs the M).
....

I used to think the same and bought a 35mm OVF. But you can't turn the LCD off when you half press the shutter button... you're not going to save much battery if at all. And a good OVF costs more than the M itself...
OVF got nothing to do with saving the battery. It is for situation that renders the LCD to becomes useless. i.e. the sun shines right on the LCD.

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EOS-M / Re: More EF-M lenses in the future
« on: September 17, 2014, 12:35:21 PM »
A 50mm "M" lens would solve all of my problems.
What propblems?? 50mm is too long for general use and too short  for portrait. How does it solve your problem??
I use a 35 2.0 IS on my 70D and have and M/22.  A 50mm "M" lens would complete my package and make my EOS M a complete kit for travel.  I like 50 a lot for portraits.
And I think that would solve my GAS problem since I think I'd prefer an M/22 & 50 to the G7X or any other compact.
If you are planning to use the EOS-M for travel, 22mm may be too long for a lot of occations.18-55 zoom will be a lot more versatile and gives you a wider angle when you need it. Quite a few posts recommended the 11-22mm ($400). It has been rated very high.

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EOS-M / Re: More EF-M lenses in the future
« on: September 17, 2014, 01:58:55 AM »
A 50mm "M" lens would solve all of my problems.
What propblems?? 50mm is too long for general use and too short  for portrait. How does it solve your problem??

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PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:49:48 AM »
Dimension of G7X: 103 x 60 x 40 mm (4.06 x 2.36 x 1.57″)
Dimension o fLX100: 115 x 66 x 55mm
That makes the LX100 even less pocketable than the EOS-M with 22mm lens.

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PowerShot / Re: Official: Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 15, 2014, 01:03:09 PM »
The body looks about the same width as the EOS-M. It is a tad taller than the EOS-M. With the lens retracted, It will definitely be  thinner than the EOS-M with the 22mm. That make it a lot more pocketable
I can see this camera will be a good compliment for the EOS=M, not necessarily a replacement.
Let us see some review on IQ and AF speed. Also let see how well balance will it be in actual use. The Sony RX100 is "lens heavy" and you have to hold it tight. Otherwise the camera may fall due to the heavy lens.

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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 14, 2014, 03:51:09 PM »
It seems the problem here is that most don't want pancake lenses. What I see a demand for is Ef-s primes with fast apertures and not that much emphasis on size.

Isn't the advantage of EF-S that lenses can be designed to be smaller?

What is the point of EF-S primes, why not just use EF primes, if size is not a consideration?
Due to the smaller image size and the shorter flange distance, a shorter focal length(35 or shorter) EF-S prime makes sense: easier to deign, optimize for APS-C picture area, smaller size ( not necessarily a "pencake")

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PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 14, 2014, 02:31:28 PM »
I'm not a fan of these things being labled 1" Sensors... I hope everyone considering this thing is aware it's much smaller than an inch and only around 15.9mm measured diagonally!
Camera makers use the "non-standard" inch, where everthing is inflated 1.5x.  The concept gets a surprising amount of real world use.
That size system is a carry over from the vacuum tube image senser in the old days.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 14, 2014, 12:43:15 PM »
For me, the whole idea of having an EOS-M is to make a small (hopefully light weight) travel kit. I fit the following into a Lowepro Micro case (as the name implies, it is small, 5'X6"X7", external):EOS-M with strap and 22mm lens(all in an old Rollie P&S pouch that can be attached to the belt), 18-55 zoom with hood, optical view finder for the 22mm, 90ex flash, 2 spare batteries, 2 spare AAA, lens cleaning stuff, one SPARE cap for each lens( the center push cap falls off easily) and a 35 f 2.0 Summicron  with M to EOS-M adapter( 2" x 1 3/4" combined). If the need arrives, I can switch the Elmer 90 f4 or the Elmer 50 F2.8 for the Summicron 35 f2 before the bag leaves home. No EF to EOS-M adapter or EF lens due the the relatively large size.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 14, 2014, 12:08:42 PM »
Can anyone help me find the viewfinder accessory????   :P

https://www.cameraquest.com/inventor.htm
You need to scroll the list to find the finder that you want.

http://www.flipbac.com/angle-viewfinder-about.htm


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PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 14, 2014, 02:55:05 AM »
If the G7 X has the S120 form factor, it will fit in a jeans pocket.
Yeah, has it? Compared to S120 -- the sensor is bigger, the lens it faster, the screen is articulated. As much as I'd like to believe the S series form factor and size -- is this possible?
If I can put the EOS-M with 22mm lens in my jacket pocket and even my dress pant pocket, I cannot see why the G7 X cannot be put in the same way.

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Lenses / Re: 18-55 EF-M STM lens
« on: September 14, 2014, 12:26:06 AM »
I can tell from the replies that you are suggesting manual settings - I will need to play with that - in my sample shot I selected landscape so I could not set ISO, shutter speed or aperature.  Those variables were input by the camera.  I will need to learn more about all of those I suppose and I suppose it is my fault for trying to use this as a point and shoot and then complaining about the results.  Thanks for the information - I did try to move some of those settings around before I followed the  landscape shot advice and I could tell it would be too dark for any lower ISO or increased shutter speed - I did not try to move the aperature setting. 

Is there a general rule of thumb as to what settings I should use - I can try another shot tonight using the same conditions but probably cannot duplicate the distance because I did not measure it.  Thanks -Tom
There is a mis-communication here. When I suggested "landscape", I mean "landsacpe" in picture style. that is the sharpest setting. Not the "landscape" in scene. I would highly suggest you to read through the manual that comes with the camera. Also go to the Canon web site to download the complete manual and read it through the 370 pages.  You can have a lot of control and being creative even you try to use use it as a point and shoot. First you need to understand what you can do with the camera.

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Lenses / Re: 18-55 EF-M STM lens
« on: September 13, 2014, 05:32:20 PM »


Forgot this one too.
ISO6400,1/15sec.  Both will not give you sharp picture. ISO6400 will give you too much noise. 1/15 sec will have potential shaking of the camera. Have the lens wide opened will make it worst also. The picture being partially blur is due  to shallow depth of field.  In other word, you have almost everything that will prevent you to get a sharp picture.

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