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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:29:09 PM »
Wifi seems more useful for me. Being able to control and see liveview wirelessly from the camera is something pros can actually use. I had a job where I was given a 20 ft. crane jib to use for a music video, it would have been so much easier to use if I could focus, start recording, and see liveview with the camera up 20 feet in the air.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 14, 2014, 04:03:39 PM »
I use the Peak Design Cuff with my EOS M. You should check out the Peak Design System, its one of the most versatile accessories out there.

I use the Leash and Cuff to easily switch between a regular strap to a wrist strap in seconds.  The straps are small too which is perfect for the EOS M. And if I'm hiking, I use the Capture Clip to "clip" my camera on to one of my backpack straps, keeps my hands free and my camera from dangling around on a strap.

Here's the link for their kickstarter video if you wanna see all 3 accessories in action:

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:45:22 PM »
Btw, for those wondering how good the EOS M image quality is, here's a small album of photos I've taken with it.

Half was taken with the 18-55 kit lens, the other half with the 22mm. No photoshop, just lightroom adjustments and B&W conversion, except for the tree shot, I used a filter for that one.

Is that Danny Trejo?

Yes, it is.  Dude is so nice in person. I was the new guy working on the set , I was eating lunch alone on my first day and he decided to sit next to me and eat/chat with me.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249
« on: August 29, 2014, 11:33:52 PM »
Btw, for those wondering how good the EOS M image quality is, here's a small album of photos I've taken with it.

Half was taken with the 18-55 kit lens, the other half with the 22mm. No photoshop, just lightroom adjustments and B&W conversion, except for the tree shot, I used a filter for that one.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249
« on: August 29, 2014, 11:30:05 PM »
Is it M or M2. Is it possible to use my EF-S 55-250 and Sigma 30mm and 17-50mm 2.8 bought for t3i with this.
Can it replace t3i. How does it compare to Sony A6000.
Thinking about moving to mirrorless down the line. Not sure if Sony has comparable lens to Canon EFS STM and other third party lens for reasonable price.

Its the first M. You can use any EF and EF-S lenses with them but you have to buy the adapter for it, I've seen them go as low for a new one at $60 on ebay. As for replacing a t3i, for video and image quality, its comparable. But for focus speed, t3i wins by a landslide. It depends on the subject matter, if you're only shooting static objects and landscape then the EOS M is good for you, but if you're shooting sports and kids that move around, then t3i is the better option.

As for comparing to the Sony A6000, the A6000 is the much better camera in terms of video features, focus speed, more fps, has an electronic viewfinder, more focus points and built in flash. But the EOS M has comparable image quality, magic lantern for more video features and it is less than half the price of an A6000 body with no lens and the EOS M comes with a great prime lens.

As for the lenses, its more expensive for the lenses on the sony that would be similar to the 22mm and 18-55mm canon versions.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 25, 2014, 02:15:08 AM »
If Canon releases an EOS M update similar to the Sony A5100 with nearly the same specs and price, I would totally be all over it. But for now, I'll rock on with the first EOS M.

Software & Accessories / Re: Bag for EX430ll?
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:38:11 PM »
Not a bag recommendation but if you want a small but powerful enough speedlight for ur EOS-M, I bought a canon 270EX. Its way better than the 90EX but tiny enough to fit in a pocket. I got one off ebay for $67. It was much better than having to carry around my 580EX II for fill flash.

I used to use the Yongnuo RF-603, they are great for what they can do, really cheap. It also functions as a wireless trigger. But I got tired of having to change the flash power output manually, especially if my speedlight is on a tall stand and inside a soft box.

So I bought the Yongnuo YN-622, it supports high-speed sync (603 doesnt) and you can control the power for each light through the flash menu in your camera. And you can do ETTL or manual or a mix of both.

It comes down to how much you want to spend and what you need. The RF-603 cost about $30 for a pair and the YN-622 cost $85 for a pair.

I still have both triggers but I use the 603 only as a wireless trigger and the 622 for my speedlights/strobes.

I forgot to mention, both triggers are transceivers.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Owners Post Your Pictures
« on: July 14, 2014, 11:44:15 PM »
Here's some more random photos I took with my EOS M.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Owners Post Your Pictures
« on: July 14, 2014, 11:36:28 PM »
I love my EOS M so much, I even use it for jobs even though I have a 5d MkIII. That's how much faith I have on the image quality of my EOS M. Here's the first big job I used the EOS M, these are mostly unretouched photos, just used the B&W treatment in lightroom and cropped.

We were doing a music video promo for a model agency, and our DSLRs were being used as the main cameras so I used my EOS M to do behind-the-scenes stills and video.

EOS-M / Re: How Much Would You Pay...
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:51:24 PM »
As much as I love my EOS M....the camera you described already exists, its called the Sony A7. The only reason I got the EOS M was the price drop. I wasn't willing to pay more than the $300 for the kit, but at that price point, it truly is the best bang for your buck when it comes to image quality.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EOS M + 18-55mm for $250!
« on: July 12, 2014, 06:57:22 PM »
Damn good deal. If I didn't already have the EOS M and both lenses, I would have jumped on these right away. I'll forward the links to my sister who's been interested in buying a decent small camera.

I don't know too many actual pros personally. 
I know a decent number and I used to correspond with one of Vogue's top photographers and while he has many assistants, he was very involved in every step of his photographs, including scanning them (this was the early 2000s), which is how I got to know him.  I just wish I had kept in touch with him...

I naively thought most artists (pros?) were insanely protective of their craft, the process and most of all the finished product.  Now I can definitely see a gifted photographer that cut teeth on film maybe having an assistant to help with all the tech stuff and working magic on Photoshop at the behest and direction of the artist but I would think most 'old pros' would feel silly having an assistant place their tripod and camera for them.

Its actually the complete opposite, all the pros I've assisted are more than glad to teach me everything they know. They know the real secret to success is not just your creativity but your connections. Which leads me to the answer for the topic.

I was one of those assistants that you're talking about for 5 semi-famous/popular fashion photographers in L.A. I proved to all of them how hard I want to work by being the best assistant I can be (it also helped that I have a bit of talent). They notice, they pass on jobs to me that they don't have time for or don't want to do. I got published in a fashion magazine within 3 months, I got free access to 3 studios/lights/equipment in 6 months (they trusted me enough to give me keys), within 8 months one of my shoots was big enough to be nationally televised ( ), by my 2nd year my 2nd mentor gave me a major client which let me shoot my first billboard, middle of my second year and I got hired to be Director of Photography for a couple of music videos (my first one debuted on BET). Currently on my 3rd year and I'm still surprised how I got here.

I rarely got paid for the assistant jobs I did but if I never did it then I would never have gotten the connections I have now. So now you see why us assistants do it. We know that's one of the fastest way to learn photography and get connections at the same time.

Software & Accessories / Re: Magic Lantern for 5d3 1.2.3 released
« on: March 17, 2014, 02:52:19 AM »
Sweet! Gonna check this out.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M2 Coming to North America & Europe?
« on: February 28, 2014, 07:34:35 PM »
Only reason I bought the first M was the price drop. If the M2 goes down to $299, then I'll definitely get it.

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