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EOS-M / Re: Eos M screen
« on: February 21, 2015, 04:18:04 PM »
I have just bought a Eos M and would like some help on what is on the screen.

In M,AV,TV,P modes there is a circle in the middle of the screen. It is about 8mm diameter and remains there even when I move the focus point.

It is not there in intelligent or movie mode.

What is it and what does it do?

Further to above I reset camera to factory settings and the circle has now gone. Do not know aht is was.   

Any help?

The circle appears when the metering mode is spot.  It shows you the region that is being metered.  Spot metering is only available in M, AV, TV, and P modes.

It is not linked to the focus point.  It only meters from the center of the frame.

Lenses / Re: APS-C 60mm or 100mm macro lens?
« on: February 21, 2015, 11:01:16 AM »
Faced the same dilemma a while back.  Chose the 100L since I knew I would upgrade to FF in a few years. The IS was really helpful. Quite happy with the choice even though it cost more up front. Even happier when I went full frame and didn't need to upgrade the lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS & Others
« on: February 20, 2015, 10:07:10 AM »
The 28 and 50 are big lenses - the 50 is about the size of Sigma's Art and the 28 isn't much smaller.

6-70 zoom!

The 6-70 zoom sounded interesting until I saw the image height. It's for a P&S.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: February 18, 2015, 11:47:49 AM »
This has been one of the best reviews of the Tamron that I have seen done on a crop sensor (70D).  It looked pretty great in his hands.

Thanks. And sorry, I did not mean to hijack the thread. We can now return to the regularly scheduled discussion about the 100-400mm II.

I think a discussion of the 150-600 VC remains very germane to this topic.  A decision between these two lenses is still the biggest one for most Canon tele shooters on a budget.  The Sigma (which should be on its way to me shortly), is reportedly quite excellent optically, but is a true beast in terms of size and weight.  Not many people are reporting much interest in shooting it handheld.

Agreed, but maybe we should start a separate thread for a discussion of the Canon / Sigma / Tamron super tele zooms, especially with upcoming zooms, rather than repeat it in multiple threads for the individual zooms.  I wouldn't have picked this title to find the comparison.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:23:59 AM »
This has been one of the best reviews of the Tamron that I have seen done on a crop sensor (70D).  It looked pretty great in his hands.

Thanks. And sorry, I did not mean to hijack the thread. We can now return to the regularly scheduled discussion about the 100-400mm II.

Lenses / Re: Why does 7D II seem COMPARATIVELY soft with certain lenses?
« on: February 17, 2015, 03:39:21 PM »

^^ Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM marketed in 2008

Thanks again!  These are all very convincing.

It's not just the camera.  I'm beginning to think Paulo could get a great photo using a pinhole camera.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: February 17, 2015, 01:27:48 PM »
Hellishly expensive lens if you want it to reach 560mm.

This lens plus TC plus 7D II will set you back close to £4000.

Now a Tamron 150-600 (or the equivalent new Sigma C - due March) plus the new hi-res 760D (coming soon) will give you much much bigger images to work with......for only about £1700!

Before you buy either 150-600 make test that it works well on your crop. The Tamron is great on FF but it is not as good on crop. The 100-400mm II does give good images on the 7DII.

I've seen this mentioned several times but can't find a good reference that quantifies this.  TDP only has the Tamron on FF.  It would be interesting to see it on a 7DII.   Did I miss a post somewhere?   

I seem to get pretty good results with the Tamron on both my M and T2i, ranging from nearby targets to moon shots.  On the 6D it required AFMA +8, but the 550D AF (no AFMA) seems to handle it fine.   The differences I've noticed so far are the same as any other FF/crop comparison I've done.  Since the Tamron doesn't take my Canon extenders the extra reach on my crops is sometimes beneficial, such as shooting the moon.

I am considering the 100-400mm II for a smaller/lighter solution since I already have both extenders.  Even with AFMA my copy of the Tamron is really only sharp up to 400mm (consistent with TDP).  In many situations I'll take a shot at both 600mm and 400mm so I have a choice in post.   

EOS Bodies / Re: Magnifier MG-Eb/MG-Ef
« on: February 17, 2015, 12:58:53 PM »
[...]we'd better tell Eldar!
I was thinking the same thing!

I am trying to research if this new eyecup will fit the T3/1100d.  If so, when can I get one????
Yes, the MG-Eb model fits crop sensor bodies (MG-Ef fits full frame) and it is available for pre-order from Canon, B&H, Amazon, etc.  It looks like it will be out in April.

Actually, I think Canon has the description backwards after checking the System Maps in the manuals.  My FF 6D uses eyecup Eb while my APS 550D uses eyecup Ef (same as the T3).  1DX, 5DIII and 7DII all use eyecup Eg so I'm not sure which one is compatible with these.

EOS-M / Re: 11-22EF-M or 10-18EF-S on a EOS-M
« on: February 17, 2015, 10:03:11 AM »
You might visit TDP and do a lens comparison.  The EF-M was sharper than either EF-S lens last time I looked even when compared on a 7D II from what I remember.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D mk2 Firmware
« on: February 17, 2015, 04:37:24 AM »
The instructions are usually found in the download for firmware updates.  It should tell you everything you need to know.

EOS Bodies / Re: Magnifier MG-Eb/MG-Ef
« on: February 17, 2015, 01:03:05 AM »
Seems like a simpler and much cheaper substitute to Canon's angle finder C which has 1.25x and 2.5x  magnifications.  One of the key benefits of the angle finder is magnification for manual focusing would apply to these magnifiers and MF lenses on the 5DS.  The angle is just for convenience.  Might just be coincidental timing since they also announced an APS version.   

Lenses / Re: Making a wise choice on lens purchases.
« on: February 16, 2015, 02:51:11 PM »
I agree with others that suggest the first purchase is FF body.  I had purchased only L lenses from the start, only had the kit lens for my APS which I never used.  I went from 550d to 6d and it made a bigger difference than any lens purchase.  There was a learning curve on the 6d as lens choices changed in some circumstances. I got familiar with my existing lenses on FF before I started buying additional lenses to address gaps and new capabilities.  I'm now to the point of upgrading a few lenses.

The forum is a great place to learn and see what others can do with their equipment and why they chose a particular piece of gear.  But I think only you can really understand your needs and what will help your photography.

As an engineer I appreciate well built products.  I don't imagine Canon could buy better advertising.  I was leaning this direction before, but this helped seal the deal.

Canon General / Re: Has anyone bought from Profeel/PMI digital?
« on: February 10, 2015, 08:07:50 PM »
Just fine on a recent purchase of mine on a CPW street price deal.  i haven't had to test their service after the sale so I can't speak to that.

EOS-M / Re: Poll: Would you have bought the M3? (North America)
« on: February 09, 2015, 04:37:49 PM »
I purchased the EF-M 11-22 and EF-M 55-200 through DigitalRev last year so I'll likely pursue a similar path again.

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