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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: Today at 01:43:28 PM »
You didn't mention what you plan to do with the images.  That can influence the decision/recommendation depending on how far I plan to travel, the weather, and importance of the images. 

I've carried DSLR, ML, P&S, and combinations on the trail depending on the situation.  I've never had a failure on the trail so I don't worry too much about a backup body.  P&S is my only backup these days.

I generally find ML with wide and tele zooms is sufficient for my needs.   I don't change lenses very often on the trail.  Some days I will shoot wide on the way to and tele on the way back.  It just depends on the situation.

I'd only pack the DSLR if I was going somewhere special and only had one chance.  Otherwise I'd probably scout the location once with my ML and only go back with the DSLR when the weather was perfect.



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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« on: September 29, 2014, 09:21:40 PM »
I'm done with test shots for this lens now.  I think this telephoto (and my other telephotos for that matter) highlight the autofocus weakness with the M more so than wide angle lenses - my keeper rate is lower at 200 than 22.

The lens seems plenty sharp compared to the Ef 70-200mm f/4L IS and a good match to the EF-M 11-22mm on the M.   I think the lenses are ahead of the body and look forward to a new M body.  That said, the current M system is good enough for a lot of situations once you learn to work within its limitations.   I never expected the M to replace my 6Ds and L glass.

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« on: September 29, 2014, 08:58:50 PM »
And finally a few handheld portraits of the grandkid.  Crop and DXO noise reduction only. 

200mm

IMG_6078_dxo
by dvmtthws, on Flickr

200mm

IMG_6072_dxo
by dvmtthws, on Flickr

55mm (turned out better than expected, moving towards me on AF Multi, picked the nearest point for a pleasing effect)

IMG_6063_dxo
by dvmtthws, on Flickr

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« on: September 29, 2014, 08:35:19 PM »
A couple of handheld photos of the same subject near MFD at both 55 and 200.  DXO noise reduction only.

M/55-200 at 55

IMG_5342_dxo
by dvmtthws

M/55-200 at 200

IMG_5344_dxo
by dvmtthws, on Flickr

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 28, 2014, 11:01:02 PM »
Here's a few more images I posted on a 55-200 lens specific thread.
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=22925.msg446725#msg446725

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« on: September 28, 2014, 10:50:48 PM »
A few more comparison shots at closer range from this weekend.  Only using the EF-M55-200mm F/4.5-6.3 IS STM  and the EF70-200mm f/4l IS USM for comparisons this time.  These are handheld at 200mm so technique and IS differences may play a role, but they are still pretty close in my opinion.

M/55-200
IMG_6080_dxo by dvmtthws

M/70-200
IMG_6083_dxo by dvmtthws


M/55-200
IMG_6110_dxo by dvmtthws

M/70-200
IMG_6108_dxo by dvmtthws, on Flickr


M/55-200
IMG_6137_dxo by dvmtthws, on Flickr

M/70-200
IMG_6135_dxo by dvmtthws, on Flickr



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You didn't say whether the prints were loose or mounted in albums, and how old they are.  A camera and macro lens may be more appropriate depending on the situation.

I've dealt with both going back over a hundred years.  It's easy to damage old photos when removing them from an album or mount that interferes with scanning so in those cases I chose to shoot in place with my 6D/100L using a tripod as my copy stand and a few lights (low angle and diffuser) to illuminate them with no reflections.  The workflow is pretty easy once you work out the lighting.  You can also try scanning the entire album pages removed from the album, I found it easier to shoot them. 

For loose prints you choose between the scanner and camera options. And don't forget to shoot/scan the back of each loose print for the comments, names, dates that are usually written there.  Handle with cotton gloves and blow off dust.

Software can make a large difference - software supplied with the scanner can be subpar.  I don't have any experience with Canon's software.  I used VueScan since I was doing both prints and negatives/slides with a high end scanner.  My Epson V750 has an infrared channel to identify dust and scratches on negatives/slides that can be repaired much easier by VueScan.  I also use VueScan for scanning prints like the first one (downsized from the original 7.1Mb for CR).  The second one was shot with my 6D/100L/tripod when visiting family.  I didn't bring a scanner so I picked up a couple of lights and some diffuser paper to shoot a few hundred old family photos.

Choose some easy and difficult prints to practice with and get your workflow down before you go through the whole process, you won't want to repeat it.  There may not be one set of settings that works for all photos so you might want to check out different types of papers/finishes.  Try all the options to see what works best, including scanner versus camera.  I got good results from both methods and I kept learning as I went through the process and started over a few times as I learned more.   

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Black Rapid Backpack Strap
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:12:31 PM »
My BR straps didn't work well with a backpack so I had already picked up the SunSniper back pack strap, http://www.sun-sniper.com/en/the-back-pack-strap-495.html.  It is pretty robust with metal caribiners,  a "shock absorber",  and metal cable to deter theft.  BR's strap is a simpler version which would probably be fine on the trail depending on pack and hiking style.  Too bad they didn't release it sooner.

I use a strap mostly for safety and convenience on the trail when I stop to shoot.  I don't like the camera bouncing around or interfering with my trekking poles so I'm now using the Peak Design Capture Pro to anchor the camera to my strap when I'm not shooting and the Peak Design leash as my safety/convenience strap.   Or I set the camer in the pack to get it out of the way when the hiking gets a bit more involved.

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« on: September 24, 2014, 01:46:01 PM »
There is one other aspect that I forgot to mention - battery life.  My current perception is less battery drain with the EF-M tele than the others, but I didn't shoot extensively with the others on the M.  This is logical but I don't have any hard data to back this up.  I do know I can hike for several hours and take a few hundred photos and some video on a single battery using the 11-22 and 55-200.  I always carry a spare or two, but seldom have to swap batteries.

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« on: September 23, 2014, 04:51:45 PM »
dcm, thanks for posting the photos.  I've been curious about this lens since it was announced and have only seen 1 test on a German site that gave it so-so marks.  From your photos, it seems like a great little lens.  The Longs Peak photos bring back some interesting memories, too.  About 20 years ago, a friend and I got a late start on our ascent and found out firsthand why they say, "Be off the summit by Noon."  We got caught in a terrifying thunderstorm just below the summit and ended up going down the southwest side of the peak, leading to a very long off-trail hike ending well after dark.

Thanks.  I did notice it is slightly softer in the corners compared to the 70-200 at a pixel level, but that was expected when comparing APS and FF lenses on an APS body. I still can't get over how small and light it is when I pick it up.

RNMP is an hour away so I visit regularly to hike and fish.  It is also a great place to photograph.  I have been to many high lakes and peaks, but haven't tried Longs Peak yet.  I know the feeling - I got chased off the mountain two weeks ago when a storm blew in early and I was above treeline. 

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« on: September 23, 2014, 03:50:37 PM »
I previously posted some close-ups taken with this lens in another thread.
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=21518.msg431784#msg431784

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« on: September 23, 2014, 03:46:25 PM »
Here's a few comparison images I took while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park this weekend.  Target is Long's Peak from Highway 7 about 4.5 miles away.  Early in the day so only a slight haze.  Used a tripod and 2 second timer to minimize technique issues.  Pixel peepers might notice some folks on the peak if you open the full size images. Raw images exported from DxO OP9 with no corrections.

M / EF-M 55-200 at 200mm

IMG_5862_dxo
by dvmtthws, on Flickr

M / EF 70-200 f/4L IS at 200mm

IMG_5870_dxo
by dvmtthws, on Flickr

6D / Tamron 150-600 at 300mm

IMG_1473_dxo
by dvmtthws, on Flickr

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« on: September 23, 2014, 03:44:48 PM »
Guess I should start the thread I suggested.  First a few pictures of the lens mounted on the M.  The lens pairs really well with the M, both size and balance. Packs small and is a nice complement to the 11-22. 


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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 21, 2014, 10:55:58 PM »

More shots would be greatly appreciated! I really want to like this lens or the Tamron as it would be very convenient to have all bases covered in such a compact kit. I hope Canon releases the third iteration body before x-mas (not likely) so third party manufacturers can have enough incentive to produce some fast primes for the little bugger.

Here's a few comparison images I took while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park this weekend.  Target is Long's Peak from Highway 7 about 4.5 miles away.  Early in the day so only a slight haze.  Used a tripod and 2 second timer to minimize technique issues.  Pixel peepers might notice some folks on the peak. Raw images exported from DxO OP9 with no corrections.

I think I'll keep it. 

M / EF-M 55-200 at 200mm

IMG_5862_dxo
by dvmtthws, on Flickr

M / EF 70-200 f/4L IS at 200mm

IMG_5870_dxo
by dvmtthws, on Flickr

6D / Tamron 150-600 at 300mm

IMG_1473_dxo
by dvmtthws, on Flickr

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 21, 2014, 10:39:13 PM »

The Dashpoint 20 is a good fit for the M+22.  I use a hard case for storage and travel with my M system now.  I use the Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 20 to carry the M, 2 lenses, batteries, etc when I'm out and about.  I also have a 3" aluminum rod tube to carry my M, 2 lenses, and accessories when I'm hiking/backpacking.

The Dashpoint 20 has arrived, and I love it!
What is a rod tube?!?

Sorry, custom aluminum tube for fly rods that I had made to carry my M safely in a backpack when I was getting one made for a new Tenkara fly rod.  Here's the post
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=21824.msg427946#msg427946

Here's the local shop that made mine - http://www.landmarkflyrodtubes.com/

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