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Just ordered it through the Canon direct store as it has free overnight shipping and 100$ off: The order says 2099$ instead of 2199$ but it is still processing.  Already 100$ off for a lens that is not yet on the market would be great if they honor it :-)

It appears the $100 off applies to anything over $1000 at the Canon store through Nov 30.  That doesn't quite cover the sales tax on this lens for most people versus other online retailers that don't charge the sales tax.

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
« on: November 22, 2014, 08:38:18 PM »
A couple of cat photos taken while visiting the relatives.  I'm allergic so I keep my distance.  These are at 200mm on the M, indoors at ISO 1600.  Minimal processing (lens profile in LR).

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EOS-M / Re: Tele lens for EOS M?
« on: November 22, 2014, 03:03:06 PM »
... I only mount my 8-15L, 100L and Tamron 150-600 these days (there really aren't EF-M alternatives for these).  Probably not a coincidence that the long lenses both have IS since I shoot handheld with them M.  I do mount the Tamron on a tripod/gimbal sometimes and the M goes along for the ride.

Last summer I rented a Tammy 150-600 for use on our vacation in Alaska.  I used it quite a bit with good luck on my 6D, but was unsuccessful using it with my EOS-M.  I tried it several times when I needed more reach, but could never get it to auto focus.  Both attempts with this combo were to shoot wildlife (once breaching whales and the other time a grizzly bear moving across a field) at a distance that were moving rapidly in marginal light.  Just wondering what you use the M/Tammy combo to shoot and if you have experienced AF issues.

I usually pair the Tammy with my 6D.  So far I prefer image quality over reach.  Sometimes I'll pop the M on afterwards in the same environment just to see how it does.  My library has mostly elk and distant landmarks/peaks in the national park or the moon with the M.  It's a bit cumbersome to handhold so I rest it on something or the tripod I was already using with the Tammy.  No real problem getting focus, but not much movement in my photos with the M/Tammy combo.  I use AF single magnified and BBF to dial in the focus before shooting.   I might want a different setup if I tried to catch significant movement.  In the two cases you mention I might have switched to video mode.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 20, 2014, 12:00:14 AM »
(c) wireless remote control (without resorting to the battery draining WiFi feature)

How do you do that?

RC-6 is supported on the M (wireless infrared)

That's not really 'remote control' it is just a remote release. My understanding is the M has been remote control via USB crippled too.

I didn't address the merits of it.  RC does stand for remote control and infrared is wireless so the statement is valid.  And I have used it on a few occasions since there is no other supported external method to trigger as you noted. 

I have used both USB and iPhone/wifi controls on my 6D; either would have been nice to have with the M.  The EOS M2 did pick up the wifi controls so I assume any replacement will at least keep those.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 19, 2014, 11:21:56 PM »
(c) wireless remote control (without resorting to the battery draining WiFi feature)

How do you do that?

RC-6 is supported on the M (wireless infrared)

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Software & Accessories / Re: My HP Laptop getting too hot!
« on: November 17, 2014, 07:46:23 PM »
HP offers some advice here.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Black Rapid Backpack Strap
« on: November 13, 2014, 05:59:20 PM »
Sorry for digging up an old thread... but I'm now getting around to pulling the trigger and getting a couple of the Peak Design CapturePRO's for my backpack. 

Those of you who use them, do you use a safety tether as well? Any recommendations?

I was just going to order the Peak Design wrist strap along with it and use it on the camera body with the loop going around my backpack strap as a safety feature I figured I could manipulate it enough that it would have enough slack to get up to my face right where I want it still but also because of the quick-release on the strap, I could get it off and lower down to the ground etc if desired for different shooting angles. 

Thoughts are appreciated.

I use the Capture Pro on my pack strap (18L, 30L, 45L) for an EOS M and it works well.  I found the wrist strap didn't really work for me, except as a wrist strap.  I found the leash strap to be more flexible as a neck strap / safety strap.  I usually use it like a normal neck strap, but looped through the carry handle at the top of my pack to take any load off my neck.  This helps when I need my hands for a minute and don't want to set the camera down or park it in the Capture Pro.  I park it whenever I begin moving again.  The leash strap can be lengthened or easily removed, same as the wrist strap (but you have 2 connections).  The leash can also be used with a single camera connection with a large adjustable loop (a big wrist strap), I just haven't tried that configuration yet.

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EOS-M / Re: Tele lens for EOS M?
« on: November 13, 2014, 01:33:04 PM »
We had a discussion about a legacy 100-135mm lens for EOS-M. There, a few valuable lenses were mentioned; the prices were close to $300 for those glasses. This is close to the native ef-m zoom or a good (second hand/new) EF portrait lens. What's your opinion about these? 

-Ef-m 55-200
-Ef 85 f/1.8 + Canon adapter
-Legacy 135mm f2.8/f2.5 + 3rd Party adapter

It would help to know a bit more about your intended use for the tele on the M. I've used all three configurations and found myself choosing the first (EF-M tele) more often than not for general use since it provides the best balance and feel for me.  I prefer to use the M without a tripod in most cases. 

I have experimented with a variety of EF lenses in the second mode (35L, 100L, 135L, 8-15L, 24-105L, 70-200L, Tamron 150-600), but find I only mount my 8-15L, 100L and Tamron 150-600 these days (there really aren't EF-M alternatives for these).  Probably not a coincidence that the long lenses both have IS since I shoot handheld with them M.  I do mount the Tamron on a tripod/gimbal sometimes and the M goes along for the ride.

I mounted FD lenses in the third mode (wide and tele), but that's mostly as a novelty to play with manual focus and see what I can do with my old glass. Wide seems to work reasonably well, tele can be problematic without a tripod.  I haven't found a compelling need for this, but there may be some specialized uses with the right lens such as a wide angle manual focus alternative to the Samyang 12mm f/2.  The lack of IS on a legacy tele makes framing and focusing with the screen difficult when handheld so you might need to use a tripod, even if your shutter speed is fast enough to eliminate shake during exposure.   A future M with some form of view finder might help the situation.

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7D MK II Sample Images / Re: Anything Shot with a 7D MII
« on: November 11, 2014, 06:27:47 PM »
Don,
That last one is great fun!

Agreed.  I was looking for the missing text bubble.....

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 07, 2014, 06:50:20 PM »
You might want to consider monitors with 10 bit color used by movie studios and animation houses - such as the HP Dreamcolor monitors.  Other companies make them as well.


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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Tripod
« on: November 04, 2014, 06:10:27 PM »
Make/model of the tripod to be sacrificed?  Helps for calibration and to make sure we don't recommend it again ;-)

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Software & Accessories / Re: DxO OpticsPro 10 released
« on: October 29, 2014, 10:46:34 PM »
In the US, the DxO OP 10 Elite upgrade was $69, with ViewPoint 1.2.1 for $0 or ViewPoint 2.5 for $29.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Reikan Focal updated to 1.9.9
« on: October 28, 2014, 08:49:50 PM »
In the email I received they also noted work on version 2 and said it would be available to version 1 users.

This is the first anniversary of the notes about version 2 coming.  I'd not hold back to wait, its kinda like the 100-400L.

Agreed.  With free upgrade to version 2 I don't see any reason to wait.  From the email I received:

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FoCal 2
FoCal 2 is still under development - we got a bit carried away with an internal architectural change to bring a chunk of new functionality to the FoCal system as a whole, and it's taken quite a bit longer to complete than we had hoped.  We really do hope to have a first beta out within the next month, and will rapidly add functionality over the beta testing time.  We decided some time ago that we wouldn't charge an upgrade fee for FoCal 2, so if you already hold a FoCal 1 license you'll be pleased to know you will get access to FoCal 2 free of charge when it's released.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Reikan Focal updated to 1.9.9
« on: October 28, 2014, 08:02:27 PM »
In the email I received they also noted work on version 2 and said it would be available to version 1 users.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 27, 2014, 02:34:36 PM »
I am really despising the 6d AF right now. A shoot yesterday yielded soooo many oof/missed focus shots, that im getting very very annoyed with it.  My t2i AF is waayyyy more reliable, and im not sure how long i can keep using this.

And this is with mostly non moving subjects.  Arjghg.

Sorry to hear that.  You didn't mention which lens?  You post regularly - I assume you've already done AFMA, use center point focus, etc.  so I don't have much to offer.

My pair of 6Ds easily perform better than my t2i with my f/4 zooms (8-200), and with the newer/faster lenses that I picked up after getting the 6d (35L, 100L, 135L, 24f2.8IS, 85f/1.8)

Even my daughter prefers the 6D over t2i for shoots with her friends/clients and their toddlers.   I originally gave her the t2i but she seems to have permanently borrowed my backup 6D for the narrow DOF.   The 24 and 85 are her go-to lenses.  The 6D even handles kids in motion reasonably well for her. 

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