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EOS Bodies / Re: Do Sensors Make the Camera?
« on: August 27, 2014, 09:16:53 PM »
Just chiming in...have not read the entire thread.

There is no question that the sensor can make-or-break the camera. Put a 5DIII-quality sensor (quality, not size) in an EOS M3...AND tweak the focus abilities of the beast...and I am all in. Anyone who says the sensor doesn't make the camera...well I guess it is semantics. To me the sensor is an integral part of the camera. So yes, it makes the camera.

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PowerShot / Re: New Large Sensor PowerShot Rumor [CR2]
« on: August 23, 2014, 06:43:35 PM »
I think (but I am not sure...going from memory here) that the S95 is CCD and the S100 on up are CMOS.

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PowerShot / Re: New Large Sensor PowerShot Rumor [CR2]
« on: August 23, 2014, 02:12:10 PM »
The S120 is too big.  Size and shape wise, my Elph 500HS is just perfect.  The rounded and beveled corners really make a difference as far as comfort in your pocket goes.  Now, if I could get an S120, even with a 1/1.7" sensor in that size and shape, that would be something I'd buy.

I agree but I don't agree. For some occasions, I have found the S95 to be the most useful pocket camera I have ever owned. It was marvelous in Paris...simply marvelous. We also own an ELPH 300HS, which, as you describe with the 500HS, has rounded edges. The 300 is even more pocketable than the S95 (as I recall it is also smaller than the 500), but there is no question that the S95's images are generally (but sometimes only slightly) superior. It is amazing how well the 300 fits in a pants pocket; in my mind it is more pocketable than an iPhone 5s in a case.

I now own an 'M' as well, and with the 22mm pancake attached it is (if you're motivated) pocketable as well...and even with its flaws there is no question that the M produces images superior to the S95.

So I would love to get my hands on the '1-inch sensor' S; if Canon produces it in the general image of the S-series (and somehow it acts more like a DSLR than a point-and-shoot, in terms of its responsiveness), I will probably buy it.

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PowerShot / Re: New Large Sensor PowerShot Rumor [CR2]
« on: August 23, 2014, 07:28:38 AM »
I will take a hard look at such a device...especially if its size is similar to the S90 95 100 110 120 (have I missed any?) series.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 19, 2014, 02:43:15 PM »
Mirrorless has one huge advantage, the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) EVF. No need to chimp, because you've seen the results before you pushed the button :) Even with something as old as my Sony NEX 5n, it's trivial to get the shot in difficult lighting :) I often have the 5n set-up to shoot B&W jpegs. I use a #21 Orange filter, just like I'd do when shooting film. I set the exposure by eye using the screen, try that with an optical DSLR viewfinder :)  :)

I agree with this post--wholeheartedly.

My very best concert shots were shot with a Canon S95 (admittedly from the front row); my wife's favorite artist (would you believe Todd Rundgren?!)...never looked so good. Making things right via the screen...in real time...nice arrangement for sure.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 19, 2014, 02:25:37 PM »
I honestly think mirrorless is a fad, or at least not a wise investment for Canon.

People really who want the smallest size won't want/care about interchangeable lenses, and people wanting the top quality won't want all the limitations of a mirrorless system.  Thus mirrorless stuck in some jack of all trades but master of none middle ground, perhaps useful for some niche of enthusiasts but not something that would sell to most individuals, be it for hobby or profession.  You could argue that the Sony A7 is the pinnacle of what everyone has been asking for in mirrorless, and it is very clear in the USA at least its sales are terrible compared to Canon and Nikon's offerings.


I used to feel that way -- that it was all about size -- but I really have come around that mirrorless will be our inevitable future and obsolete all but the highest end of DSLRs someday.  That might be 10+ years from now due to the time needed to develop things as robust and responsive as a modern DSLR, but I think it will happen.  Here's why:

  • They are smaller and lighter.  That's a good thing for most shooters, but not all of them.
  • No mirror = no mirror slap.
  • EVF have all sorts of powerful options to provide large, bright and magnified viewfinder options.
  • Mirrorless makes the divide bewtween still and video a blurry and cooperative one.  As every photographer will inevitably become a photographer/videographer before too long (I kid), mirrorless is better positioned to support that.  Mirrorless can do all sorts of nutty things like capture video all around the time of taking a still, pull the best still from a video in post, etc.  Right now, these features (yeah, like on your iPhone) are parlor tricks for photography neophytes, but in time, enthusiasts and pros will find spectacular ways to leverage this functionality to do things DSLRs cannot.
  • Once the AF, EVF and shutter tech evolves sufficiently, Mirrorless is presumably far cheaper for manufacturers to make.

And all of this is coming from a guy who loves DSLRs and clings to his optical viewfinder at night.  Rest assured that if mirrorless obsoletes anything, it will be to our benefit and not our disadvantage -- or we won't buy them.  A high bar of happiness, control and flexibility has been set with DSLRs.  Now mirrorless has to clear that bar.  Their work is cut out for them, but I am geeked to see what we can do with our cameras when they finally pull it off.

- A

I can add the following to your well-written post: both of my children own 'M's' (stepping up from Canon ELPHs)...and they love them. For years I tried to get them interested in my Rebel or my 40D--no luck. But they love the M+22mm combination; and one, at times, uses the 90 flash in useful ways.

As I've posted on these pages previously, my own 'M' generally has the 11-22mm lens on it. (EDIT: I do not use the supplied Canon strap; I cannibalized the connector and attached it to a Wii-type controller wrist strap...the whole thing fits in the pocket of most of my shorts. The strap also is long enough to fit around my neck.)

The M+11-22mm combination sits quite nicely on a light-and-flimsy (collapses to 12" long) four foot high tripod, a device that I would never trust any regular (I.e. heavier) DSLR to sit on. With the Canon remote, we get family vacation pix that work well in several ways...and all of the necessary gear (including the 270 flash) fits in a very modestly sized shoulder bag.

A post on this thread, I think, sort of got it right: the current M is a good daylight camera (if you accept the slow autofocus). I don't have nearly the expertise that some on this board do, but I have a bit of experience with the 5D MkIII + 35mm2.0 IS lens combo--talk about a light-gathering system!

Mirrorless isn't there yet, but I do wonder what it would take for Canon to put IS on the 22mm 2.0 M lens...and then the inevitable sensor improvement that will come with a future M (M4?!)...and if the auto-focus technology improves as well...

If Canon doesn't see this sort of thing in their future, then, in my view, their competitors will.

The future, for most photography (I think)...is sans mirror, folks. (And I LOVE my 5DMkIII!.)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 18, 2014, 08:04:45 PM »
...every post on this page is very very good and demonstrates why this site is worth reading.

The 'M', even without a viewfinder, is a decent device...(we own three of them)...and is fun to use--with a better low-light sensor and improved auto-focus abilities, Canon's next mirrorless will be a winner, I think.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 28, 2014, 10:06:01 PM »
...mo' of the same.

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EOS-M / Re: Difficulty attaching lenses to my new EOS-M
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:47:05 PM »
The 22mm, on my M, seems particularly tight...

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I haven't read, carefully, this entire thread...but here is what I will say.

The EOS M/11-22mm combo sounds perfect for this sort of thing.

We are preparing to travel to FL/Disney/beaches and the light weight/small size of the M/11-22 means that it fits in my cargo shorts pocket...and is light enough to be placed safely on a tiny tripod that I would NEVER trust to hold a DSLR.

I've written this before on this board--the 11-22mm is the 'killer app' for the EOS M.


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Just yesterday had the same problem. Instead of tweezers I used a tiny screwdriver to lift the flexible rubber from the plastic beneath it. And instead of glue, I then applied a bit of rubbing alcohol to the general (small) area between the rubber and plastic and turned the plastic 360 degrees to enable the rubbing alcohol to 'clean' the entire plastic wheel/rubber area. Somehow I think the rubber now is better able to 'grip' the plastic beneath it.

12 hours later, my main dial (top dial) is still working properly. I will report back.

30 hours later, the 'rubbing alcohol fix' for the Main Dial slippage is still working.

I did read elsewhere that the 40D is also subject to a problem with a balky shutter button...and that it can be fixed by literally pouring a bit of rubbing alcohol from underneath...through the (presumably empty!?) battery compartment. Ring a bell with anyone?

As a poster above noted, the 40D is not a young pup any more...but it remains one of our favorites at home.

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Just yesterday had the same problem. Instead of tweezers I used a tiny screwdriver to lift the flexible rubber from the plastic beneath it. And instead of glue, I then applied a bit of rubbing alcohol to the general (small) area between the rubber and plastic and turned the plastic 360 degrees to enable the rubbing alcohol to 'clean' the entire plastic wheel/rubber area. Somehow I think the rubber now is better able to 'grip' the plastic beneath it.

12 hours later, my main dial (top dial) is still working properly. I will report back.

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Reviews / Re: Please help me love ef 35mm f2 IS vs 40mm pancake
« on: July 21, 2014, 12:30:41 AM »
I am in exactly the same boat...well, sort of. Traveling to FL/Disney/beach in a couple of weeks, and would just love to provide family with pix from inside some of the Disney rides/exhibits/etc. I do not yet own the 35mm 2.0IS and am considering it (instead of the 40mm pancake, which works quite well on the 5DMkIII but I haven't really tested it indoors at Disney when mated to the 5DMkIII). Just how much better would the 35mm 2.0 IS be for this sort of thing? Not live-action sports, but kids are involved, and some movement on rides etc.

I've had some luck with the EOS M/22mm 2.0 as well as the 11-22 something-or-other for outdoor walkaround at Disney and the beaches...and in past years I've used a 40D/17-55 2.8IS for indoor (and outdoor) shots. Recall that the 40D only goes to ISO 3200. Now that I have full-frame capabilities, I'm looking to better my chances.

I get the sense that, for a non-L lens, that the 35mm 2.0IS is a nice one for this sort of thing...

Help/advice is welcome.

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Lenses / Re: Tamron lenses --> annoying zoom ring
« on: July 18, 2014, 09:00:00 PM »
...restating what I posted in a different thread: I own the now-outdated Tamron 200-500. Its focus ring is right next to the body of the camera. When using a tripod (or even a monopod), I rather enjoyed the close proximity of the focus ring. I think my pictures did, too.

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EOS-M / Re: How Much Would You Pay...
« on: July 15, 2014, 11:03:09 AM »
I should add the following--I purchased M's for both of my children--they both LOVE using them, and never seemed that interested in a standard Rebel DSLR...

...so, in my book, if Canon wants to grow the business...mirrorless may be where it is at.

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