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GfK gave a market update on camera buying in Europe ahead of Photokina essentially it stated what we already knew about compact cameras and the declines which continue. It did however say that cameras above Euro 2,000 were still selling well and that CILC / CSC cameras were bucking the trend down with the Sony A7 series, Olympus OM-D range doing well.

I have to say the Olympus OM-D E-M10 which is the cheapest camera in the range gives really good images and compared to full-frame is much easier on the shoulders & back out hiking. Its not up to the Canon 6d in IQ terms but has superior metering at half the cost. Lens wise Olympus have now made pro grade lenses with the latest being a 40-150mm f2.8 which are smaller partially because the image stabilization is in the camera not the lens.

So given all that Canon need to stick with the EOS-M particularly for Far East & European markets that have adopted these cameras way more than North America.

Well said! It only seems to be North America that has ignored the M. There is another 95% of the planet, measured by population.

Lenses / Re: Lenses that you want Canon to release next
« on: Today at 08:00:53 AM »
A version of the 70-300 IS USM lens that isn't rubbish and doesn't cost over $1000.

And I'd like some low calorie ribeye steak, too.

It is far from out of the question. A full frame 70-300 STM has been rumoured (I think I remember a patent), and would be a logical follow up to the 24-105 STM.If it has a non rotating filter and good IQ (as recent STM lenses for EF-S), it will only lack the USM, external appearance and high price of the 70-300L.

Logic says that it will come, but only if willing to sacrifice USM for the silent but slower STM. I would have settled for that instead of stretching to the wonderful L, if the existing non-L USM had not been so dissapointing in so many ways.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Features on the iphone 6+
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:32:09 AM »
i wonder if you can use the camera with a manual mode? i dont understand why they dont allow this it would make it sooo much more powerfull to be able to set shutter speed and iso manually....

I thought there were apps that could do manual settings?

I remember manual camera settings being announced at the iOS8 event in June. That will also come to the 4S and 5/5c/5s with the imminent software update. Can any beta testers out there confirm?

Lenses / Re: Is there a need for a 50mm?
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:32:59 AM »
If you feel the need for a big aperture 50, then keep it. Do you ever find yourself swapping it in place of the 24-70?  If not, then you don't need it.

I prefer to zoom with my feet, using mainly 24 and 50 primes, but I recognize that sometimes you can't, and sometimes there is not time for changing lenses.

Lenses / Re: Input on building a prime lens kit
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:19:13 AM »
I often carry with me my 50 and 24, between them they cover most of my needs whether I'm using my modern Canon kit (6D) or manual focus (OM-10) kit. That covers 80 to 90 percent of the photos I would like to stop and take.

With the OM-10 I sometimes carry the 135 too, giving the option of greater reach and thinner depth of field. With the 6D I would like to include a 100L, that's at the top of my wishlist for when I don't want to carry the big white zoom.

So in summary 24/50/100 or 24/50/135 is what suits me as a basic kit, and is not cumbersome enough to require a backpack or car.

EOS-M / Re: Recommendations for lens to supplement EF-M 22mm?
« on: September 06, 2014, 06:59:43 PM »
For lenses I'd look for STM (quiet focus) and IS (especially if you plan to hand hold with no stabilizer).  There are some EF-M and EF-S lenses that will fit the bill, but I'm not sure there's anything in your price range.

Also consider some time of external microphone and/or recorder for your sound.

I owned the 50/1.8 mk2 before upgrading to the 50/2.5. Both have buzzy bumble bee old fashioned focus motors, not a problem for stills, but not for video. That could be overcome by switching to manual focus, but I found the 50/1.8 mk2 has a gritty and slightly wobbly focus ring compared to newer designs (and also my decades old lenses). The 2.5 has a long travel focus ring, so may be worth looking at for manual focus pulling only.

I dont own an STM lens yet, but have tried them. They are much better ideas unless sticking to silent movies.

Lenses / Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:59:00 AM »
EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro.

Though I'm torn by my 15/2.8 fisheye. Both are recent purchases, but part of the original range launched with the Eos 650 in 1987. Both would benefit from modern controls but are of fine build quality.

The 50/2.5 lives on my 6D. It's an incredibly versatile lens for everything from close focus to landscape.

Was it actually from Amazon? Or fulfilled by an Amazon seller?

Lenses / Re: Canon Price Drops on L Lenses
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:32:41 AM »
Does anyone know if Canon UK have also dropped prices? It would appear so from

This may be a global priice realignment before new lenses are announced at Photokina

Street & City / Re: Willis Coroon Building
« on: August 29, 2014, 08:41:39 AM »
Excellent shot, that's a view I did not find whilst in the area, I think I was more distracted by the Lloyds building across the road, which reflects wonderfully in the front of the Willis Coroon building.

Canon General / Re: CPN Interviews the Men Behind the EOS-1 Series SLRs
« on: August 22, 2014, 02:25:52 AM »
I'm liking the AL-1. It's tempting to get one but I already have a full frame system at even lighter weight in my OM system. After owning my 6D for a while I can appreciate the benefit of a grip, but it's far less important when there is less weight to hold steady. If the 100D/SL1 had a deeper grip for heavier modern lenses, but was otherwise just as compact I would have bought one already.  I might get one anyway.

There is a place for heavy powerful tank like cameras for intensive use, but also for something easier to carry in a bag while going about other business. The closest I found to to that was the 6D, but would probably have gone for the 100D or A7 if either had existed when I was exploring the market.

I'm pleased to hear some of Canon's thinking. When they move forward, it tends to bi a big step like the 1987 Eos preceded by models such as the AL-1. I think that we are in a similar phase now.

Lenses / Re: Image quality with or without filters
« on: August 20, 2014, 03:52:19 PM »
The only time I have noticed the difference is when photographing through glass using my 50/2.5 macro to take photos obliquely through a London bus window. There's always an extra chance to pick up extra reflections and artifacts with extra glass ahead of the front element. A hood may have helped, but the lens doesn't otherwise need one because the front element is so deeply recessed. Apart from ND and orange filters for b&w film, I haven't used a filter on that lens since.

On my only weather sealed lens, I soon bought a Hoya HD protect (not UV) filter permanently in place. I can't fault the IQ with or without filter.

Australia / Re: Legal question on photography
« on: August 19, 2014, 02:43:45 PM »
The irony is that they would let most small sensor super zoom cameras through.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 18, 2014, 08:45:42 AM »
Is Canon working on another mirrorless camera to replace the M2 (even though the US doesn't officially have it)? The hybrid sensor in the M2 that had better high ISO capability and a good EVF would be enough.

If they don't then Rebel series cameras will become the bulky alternative to Fuji/Sony/Olympus/etc. The separate EVF for the G1X II shows that they have another ingredient in place for future mirrorless models. It reminds me of the messing around with autofocus before Eos was launched in 1987.

It will happen, it's just a question of when.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 No Longer in Production
« on: August 17, 2014, 09:38:43 AM »
If Canon don't have something up their sleeve, the high ISO performance of the D810 will give them something to think about.

Hopefully Canon have also accelerated to a 2 year update cycle. Meanwhile, no other lens could match my 24 IS. That and the rest of my investment keeps we with Canon.

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