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EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: April 17, 2014, 08:52:49 PM »
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I'm still trying to figure out the best option for me for securing it. I bought a wrist strap (Canon camcorder strap) but it's too long and I had to cut it down for the attachment lug so I'm either using the kit neck strap or a recycled p&s wrist strap for now.

There's always the ER-E1 strap...
thanks Neuro,

I did see your post and the strap looks nice but for $50 I'd rather spend the money and get the tiny Leica Time strap. Now if we could only convince Luigi to make a half case for the M like he has for the G10 ...


My ER-E1 was under $30. (¥2900) bought on amazon.jp - is it really $50 in the US? Seems a bit steep. Usually stuff over there is cheaper.

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Please, PLEASE tell me this is NOT one of the 3 DSLR bodies to be released this year.  :-\

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This is news?  The 100D in white was released in Japan late last year (with a matching white 40/2.8, IIRC).

Ah! But this time it comes with a white 18-55mm kit lens! And this one is a UK only edition. Lucky brits!

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EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:37:50 AM »
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I'm still trying to figure out the best option for me for securing it. I bought a wrist strap (Canon camcorder strap) but it's too long and I had to cut it down for the attachment lug so I'm either using the kit neck strap or a recycled p&s wrist strap for now.


There's always the ER-E1 strap...




It's what I've been using too, saw it first on this thread by you. Thanks for that! The strap is a nice size yet unobtrusive. I don't really use it so much as a wrist strap per se but more like a handle to grab while I walk about. It creates more hand grip area overall (if that makes sense) while maintaining the EOS M's small size.

It also makes it easy to pull the camera out of your coat pocket. (Though that could be a negative if you are in a dodgy area!).

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:59:41 AM »
Your arguments are almost childlike.

Almost? Just almost? I was aiming for completely.  :'(

But seriously, would you take a 1DX to Antarctica for that once-in-a-lifetime, all-important assignment, knowing the camera is not rated for that environment?

Yes.

Edit - I'd take a 7D too if I had to. I find Canon bodies to be very reliable and robust. My mate trekked the Himalayas with a rebel T2i with no issues (the kit lens might have taken a few knocks though!).

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:21:02 AM »
When shooting in eagles sub-freezing temps with my 1D X, the LCD stopped working...but the OVF didn't, and I kept on shooting.

The Olympus E-M1 is rated for -10°C (minus ten degrees Celsius); the FUJIFILM X-T1 as well. But the Lord of DSLR's (i.e. the Canon EOS 1D X) is only rated to 0°C .... bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha  ;)

Umm do you have a 1DX and did it let you down when you were using it in below freezing conditions and now do you use an E-M1??? No.

Then why do you care? Your arguments are almost childlike.

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:07:10 AM »
6) add a jack for a remote cable release. not putting one on the M was stupid (or increase the timer to allow settings far beyond 30 seconds in liu of a bulb mode).

FWIW, the little Canon IR remotes (RC-1/5/6) work with the EOS-M, and can be used to trigger bulb mode exposures (first press starts exposure, second press ends it).

haha awesome, you're a legend :) I have an RC5 but didnt know it had that function so that helps me out alot !

Another handy way to trigger it if you are in a pinch is to use the touch shutter with 2s timer. Works even in manual focus mode. The softer touch of a finger on the LCD is better than pressing the shutter button. I haven't tried this in bulb mode though.

Also ML lets you do all kinds of bulb mode action. Totally worth installing it on the M.

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No ones posted on this for a while so I thought I'd share a couple of recent shots using this lens. I'm noticing some increased softness on the bottom left of my frame compared with the other corners but it's still acceptable considering what I paid for this thing! I love the detail and look of this lens, can't quite describe it but files are very nice to work with in post.

Both shots were done with a tripod and remote release to see what this puppy could really do. (these are very low res btw, if you want to see it larger go to flickr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/zanjum/  )

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 14, 2014, 09:40:18 AM »
After shooting with my EOS M for the past 9 months or so I'm starting to see the appeal of mirrorless and yeah I would like to see more M releases. I guess a FF M is too much to hope for!

My M comes with me almost everywhere, and due to that simple reason it gets more use than my 5D2 these days. But it doesn't replace the need for a DSLR completely - heck not even close. Something like an A7 / A7R might though and I would be very interested in a mirrorless EF mount camera from Canon. Even if it was APS-C but good APS-C, know what I mean? Would be just the ticket for traveling.

However, I can see Canon would want to keep the EOS M at a level below or close to the rebels. The direction they're aiming for is apparent in the M2 - even smaller and more compact but an incremental change. Hard to believe they'll release something groundbreaking, suddenly.

I so hope I'm wrong!

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:07:55 PM »
I think you're being too cynical. Time will tell, but most consumers (not CR forum members) chose what works best for them.
I am hoping I get the Amazon lightning deal for this one (or be blessed with whatever luck JD is blessed...). Although I have to say, CanonPriceWatch is the best thing to have happened (or the worst, depending on your PoV).

I personally prefer how people just gravitate towards the Canon name brand.  It keeps my gear at a higher resale value... But the conclusion I've come to... is that Canon may cost more, but more often than not, it is well worth it.  There are some Canon lenses I don't like, but they tend to be all entry level and old... like the 28-135, or the 17-85... and that's not really fair. 

As for Amazon lightening... I don't think I can hold out that long.  I have that buy it now itch... and it feels like chiken pox... Must... wait... must be patient.

LOL... ;D

I know the feeling....I'm itching for Canon 600mm f4 IS II. I already have this lens in my BH account, including accessories etc...All I have to do is push the purchase  button.

Half a bottle of Tequila and that button will be pushed in no time at all!  ;D

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Lenses / Re: a 50mm dilemma.
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:18:16 AM »
Hmmm depends on your shooting style. I'd say get the 50L if shooting portraits as the bokeh and color rendering will be ideal for that. Sharpness is actually an annoyance in a way when doing portraits of women and you'll likely be doing a lot of skin softening in post. Plus the ability to do f/1.2 is a bonus for lower light levels. If I could get the 50L for under a grand I would jump on it.

How good a deal are you getting on this 50L btw? Sound like a really good deal if it's about the same as what we expect for the Sigma.

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art seems a bit bulky to me for a fifty. I'm sure it'll rock optically but I just want a small and compact 50 that I can take with me all the time.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Lens survey - your favorites, and your most wanted?
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:46:31 PM »
Dear Friends.
Yes, I fell in love again and again, with EOS-M With 2 EF-M Lenses and  EF -Lens Adaptor-----Only Thing that I Need are the Tube for Macro photo, for EF-M Lens.
"Vello Econo Auto Focus Extension Tube Set for Canon EF-M Mount "---But Back-Order = $ 49.99 US Dollars           

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/974083-REG/vello_ext_cme_auto_focus_extension_tube.html

Surapon


nice find! mr surapon should be pretty good with the 22mm i would think. I'm gonna see if i can find some myself now i know they exist.

I've been searching for an EF to EF-M tilt shift adapter but have had no luck yet maybe you could hunt one down ;) :P


Thanks Surapon, there are a few macro extension tubes for the EOS M on ebay too. I couldn't find the vello ones so I just went with a set of Fotga ones. Can't wait to try them out with the 22mm f/2!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:50:05 PM »
Question - if I give in to CC and pay the monthly subscription and later down the line I say "nah, I wanna go back to LR4" could I do that? Not sure how it works.

Here is the problem with going on to CC and then quitting (and reverting back to LR5, LR4, Photoshop CS6, etc.):

Any file that you worked on and saved from CC will contain adjustments, filters, layers (for PS) that do not exist in the older version of the application. When you try to open the file in the older software, one of two things could happen:

1) File will load but the unknown adjustments will be thrown away.
2) File will not load because it is from an "unknown or incompatible version".

Someone who is on CC and also has a copy of LR4 or 5 could test this out by applying an adjustment that is exclusive to CC, and then see what happens when opened in the older one.

One serious problem with CC is that, when you quit the subscription, you do not get to keep the latest version. With the old upgrade scheme, whenever you decided to quit upgrading, you always kept the last one you paid for, and your files remained usable. This is why I have opted not to subscribe, and continue to use LR6 and PS CS6 (which do everything I need).

I see. So once you start paying the subscription you're basically tied to it for life. The only issue I have with that model is if they jack up the price somewhere down the line. Think I'll stick with what I have.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:41:39 PM »
I've had a play with it very briefly.  I just happened to subscribe to CC last week when the 9.99 was available for people who don't own previous PS versions.  You can add from the iPads camera roll which means you can also use a camera connection kit and add to the camera roll and then into the LR Mobile app.  You have to go to the collections screen and then there is a settings button on the lower right of each collection thumbnail and you get the option there to add from the camera roll.

Adjustments are fast and you can do all the adjustments in the main basic area of LR but not the Detail or any of the others.  You can crop and you can do very quick flag and rejects by just swiping up or down respectively.  It immediately syncs back your changes to LR on your home computer if you are connected to internet.  You can tell it to use 3G or not if you have 3G iPad.
 
In LR on your computer you can only sync from your collections pane and only base level collections can be selected (you can't select an entire collection set in one click) also you can't select individual pictures to sync (at least so far I can't find a way) so it may make more sense to make a dedicated collection for syncing and then reorder back at home??  Sync is fairly slow, I did 180 photos and it took at least 15-20 mins to get them all up to the iPad.

First impressions:  somewhat useful for me...maybe....I will need to see if I can move files directly from memory card onto iPad and into LR but I can't see that working very well if you haven't already loaded the raws on your main computer/drives.  It would end up being just a jpeg that would get synced and wouldn't have any relation to the raw file that you may import later at home??

Thanks this is useful info. For travel this could work as a "shoot - edit - share" solution on the go. I suppose tethering is out of the question? That would seem like an Apple limitation. I hate the lack of connectivity on the iPad. It's like the perfect screen for tethered shooting but I can't use it!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:52:42 AM »
I see. It's like that is it? Good news for Creative Cloud subscribers but all the other poor fools are screwed.

Question - if I give in to CC and pay the monthly subscription and later down the line I say "nah, I wanna go back to LR4" could I do that? Not sure how it works.

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