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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: YN 600EX-RT - my review
« on: December 12, 2014, 07:05:11 AM »
Any more experiences with these units from others? I would be interested in hearing your thoughts...

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF-M 70-400 f/4.5-7.2 STM
« on: December 09, 2014, 10:25:51 PM »
It is encouraging to see more development of the M system by Canon - I can't wait to see what the M3 will bring. The BMW version was nice so I am expecting BIG things from Canon  ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Can I copy camera pics direct to a tablet?
« on: October 21, 2014, 06:52:25 PM »
Hi North Star.

Could you kindly tell me if you copied the files from a CF card or an SD card? I've been looking for a solution to the same question & the Apple Camera Kit is only compatible with SD cards. Since I don't use a SD card, the other option - lightening to USB cable supposedly (internet tells me) can't power a card reader to copy content from CF card to iPad. And I want to avoid connecting my camera directly to the iPad ( even though thats possible with the charging turned off) if I can. Is there a way around?

Thanks for you help.


I'm pretty sure you can copy from either CF or SD... The Apple camera connection kit includes TWO connectors, one is an SD reader/connector and the other is a USB connector.   Just buy(you probably already have one) a mini USB to USB cable, plug the mini USB into the camera, and the USB into the connector attached to your you're good to go!!

Hope this helps.


Just be aware that this kit is for the old iPad connection. If you need the newer connection, you need to buy two separate cables at $29 each (or pick which one you want to use -- either direct connect to camera or plug in the SD card)

Connect to camera:

Use SD card:

I had the old kit for my iPad 1 and recently picked up the SD card reader for my Mini 2 and it is slow as molasses in transferring images. I tried a test set from my EOS-M and it took forever to load the small sample set.

Is that your experience? Is there some sort of caching I can turn off? It seems to want to display a thumbnail of all the images to allow you to select what to transfer and that rendering from the raw CR2 files seems to take forever...

Lenses / Re: Is FoCal worth ~$150?
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:04:06 AM »
I have owned FocalPro for a couple of years and it seems to work well. That said, the Dot Tune method is free and worthy of investigation - although I have not tried it. No need to put ML on your camera.

Check out the extensive thread here:

Twenty minute How-to video:

Lenses / Re: HERE COMES THE BRAND NEW EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: October 03, 2014, 06:17:22 AM »
The Shifty-Fifty  ;D

I live in Labrador, Canada. To be precise, Labrador City. The nearest major city is Montreal, Quebec. It is about 1000 miles away by road (approximately). The gentleman from Alaska is in a similar environment. It is amazing how cold a camera feels when it is -30.

I am amazed at the wildlife / scenery pictures posted here. For the few posters who said they have nothing to take pictures of,  to quote a friend, "look at it like you are a tourist"
I haven't been to Lab city since June :) Love the area!

btw, the link is to a time-lapse of the drive from Goose Bay to the ferry across to the island.... enjoy!

Don, the time lapse is awesome!

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: October 01, 2014, 05:04:48 PM »
It was this one:

Funny, I emailed the vendor through eBay to say it does not work with the RRS QR clamp and he said the following:

All of our items are fully tested before sending out,
In that case, how about we resend you a new one? Is that OK for you ? Or would you like the refund? we respect your idea.

Sound good so far, so I asked for a refund to which he responded:
""How about refunding half of money and you don't return it to us due to expensive charges?""

I then said, OK, just send a new one like you initially said or refund half the money.

I know it is $8.50 but they stated RRS compatibility - not just Arca Swiss. It is a matter of principle.

I have heard of issues between Kirk and RRS on some clamps and there is no doubt the QR clamps are less open to any tolerance issues. I have a screw clamp on a Benro travel angel I picked up a few years back and if I were to do my Gitzo/Markins/RRS clamp again I would have just gone for the screw clamp - they are very quick and less prone to these types of issues.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: September 30, 2014, 07:43:44 AM »
I like your approach NancyP.  I've been using Gregory Z30 and Z45 packs for my hiking/fishing/photography trips and recommend this approach to others.  The challenge has been how to carry the camera gear in/on the pack. 

I'm going to try a new approach on my weekend trips this fall.  I carried my M/22 last year and that makes a nice minimum carry, but I missed the wide/telephoto I got carrying my 6D/17-40/70-200f4/1.4x combo.  I picked up the EF-M 11-22 earlier this year and recently added the EF-M 55-200.  The M combo (1080g) is less than half the 6D combo (2455g).   My existing collection of bags and cases didn't fit these well (with a few extra batteries and CPLs).  While getting an aluminum tube made for a pair of new fly rods, I decided to try a rod tube for my camera gear.  They all slide nicely into a 3" paper mailing tube so I had a 15" long rod tube made, brass caps with an O-ring seal to handle the typical afternoon showers in the Rockies.  Weighs less than a pound (400g) while the gear inside weighs more than twice that.  My wife stitched up a few bags from some extra lens cleaning cloths to provide protection inside the tube and I added velcro tabs to close them.  This looks like the smallest and strongest solution possible with little wasted space.  Initial tests look promising, sits nicely in the pack or an outer pocket.
The bags your wife made you look great! I have been looking for something like them for a while if anyone knows where to purchase something similar.

I got one recently with my EZO battery charger and two LP12 batteries for the M and now I use it to carry the M with 22mm mounted - very compact and it protects the surroundings as much as the camera itself when stuffed in a backpack.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 30, 2014, 07:32:04 AM »

Is anyone aware of an L bracket that's size-appropriate for this little fellow? Henjar Photo sells an L bracket for the Fuji 690 that is a little large but would work, but it's $105 ;D
I picked up this universal L-Bracket and although it is Arca-Swiss compatible it does not work with my RRS quick release clamp. If you use a screw type Arca clamp then you should be fine. It will rotate on the camera body over time as it is not machined specifically for the M however it is less than $10.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 19, 2014, 09:33:06 AM »
I use the Flipbac 4 rubber 'peel and stick' grip along with the Canon ER-E1 wrist strap and this combo makes it very hand-holdable with one hand.

PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:24:07 PM »
Is the G7X the first G-Series without a hotshoe?

Maybe they are developing a push-pull 100-400 DO for the EOS-M - it will be a tad bigger than the 22mm/2.0 pancake ;)

PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:15:56 AM »
"Fits in a jeans pocket" is an important priority in some some situations, which is why I got the S95 then the S100.  The EOS M has better IQ (especially in low light or when a fast shutter is needed), but it's bigger and sometimes the 18-55 isn't wide enough, whereas 24mm FFeq would be (that happened today). 

You should try the ef-m 11-22 - you can get it here in Canada through Canon for $399. It is a fantastic lens - I used it %70 of the time on a recent NYC vacation trip.

My S90 is a little long in the tooth and has not seen the light of day since I got the M but this little G7 X seems interesting. The latest RX III seemed a tad short on the long end though at 70mm.

Correct me if I am wrong, don't the G series all have hot shoes whereas this one does not?

Lenses / Re: 18-55 EF-M STM lens
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:29:10 PM »

Mine is super sharp too. Can you post some images along with the EXIF data - that way we can get a better sense of what might be the issue. Shutter speed, etc...

Toronto, Ontario, Canada - The back nine
Montreal, Quebec, Canada - The front nine

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