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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:04:48 PM »
I look forward to seeing what Canon brings to the table for the M3. The 70D sensor coupled with better AF and some fast primes would be most welcome. An optional EVF would also be intriguing.
My sentiment exactly.

I thought LR 5 introduced the requirement for a 64bit OS already, am I missing something here? I was running LR 4 on a work laptop on Windows XP and needed to buy a laptop with a newer OS to run LR 5 to support the raws from my 5D3.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 16, 2015, 06:10:34 AM »
Sony has already stopped making laptops....

They announced today that they are closing all their retail outlets (The Sony Store) in Canada.

This is "interesting" behavior and does not make me confident about their future. It looks a lot more like a company that is shutting down than a "market leader"

Target leaving Canada, to close all 133 stores, lay off 17,600 workers. From todays Los Angeles Times  http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-target-leaving-canada-20150115-story.html

Maybe Canada is a bad place for brick-and-mortar stores. Could it be possible that Amazon, etc are killing local business even faster in Canada than in the USA ???

It's not hard for me to envision a future with no local retail, except Big Box stores (Costco, Sam's Club) and Online Super Stores (like Amazon). A place without B&H and Adorama, because the camera companies sell direct to consumers online.

Target has been a lame duck in Canada since they arrive. They failed to properly understand the nature of our retail market here and subsequent course corrections unfortunately were too little too late.

I think bricks and mortar will become the exception rather than the norm (in many market segments) eventually. How many of us have gone to check out something at a B+M location only to pop on over to B+H or Adorama or Amazon and buy it from there? I have and I am sure most of you have too.

EOS-M / Re: Why do I keep my Eos M?
« on: January 10, 2015, 05:38:45 AM »
I bought the M specifically for the 11-22 (imported from Canada); I also picked up the 22/2, 18-55, adapter and the small flash in a package deal. It's always with me, with the 11-22 and 22/2 at least.

And when used with the touch-shutter, it complements my 6D quite well, whether doing UWA stuff, close/shallow stuff with the 22/2, or behind say the 70-300 for a bit more reach in good light.

If you have no other UWA zoom, you owe it to yourself to try the 11-22!

Pretty much same kit here. I have shifted to using the M on my travel trips due to the size of the camera and three lenses (and UltraPod mini tripod) being able to fit in one small bag.

I agree with a lot of the sentiment in this thread from a functionality POV but for me the form factor is worth it - for others, not so much.

EOS-M / Re: Why do I keep my Eos M?
« on: January 09, 2015, 10:35:07 PM »

You might want to look at the Joby Gorilla-pod series for light and small that could go nicely with a small mirrorless setup.  I've used the SLR-Zoom with the Ballhead-x to support my 5Diii and a 70-200 f/4 and that is much smaller and lighter than my Redged  tripod.  So an even smaller Gorilla-pod should work for you

Thanks.  How about this one?: 


I originally looked at the Cullmann above and after some positive comments from other M user I settled on the UltraPod as it velcros onto railings, etc...

I am not a big tripod guy but the UlraPod is very small, light weight and fairly solid for its weight of .25LBs


Software & Accessories / Re: Bag for tripod?
« on: January 07, 2015, 10:04:41 PM »
I have bags for both of my tripods, One being a Gitzo 2531EX and the other a Benro Travel Angel. The bags fit perfectly and aside from the shoulder strap for carrying - the legs are well protected when tossed in a car trunk.

You can get inexpensive VidPro bags from B+H that double as umbrella or stand bags too.

I would recommend a bag but the choice is yours.

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 iPad...now 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.

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