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EOS-M / Re: Hands-on with the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 21, 2015, 07:09:51 AM »
Thanks for your review. Was this a pre-release version? My pre-order from Amazon.co.jp says it will not ship until March 31st.

Can you comment on the pop-up flash - did the mechanism seem well built?


EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 12, 2015, 02:37:43 PM »
Hey Jamesy. Good man I'm interested in doing the same myself. Could you tell, from the translation, when Amazon.jp expect to start shipping?

On the Google translated Amazon.co.jp page it says "Release date of this product is March 31, 2015.
Right now it is in the reservation."

Amazon stated delivery dates as follows:

Delivery Date: Wednesday, 2015/04/01 - Friday, 2015/04/03

Site Information / Re: Canon Rumors in Costa Rica
« on: February 11, 2015, 09:40:39 PM »
Craig, enjoy the vacation - my son will keep the lights on in your home town while you are gone ;)

EOS-M / Re: Poll: Would you have bought the M3? (North America)
« on: February 09, 2015, 10:09:42 PM »
An absolute YES and I'm preordering from Amazon.co.jp and Tenso.

The reasons I'm going that way instead of other current options are the size and price of 22mm and 11-22mm.   Nobody else is touching them on those two factors.

Its far from perfect, but it is the set of compromises that I like best.

@Nads - welcome to CR  - I see you over on the M threads at FM too.


I too bought M3/EVF for 58,126 yen ($500USD) from Amazon.co.jp and Tenso (to Canada). I have a M kit (22, 18-55 and 11-22 + adapter which I rarely use) and it is a really nice travel kit. The M is great is very static situations but anything remotely involving motion or the need to pop off a second shot in quick succession is a fail, therefore the M3 should be way better. Plus the tilt screen and pop-up flash, included EVF - these items sealed the deal.

Bummer I need more batteries again though... So far only the usual suspects for 60 U$D.

EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 08, 2015, 09:57:06 PM »
I have to say at $500 is a sweet point for me to order one even thru amazon jp & tenso solution.

If anyone does go this route, I'd like feedback on how smooth the process was!

I just stepped up and bought the EOS-M3 and EVF for 58,160 Yen (roughly $615 Canadian) plus the Tenso shipping service which will be roughly 50 USD.

If you go this route you need to submit information to Tenso to validate your identity. I just got the following email from them:

"This is Tenso.com
Thank you for submitting documentation as proof of your identity.

We have checked the documents you submitted and are happy to inform you that we have verified your application! You can now login to your My Page and complete payment for the international shipping and handling of any packages you may have at our warehouse.

Japanese law requires that we forward your first package to your verified address.  After this first forwarded package arrives, you will be able to change the shipping address if you wish, to your work, school, or another address."

Looks like shipping it to my office will not work (as I usually do) this time around though :(

EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 06, 2015, 06:11:24 AM »
Bummer.  I was thinking of getting one.

You can always Fleabay it. Lots of M2's where bought this way. Same with the 11-22mm lenses.
I did this with my 22 and ef/efm adapter with no issues. I bought my 11-22 local here in Canada and many from the States were buying online in Canada. It remains to be seen what the Japanese sellers will price these at on eBay - I may end up going that route for an M3.

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 Specifications
« on: February 06, 2015, 05:37:33 AM »
Count to 3 with me:

1. No EVF built in
2. AF performance (most likely) still sub-par
3. € 769 body only

Looking forward to picking one up, once firesale at 299 starts. Can't be long. :)

I would be all over that firesale! I would concern me to pickup a camera not available in my market though - I am in Canada. I bought the M, like most people,  when prices dropped and the M2 was available through eBay via Japan. I opted to go with the M and wait for the M3 hoping the north american strategy would change but sadly no.

I think the M3 is a step in the right direction but I will need to think long and hard as to whether to continue to invest in this system (currently I have M, 22, 18-55, 11-22 and EF/EF-M adapter) or cut my losses and look elsewhere for a performer.

EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 06, 2015, 05:25:04 AM »
Does anybody know, if the M3 works with Canon EF lenses? How will be the performance of the AF system?

The price is high, but so I can use my bought leneses on this mlc too
There is an adapter to convert the EF-M to EF mount available that allows you to mount EF glass on the M series cameras. I see no reason this would not work on the M3.

EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 05, 2015, 11:29:39 PM »
Bizarre indeed. No M2 in North America and the 11-22 and 55-250 were not released in the US. Very strange strategy...

EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 05, 2015, 11:14:11 PM »
Not available in North America - bummer...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R Press Release
« on: February 05, 2015, 07:36:05 PM »
To Dtheune Re:Crop mode:
No, I would not use any APS-C  lenses on FF cameras without checking on mirror clearance. Canon lens designers are "allowed" (by Canon policy) to use that extra space in the mirror box (smaller mirror on APS-C camera) to allow more rearward extension of elements. Try focusing your lens not connected to the camera, watch the back of the lens for elements sticking out at extremes of the focusing range. Third party manufacturers like Sigma are likely not to allow the lens designers to use rearward extension of elements during focusing, because Nikon has that policy for lens design so as to allow Nikon APS-C-coverage lenses to be used on FF cameras (with large mirror) when those cameras are shooting in crop mode. I imagine that the designers aim to keep necessary design changes to a minimum and try to have those changes between mounts only account for  camera brand flange-to-sensor distance differences. This third party design standardization would help greatly in reducing manufacturing costs.

As for using your Sigma 18-35 in crop mode on a Canon FF camera, I would contact Sigma directly to find if the lens design has enough clearance. They might not be willing to say outright that it is ok, but they should be willing to provide some measurements.

I am used to eyeballing old M42 lenses and guesstimating which are likely to be problems (hint: many wide angle retrofocal designs) when attached via adapter to my 6D. Old double gauss (fast normal, Zeiss calls the design "Planar") and telephoto designs are likely to be fine.
A buddy of mine shaved the mirror on his 5D classic years ago to accommodate some alt glass he was using but a modification like this is not for the faint of heart...

EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 05, 2015, 07:12:24 PM »
... and it can be tethered, this is huge for me, no USB control is a major killer for the M (MkI)

+1. Being able to tether in the studio for me would be awesome - Also being able to remotely trigger it via my YN triggers like I do for my 5D3 would be awesome. I have the half moon IT trigger for the M but it is fussy and requires line of sight in order to work.

EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 05, 2015, 05:54:27 AM »
Anyone know what the button beside the shutter button is for?

I believe it reads "M.fn" - slightly better to see on image of white M3. Meaning "multi function". As on 7d, 7d ii, 5d iii. Default use there for AF-field group selection toggle, butcfully user configurable to a lot of different funtions. :)

Thanks for that - at second glance at the white one you are correct.

I wonder if the knurling around the shutter button serves any purpose functionally. On the EOS-M this is the spot for the slider that changes modes from Auto to stills to video. On the M3 that has been moved to a dial.

EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 05, 2015, 05:50:39 AM »
I predict pricing will be 699 in Canada, 599 U$D.

Add another $200 for the EVF, that will make it a $800 camera. I am wondering how many of us will buy it??

What are your price predictions?

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