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EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:05:24 PM »
I predict pricing will be 699 in Canada, 599 U$D.

Tethered shooting would be nice. Tilt LCD, built in flash for a kiss of fill light, grip, standard lugs, mode/exposure comp dials, are all good in my books. I read somewhere the battery voltage of the M1 was one of the reasons for slow AF, even with USM lenses.

Anyone know what the button beside the shutter button is for?

Thanks for this tip and your video.  Very helpful when using the Westcott Apollo!

However I really like the design and the quality of light from those so my suggestion is the Original Westcott Apollo.
That one also has fiberglass rods but I hope they are more durable than the Chinese copies.

I <3 the Westcott Apollo. It's definitely my favorite flash modifier... ever! Such even, soft and beautiful light. Definitely my go-to for mobile shoots where light-weight is a priority, and the monolights need to stay at home.

Just don't forget the good ol' Offset Arm from Paul Buff to make the most of your softbox. Check the nerd-video I just made for details:

I have one of these arms - really good quality and very functional.

I suggest either Westcott Apollos or Phottix have a similar line of boxes they call Easy-up in various sizes and configs. Both of these I have had for years and they perform well. The Phottix come with a sleeve and grid, depending on the model you get.

Phottix also sell nice umbrella swivels that have a feature on the clamp that does not crush the stems of umbrellas - they are called Phottix Varos.

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

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 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!

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