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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

EOS-M / Re: Anything new on EOS-M3? How it may compare to A6000?
« on: September 08, 2014, 12:05:33 PM »
True or fake... that is the question.....

Looks fake to me but would be an awesome update to the M/M2 we have today ;)

EOS-M / Re: Anything new on EOS-M3? How it may compare to A6000?
« on: September 06, 2014, 07:42:21 PM »

Thanks for the stats - I would be curious about more recent stats as these ones are roughly 18 months old - Fuji doesn't even show up on the chart but I am sure they are in the top 20 now.

EOS-M / Re: Anything new on EOS-M3? How it may compare to A6000?
« on: September 06, 2014, 03:54:35 PM »

I bought an M kit with the 18-55 and 90EX back in June from Amazon for 350. I soon after bought a 22mm and the ef-ef-m adapter off of eBay for 170 u$d.

When I saw the Canon 55-250 ef-m announcement in the summer it gave me hope that the mount has some legs behind it and is not entirely abandoned by Canon. As a result of that I bout tHe excellent 11-22 in Canada where I live and it was on my camera 70% of the time this past week in NYC and the other 30% was the 18-55. Most of my shots were typical tourist type stuff but the 11-22 was rock solid.

I have the M and 18-55 EF M.   Recently I considered buying a Tamron 18-200 for it. Then I said I'd wait until an "M3" came out..with a EVF, maybe a flash, maybe a flip screen, etc etc.  Why buy lenses for a dead system?

EVF, built in flash would be awesome, followed by a flip screen and tethering capabilities for studio shooting.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 25, 2014, 07:20:53 PM »
^^ Wow - nice and compact! I have the 11-22 for the M but I am sure the 8mm fisheye can capture the back of your head with the FOV ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 21, 2014, 03:05:45 PM »
It looks like this has been one upped - this looks like a convenient 'rig' to carry around :o:

Source: Sony a7S used to shoot Chevrolet commercial
It has a convenient handy to carry it - nice! It looks very pocket-able indeed....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 18, 2014, 10:03:17 PM »
I've had my M for over a year. I originally bought it as a novelty / occasional use camera and partly to see what the mirrorless fuss was all about. I recently took it to Seoul as well as my 5D2. To my surprise I ended up using the M a lot more than the DSLR simply because hauling a backpack all day long got quite painful. Maybe I'm out of shape but it's a vacation damn it and I don't need or want a workout. The M was a blessing and together with the 11-22mm lens it pretty much covered what I wanted to shoot.

Point is I love DSLRs but I'm starting to think a small compact mirrorless makes a heck of a lot more sense for holidays and general use. Which is what a lot of people will want a camera for. I love the M as it is, even with its flaws I can work around and its still an enjoyable experience. All Canon need to do IMO really is improve upon it slightly and support the system to make it even better. Seriously, that 11-22mm lens is amazing! I highly recommend any wide angle fans to give a go! To have an image stabilized ultra wide zoom on a APS-C sensor / camera the size of your fist is incredible! Why is this not more popular??
Exactly why I picked up an M - to augment my 5D3 setup for vacations and general use. I now find myself using it far more than my FF because of the portability aspect. I just picked up the 11-22 - too early to praise or pan it - I have not even uploaded the test images as of yet.

I am looking forward to a surprise M3 from Canon for Photokina :)

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