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EOS-M / Re: Canon EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Gets Official
« on: June 22, 2014, 12:31:50 PM »
Where are 135 2.8 and 85 2.0 and 50 1.4 for M? Come on Canon, we need some nice primes!

I don't see a lot of EFS primes so I'm not really surprised by the lack of EFM primes.

EFS primes don't make much sense to me (except a dedicated macro which they already made) but EFM primes would be small and that is a pretty clear advantage for the M system. Just look at the 22mm f/2, it's tiny. A 35 or 55 prime could be enticing if they were fast primes like 1.8 or even 1.4 (though I doubt it would be 1.4). I think a prime in the portrait range would be ideal to compliment the 35mm fov from the 22/2.

FWIW the FD 50/1.4 works really nicely on the M via adaptor. It's a nice focal length but the lack of AF can make it a tricky lens to use when taking pics of moving subjects. That's why I want to see a 50ish prime for M with AF.
I just tried my Canon 50/1.4 with the EF-M and turned off the continuous AF feature as it was hunting around like crazy. The few test shots I did seemed to hold promise and it is indeed a nice portrait length.

EOS-M / Re: Why I Like My 'M'
« on: June 22, 2014, 12:29:18 PM »
@Surapon - nice shots. What lens did you have on the M at the time?

Dear friend Jamesy.
on all trip= Out door shooting = EF-M 18-55 mm. IS with Cir. PL. 52 mm Hoya filter  all the times, Hoya Cir. PL filter for the high contrast in colors. Yes, On the Airplane, I use Rubber Hood 52 mm. and close to the airplane's glass window  to protect the light from inside the cabin not get the reflection in my photos.
But indoor shooting, I change the Lens to EF-M 22 mm. F/ 2.0.
Nice to talk to you.

Surapon, do the Canon pinch caps work on the Hoya CPL's? I have a seldom used 77mm B+W that has a glide on cap that is a pain to use.

Which Hoya 52mm CPL do you use? There seem to be a variety from $23.90 to $98.90 on B+H.

EOS-M / Re: I like my M
« on: June 22, 2014, 10:44:37 AM »
Indeed it does and it is way less intimidating to the subjects than a larger DSLR.

EOS-M / Re: Why I Like My 'M'
« on: June 22, 2014, 10:29:34 AM »
@Surapon - nice shots. What lens did you have on the M at the time?

EOS-M / Re: Why I Like My 'M'
« on: June 21, 2014, 07:21:40 PM »
Too funny, we have almost the identical line-up of bodies, EOS-M, 40D, 5DIII and an S90 (me), S95 (you). I am considering the 11-22 - I can get it here in Canada for $389.00 at the local bricks and mortar...

Here is one from last week with the kit zoom lens (18-55).

At 460 grams (1.01 lbs), it is 200 grams (0.44 lbs) heavier than the EF-M 55-200, but you get the 18-200mm range.

Will be interesting to see how the reviews stack up between the two.

p.s. I wonder if we'll see anything from Tamron at the other end of the range soon.

For me, the convenience of one lens outweighs (forgive the pun) other aspects such as weight but it cannot be ignored. The allure of this smaller form factor is size and weight, although the Tamron comes in at 459g whereas the EF-S Canon is 595g.

I just noticed that B+H have the new Tamron listed at $499 on pre-order whereas the similar lens for Sony E-Mount is $739. The weight is the same at 459g and so is the filter size at 62mm. Anyone know why the Sony version is so much more? Marketshare in the segment perhaps?

PowerShot Cameras / Re: S120 Successor?
« on: June 20, 2014, 08:53:20 AM »
While we're at it what do you think of the X100S?
I think the X100s is a great camera - I have shot one recently and also the X-T1 and X-E2 - all of which I considered before getting my EOS-M/18-55 kit. The EOS-M suited me from a price and compatibility and IQ standpoint and really enjoy using it even though the AF is brutal at times.

I see the S120 in a different segment than the  than most of the X-Series and the M too. The closest S120 contender would be the Sony RX100.III IMHO. I would be interested to see what Canon puts out as a successor to the S120...

Hopefully Sigma will now produce lenses for the M. I thought it was interesting with the timing of this release in that Canon released its telephoto zoom just 48 hours prior approx.

If the quality of the lens at least on par with the quality of the EF-M 18-55mm, I think many will be on board with Tamron's super zoom offering.
Agreed. I think the M form factor is the perfect market for an all-in-wonder type of walk-around vacation lens and no different at the long end at F6.3 than the newly announced 55-200 EF-M. I just got my 22/f2 yesterday and am quite impressed with the IQ and size and the M is now almost a constant companion whereas my 5D3 was/is far more of a conscious decision to bring along.

I look forward to the reviews on this lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR vs Mirrorless :: Evolution of cameras
« on: June 19, 2014, 07:20:24 AM »
I agree  Mirrorless is very competitive in terms of performance and quality but not in price.
Look at the Fuji lens line up some price is higher than Canon pricing!

I dunno EOS-M and EF-M lenses are pretty good value...

+1 and they feel way better than the typical 'kit' lenses you find in the Canon APS-C line-up.

That's going to disappoint a lot of Adobe haters.  I'm not greatly thrilled with Adobe CC, but I can live with the 9.99 price.  I was updating lightroom every year, and photoshop every two or three years, so the cost is pretty similar.  ($10.81 with tax.)
I wish they included a low end video editing in the package.  I have Adobe Premiere and all the associated editing programs, but they are way too complex for my meager needs.
Have you tried the video editing available in Photoshop? I have done a little bit and you can add the same effects you can add to stills to video files. It is obviously more basic than Premiere but it may be all you need.

EOS-M / Re: Where is the M-3 with the dual pixel sensor!!!!
« on: June 18, 2014, 11:05:17 PM »
I think with the recent 55-200 EF-M announcement the M has some legs. Hopefully they release a nice M3 for Photokina and open up the floodgates for your US market.

That has to be a first here.... someone who's not interested in image quality. :D

I've used the EF 40/2.8 on a 5D2 - I was impressed.

Compact - provided an electronic viewfinder is ok, you could also try the Fuji X-E2 which has the same sensor but is a lot more compact. I have one and the image quality is comparable with my 5D2... so maybe not quite as good as a 6D but close. If you add the XR 27/2.8, the combination will fit in a jacket pocket.

Since you enjoy shooting at 80mm lens (or maybe 80mm equivalent), one of the OM lenses would be about as compact as you might find. I have the 85/2 and 50/1.8 - neither is particularly startling as lenses go but you did say image quality was secondary.  ::)

I was having a real close look at the X-series and the X-E2 in particular - very nice setup. I ultimately ended up getting an EOS-M with 18-55 kit and 90EX flash for $349 - I could not argue with the economics of it and so far am very impressed with the results.

I like to shoot Landscape and Street photography.

I use 6D + Samyang 14mm for Landscape.
I use EOS M + 22mm or 50mm for street, , or 6D + 50mm.

Initially, I also thought about 100D, but when I compared with EOS M in term of size they're both so much different.  So I picked up the EOS M. Now I enjoy so much EOS M, people on the street mostly will not care, since I only carry this little "tourist" camera :)

Same here. A buddy at work has the Fuji X100S - beautiful rig but I was concerned about being locked at 35mm equiv so I bought a 40/2.8 and slapped it on my 5D3 and while it is a really nice lens it is WAY bigger than the M.

A larger DSLR will attract more attention whereas the M blends in with all the other point and shoots. I find myself bring the M along where I might leave the larger 5D3/40 kit behind.

OTOH, there is no doubt I have missed some shots I would have otherwise got with a DSLR as the M lags in overall performance and the obvious one is AF speed.

EOS-M / Re: Canon EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Gets Official
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:43:44 AM »
Wow, now its clear: global launch of a new Canon lens ... Japan, all of Asia, all of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, all of South America, all of North America  ... minus the US.

All of you "not more than 299 dollars for the full EOS-M kit Yanks" must really have caused some hard feelings in Tokyo. They won't give you new EF-M toys any more. No, no, no ... You've been bad and Canon will punish you. Fat mirrorslappers is all you'll be served for dinner from now on.


PS: how stupid and shortsighted a "strategy" ...

Working in a large multinational corporation myself, there is a another possibility.  Product quotas are a constant negotiation, particularly with new products.  After initial failures due to high price,  lack of features, limited lens selection, etc. in the US, Canon USA decided not to accept a quota from corporate for the M products until there is a more competitive product offering so they can be successful selling it.  This may be a more likely scenario than Canon HQ withholding it from the US market.  Other regions/countries may not have the clout with corporate to do this or find that they have a sufficient market to meet their quotas.
Any insight if it would be Canon HQ withholding from the US market or would it be the other way around with Canon US deciding not to carry a particular lineup? I have the 18-55 with a 22/F2 on the way from eBay. I live in Canada and could pick up a 11-22 for cheap at the local bricks and mortar but have been waiting to see the long term strategy for the M line. The release of the 55-200 leaves me very hopeful that the M series has some legs. After having used the M in a couple of its intended uses - I really like it and I anxiously await the M3...

EOS-M / Re: Got my new IR eos-m!
« on: June 12, 2014, 08:40:49 AM »
Just got my brand new eos-m
With lifepixel IR conversion!
Can't wait to try it out  :P

Nice! Enjoy and be sure to post some samples.

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