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EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 05, 2015, 07:00:05 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!

The increased manual control suggests some aspect of catering to dSLR users looking for a smaller system.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs. DSLR
« on: February 04, 2015, 08:49:36 PM »
I've posted two pictures.  Both are XM's so it's a little confusing, both are also amongst my favourite specimens of their product type, but one is a car and one is a camera...



Man, that is one ugly, boxy-looking camera.  I'd never want to use one of those...   ;)*


* I remembered the smiley this time.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: February 04, 2015, 08:42:19 PM »
Wow. Well so much for the OLPF debate... I tried. Everyone seems more interested in fighting over a pop up flash. Unreal. If anyone would care to raise the bar, go back a couple pages and read the post about the 5D3 with the AA removed

Well, that was all done to death when it was fresh news and the D800 vs. D800E was the hot topic.  Yes, you could certainly get moir√© with an AA-less 50 MP sensor.  You'd get it with higher frequency detail (smaller repeating patterns) than with a 22 MP sensor. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: February 04, 2015, 08:39:17 PM »
And you've never once hit upon a scenario where a backlit snap of some friends would not have turned out better with a touch of fill flash?? Never came upon, totally unexpectedly some animal at night on the way back?

I've certainly run across backlit situations needing fill flash...and I had a Speedlite with me.  An animal at night...what, a house cat?   Or maybe you think a popup flash would be useful with my 600/4?  Or maybe a nice, close deer...really driving home my point about the 'deer in the headlights' look that sends the file straight to the trash can...except I wouldn't have even bothered taking the shot with direct onboard flash in darkness, popup or Speedlite.


This is not the final pose, angle, aperture or anything, which I can't post, but the test shot for emergency pop-up fill. Without the fill all the faces were shadowed and dark and not at all balanced to the background.

As I said, failing to plan is planning to fail.  Nice that the popup flash may have saved you, but if you needed saving it was due to a lack of proper preparation. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: February 04, 2015, 07:56:55 PM »
But I also use the 5D cameras for family, vacation, and personal photography.  For those, a pop up flash is so essential that not having one was such a loss that I went out and bought a crummy, inconvenient replacement.  But it's better than the nothing that the camera came with, and also the nothing I would carry on vacation without it.

Obviously, it's a matter of personal preference.   100% of my photography is, "...family vacation and personal."  For those, a pop-up flash is so useless that I didn't use it even when my dSLR had one.  If a pop up flash is the only way to get the shot, why bother pushing the shutter button at all?  Failing to plan is planning to fail.  If making good images is a priority, bring a real flash.  If simple documentation is the goal, and the 'deer in the headlights' look is acceptable, a smartphone camera or P&S will do as well (or even better, since that would avoid the shadow cast by many lenses when a pop-up flash is used).

That's just so wrong, on so many levels.

Not carrying a 580EX means I can carry my 35/1.4L.  Since the flash is only used for fill (basically, ever), and the 35L is used for all sorts of things, the 35L wins easily.  So I have to carry either no flash or a flash I can carry along with the 35L, and that means a little tiny inconvenient flash I don't really like, or a pop up.

Lenses are generally more important to me than flashes, so I'm not giving up a lens to carry a fancy flash.  For those times I know I'm going to need a fancy flash (or two, or three), I carry another bag with my lighting kit.  But that's not a vacation thing since it's 5 times the size of my camera bag.

I prioritize bringing good light with me if I'll need it.  Even a 600EX doesn't add much to a bag, IMO...I don't omit a lens I'll need to take a flash, I bring both.  The weight/space doesn't bother me, but shots with crappy lighting do bother me.


But ultimately:

Obviously, it's a matter of personal preference.   
That's just so wrong, on so many levels.

I believe you're clearly in the wrong, on so many levels.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: February 04, 2015, 05:36:25 PM »
But I also use the 5D cameras for family, vacation, and personal photography.  For those, a pop up flash is so essential that not having one was such a loss that I went out and bought a crummy, inconvenient replacement.  But it's better than the nothing that the camera came with, and also the nothing I would carry on vacation without it.

Obviously, it's a matter of personal preference.   100% of my photography is, "...family vacation and personal."  For those, a pop-up flash is so useless that I didn't use it even when my dSLR had one.  If a pop up flash is the only way to get the shot, why bother pushing the shutter button at all?  Failing to plan is planning to fail.  If making good images is a priority, bring a real flash.  If simple documentation is the goal, and the 'deer in the headlights' look is acceptable, a smartphone camera or P&S will do as well (or even better, since that would avoid the shadow cast by many lenses when a pop-up flash is used).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: February 04, 2015, 03:12:00 PM »
My son was asleep inside his infant car seat with the cover in place over his head.

It's a very nice 'family memory' type of image, but if you're posting in response to the below, it doesn't fit.

Can anybody show me a 'good' photograph where a pop up flash actually made the image? By 'good' I mean an image that has some value other than to the photographer or their family, ie, if a P&S or phone could have taken it then we are just relegating our DSLR's to that level, not lifting our image making to a higher level.

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EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 04, 2015, 02:11:57 PM »
for all those who find the EOS M3 ever so *ugly*, there is a much more "elegant, flashy, glitzy, smooth, sleek, cool, apple-like, totally premium" alternative available ...

 ;D

*Oh so pretty*. Carved from one solid block of aluminium. The Leica apple of all mirrorless cameras. But functionally it's *pretty much* where the Canon EOS M was before it got the first Firmware update.  ;D

Egad, that's an ugly camera.  What's that dumb thing that looks like a mini searchlight sticking up from the top?  And that big red dot logo badge clashes with the orange lettering on the lens, how tacky.  The logo should be blue and start with a "Z", then it would be a good-looking camera that I'd want to be seen carrying.

 :P

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Lighting / Re: Off camera cord- how to connect it to cold shoes?
« on: February 04, 2015, 12:40:35 PM »
So you want to connect the off camera cord to a cold shoe...to what is the cold shoe attached?  Could you directly connect the off camera cord using the 1/4"-20 female threading?

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Of course they're not cheap, it's an OEM accessory.  The EM-E1 neck strap is sold 'officially' in the UK and goes for ¬£30 = $45.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5Ds 5Dsr 11-24 Prices revealed
« on: February 04, 2015, 12:22:43 PM »
Why compete against Nikon's 14-24/2.8?  Since that lens came out FF cameras have gained >1 stop in high ISO performance, and the DoF impact for a UWA lens in modest at best. 

Having the widest rectilinear FF lens from a major camera maker means Canon is competing with...no one.  The 11-24/4 is one more lens in the 'there isn't a Nikon equivalent' list.

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My point was that DigitalRev carries the OEM EOS M accessories including both neck and wrist straps (which is why I indicated Canon's model number for both). 

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I do see the Canon EM-E1 strap on eBay.  Or try DigitalRev, that's where I got an ER-E1 hand strap for my EOS M.

But first...have you tried calling Canon service to see if you can order a replacement directly?

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EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 04, 2015, 11:41:21 AM »
Why?  That thing looks hideous, and I rather doubt that someone who thought it looked good would take photos I would want to look at.

Way to judge.   ::)

I know aesthetics trump function for some.  A good example was a woman I saw this morning in very aesthetically pleasing Ferragamo boots, obviously appearance was important to her.  I noticed her boots mainly because they were up in the air after she had unfortunately slipped and fallen on her backside trying to walk on the snowy/icy sidewalk.  My black snow boots may look a bit odd with a tailored suit, but as someone who prioritizes function over form I had sufficient traction on the slippery sidewalk to help her back to her feet. 

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EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 09:04:11 PM »
I wouldn't buy a csc or dslr on aesthetics alone, but if it didn't look right to me, No matter how good it was, I wouldn't buy it.

Same here. You - or at least I - have to love a camera, or you won't take it with you, and then what's the point? And alongside other things like specs, usability and how it feels in your hand, aesthetics also come into that.

You guys should really switch to Nikon...


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