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Lenses / Re: EF-M 11-22 f/4-5.6 IS STM Not Coming to North America?
« on: July 12, 2013, 10:39:42 AM »
I wonder if they'll change their minds after the high volume of M's in consumers' hands after the recent sale, or if this represents a broader strategic decision on the EOS M system in the US market?

FWIW, Henry's and Vistek in Canada will be carrying the 11-22mm, and they ship to the US.  Not sure what one would do if service became necessary, though...

Macro / Re: My macro rig
« on: July 12, 2013, 08:35:38 AM »
I don't think I've ever actually seen the Canon flash bracket in use before!

FWIW, I don't think it positions the light usefully - the intent of the bracket is for portrait orientation shots, to get the flash above the axis like it is on the hotshoe in landscape orientation.

For a relatively inexpensive macro setup (more so since you already have an OC cord), I've used the Manfrotto 233B Flash Bracket with Giottos MH1004 mini ball head.  With that, you can get the flash head right out over the front of the lens (or hood), pointing down. That gives you a more natural illumination (we expect lighting from above), and the proximity to the subject means softer light. The setup is quite stable.

My even more stable (and much more expensive) setup for a single Speedlite is the RRS B91-B bracket with the FA-QREX2 extension.  I use that mainly with my 600 II and a Better Beamer, for birds.

If you're considering greater than 1:1 (as you implied), that probably means the MP-E 65mm.  In that case, I'd really recommend the MT-24EX.  With the Macrolite Adapter 67C, you can mount the twin light on your 100L. Alternatively, I've found that a pair of Wimberley F-2 brackets allows much more flexibility in positioning the light where you want it. The MT-24EX is also a wireless (optical) master - you can have it on the hotshoe to light the subject, and use your speed light as an off-camera slave to light the background.

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M II
« on: July 11, 2013, 10:37:18 PM »
FYI, the EF-M 11-22mm can be ordered from Henry's or Vistek in Canada, and they will ship to the US.

EOS-M / Re: The Frenzy is Over.....
« on: July 11, 2013, 09:41:55 PM »
Now, I just gotta remember the old "1/focal length is the minimum shutter speed" thing......

Yep, and careful with your shooting mode. In Av, Canon automatically applies that rule, but with the 22mm that means it drops the shutter to 1/30-1/40 s before raising ISO - and with people as subjects, that's too slow.  There's no minimum shutter speed in Av mode setting like on some cameras. Fortunately, the M has Auto ISO in M mode, so you can set a faster shutter, pick your aperture, and Auto ISO handles the exposure.

EOS-M / Re: ebay EOS M adapters?
« on: July 11, 2013, 08:20:12 PM »
Canon EF lenses are great but I wonder if someone makes electronic adapter that uses Nikon lenses. Their 35 mm lens is wonderful.

Novoflex makes EOS M adapters for Nikon, Leica, Olympus, Pentax, even Canon FD.

EOS Bodies / Re: Got my Order cancellation fromn Adorama today
« on: July 11, 2013, 08:03:27 PM »
Oh well, hopefully the other vendor from whom I purchased the adapter will take my return.

Amazon.com has the EOS M + 22mm kit in stock for $299.

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M II
« on: July 11, 2013, 07:40:19 PM »
With the adaptor I've got coming in today I suddenly get another case full of lenses, even though they're not optimal (but much cheaper when shared).

I have to say though these EOS M lenses are beautifully built. They may have a lot of plastic on the inside but the low profile, sleek look is great to see on a canon.

Agreed. There are other little perks to the EF-M lenses - for example, the barrel of the 22mm lens automatically retracts when the M is powered off, but the barrel of the (adapted) 40mm lens doesn't, despite both being STM 'pancake' lenses.

Lenses / Re: Dxo tests canon/nikon/sony 500mm's
« on: July 11, 2013, 06:30:16 PM »
If you look at the test results they are measuring the combination of lens and body.  Hard to do otherwise.  Makes comparison between manufactures difficult and less than meaningful.

Yes, and sorry, but I think you are missing the point.  For every measurement, all generated with a body attached, the Canon lens comes out on top, in some cases by a significant margin.  Yet, the Score is a tie.  So...the score is fabricated, pulled from their nether orifices, etc.

EOS Bodies / Re: How good is 70D AF system compared to 50D?
« on: July 11, 2013, 05:40:58 PM »
Sounds familiar... Which movie?

Hint: male lead was an Australian actor, first name 'toffee candy bar', last name 'book to record monetary transactions'.


EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M II
« on: July 11, 2013, 05:12:20 PM »
I personally think that we do not need a new M body that urgent.  What we need is a more comprehensive M system – more lenses and accessories available.  The EOS M should not be only a backup camera for the EOS DSLR.  It is nice that I can put the L lenses to my M body once in a while, but I prefer to use it with more choice of smaller lenses as my daily camera.

+1 on the need for more lenses.  In that regard, Canon USA's decision not to launch the one recently announced lens (11-22mm) completely baffles me.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 11, 2013, 01:51:57 PM »
RLPhotos official prediction for 7D2.

- 61 Point AF
- 24 MP APS-C
- 10 FPS

Pack those 3 key features in, and canon stole the semi-pro sports market again.

What...no 135/1.8L IS to go with it?!?

Lenses / Re: New Tilt-Shifts in 2014, Other EF Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: July 11, 2013, 01:51:11 PM »
I suspect it will be a 35 1.4 II or 35 1.2

I really hope so - an L lens with weather sealing.  I'd likely preorder one of those...

Lenses / Re: New Tilt-Shifts in 2014, Other EF Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: July 11, 2013, 01:43:42 PM »

The replacements for the TS-E 45mm and 90mm have been rumored for a while, I assume they'll get on-the-fly changing of the relative orientation of T and S, red rings, and a hefty price increase.

One prime and one zoom?  Maybe the zoom will be a UWA (14-24/2.8)?  Perhaps a 50mm f/2 IS?

EOS-M / Re: Good tripod for EOS M ?
« on: July 11, 2013, 01:35:54 PM »
I also have the Gorillapod (SLR version) which I was also using for speedlite placement (along with FRIO http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CBTCFC/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1),

I infer that you don't have the Joby ballhead for the SLR Zoom.  I use my SLR Zoom for Speedlite placement, too.  I have the Joby BH-1 ballhead on it, and they make a little cold shoe flash clip for it (which I ran across on a clearance table at a camera store).

EOS-M / Re: The Frenzy is Over.....
« on: July 11, 2013, 12:43:41 PM »
Second, anyone try a "shorty 40" ... on the M with an adapter?

Yes - works great!

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