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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Announcement in the Summer? [CR2]
« on: May 16, 2013, 06:24:24 PM »
How about that much anticipated firmware update to the current EOS-M?

EXACTLY!  I mean honestly, Canon's handling of complaints about the M's AF has been disappointing.  I'll admit, I was an early adopter.  Yeah, the AF speed is not very good.  But I don't ask it to do what an SLR will do.  As long as I'm not in low light, it is usable, work fine for general photography, and let's face it, for its size, the M has really great IQ.  But that doesn't mean I don't want a firmware update to at least try to address the AF speed.  And it sure feels like M owners have been abandoned with the expectation that if we want even a modest improvement in the camera's performance, we are going to be buying the "M2".  No thanks... I like it for what it is and I'll keep it until it is basically worthless on resale (probably won't take long), but I'm feeling pretty much like an afterthought for Canon - no AF improvement, no fast prime lenses, more mediocre slow zooms I have no interest in.

I have both lenses.

I would lean towards the 70-300mm.  It is a pretty amazing lens.  The IS is truly astounding and the sharpness is pretty amazing, especially at 300mm and wide-open.  I haven't really noticed a sharpness difference between either one.  They seem about the same.

If you don't think you would use a 1.4x and would be more inclined to want a compact "all around" lens to go everywhere, the 70-300 is the way to go, IMO.  The 300mm gives you the option of 420 with the 1.4x, but my copy seems to have a lot of distortion with a 1.4x, so I don't even use it all that much with the 1.4x.  The IS is not the latest generation, and while it is not bad, it is pretty clearly out-classed by the 70-300.

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M With Viewfinder Coming Late 2013? [CR]
« on: December 04, 2012, 12:59:21 PM »

What are they waiting for? I DO NOT wish to mount my EF 24-70 or 70-200 on that tiny thing - what's is the point buying mirrorless ???

The point of small/light weight mirrorless cameras is that they are small and leight weight. Always use the right tool for the job. The EOS-M is not the right tool for big/bulky/heavy zoomz, but it could be the right tool for small/non-bulky/light weight primes.

I've been using my M with the 22mm lens and a 60mm EF-S macro with the adapter until Canon releases another prime in that range.  The 60mm is about the limit of what I'd want to put on the M in terms of size and weight (basically about 12 ounces and 3" long without the EF adapter).  I've messed around with the M using a 24-105 and a 70-200mm, even a 300mm/4, but if you want to shoot lenses that size with it, you need a VF... something to put up to your face so you can balance a lens of that size.  And if that's the case, IMO you are better off with a Rebel.

I hope Canon will release a decent compliment of EF-M lenses with useful focal lengths.  Don't need a 300 or 400 mm, but a few primes (maybe, a 15mm, 30mm, and 60mm to go with the 22mm) and a couple of zooms (a 15-60mm/4 IS, a 45-200mm/4~5.6 IS) would be nice and what I think they'd need to offer in order to compete with the 4/3 lens selection.

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M With Viewfinder Coming Late 2013? [CR]
« on: December 04, 2012, 10:59:54 AM »
I'd rather have a shoe-mount VF so I can take it on/off when I want to and maintain the compactness.  Since all I mostly use is the 22mm lens, it'd be nice if a third party came up with a shoe-mount optical VF set for 22mm.  I'd buy that.

Otherwise, Canon needs to fix the AF.  I've had the M for several weeks and the AF is not great with the assist lamp.  Recently turned off the assist lamp and it is even worse.  I don't know why Canon ever thought the AF was ready for "prime time". 

If they want to know where to focus for the next M, it is AF, not VF.

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