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EOS-M / Re: Why do I keep my Eos M?
« on: January 10, 2015, 07:28:37 AM »
Same set up, 5DIII is my primary camera and I bought the EOS-M a couple years ago.

I use it when I want a small and light camera, when I want a "second body" (say, when shooting birds, have it for the occasional wide-angle shot), or when I do not want to stand out as "a photographer." ...

I've been impressed by the IQ.  It could be better and I honestly hope that Canon releases a very good M3.

But, I do use my 5DIII >95% of the time.

+1 Overall, I'm happy with mine.  Like most of you I use it as a 2nd camera to my DSLR to use when a DSLR rig either isn't allowed or would be too large/conspicuous to take with me.  I used to own a P&S S100 for these purposes and the EOS-M is a much better camera.

We took the kids to a theme park last fall and I took my 6D + 70-200 2.8 II on a black rapid strap as my primary camera and decided on the M with the 22/2 lens mounted for posed wider angle shots and for video.  Worked great!  I didn't have to mess with changing lenses and the M is smaller and lighter than my 24-70 2.8 lens (I didn't own the 35/2 IS lens at that time).

3. Always a camera with me- It is compact and inexpensive enough for me to always keep it in my car- this allows me to have a camera around if some unexpected photo opportunity comes up; for example, I ran into a dragon boat race in a place I had gone to attend a management course.

The M also serves the "always with me role" for me.  I keep it in the backpack I take to/from work every day, so its there if I see an interesting situation during my commute or for a few quick pictures at work.  I also take it with me on business trips in case I run into something interesting.  Most of my business trips don't include much if any free time, so its typically less than 10 shots per trip, including some out airplane windows.

I also use it as my backup camera with the M adapter.  Thus far, I've never had to use it in this role since my 6D has never failed, but its nice to know I have another camera option on vacations or outings just in case.

Overall, I'm pleased with it.  I would not be happy with it as a primary camera.  We have a toddler and there is no way the focus can keep up with him unless he is asleep.  My entire investment in the M system (body, 22/2 lens, 18-55 lens, M adapter) is under $420, so I feel its a bargain for what I use it for.

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Landscape / Re: Landscape paradise: Colorado vs. Pacific Northwest
« on: January 09, 2015, 07:27:53 AM »
Both areas are extremely beautiful!  We have traveled extensively in all 50 US states and found landscape beauty in all. 

If I had to chose one area for vacation, it would probably be the Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon) due to the diversity of climates and types of landscapes accessible within a relatively small geographic area.  We used to live in Colorado and its an incredibly beautiful place, the PNW has such a variety of awesome environments:  the Pacific ocean with rugged sea stacks and calm beaches, temperate rain forest, mountains, desert, the rolling Palouse, forests, plains and grasslands.

Strong arguments could also be made for Alaska, and any state in the Rocky Mountains or further west.

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EOS Bodies / Re: NEW CAMERA - EOS 80D?
« on: January 09, 2015, 12:43:02 AM »
My guess would be the next Rebel.  I hope its a FF rebel, but that does look like a EF-S lens in the video, so maybe another APS-C Rebel with DPAF?

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: January 09, 2015, 12:13:40 AM »
Excellent review Dustin.

I concur with your questions regarding why this lens was introduced and how it fits in Canons lineup.  With used and gray market 24-105L lenses selling for around $600 and 24-70/4 IS lenses selling for a few hundred more, this STM lens needs to sell for around $300 to be a value.  Even if it did, I don't see the market for it.  Most full frame buyers are going to invest in better glass.

Edit: OK, I just read the thread about the mystery DSLR (80D/FF Rebel).  If Canon is coming out with a budget FF Rebel or whatever, maybe this lens makes sense as a kit option. 

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EOS-M / Re: Portfolio of my favorite Eos M pics of the last year...
« on: January 07, 2015, 06:08:14 PM »
Very nice!  Thanks for sharing.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: Do you need 1/8000s shutter speed?
« on: January 07, 2015, 06:03:59 PM »
My 6D can only do 1/4000 and there are times I wish I had faster shutter speeds available. ND filters can help darken the image enough to get by with 1/4000, but the darken the viewfinder enough its often difficult to see what you are shooting in bright light with a wide aperture.

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I have a 6D and EOS-M and always take my DSLR on trips unless I know I will not have much time for photography.  I keep my M in the backpack I take to/from work every day, so its almost always with me for photography opportunities I run into from time to time.  While the M is a very capable little camera and its nice to have as a small/light option for some situations, I would not want it to be my only camera for a extended trip when I plan to be doing lots of photography.  The M's IQ is very good, but I would miss the greater control, flexibility and IQ of the 6D if I didn't bring it.  Last summer I sent my 6D in for warranty repair so the M was my only camera for about a month.  I learned the M much better during this time period, but I certainly missed the 6D and was really happy to get it back.

For traveling light, I often take my 6D and a combo of 2 lenses. 
  • 24-70/2.8 II + 135/2 or 100L: this is my most used 2-lens travel kit, very flexible and light weight
  • 35/2 IS + 70-200/2.8 II: my 2nd most used combo, heavy, but useful if I expect to do most of my shooting over 70mm

I also use other combo's like 35/2 IS + 100L and 16-35/4 IS + 100L.  Limiting myself to two lenses helps me to be more creative with the equipment I have available.  For longer trips or vacations I take more equipment.  When we spent 3 weeks in Alaska last summer, I took 5 lenses (Rokinon 14/2.8, 24-70/2.8, 100L, 70-200/2.8 II and a rented Tammy 150-600. 

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Street & City / Re: Voyeurism
« on: January 03, 2015, 08:14:56 AM »
What I like about the "voyerism" style of photos is that the photographer isn't influencing the person being photographed.  You're catching the person as they really are, they're not posing for you.  People get self conscious when you point a camera right at them, whether they know you or not.
 
This one, I wasn't sitting 5 feet away from this woman, on the steps on a river bank in Singapore.  I had the camera set up on a tripod and I used live view to set up the composition and focus (I was using a 40 yr old 180mm Nikon on my 5D3), but I made as if I was just tinkering with the camera, never getting into a position behind the camera where a normal photographer would be taking a picture.
Great shots!  I especially like the first one.  As you pointed out, if the subjects had been aware you were taking a picture, you would not have gotten these terrific, candid pictures.

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Lenses / Re: Comparison: Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 vs Canon 50mm f/1.8
« on: December 29, 2014, 10:56:02 AM »
The Yongnuo looks like a great value.  I just checked, eBay prices seem to start at $58 with free shipping.  I will not be buying one of these, but would recommend to somebody looking for a fast prime on a really tight budget.

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: get a 135mm f2, or use existing 70-200mm f2.8?
« on: December 25, 2014, 11:01:06 PM »
I have both the 135/2 and 70-200/2.8 II and use both frequently.  I think IQ is similar, but f/2 definatly comes in handy for indoor sports and to better isolate your subject for portraits.  I really love the bokeh of the 135, hard to beat.

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Post Processing / Re: DNG vs. original RAW in the long term
« on: December 22, 2014, 10:33:32 AM »
I save both the original RAW files and the DNG files Lightroom 5 creates.  Not sure i need to keep both but i do (on different hard drives)

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I just use my phone as a emergency option when I don't have anything better available.  Its handy at times since its always with me  but I'm always disapointed with the IQ.

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Lenses / Re: Buying a EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:08:02 PM »
Watch for deals on the MK II, its visibly better.

+1  The Mk2 is an incredible lens.  Well worth the money.

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Lenses / Re: Buying a EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:06:10 PM »
I never ownwd the Mk1, but I read there is a lot if copy variation.  I think a new 24-105L for about the same money would be a better deal if you are ok with an f/4 lens.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: December 17, 2014, 02:46:18 PM »

I know video is much more important these days, so STM is a nice get, but as a strictly stills shooter this trend is alarming.  The has-to-happen-eventually EF 50mm f/wehavenoidea IS that will replace the 50 f/1.4 USM had better retain USM focusing or I'll have to buy that Sigma's blasted pickle jar as my next 50.  Focusing speed is a big deal!

+1  I don't plan on ever buying an STM lens, but I certainly hope Canon doesn't expand STM application beyond entry level consumer lenses.  I'm really hoping for a EF 50mm >f/2 IS USM this year.  Surely, Canon will see the fallacy of making the next 50 a USM lens.

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