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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: October 22, 2013, 01:54:15 AM »
Kind of an FYI / update.  Took my M to see the grandchild this weekend.  The IQ was what I expected and I used, at various times, the 22, the 40+adapter and the zoom.  Did pretty well with existing light.  The "lag" between shots did make photos of an active young child challenging but, in balance, the lightened load of not bringing my big kit was still worth the tradeoff.  Maybe next trip I'll bring the big guns......

That bit of "lag" is the primary reason why the M is really only appropriate for situations where you are, essentially, doing one shot type work.  It does work fine with bracketing exposures, but when you are shooting and looking for any kind of feedback between shots it is limited.

I've tried the Image Review "Hold" workaround suggested by another poster, but I didn't particularly like it myself and didn't feel that it solved the problem suggested here.  I've tried turning image review off, but that doesn't eliminate the black screen lag between shots when the shutter fires.

My experience with the EOS-M and our active toddler has generally not been positive.  I have some great shots with it when I can catch him sitting relatively still at play or on somebody's lap.  But, trying to get an in-focus shot when he is playing actively is a real challenge.  Lag between shots can be frustrating as well, as great expressions or interaction with other kids always seem to occur while I'm waiting or the camera to process the previous shot and be ready to fire again.

My 6D in AI Servo mode with the 24-70mm 2.8 or 50 1.4 are my tools of choice for active kid shots.  While the 6D isn't noted for its AF prowess, I've found it does a really good job with kids.

I still love my M for other purposes.  Its a terrific portable camera with high IQ to take with you for general purpose photography  - pretty much for anything not moving quickly or randomly.

Canon General / Re: Benefits of a mirrorless FF?
« on: October 21, 2013, 01:03:37 PM »
While I'm a big fan of smaller and lighter camera systems, I'm not sure mirrorless FF will have much if any advantage over a DSLR.  The camera body will be somewhat lighter, but the lenses for the system will be as large or nearly as large as those for DSLR's.  So, the overall weight savings will be small percentage-wise, especially when using longer telephoto lenses.

Others mentioned not having to deal with mirror slap, but that is very minor issue and can be easily handled via mirror lock-up for shots where it causes problems.  Also, the mirror helps protect the sensor from dust. 

I strongly prefer OVF's over the latest EVF's (I've tried the latest Sony and Leica ones).  At some point EVF's may evolve to where they are as good or better than OVF's, but they are not that close yet.

I also recommend buying a new T4i.  As others mentioned, a used camera may have issues you are not aware of and no warranty to fall back on. 

Lenses / Re: 24-70mm lens. Which one?
« on: October 20, 2013, 02:10:24 PM »
I agree with the recommendations for the 24-105, its a terrific general purpose lens.  The 24-70 f/4 is roughly similar in IQ to the 24-105 (better at 24mm, worse at 35-50mm), but cost nearly twice as much.  Until the 24-70 f/4 comes down considerably in price I can't see any reason to buy it over the 24-105.

The 24-70 2.8 II is the best available normal zoom, its image quality IS worth the price difference between it an the Mk I.  This lens has been on sale this week from B&H and Amazon for $1,699 including a $300 rebate from Canon.  Watch and this deal may be offered again. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D sensor dust in one month?
« on: October 16, 2013, 07:19:45 PM »
Thanks for the reply. Perhaps the 5D III is using a more sophisticated sensor cleaning unit or simply that the 6D inherited the 5D II's. I think I'm right to feel disappointed by the amount of dust and requirement to spend money on cleaning products. I particularly like macro photography and look forward to buying your book.

I've owned my 6D for over nine months and change lenses quite a bit.  I've not experienced any significant sensor dust issues.  I check the sensor periodically with a loupe and clean with air occasionally.  I have not had to resort to brushes or other cleaning beyond air.  Maybe I've just been lucky?

Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: October 16, 2013, 04:15:31 PM »
Terrific review Dustin!  Very well written from a photographers perspective.  I think the pictures you posted with the review and here are a good compliment to the review and personally, I enjoy seeing them.

The M is good purchase for one of two applications, IMO.  1)  If you want a light walkaround camera that offers good image quality. 2) As a backup body that your existing lenses will work on with the little adapter.  There are arguably better options for #1, but for the combination of #1 and #2 there few competitors.

These two reasons are why I own an EOS-M and am happy with it.  There are better options available if you are just looking for an ILC camera and camera system, but for those of us heavily invested in Canon EF lenses, its a great option.  I of course prefer shooting with my 6D, but there are times when I don't want to deal with carrying the weight and bulk of a DSLR.  The M with the 22/2 lens mounted is easy to take with me when I want to travel light.

Wow, I love my little piece of crap M. I guess it helps that I only paid $299 for it with the 22mm. It is what it is and I like it for that... a tinny camera with a large sensor that I can carry with me and get great shots. Sure it focuses slow and the touch screen drives me nuts but I still love it. It is a fun little camera.

Great shot!  It is a fun little camera (for a piece of crap...:) )

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II $1699 at B&H Photo
« on: October 16, 2013, 03:59:08 PM »
Darn!  Bought mine two months too soon...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D sensor dust in one month?
« on: October 16, 2013, 12:23:08 PM »
No way - a rocket blower alone won't be sufficient on the long run if you change lenses a lot, it tends to move dust :-) rather than remove it. After a lot of research around CR this is imho the best way to clean your sensor, you can leave out the butterfly if you want to save some $$$:
This is a great link, thanks for posting it.

Oh and, the 55mm f1.8 is an incredibly sharp prime, and the 70-200mmf4 is a bit better optically than the EF70-200mmf4LIS or Nikon AFS70-200mm f4VR.

I always heard that Canon's 70-200's were the best optically.  Are there any side-by-side tests comparing the Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS to the Sony equivalent on a common body?

This is a significant announcement.  Sony and Fuji are making rapid advancements on ILC's that are making them excellent alternatives to DSLR's, at least for non-action shooters.

I just purchased a 6D 9 months ago and am very happy with it, so I will not be looking for another camera for several years.  I am also heavily invested in Canon EF lenses.  If I were just now looking to upgrade to FF, the A7R would receive heavy consideration.

We still need to see how these cameras test once they are in users hands, but based on Sony's recent history, I imagine they will be great cameras.

EOS-M / Re: The rumored tele lens for the M
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:34:42 PM »
i'm more interested in either
a 15-85 EF-M
a 18-135 EF-M
or an
18-200 EF-M
all in STM of course
i'd like a reasonable range zoom on this little guy

If Canon could duplicate the IQ of the EF-S 15-85 on a M format lens, I'd be the first in line to buy one.  Hopefully, they could keep it relatively small as well.

I'm not a big fan of super zooms (18-135 or 18-200) as IQ gets compromised too much in order to deliver the huge zoom range.  Convenient, yes, but I'll take IQ over convenience 95% of the time.

18mm (29mm FF equivilent) on an APS-C lens just isn't wide enough for my taste, so I'd like to see a normal zoom that goes down to 15mm.

Lenses / Re: Questions on EF 24-70mm II on 5D Mk3 vs EF-S 17-55mm on 7D
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:21:12 PM »
The 7D is a great camera and the EF-S 17-55 2.8 is an excellent lens, but are not in the same league as the 5D3/24-70 2.8 II combo for image quality.  I owned a 7D until recently and borrowed my brothers 17-55 many times.  I loved the combination, but my 6D with 24-70 II is much, much better.

I seldom used my 7D after buying a 6D, but when I did it was always for sporting events with a telephoto lens mounted.  I used my 6D for all normal and wide angle photography.  If your experience and use is similar to mine you may feel you can sell the 17-55 and not miss it.

Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 14, 2013, 06:26:19 AM »
Dustin, thank you for taking the time to write up and post your review of the Rokinon 14mm ultra-wide lens. As a result of your review, I think this lens will be my next purchase. I've been thinking about getting an ultra-wide, but have been hesitant to do so given the price of Canon's ultra-wides, the known issues with those lenses, and how much I'll likely use the lens. The 14mm Rokinon, it would seem, solves this dilemma.

+1. I'm in the same situation.  I've been considering a UWA lens for some time, but none of the Canon options looked that good.  Since UWA will be a speciality lens for me, and not used that often, I really didn't want to invest a lot of money on one either.  The Rokinon 14mm looks like the nearly perfect solution for me.

Excellent review and pictures once again Dustin!

From my experience in Britain the original box adds about 10% to the second hand value.

Nice to see a quantification.

Where I was heading was that I will probably keep the boxes for bodies, but not lenses, as the lenses are likely to be kept for at least 10 years or more.

Even if you keep your lenses a decade or longer, the boxes will still increase resale value.  I keep all of mine.

I just sold my 24-105 via Craig's List.  I purchased a 24-70 2.8 II in July and planned to keep both.  But, the 24-105 was not being used and I figured I could use the money toward something I would use, like a 100L Macro or 24mm TS-E.

The 24-70 2.8 II is sharper at all common focal lengths, especially at the very important (for me) 24mm length.  Lack of IS has not been a significant issue for me.

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