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EOS-M / Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« on: September 27, 2013, 06:44:51 PM »
I've been considering this lens for my M as well.  I bought mine with the 22/2 prime and love it.  I've used my M quite a bit with EF lenses and the Canon adapter, but the size of most of the EF lenses defeats the main purpose of the M system (size).

At some point, I'll probably add the 18-55 and 11-22 to my M kit.

Lenses / Re: 40mm Pancake or 35mm 1.4L For walking street
« on: September 23, 2013, 11:34:33 AM »
As others have pointed out, the 40 2.8 is very sharp, a terrific lens - 64mm FF equivalent.  The 35 2.0 IS is also a great lens and at 56mm equivalent, closer to your 50mm on the 5D3, but its 3x more expensive.

Personally, I'd probably go with the 40 for its size.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M is built like a tank
« on: September 22, 2013, 03:48:45 PM »
EOS-M have good build quality - I have already dropped mine from a bench on the pavement. The result was just a scratch on the battery cap angle.

I had a similar accident with mine.  Dropped it on a brick street from roughly chest level and no issues.  A very small scratch on a corner was the only damage.

I'm planning to get a Samsung Note for my next smartphone upgrade, but it's not cheap!  Maybe you can pick up the original (v1) Note pretty cheap these days? 

I currently use a Samsung Galaxy Nexus which works fine as a remote with the EOS Utility, but I'd prefer a larger screen, so think the Note will be the way to go for me.

Landscape / Re: Hoover Dam help
« on: September 21, 2013, 08:13:33 PM »
We visited Hoover Dam last summer and took pictures from the dam and bridge.  We were there in late afternoon, just before the gorge fell into shadow.  I took a number of shots with my 7D and EF-S 15-85mm lens at 15mm (24mm FF equivalent) from the bridge looking north toward the dam and could only get about 1/2 the gorge and dam in frame, so took a number of shots with the same manual settings so I could later create a panorama in Photoshop.

The walking area of the bridge is wide enough for maybe 3 people to walk side-by-side.  The day we were there, the dam was very crowded, but only maybe 10 other people were on the bridge.  Its extremely windy on the bridge, so if you wear a hat, make sure its well secured!  The dam is an impressive sight, well worth the visit.

Others will have to comment on the best time of day for photography, since we just made the single visit.

Canon General / Re: Patent: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: September 21, 2013, 07:29:17 AM »
...people may be waiting for a VERY long time for the IS version of this lens.

Personally, I couldn't be happier with my EF24-70 f2.8 II.

+1  I'm extremely happy with my EF 24-70 2.8 II.  Would I like for it to have IS?  Sure, but I'm taking lots of great pictures without IS now.

If the IS lens would be as large as Radiating suggested, I'm not sure I would want one.

Canon General / Re: Bangkok
« on: September 20, 2013, 05:41:44 PM »
A couple more that would not fit in the prior post.

Canon General / Re: Bangkok
« on: September 20, 2013, 05:39:40 PM »
I was in Bangkok last November on a business trip.  I only managed one afternoon/evening of free time, but got in a little sightseeing.  We were instructed to not take expensive electronics including cameras around town after dark, so I just took my Canon S100 P&S along for this trip.  Limited compared with a DSLR, but it does shoot RAW.  Here are a few shots.

Bangkok is a beautiful city, I would really like to go back and have more time to explore.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 6D + 24-105 L combo not that great?
« on: September 19, 2013, 05:21:57 PM »
For those commenting about renting a body+lens and expecting the lens to be AFMA'd to that body, I really doubt a rental house would do that, it's up to the renter (which is why it's always a good idea to be sure you have the equipment in hand a day or two before you need it).


I rent lenses from time to time and always perform AFMA adjustment with Reikan Focal prior to use.   

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 6D + 24-105 L combo not that great?
« on: September 17, 2013, 10:03:43 PM »
I would have instead purchase/rent a 6D + 24-70 f/2.8 to really see a massive improvement over APS-C 17-55mm f/2.8, but you might spend twice as much doing so.

f/2.8 on APS-C is equivalent to f/4.5 on full frame, so, you would not have to invest in a 24-70 2.8 lens to equal the APS-C + EF-S 17-55 2.8 combo.  The 24-105 f/4.0 IS would be a reasonable FF match to this lens (but slightly faster and with added focal range).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Camera Dilemma
« on: September 17, 2013, 12:34:08 PM »
sharing accessories is nice, but so's a compact camera that will kick something like the 7D and 5D2 all the way from 100 iso to 6400 and back when it comes to IQ.

I've heard good things about the Fuji X100S and X-E1 and the Sony RX100 but wasn't aware their IQ was superior to the 5D2.  Are there any sites that do side-by-side image quality comparisons?

Software & Accessories / Opteka MCH-25 Multi Carrier
« on: September 17, 2013, 07:27:23 AM »
Anybody have any experience with this DSLR carrying system?   I've been considering a Cotton Carrier, but saw this very similar set-up for 1/4 the cost.  User reviews at Amazon are generally good, but wondering if any CR forum users have any experience or comments?

I have a Black Rapid Curve strap that I normally use for carrying my 6D.  However for longer hikes having the camera bouncing against my hip can get kind of old.  Also, if the hiking trails go through any brush or tight spaces, having a camera on my side allows it to drag.  The chest mount seems to have some advantages.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 16, 2013, 10:29:04 PM »
Shot in my front yard a couple weeks ago, at 120mm.  Some single shot HDR and curves in PS added, still not quite there yet though.  Second is Voigtlander 58mm Nokton + 6D, from my front yard.  LR and PS processing.

Very nice!  I especially like the second shot.

EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: September 16, 2013, 05:00:40 PM »
Update: I just received the Sensei 43mm Screw-In Metal Lens Cap from B&H (paid only $6.95) which is a very slim cap ... with this cap on, EOS-M+22mm lens fits a lot nicer in the pouch and does not look ugly like it used to with the thick ugly Canon lens cap.

I like it!  This low profile cap should make the M more pocketable.

Thanks for the tip.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 6D + 24-105 L combo not that great?
« on: September 16, 2013, 11:30:25 AM »
Have you checked the AFMA?

+1  An AFMA issue between the lens and body would be my guess. 

I have this camera and lens and have taken thousands of sharp pictures with the combo.  This lens is best from 35-85mm.  At 24mm it has noticeable barrel distortion and it is somewhat soft at the corners.  But, overall its a terrific lens.

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