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Also, can't the 135L take teleconverters?  Is the pocketable 2x option worth it for space reasons?

Ouch -- maybe not, based on this TDP comparison:
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=108&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=4&API=2&LensComp=687&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=3&APIComp=2

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Yes, the 135L can take TCs, but as you found out, the IQ of the 70-200L II is better than the 135L with TCs.  Puls it has IS, better AF, etc, which is why the 70-200L II is so highly regarded.


The 135L doesn't play well with TC's.  I took a short trip to Kings Canyon NP last summer and decided to just take 2 lenses, my 24-70 2.8 II and 135L to go light.  I also took my 2x III TC and borrowed a 1.4x II from a friend.  The 135 worked fine at 135mm, but I was very disappointed with the shots with TC's mounted, most were soft.  I probably will not do this again.

The 70-200 2.8 II is brilliant with TC's (as without).

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I own both and use both frequently.  As others have pointed out, the 135L is a small, light, discrete tele option.  I often take it in combination with my 24-70 2.8 II with great results.  These two lenses with my 6D are not too heavy and I carry the lens not mounted in a LowePro lens exchange 100AW case for convenient lens swaps.

If I will be taking the majority of my shots at longer range, I'll take my 70-200 2.8 II mounted and 35mm f/2 IS in a pocket or belt pack for wider shots.  This is an awesome combo as well, very flexible and not that heavy.

The 135L is my preferred portrait lens, but I use the 70-200 2.8 II extensively for portraits as well.  For me both will have a long term place in my kit.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Lens survey - your favorites, and your most wanted?
« on: March 23, 2014, 08:22:47 PM »
I use my 22mm f/2 80% of the time on my M, it's defiantly my favorite.  I also have a EF-M 18-55 that I use when I need more reach.

At this point I don't see myself adding any other M lenses.  But, if a 50/50mm f/2 or faster were available, I might be interested.  I might also be tempted by a compact zoom, maybe a 55 -135mm or 40-150mm.

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EOS-M / Re: Saturday with the M...(photos)
« on: March 21, 2014, 12:44:12 AM »
Nice shots!  Looks like a fun day with the boys.  The M is a really nice compact camera for days like this.

Thank you Sir.  The M is perfect for days like this - where I probably would not have lugged my DSLR into any of these places...

I use my EOS-M for outings with one or both of my sons as well and it's the perfect size.  Our youngest boy is still a toddler who needs to be carried at times, so a DSLR around my neck is often in the way.

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EOS-M / Re: Want the 90EX?
« on: March 21, 2014, 12:38:49 AM »
I haven't used it a lot, but it works fine for me - much better light output than any P&S flash and much more flexible.  Yes, I do wish it had tilt/swivel capabilities but that would just add to the size and I kinda like it's small form factor more.

You need to check the Flash Function Settings under the External Speedlite Control options in the first menu screen.  The key is to make sure wireless is turned Off if you want the flash to fire normally.  It is a little confusing to see OFF next to the ETTL/M selection.  I do wish there was a shortcut to this menu.  I forgot to reset it once and got results similar to yours.

I just did some simple tests to verify my understanding.  No problem shooting in P with the 18-55 at 55 from 12-15 feet using ETTL with wireless Off, first/second curtain synchro.  A bit hot if anything so I dial it down 1/2 to 1 stop in ETTL mode.  Shooting manual with wireless Off lets you adjust the power output of the 90EX from 1/1 to 1/64.  I needed to dial the 90EX power output down between 1/2 and 1/4 for this range in manual. 

The 90EX also goes nicely with the 40f2.8 on my 6D as a small, relatively light DSLR kit.  The 6D menus appear to be identical to the M.  ETTL works fine but I have to drop the power output to 1/16 for the 12 foot range when using the 40 due to larger aperture.

With my 430EX in the M's hotshoe the wireless option blanks out, Zoom becomes operative, and high speed sync appears in shutter synchronization.  With manual flash I have to drop the power output to 1/64 for this range, but that's easy to do through the menu.  So the 90EX appears to operate mostly same as 430EX, with the expected drop in power.  The M is a lot easier to handle with the 90EX on it.

If wireless is ON with ETTL or Manual flash, it just sends a minimal control flash and the off camera flash is expected to provide all the lighting.  You still have exposure compensation or flash output level control with the off camera flash.  I use this to control an off camera 430EX with a softbox for portraits in ETTL or M modes, from both my M and 6D. 

You might want to experiment with the settings a bit more before dismissing the flash.  Or you may have a defective unit as someone else suggested.

I suppose it really depends on how you use flash.  I almost never use direct, on-camera flash.  I am looking for flashes that allow me to bounce flash when on-camera or to be a master for off camera slaves.  The 90EX doesn't work well for those purposes. 

It apparently does work well for on-camera direct flash (providing wireless is turned off in the menu settings).  So, it's value will vary depending on intended use as with many other things.

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EOS-M / Re: Saturday with the M...(photos)
« on: March 20, 2014, 09:51:41 PM »
Nice shots!  Looks like a fun day with the boys.  The M is a really nice compact camera for days like this.

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EOS-M / Re: Want the 90EX?
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:58:52 PM »
It's flash capabilities are not "not all that great", they are non existent.
It depends on how much you want a severely limited optical master. Personally, and I own both, I'd recommend spending a little more and getting a secondhand ST-E2 (around $110), it isn't much bigger, is much more "powerful", it has a focus assist, and you don't have to do everything from the camera menu.

I put in some new panasonic batteries and while I wouldn't say the batteries were great... they took their sweet time to recharge.  I play around with the 90 ex and my two 580 exii's in slave mode and I like the results... I played with the ratios and I do like having a dual flash set up... but I would happily sell my 90 exii for a $50 if anyone wants to give me that much (via Craigslist)... it is ok... but there were enough times where I was annoyed because I assumed the flash would be ready and it wasn't.

+1  I owned a 90EX for 7 months and recently sold it for $40 on eBay.  Since it can't swivel to use for bounce flash, I only used it as an optical master, and it didn't perform well in that role.

As an optical master it works, but I found the recycle time to be incredibly slow.  In the studio I was missing lots of shots with our toddler while waiting for it to recycle.  Also, since its fixed, you are forced to keep your slave flashes in front of you to trigger them.  I recently purchased two 600EX-RT's and now use one of those as my master, so the 90EX was just gathering dust.

I recommend spending a little more money on a more capable flash.

I don't play with optical triggering that much.. but I assumed that the red front part of the flash needed to be facing your subject... at least that is what I did when I use it.  and with the fully articulating head of the 580 or 600, it seems like the flash doesn't HAVE to be in front of the camera.  I could be wrong on all fronts though.

I tried to locate my slaves at various points in relation to the 90EX optical master and found they had to be within maybe 60 degrees of the direction it was facing or they would not fire.  Yes, I had the sensor (red front) facing the master.  I could generally deal with this limitation however, it was the slow recycle time and lack of swivel/pivot capability that really soured me on the 90EX.

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EOS-M / Re: Want the 90EX?
« on: March 19, 2014, 02:44:07 AM »
It's flash capabilities are not "not all that great", they are non existent.
It depends on how much you want a severely limited optical master. Personally, and I own both, I'd recommend spending a little more and getting a secondhand ST-E2 (around $110), it isn't much bigger, is much more "powerful", it has a focus assist, and you don't have to do everything from the camera menu.

I put in some new panasonic batteries and while I wouldn't say the batteries were great... they took their sweet time to recharge.  I play around with the 90 ex and my two 580 exii's in slave mode and I like the results... I played with the ratios and I do like having a dual flash set up... but I would happily sell my 90 exii for a $50 if anyone wants to give me that much (via Craigslist)... it is ok... but there were enough times where I was annoyed because I assumed the flash would be ready and it wasn't.

+1  I owned a 90EX for 7 months and recently sold it for $40 on eBay.  Since it can't swivel to use for bounce flash, I only used it as an optical master, and it didn't perform well in that role.

As an optical master it works, but I found the recycle time to be incredibly slow.  In the studio I was missing lots of shots with our toddler while waiting for it to recycle.  Also, since its fixed, you are forced to keep your slave flashes in front of you to trigger them.  I recently purchased two 600EX-RT's and now use one of those as my master, so the 90EX was just gathering dust.

I recommend spending a little more money on a more capable flash.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: SX60 HS replacement for the SX50 HS?
« on: March 19, 2014, 02:26:27 AM »
I'll be keeping an eye on this.  My wife is looking for a camera that is easy to use to replace her 7-year-old Canon point and shoot (Powershot S3 IS).  I'm steering her in the direction of a SX50 HS right now so I can borrow it for shooting things beyond the 400mm reach I'm currently limited to with my 6D and 70-200 2.8 II + 2xiii extender.

Since that purchase is probably at least 6 months away, here is hoping the SX60 HS will be available then.

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Nikon is taking an interesting direction with the v3.  By sticking with a tiny sensor and making big improvements to the AF and FPS, they are definitely differentiating their Nikon 1 from competing MILC's. 

I suppose they are targeting sports photographers, but once you attach a big telephoto lens to one of these, you defeat one of the main advantages of a small mirrorless camera - size and weight.  We will see how the market responds.

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Photography Technique / Re: What could I do better?
« on: March 17, 2014, 01:25:12 AM »
I realize the OP is asking about technique, not equipment recommendations.  But, after just borrowing the EF-S 55-250 STM lens from a friend to use on my EOS-M over the weekend, I think the OP would enjoy a nice bump in IQ if he sold his 70-300 to fund the purchase of the newer, smaller/lighter and optically superior EF-S 55-250 IS STM.  The 55-250 is especially sharper at mid frame and the corners.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=358&Camera=736&Sample=0&FLI=3&API=2&LensComp=856&CameraComp=736&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=4&APIComp=1

Yes, you give up 50mm on the long end, but the 55-250 is only 375 grams vs 630 grams for the 70-300.  From Canonpricewatch information, it appears you should be able to sell your 70-300 and buy the 55-250 with little, if any money out of pocket.

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EOS-M / Re: I fell in love with EOS-M again and again
« on: March 15, 2014, 10:41:54 AM »
Yes, After 3 months of buy EOS-M , My  love Baby= EOS-M  is with me on my belly belt pack = 95% of all my days.

Nice flower shots Surapon!  I really like the near macro capabilities of the EF-M 22 f/2 lens!

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And there's a reason for this - people buying a 430ex2 like I did back than use it on camera for direct flash or bounce, so weight and size matters. Once you get the flashes off camera which is the whole point of  the rt system, these factors don't matter that much anymore, but power and recycling time do - so the advantage of a little rt unit is diminishing to the targeted users, at least for me.
+ 1

Personally, I wouldn't be interested in a RT version of the 430EXII.  I currently have 2 600EX-RT's and 1 430EXII.  I use the 430 on-camera any time I plan to bounce or use direct fill flash since its smaller and lighter.  I plan to buy another 600 or two to expand my RT flash capabilities, but will continue to use the 430 on-camera when I plan to just use a single flash.

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And there's a reason for this - people buying a 430ex2 like I did back than use it on camera for direct flash or bounce, so weight and size matters. Once you get the flashes off camera which is the whole point of  the rt system, these factors don't matter that much anymore, but power and recycling time do - so the advantage of a little rt unit is diminishing to the targeted users, at least for me.
+ 1

Personally, I wouldn't be interested in a RT version of the 430EXII.  I currently have 2 600EX-RT's and 1 430EXII.  I use the 430 on-camera any time I plan to bounce or use direct fill flash since its smaller and lighter.  I plan to buy another 600 or two to expand my RT flash capabilities, but will continue to use the 430 on-camera.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Midlife Crisis - Alaska here I come
« on: March 02, 2014, 03:45:00 PM »

As of now, I plan to take a 5D MkIII with a 24mm TSE, 40mm pancake for hiking, 100mm L macro, and a 300mm f/2.8 with extenders - already have a good tripod and backpack.  I am considering the 6D or Sony A7 as a second camera option.  I definitely want a camera I can use without purchasing new lenses. Thanks.

I'm also planning a trip to Alaska in June or July.  Currently planning to take the following:  6D, Rokinon 14mm 2.8, 24-70 2.8 II, 100L Macro and will probably rent a longer tele, maybe a 300 2.8 II and 2xIII or maybe just buy the Tamron 150-600.

For a second body, I'm taking my EOS M and 22 f/2 and 18-55 lenses and EOS adapter.  The M will be my backup body and I plan to use it for times when I don't want to lug the heavy DSLR gear around.  There are better mirror less cameras available including those from Fuji and Sony, but the M is a terrific little camera for the price and has the significant advantage of being able to use all my Canon lenses.

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