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EOS Bodies / Re: Older Canon cameras
« on: January 17, 2013, 05:51:27 PM »

Although there are cheap converters now available to mount FD lenses on the EOS M. I know, I've got one, and as long as you're happy with manual focus, it's not a bad option - the FD 100mm f2.8 is great on the M, as it's suitably compact and optically pretty decent.

Cheap converter.  Cheap optics.  Why bother?  And the user hasn't specified which glass is part of the package.
Does he even have an M?

The point I'm making is a general one, that the M makes FD lenses significantly less obsolete than they were before (as do many other compact system cameras that also have FD adaptors). Why? Because the back focus is shorter than the FD mount, so they don't actually need optics - they're simply a tube with mounts at each end, so the only key point is to make the tube the right length. No optical loss, and FD mount lenses are incredibly cheap for the quality - so that's why bother.

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I absolutely loathed and detested my FM2, one of the nastiest film cameras I've ever used. Quite apart from the irrational Nikon direction of mounting and focusing, it just felt horrid. Incidentally, I loved the FE.

And yet one of Nikons best selling cameras, through the three main FM incarnations. I actually prefered the FA, rounder, nicer controls.  But the FM2 has a better shutter, and is a more recent camera than the FA, which was has difficult to fix electronics.  I personally loath and detest the awful FD mount, especially the breech lock versions.  And I felt any Canon between the F-1 and the 1v has felt cheap next to equivalent Nikons. And I am a canon guy through and through.

Whereas I would say that every* Nikon in that period felt agricultural and nasty compared to all the Canon equivalents - not got many Nikons left, just the F2A and F90X, but i still have one of each F1 model, and I can't honestly see how anyone could honestly say they feel cheaper than the F2 - throw the Photomic prism into the mix, and the Canons are significantly more robust IMHO.

* I certainly grant that the EOS 5 is much cheaper feeling than the F90X, although the EOS is much more usable.

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In some cases, but it's easily fixed in most cases

Yeah, but why buy something that you're probably going to have to get fixed?  The shutter had this problem on 9 out of 10 A1s Av1's and AE1s that I saw in my camera shop days.

Well none of my A series (I've at least one of each) has the cough - one of my A1s did, but I fixed it myself, it's not hard. Still, I agree that it makes no sense to by an infected one despite that - I only bought it for the lens and motordrive with it, to be honest.

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[ made by cosina

No, that was the T60.

My bad.
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IF YOU WANT THAT MANUAL FEELING BUY NIKON (or Pentax K)

Well that's one point of view, but not one I would completely agree with. I prefer most A series bodies to any Nikon, if only for the mounting and focusing direction issues, with the A1 being an absolute classic and one of the most enjoyable cameras I've ever used.

It's great this marketplace of ideas.  Yours is also one point of view.  As I'm sure that anybody can read had already worked out.  But thanks.[/quote]

Yes, it is - and no less valid than yours, and in at least one area, that of FD to EF-M mount converters, better informed.

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On reflection, you are right.  The OP should go ahead and buy a bunch of mediocre FD gear that isn't collectable, that requires the use of coke bottle glass adaptors, instead of similar gear which is more compatable and will retain some value.

Now you're just being silly as well as wrong on the adaptor front. I certainly wouldn't recommend this particular deal, nor a T50 to anyone but a completist collector - it's an appalling camera, and the EX EE isn't exactly that exciting, but an A1 gives such a different experience to any EOS it's well worth a try - as someone else has says, they're certainly cheap enough.

In terms of using film,I personally can't be bothered with a film EOS any more - yes, they're convenient and excellent, but I would rather use digital. My use of film these days is for the experience of using older cameras. A good A1 is incredibly smooth, sounds good and is capable of great results, and doesn't cost the sort of silly money a Nikon FM2 does (comparatively) - that's the flip side of retained value.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Older Canon cameras
« on: January 17, 2013, 05:54:57 AM »
2. FD mount.  Beyond obselete. 

Although there are cheap converters now available to mount FD lenses on the EOS M. I know, I've got one, and as long as you're happy with manual focus, it's not a bad option - the FD 100mm f2.8 is great on the M, as it's suitably compact and optically pretty decent.

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If you don't have a current DSLR system and want that manual feeling then look at a Nikon FM2 instead, cheapish just now and very solid.  Lovely to use

I absolutely loathed and detested my FM2, one of the nastiest film cameras I've ever used. Quite apart from the irrational Nikon direction of mounting and focusing, it just felt horrid. Incidentally, I loved the FE.

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3. The actual models you are choosing.  Nope.  A1, great camera, but the shutter is prone to the 'canon cough' and failure.

In some cases, but it's easily fixed in most cases, and the A1 is a truly wonderful camera to use.

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T50 - piece of crap

Absolutely.


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[ made by cosina

No, that was the T60.

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and ghastly in every way. 

Absolutely.

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If you absolutely must have an FD camera -and I don't think you should- then the T90 is the one to go for.  Plenty clean ones around.

T90s are much less reliable and more prone to failure than A1s. Great cameras, but the A1 makes a lot more sense.

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4. The price. No way Jose.  Even in mint condition the sellers having a giraffe. For most film cameras it really is a buyers market.  This gear has a known serious fault.

Yup, way overpriced. Even in good condition, that's nearly twice the going rate IMHO - any item with fungus is close to valueless,  although UV light will deactivate fungus, and small amounts can be cleaned (serious fungus can etch the glass) - not worth it with cheap items, though.


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IF YOU WANT THAT MANUAL FEELING BUY NIKON (or Pentax K)

Well that's one point of view, but not one I would completely agree with. I prefer most A series bodies to any Nikon, if only for the mounting and focusing direction issues, with the A1 being an absolute classic and one of the most enjoyable cameras I've ever used.

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From the 20D to the 30D, there was no change in IQ, some even argued it got worse. The screen on the back changed and that was it. The 40D was marginally better than the 20D with a few extra megapixels thrown in. The 50D delivered IQ that was still measured to be about the same as the 20D plus a few extra megapixels on top of the 40D. Whilst the 50D can now shoot at ISO 12800, nobody really does because you can't recognise anything above ISO 3200. The 60D gave us even more MP but still the IQ hasn't gone anywhere and wasn't really that different to the 50D.

And yes, a lot of people are sick of Canon offering something almost the same as what the new camera replaces except something a little better.

What absolute garbage. The 20D had the worst IQ of just about any Canon DSLR - worse than the 10D it replaced. The 30D was a massive upgrade even if only for the rear screen that was actually usable. The 40D wasn't "marginally better" it was significantly better in both operational and IQ terms. Night and day better. Every camera since has had massively better IQ - only the 50D has been a bit of a lemon on the IQ front, and then only because of terrible high ISO performance.

As to the 6D, I'm sick of idiots who have never used it passing their uninformed and unintelligent opinions of it. For me, it's the perfect upgrade from my 5D II because it addresses everything that bothered me about the Mark II - I know that doesn't apply to everyone, but I'm not everyone, I'm me. For all those who only care about specifications and moan constantly about Canon I care not one jot - for me, Canon keep producing the right product at the right time that does the job I want it to in the real world rather than on a spec sheet. Even if there was anything in the Nikon range that looked superior to me for my needs - and frankly, there really isn't, Canon are far better at working out what I want than Nikon are - I've got so much invested in the Canon system that it would cost me an absolute fortune to change, which makes Canon's products much better value for me. Just having WiFi and GPS built in with no size, weight or additional cost - wow! The WFT-E4 cost me a fortune, and weighs a ton. Maybe I'm extremely lucky, but Canon seem to be reading my mind and producing exactly what I want - it's as though Canon are Nickorando fanboys. ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: UPGRADING 7D to FF Please help!!!
« on: January 02, 2013, 05:39:19 AM »
If you love the 7D, you'll hate the 5D2 or the 6D.

Really? Remember what the OP wants the camera for:

"I'm trying to work in the industry of wedding and portrait photography mainly but on the side fashion"

The 5D II has been very successful in these areas, far more so than the 7D, and the 6D has the added strength of low-light AF that actually works - maybe even better than the Mk III. I love my 7D, but I love both the Mk II and the 6D a lot more!

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Save the cash and get the mk3. It won't limit you later on.

I wouldn't necessarily argue against that, though.

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Lenses / Re: Just bought a new Canon EF 70-300L IS USM lens.
« on: January 02, 2013, 05:28:07 AM »
I much prefer it in every way to the 70-200 f4 L IS - it's better made, has (slightly) better IQ, and much better reach. The only advantage the 100-400 has is the 300-400 range. I personally think the 70-300 L is one of Canon's very best lenses, and certainly one of their best-kept secrets.

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EOS-M / Re: My First EOS-M Review
« on: December 20, 2012, 01:01:39 PM »
Yeah, not brave enough either.

Still, got a couple more things to try out - FD and Leica M adaptors.  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Moving to 6D from 5DII
« on: December 16, 2012, 02:31:04 PM »
Just had a chance to play with the 6D earlier today at the local Canon service center. After comparing with the 5D3 on the same shelf, the 6D definitely is a bit smaller overall (especially the grip part is slightly bit thinner than the 5D3).

However, there's one thing that really turned me away from the 6D... No joystick!!! Argh!!! :'(

It's taken me less than a whole week to realise that that's actually an improvement...

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EOS-M / Re: To buy M or not to buy M?
« on: December 16, 2012, 03:17:42 AM »
There are three problems with the M - one, the AF, two, the fact that it's easy to move the focus point unintentionally, and three, the lens cap design is poor and it tends to fall off. For me, it's problems 2 and 3 that are most irritating - I don't need it as an action camera, and if left on continuous AF, it's not generally that slow at all, it's focused by the time I've composed. Thankfully, it doesn't have an appalling EVF - so far, only Fuji's hybrid viewfinders don't make me physically sick on the EVF front.
I wouldn't want it to be my only camera, but integrated into an EOS system, it's great - oddly enough, it feels good with the 70-300 L and the 8-15 L.

The fact that it feels so nice and produces much better images than anything else its size do help, of course.

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EOS-M / Re: To buy M or not to buy M?
« on: December 14, 2012, 06:32:01 PM »
I've tested my Lensbaby, also the Sigma 12-24 Mk I and my 600mm Vivitar Solid Cat - all appear to work absolutely fine.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye
« on: December 14, 2012, 04:18:13 AM »
Your review is the first one not to complain about the hood and lens cap.  I find the them fine, others seem to have issues. 

In all honesty, bad though the cap/hood is, I had loads of problems with the cap on my 15mm f2.8 - it was forever falling off.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Moving to 6D from 5DII
« on: December 14, 2012, 03:52:06 AM »
Well I HAVE moved from 5D II to 6D, and for my uses, it's a no-brainer. The 5D III might be a brilliant camera, but it's heavier and the grip is larger - it's much less comfortable to use for me personally. The 6D saves some weight and feels perfect in my hands. I don't need the fanciest AF system going, but I DO need it to work accurately in very low light from time to time. I do need WiFi - well, perhaps "need" is a little strong, but it's very, very useful to me. I do want GPS. I do need high ISO fairly often. All in all, the 6D resolves pretty much all of the issues I've had with the 5D II - including position of the main On/Off switch.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Lensbaby - any users out there ?
« on: December 10, 2012, 04:54:41 PM »
I use the original Lensbaby - it's great fun. Best advice I can give is just to play with it and see what you like best. I carry it all the time, and prefer to use it fairly wide open most of the time.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M With Viewfinder Coming Late 2013? [CR]
« on: December 10, 2012, 10:31:38 AM »
I actually think the current one works well with some bigger lenses - the 70-300L, for example.

Me, I hate EVFs, and definitely don't want one. As has been said, decent AF is what they should work on!

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 10, 2012, 08:35:09 AM »
I would really like to win, please. Pretty please...

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EOS-M / Re: My First EOS-M Review
« on: December 10, 2012, 07:56:12 AM »
Must say I love this little camera. No, it's nowhere near perfect, and yes, AF is pretty dismal - but to be able to fit an EOS into a jacket pocket is fantastic, and to have a really small second body is just great. I've found that leaving AF on continuous generally means it doesn't take too long to find focus using the shutter button - my biggest annoyance is that the focus point keeps getting moved accidentally - and the biggest problem with that is that I can't reassign the down button to DOF preview as a result.

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