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EOS-M / Hands-on with the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 16, 2015, 06:22:21 AM »
I got a chance to play around with the M3 and EVF today at the Canon Store in downtown Osaka. First off, I'll say I really liked the LCD. And although the metal frame that it hinges on seems a bit counter-intuitive, I really like that the screen can be tilted. I can't see any reason why it couldn't be an articulated screen instead except to intentionally prevent it from infringing on Rebel and 70D territory. Even still, a tilt screen is still a nice addition.

I brought along with me my EF adapter and one of my L lens. Last week I tried this setup with both the M and M2, and didn't like how it felt- a tiny, gripless camera and a huge lens. With the M3, even with the new grip, it didn't make much of a difference. Using a large lens with this camera is not going to be a pleasant experience for me. For me, it really is just going to be a P&S upgrade with the ability to use top-quality lens.

As for the EVF, it is not something I see myself using very often. Looking through it brought me back to the days of using Sony Handycams and peeping through that EVF to see what was being recorded. I much prefer using the LCD as my viewfinder. Perhaps in some situations where the sun is too bright I might find the EVF useful, but I have my doubts about that.

Don't get me wrong, I still like it enough and plan on getting one on day one. The picture quality from what I could tell was really good. The ergonomics are probably alright if you're content to use M lenses, but not the most comfortable with other glass. And the EVF I can see being one of those accessories I throw in the bag to bring along with me just-in-case, but more often than not doesn't get used.

I'm not a professional reviewer or anything, so forgive me if this isn't completely objective and methodical. Maybe it can be useful to some though.

Canon General / What's your definition of "Pro"?
« on: February 06, 2013, 11:48:14 PM »
I'm curious. What does it mean to be a professional photographer?

I don't exactly consider myself a pro, but I'm not a fan of referring to photography as just my "hobby".
I've invested quite a bit of money (for me) in photography equipment- bodies, lenses, strobes and other studio equipment. But I know the gear I have doesn't make me a professional.

I'm not super technical in my photography, but I consider myself knowing more than just the basics. I spent 5 years working as an assistant at a photography studio. I learned a lot and got some great experience. I also spent those 5 years in the back room retouching and post-producing photos. I consider myself technically intermediate and enjoy learning and trying new techniques from others.

I don't make my living off of my photography, but occasionally I will do small paid jobs.

I consider myself an amateur- not in the sense that I'm new or inexperienced, but in the sense that for now, I do photography because I love it.

So what exactly does it mean to be professional in your opinion? We know it's not the gear alone. Is it the making money off of your skill? Paid jobs? Making a living? Is it simply having skill and experience? What do you all think?

I've been shooting with a Rebel XTi for as many years as it's been out now and have been quite happy with it. I've somewhat outgrown it however and have been itching to dive into full-frame for some time. I withheld grabbing a 5D Mark II in anticipation of the Mark III. Now the Mark III is here. It looks like a wonderful camera- definitely an upgrade from the Mark II. But I'm still finding it hard to get past the sticker shock of $3500.

I know the Mark III is a class ahead of the Rebel line, but I'm curious as to just how much. Is it really 4 times better than the Rebel? Is there a huge difference in IQ between L-glass on a Mark III and L-glass on a 4Ti? What are the main, must-have features that would make the Mark III outclass the 4Ti? I know it comes down to what your specific camera needs are, but I'd really like to hear some ideas. Thanks!

EOS Bodies / 5D3 available later this month?!!?
« on: March 02, 2012, 03:32:08 AM »
According to, the 5D3 is gonna be available by the end of this month (March) for Japan at least.

March release seems pretty fast. If anyone else can read Japanese and make sure I didn't read it wrong (I'm a foreigner living in Japan). Can anyone else confirm release dates?

And I'm really not liking that 358,000 yen price tag. That puts it closer to $4500 US for body only over here. Perhaps I'll be buying it from the US instead afterall.  ::)

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