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Landscape / Re: Decaying Nature close up...
« on: August 27, 2013, 03:00:11 AM »
Don't mean to be mean, but the title and the pics do not Fifa 13 Community match, even the composition is not compelling.


ek verstaan glad nie jou kommentaar nie...

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M and Vintage Glass
« on: August 23, 2013, 02:08:50 AM »
Hi Dustin,

I like the first shot..interesting bokeh & love the flare...must try some old lenses with my Eos M...anybody know if you can get a 4x5 lens to Eos M converter?? :)

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Portrait / Re: One thing led to another...
« on: August 22, 2013, 12:10:09 PM »
Thanks everyone for looking!

Yes Greylingstad is in South Africa. Like most small towns here  it has seen better days...The opening of the nearby 350million USD Impumulelo coal mine has brought some respite from the decline in that many local people are hired to work on the mine and apparently the guesthouses are doing good business because of the shortage of accommodation for contract workers. The municipal offices are housed in, what looks like, an old art deco building, but like many other buildings here, is in a sorry state of repair...but of course all this makes it quite photogenic imo and being quite far from the major cities the people are friendly and inquisitive...which makes photographing them much easier....unfortunately there are no coffee houses or restaurants to fill a hungry photographers stomach...

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Portrait / One thing led to another...
« on: August 22, 2013, 10:37:54 AM »
I stopped in small town called Greylingstad yesterday on my way to photograph a coal mine. It was early morning and the light was great. I stopped to photograph an old house , the owner came out and said hi, and I asked if I could photograph her. She said yes. When she saw the image on screen she asked if she could show her mother and invited me inside. We waited in the kitchen while her mother got dressed and I made another photo of her there. this is the one I like most ....more images from my short stopover in Greylingstad here at...http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2013/08/greylingstad.html

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EOS-M / Documenting a small town with my Eos M and 'Pancake' lens...
« on: August 22, 2013, 09:16:47 AM »
Yesterday I stopped for a few minutes in a small town called Greylingstad. The light was good and there was some interesting structures. I was on my way to photograph a coal mine and could spare only a few minutes so I just grabbed my Eos M and as it happened the 40mm pancake was attached...more images and info here at...http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2013/08/greylingstad.html

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Portrait / 'Straight' Portrait of a Young Woman
« on: August 08, 2013, 06:30:17 AM »
Made with a Eos M & EF 50mm f1.8. More images from this portrait session here at...http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2013/08/canon-eos-m-ef-50mm-f18-short-review.html

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EOS-M / Re: Portraiture with Eos M & Ef 50mm f1.8...a Short Review
« on: August 07, 2013, 03:39:31 AM »
I've been looking at a good "fast prime" for the M...I currently have the 40 2.8, it's a good fit but sometimes I think it's not all THAT much different from the 22 so I end up using the smaller package. I REALLY hope Canon comes out with an EF-M version of the 50mm lens...preferably with IS...

Even a Macro lens at 55mm or so, with 2.8 and IS would work.

I tried the 50 1.8 via adapter at a local store and thought the focus was terrible...not only was it slow, but the accuracy seemed to be a bit off somehow. I think that was before the firmware update...

I will be happy with a 50mm f2 with IS, that is small and compact and sharp from the word go...I will even settle for a f2.8 to get a smaller size and stellar sharpness. But best of all is if Canon will just give us in body IS!

Having read reviews the little standard zoom for the Eos M together with the 22mm f2 seems like a good combo. IS when you need it and the small size of the prime when size matters...could be a nice travel package.

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EOS-M / Portraiture with Eos M & Ef 50mm f1.8...a Short Review
« on: August 06, 2013, 11:49:07 AM »
There have been quite  few readers wondering how the 'plastic' 50mm f1.8 lens handles on the Eos M. Well I took a couple of portraits with this lens and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. At 80mm it is almost perfect with no perspective distortion as opposed to the 40mm pancake...my write up can be viewed here at....http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2013/08/canon-eos-m-ef-50mm-f18-short-review.html

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Portrait / Re: Unusual (somewhat) portrait
« on: August 02, 2013, 06:54:15 AM »
Just awesome! Although it took me while to see it...!

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Portrait / Re: Dramatic Natural light..
« on: August 02, 2013, 06:53:07 AM »
Mighty fine shot,how do you find the M,with all the negatives from reviewers I was wondering as am in the market for a carry round.


Thanks!

Short answer: Its just great!

Long answer: http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2013/07/my-eos-m-at-worka-review.html

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Portrait / Dramatic Natural light..
« on: August 02, 2013, 03:57:47 AM »
Made with my Eos M & 40mm pancake....more of my images here at....http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2013/08/canon-eos-m-ef-40mm-f28-stm-pancake.html

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All of the above is of note.  Nice review.  First of all, and +1 on the 40mm.  With the adapter, it is my second "M prime" and is not too big or bulky.  The photos are great.

But now I have the ability to grab my big stuff (no doubt it is so much more capable and versatile) or my little kit and go.  It is a nice option.

JP

Thanks! and yes it IS a nice option.

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That's a nice review, and yes, one can certainly make nice images with it.  That said, a couple of your comments remind me of its drawbacks.   As you say, this camera - like other small cameras - seems designed for those who want to be "always ready for a quick 'grab' shot".  And not just professionals like you, but (mostly, I suspect) casual customers who think DSRLs and other cameras with lots of visible controls are too big/complicated/hard to use/expensive. 

Ironically, though, it seems to me that it's far harder to take a good "quick grab shot" with an EOS-M than it is with a DSLR.  Why?  First, unless the subject is large, accurate focus takes a fair amount of time.  The M's focus box is far too big for smallish subjects (especially if you're attempting selective shallow focus) and, unlike M43 cameras (and others), you can't make it smaller and stay smaller from shot to shot; instead you have to use the magnify box separately for each photo.  While this usually results in accurate focus (but not always - sometimes the camera has flatly refused to focus at all for me, even when the subject filled the magnified box), the process is far removed from taking a "quick grab shot"; what takes a couple of seconds on a DSLR or OM-D takes much longer on the M. 

Second, and related, as you say IS is more important with cameras that don't have a viewfinder; all lenses would benefit from it and, as Panasonic has come to realize with its latest M43 bodies, it should be in the body.  So you have to be extra-careful when holding the camera. 

Third (this matters less to me) the camera is just slow to use - not only does establishing focus take longer, but there's quite a lag between when you've taken a shot and when it will let you take the next one (write time? maybe it's shorter if you don't shoot RAW, but I'm not interested in that); photographing action must be rather frustrating, street-shooting maddening unless you're happy with narrow apertures that get everything in focus.

Maybe I'm just not sufficiently accustomed to using it, but it seems to me that the convenience of its small size and weight comes at the expense of inconvenience of use.  Considering that my OM-D doesn't have a comparable expense and, given the tiny size of M43 lenses, weighs even less, I'm not sure I'll be keeping my M.


SDSR, Yes of course all your points are valid for your style of shooting. Not taking its price into account and for a street shooter there are obviously better cameras out there.

I don't really do 'street' as we understand it but rather 'street portraits'. So an ultra fast AF is not that important for me. For fast Af I have a 5D2. In fact for me one of the best 'street' cameras out there would be the Leica X series. They  have agonizingly slow AF but one brilliant redeeming feature which is a super easy 'zone focus' capability. Set up like that focus becomes a non issue...but then as you said you don't like narrow apertures. I on the other do like narrow apertures, so for me it would work perfectly.

I bought the Eos M purely as a backup camera for my 5D2. I tested the Af instore, and that's before the firmware update, and felt I could live with it. After the firmware update I am more than happy with it. So much so that I have decided to wait and see what the next Eos M looks like before committing to my other 'dream' camera, the Fuji X100s. The Eos M 'slow' AF is now a non issue for 90% of my images. Perhaps two and a half years with the even slower X1 has taught me to anticipate a bit more than most with more responsive cameras

But now that I have the Eos M I realize it is not half as bad as the press made it out to be, and with a little bit of work and foresight  it can be a great little camera.

As for  getting a 'quick grab shot' I think its eminently suitable for that because I have it with me all the time, precisely because its so small and because I also have an OVF for it. The Af is fast enough that I am more than confident of getting that grab shot when it arises...obviously your shooting style needs something different.

Yes it is slower from shot to shot than my dslr, but then when I expect 'action' then I put it on continuous and bang of a few...it works for me but obviously might not work for someone else...

For me its great strengths are compatibility with the rest of my Canon system and thus a good backup. Price..I got mine with the 22mm lens, lens adapter and flash for less than half the price of the fuji X100s. Size - I carry it with me everyday...and the better than expected image quality, but it requires careful processing. for my style of shooting it really is a almost perfect solution.

If I didn't have a Canon DSLR and wanted a small compact high quality and very responsive camera I would certainly have looked at the OMD and a few others. But I just don't like having too many different brands on hand and thus for me the Eos M has been a very good buy. I expected worse and actually got a lot more...And not being able financially to buy and sell cameras when they dont suit me perfectly I have to make them 'work' and bend their will until it fits in with mine... :)

And yes I wish Canon would have in body IS, it just makes a lot of sense! And I also wish a Leica MM was a lot cheaper!

Enclosed an image that illustrates my point. I saw that this guy was going to ride past me on the pavement. I just lifted my camera and waited for the 'action' to happen, my camera was set on continuous and I just let rip as he entered the frame. I would do the same for a 'street' shot as well...


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Another nice review, Ivan.  Some nice images that are well presented.  Keep sharing them!

I am looking forward to documenting my experiences with some legacy glass, and have both a M42-EF-M adapter coming along with a Konica AR adapter for a nice looking copy of the Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f/1.7 that I recently got and haven't been able to use yet.

Thanks Dustin! I have only tried manual focus with a tripod...and then of course its quite easy...but I haven't explored hand held MF with the Eos M yet....my MF lenses are all shift and tilt...I would like to hear your experiences with the Hexanon lens. BTW I still have a Konica Hexar camera with a fixed 35mm f2 lens!

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Nice review!  The 40mm looks like a great option for the EOS-M.

I have been using my EF 50 1.4 with my EOS-M recently (80mm 2.2 FF equivalent) and it makes a very nice portrait lens, but is a little bulky and heavy for the body.  With the 40mm's tiny size it does not have that issue.

thanks! I have the 50mm f1.8...but I havent tried it with the Eos M yet..( .I gave it to my daughter partnered with my old 20D), the build quality is not even close but being mostly plastic should be lightweight...maybe I will review that next....

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