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EOS-M / Re: Stealth mode with EOS M?
« on: Today at 12:39:18 AM »

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EOS-M / Re: Stealth mode with EOS M?
« on: July 30, 2014, 08:32:13 PM »
If the Vivian Maeir documentary is showing anywhere near you, prepare to be taught how to shoot from the hip.
Poor woman lacked confidence but is the best street photographer I've seen.  Period. 
Okay she had a rollieflex.  But she never had flickr.
Rollieflex by right is  a "shoot from the hip" camera, due the waist level finder.

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EOS-M / Re: Stealth mode with EOS M?
« on: July 30, 2014, 05:13:17 PM »
Learn to "shoot it from the hip". You can make an educated guess on what will be in your picture. Anytime you raise your camera to the eye level. It is not stealth anymore. Therefore no view finder will not hinder you.

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EOS-M / Re: Difficulty attaching lenses to my new EOS-M
« on: July 26, 2014, 03:30:19 PM »
To make matter worst, both EOS-M lenses have only a 3/8 to 1/2 inch wide band at the base to be grab . And they are VERY SMOOTH. 

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EOS-M / Re: Adapters + legacy lenses on the EOS M: any advice?
« on: July 25, 2014, 04:14:30 PM »
My intention is to use my "good old lens" along side with the 22/2.0 and the 18-55mm  for the EOS-M. Never have any thought of replace them and going back to "stone age".With the Summiron, I will have a 56/2.0 ( 35mmm equivalent). With the Elmar, I will have a 80/2.8 ( 2 stops faster than the zoom). Together, with an adapter on each lens it will only take up 3.5 inches of space. Leica have a ring that allows you to put two lenses together in back to back position. The Elmar is collapsible. That will make a very small travel outfit. I do not even need to buy the two lenses.  Another reason is the Bokeh on both lenses are excellent due to the perfectly round aperture with 10 0r 12 blades.

Too bad this idea does not plan out.

That would be a nice "stone age" travel kit :).
Actually, you have 56/3.2 with the Summicron on EOS-M, and 80/4.5 with the Elmar. The bokeh would still be nice, but nothing like FF. That's the price of the crop.
56/2.0 and 80/2.8 is from light gathering point of view, not background burling effect. that is the same reason why Canon call the 22mm  as 2.0 not 3.2.

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EOS-M / Re: Adapters + legacy lenses on the EOS M: any advice?
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:26:28 PM »
My intention is to use my "good old lens" along side with the 22/2.0 and the 18-55mm  for the EOS-M. Never have any thought of replace them and going back to "stone age".With the Summiron, I will have a 56/2.0 ( 35mmm equivalent). With the Elmar, I will have a 80/2.8 ( 2 stops faster than the zoom). Together, with an adapter on each lens it will only take up 3.5 inches of space. Leica have a ring that allows you to put two lenses together in back to back position. The Elmar is collapsible. That will make a very small travel outfit. I do not even need to buy the two lenses.  Another reason is the Bokeh on both lenses are excellent due to the perfectly round aperture with 10 0r 12 blades.

Too bad this idea does not plan out.

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EOS-M / Re: Adapters + legacy lenses on the EOS M: any advice?
« on: July 24, 2014, 08:49:37 PM »
My Leica-M to EOS-M adapter came in today. I have been playing with a 35/2 Summicron from my 45 years old Leica collection. The 35/2 Summicron is my favorite lens.  It is sharp and contrasy when stopped down to f 4.0 in the film application. Tripod and manual focusing  was used ( with 10X magnification) for both indoor and outdoor shots. Outdoor is just shooting down the street with the center of interest 60 ft away and 150 feet away. Indoor target is a unframed (no glass) fine painting with a lot of detail (Flash is used to avoid hand shaking). F2.0 to F8.0 was used to eliminate focusing error for all indoor and out door shots..
Result : It is shocking. As a pixel peeper, the Canon 22mm f 2.0 beats the Summicron in both contrast and sharpness.
Conclusion: It is fun to play with the old lens. I suppose the old lens was not built for 18 MP resolution Bayer sensor with AA filter ( may be that is why Leica digital M is not using AA filter). Is it worthwhile to use old lens on the EOS-M??

Update: Tried the Voigtland 25/4 after diner (indoor) it is worst than the Summicron.
              Tried the Elmar 50/2.8. It is a touch better than the  Summicron. But still below the Canon22mm 2.0
                             Elmar 50/2.8 is a very sharp lens at its time. It it so sharp that it was double duty as a 
                                        macro lens with the proper attachment

Final verdict: I give up, I do not even  want to try the Elmar 90/4 or the Hector 135/4.5. These two are too big and too heavy for the EOS-M anyway.

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EOS-M / Re: Adapters + legacy lenses on the EOS M: any advice?
« on: July 24, 2014, 01:31:42 PM »
I also have to consider that a new 50mm Canon (F/1.8 IS?) could (will eventually) be delivered, so I'm not sure about having (in the future) two prime lenses with the same focal lenght.
Maybe something different (the 100mms you mentioned, or a good 35mm...).

You may also have to consider that a new 50mm f/1.8 IS will cost $300-$400 and still won't deliver the umph. If I was looking for a really small manual lens for my mirrorless camera, I would consider something like Leica Summicron-C 40mm f/2 (I think it is $500-$800 used).
40mm on crop will be 64mm angle of view in 35mm. It may be too narrow. If you  want to go to the route of Leica  lens. 35mm f 2.0 (Summicron) will be a better choice. It is about the same size of the 40mm f 2.0. If the price is too high, then you may try the 35mm f2.8 Summaron.

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EOS-M / Re: Need help.. LCD turns on but black!?!
« on: July 24, 2014, 01:36:50 AM »

 
Bought the EOSM kit from directly from Amazon US brand new during the fire sale, so authorized dealer and in the US. Can't believe this happened a year and 10 days from ship date, and shutter count is probably in the neighborhood of 500. Thanks, I'll be sure to with my credit card company in regards to any possible extended warranty.

So for a more accurate description of what's going on, the LCD powers on, but no menus, settings, or text display. Images do not display when I try to cycle through images. When connected to the PC, the docking screen icon doesn't show as well, but is camera as expected is detected by the PC. The touch screen itself works as I can still move the focus box. The camera still takes pictures as I've taken some, and reviewed the sd card after.

The camera has never been dropped.

I'll give Canon and call and see what my options are. Thanks all!

You are only 10 days out of warranty, Talk to Canon ask for a "good will warranty". If Canon will not do it, ask the Amazon Visa about the " double warranty" offered by Amazon Visa.

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EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:41:23 PM »

I notice that the lens cap is attached not to the lens body but to the moving element group.  This troubles me, as the lens cap protrudes, and thus it is likely to be hit, resulting in a direct impact to the focusing apparatus.  It seems to me that with the lens cap removed, the tiny front element is exposed, but the focusing apparatus is better protected. Also, the lens cap does not protect debris from entering the focusing mechanism, only from contacting the front element.  Hence, I think I'll forgo the use of the lens cap.


Just got mine and I noticed too that the lens cap is pretty thick being a center pinch style. I was thinking about just using a bare UV filter instead of lens cap. But I wonder if that would introduce some other complications. I was also thinking that perhaps it would help with flare as the ring on the filter may block some stray light. Comments?
You can cover the entire lens with  a 61mm push on cap.  I just got mine. You want to make sure it is a 61mm not 60mm. the standard push on cap for a 58mm filter lens is 60mm. I suggest you to try ii out before buying it.

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EOS-M / Re: Adapters + legacy lenses on the EOS M: any advice?
« on: July 23, 2014, 03:35:17 PM »
I recently installed Magic Lantern on my M and appreciated the improved ability of manual focussing, thanks to the focus peaking feature.
 

What is your impression on the Magic Lantern?? Did you see any  problem?? Which built day did you used? I am thinking about installing magic Lantern on my EOS-M. But I have also read that there are problems with the shutter release.  Thanks for the advice in advance.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR ? - thinking out loud ....
« on: July 19, 2014, 06:08:07 PM »
This is another absolutely opposite case. With  a fully charged battery, I was playing with the manu, custom function, for about 45 minutes.  Then the battery died after less than 10 shots.

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EOS-M / EOS-M and Magic Lantern
« on: July 18, 2014, 12:46:47 PM »
Has anybody used the Magic Lantern on EOS-M?? What is your experience of Magic Lentern on M??Thanks.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR ? - thinking out loud ....
« on: July 17, 2014, 03:53:27 PM »
This is not the first time that members try to ring the "death bell" 0f DSLR or mirroless. Personally, I cannot see any reason why either group should do that. If you look back into the film days, SLR and range finder(interchangeable lens) cameras has been co-exist since the1930's. Each type has its advantage and  disadvantage. Which one to pick depends on personal choice, requirement and the pocket book. Leica, Canon, Nikon, Zeiss etc. are all in both camps. Range finder  can do anything a SLR can do ( with the right attachment), may be a little bit clumsy. Until 1970's, range finder has only one company left (LEICA). SLR over-run the range finder. The range finder cannot complete with SLR is due to higher  price ( complexity and precision of the view finder  and range finder leads to much higher price) and versatility. Now we are in digital age.  I can see the co-existance of both DSLR and the mirrorless. I do not expect one will over-run the another for a long long long time.

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Your observations match mine but before you rely on the M as a travel companion, use it under bad conditions before, that is hanging around your neck and doing 150+ pictures  on two consecutive days.

One will demonstrate what havoc the touchscreen can create, the other what a fun power management with the M is.

I'm satisfied with the M now, but my first SE Asia trip with the M was quiet a learning curve
Thanks for the advice. No original strap is used to avoid the touch screen being set unintentionally with my body. I also try to shut off the camera more often to minimize battery drain. Will travel with two spare batteries.

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