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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: January 18, 2015, 06:12:22 PM »
at 18mm, f7.1  EOS-M is a great Travel camera

Hi Charly,

Nice photo. Were is it taken? Zimbabwe?
Thanks, It was at Troy, Turkey.


Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: January 18, 2015, 01:08:08 PM »
at 18mm, f7.1  EOS-M is a great Travel camera

I reviewed all your suggestions, the F-Stop Tilopa seems to be the best option for me, but it's probably a little too big. So I give the F-Stop Loka a shot, hopefully it's big enough.

I fly quite a lot, I wouldn't even try to take a Tilopa as carry on, even if the checkin  staff don't get you, and that is often easy to avoid with print your own boarding passes, the gate staff will most of the time.

I'd anticipate being pulled and having to check a fully packed Loka too looking at the size specs.

My strong advice, resulting from years of playing the carry on game, is break your kit down to two bags, two small bags are always going to get less attention than one much bigger one, and if all your eggs are in that one basket when you do meet an official that insists it has to be checked you are screwed. Everybody allows a carryon and one personal item (even if you have to pay for the carryon), I use a ThinkTank Retrospective as my personal item and a small backpack, Kenti sized, for my carry on, I pack whatever I can in the backpack but keep the serious valuables to hand so if it has to be checked (it never has since adopting this system) I can swap them to the ThinkTank. Also, take a Cagoule with a large breast pocket, it will keep you dry, it packs to nothing and if challenged you can put an extraordinary amount of stuff in the pocket which doesn't count towards your carryon allowance (I have had to do that one time out of the UK).

For light travel I take the small backpack, it is a $35 generic made by Swiss Gear, that takes, camera, lenses, etc, laptop and or iPad and a couple of change of clothes, and my personal item is the tripod. For longer trips I take the Swiss Gear with slimmed down electronics and the ThinkTank Retrospective 10, but I understand if you want the camera bag functionality of an F-Stop backpack so I'd swap my generic out for one of those, but still take a small shoulder bag as insurance, I have gotten $5 bags as throw aways from different places to finesse my way through airports.

Whatever arrangements you make you need to hedge your bets and insure against that one official that says 'no' one time, or be prepared to miss a flight or have your gear go in an unsuitable bag into the hold via baggage handlers.
Excellent first hand advice.


Get one of these. You should have enough room to have the sling bag or shoulder bag inside with plenty of room for the clothing. If the airline weight your carryon, then you just take out the camera bag and do the 1 plus 1. I cannot see myself stuffing a lens in each one of my pocket. You mention that you want to avoid " I am a photographer" look. As soon as you have the 5D III out, you are a photographer.

If I were to do this simply, I would try something rather funny:

1. I would choose the smallest possible shoulder bag that would carry the photo equipment.
2. I would choose a general purpose bag in the dimensions you mentioned.
3. I would put the small shoulder bag inside the bigger one.
4. I would fill the rest of the bag with all necessary items.

Been there, Done that. It works. As long as it is under 17.5 lbs. Some airline actually weights your carry on when you are being checked -in.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M with Magic Lantern, shutter cannot release
« on: January 16, 2015, 01:13:25 PM »

I have the shutter bug with the ef-m 11-22, but only under a certain condition: if I turn on the camera with the lens already set to the "open" position, the bug is there, the only way to get rid of it is to cycle the lens in the "park" position, then pulling out it again, or remove le lens.
No problem with the adapter for EF-s lenses.
No difference with whatever SD is used; it's a lens-camera issue.

Have you try to use a SLOWER ( may be a class 4 card) SD card? It may worth a trial. A slower SD card fix my problem.

Since the airline allows 1 Pus 1 ( one carry on and one "personal item"). I always travel with s standard size carry on and my camera bag( a sling bag) as my personal Item. I have travel in and out of Europe many times without any problem. That will save your unpacking, repacking time in the hotel. I would be more concern about the weight limit ( 16.5 lbs) on carryon. Some airline also set the maximum length at 21 inches, not 22 inches.

PowerShot / Re: Convert the PowerShot N into a Rolleiflex Style Camera
« on: January 16, 2015, 12:39:49 PM »
Exactas were manufactured in GDR until the 1970s.
Your are right on this. I did not make it clear that the Exakta has been manufacturing in Dresden all the time, from 1933 until 1970. From 1939 to 1969, all Exakta has the film cutting knife. The last model (VX1000) does not have the film cutting knife.

PowerShot / Re: Convert the PowerShot N into a Rolleiflex Style Camera
« on: January 15, 2015, 12:41:21 PM »
Canon F-1 had an interchangeable prism as well. You could remove it and look directly at the ground glass from above.

*) If, after say four or five exposures you were in a hurry to see the results, you could cut the film, and in a dark place remove the short strip from the camera in order to develop it. The unexposed remainder you could still use. Remember that the Exakta at the time was being produced in East-Germany, which was a rather poor country.
The proper way to us this function is to have a reusable emty film cassetts  on the recieving end to keep the explosed film in the cassette such that it will be in total darkness.. Before you want to cut the film, you will advance the film by 2 frames and cut it.
Exakta was made in Dresden way before the second world war. It was a united Germany. It was pretty wealthy.

PowerShot / Re: Convert the PowerShot N into a Rolleiflex Style Camera
« on: January 15, 2015, 12:34:35 PM »
If the waist-level viewfinder is to be true to form, then the image has to be upside-down and left to right.
This was the main reason that waist-level viewfinders got taken over by penta-prisms.

My first SLR camera was an Exacta Varex.
Not only was the film cutter handy, but the camera was designed for left handers.
Where are the lefty cameras today?
You are right about the left and right reverse on the finder. But the image in the finder IS NOT up side down.

EOS-M / Re: Why do I keep my Eos M?
« on: January 09, 2015, 12:32:21 PM »
The M becomes my travelling camera. It is small, lightweight, and gives me great picture. The AF is definitely slower than the DSLR. But during travelling, 95% of my pictures are scenery and buildings (both exterior and interior). Therefore the slower AF does not bother me. As for changing setting due to the touch screen, It is a problem. I combat it by using a wrist strap and  turn the camera off more often. On a 11 days trip, I have just mess up the setting once. After that I just form a habit of checking the setting before shooting. Both the 22mm and the 18-55 mm lenses have very small amount of distortion, very suitable for photo stitching

I took my EOS-M to Turkey on a 11 days land tour on October. I did not miss my DSLR. Thereare some inconvenience. Please read my "EOS_M in Turkey" post. I would buy the 18-55mm lens for the trip for convenience. Your line up does not have a lens with IS.

Call me skeptical. The whole video looks like it is staged with a trained elephant and the guy that takes the video is waiting to take the video.

PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot(s) for CES Next Week [CR1]
« on: January 03, 2015, 01:37:11 AM »
I don't think we're ever going to see a 24-200mm (equiv) with an aperture range of anything remotely like f/1.4-2, but keep on dreaming, you crazy kids! I wouldn't mind being proven wrong, but this seems ridiculously unrealistic.
It is not too crazy, 1" snsor has a mutiplication of 3 for focal length. Therefore 200mm equals 67mm. Therfore the front element can be about 34mm in diameter or just slighly larger.  It is a piece of cake. The question is how much will Canon charge us and how fast is the AF.

PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot(s) for CES Next Week [CR1]
« on: January 02, 2015, 08:20:48 PM »
"1″ Sensor & 24-200 f/1.4-2.0 IS Lens"

Sounds good
Throw in the fast AF it will be a great travel camera. I will never be pocketable.

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