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Nice photos!  Proving once again that it is the operator, not the equipment, that rules in the end.

Now, you owe it to those girls to take the money you saved by buying the M instead of another DSLR and get them each a cheeseburger.  They all look like they could use it.

Software & Accessories / Re: How Long Does Your CF Cards Last...
« on: July 30, 2013, 12:51:32 AM »
At work we have an industrial system that uses CF cards (the OS, main program, and collected data are all stored on the card).  It was old when I started using it in 1999, and we're still using the cards we had back then.  So I would say there is really nothing about a CF card that suggests limited longevity.

In cameras I've bought new larger cards when I've upgraded (Xt to 50D to 5D3).  The old ones are in the drawer "just in case"...and will likely remain there forever.

EOS Bodies / Re: Wrecked my 6D today, what a POS
« on: July 27, 2013, 05:51:35 PM »
So I got over my initial dislike last year of a few of the corners Canon took with the 6D (like 1/4000 max shutter speed) because the image quality was on par with my 5D3.  Today shooting the Collingwood Ontario Elvis festival in the rain with a EF 400mm 2.8 IS on my 5D3 and a 14mm 2.8 II on my 6D and I was shocked to find that my 6D stopped responding after about 20 minutes in sporadic rain.  I got home, opened things up to inspect and found felt-like material at all the seams rather than the expected rubber material that even my EF-S mount 2009 era 7D has.  I'm sorry, but F$#%K you Canon, for my couple of grand I want you to not skimp out on maybe a dollar's worth of sealing material.  My 6D is now in a bowl of rice in my cranked up to the max infrared sauna, I'll see if my hatred of Canon corner cutting sticks.  No wonder I enjoy developing EOS mount solutions for 60's to mid 80's era Canon manual focus lenses, its before they started sucking like it was a sport.

-Ed Mika

I definitely sympathize.

If you have access to a bell jar and vacuum pump, such a setup works better than rice.

Perhaps this is an opportunity - get a scrap AE-1 off eBay, and put the Fd mount right on the 6D body.  Develop some way to trip the diaphragm lever, and you'd have the perfect conversion - the one Canon should have provided in the 1980's.

EOS-M / Re: Maybe they need an accessory mirror box?
« on: July 14, 2013, 02:05:20 PM »
This is a lens adaptor, not a mirror box.  Its needed to be able to adapt A lenses to a E mount body, and still get autofocus and exposure control.
Canon makes a EF to M adaptor, but you don't need a mirror in order to get AF and Exposure control because it was planned on in advance.

Allow me to explain my thinking further.  The existing AF in the M is only fair (not that any of Canon's cameras are great when using Live View).  If Canon crafted an accessory like this where, using a pellicle mirror, they could have a much more sophisticated AF that wasn't sensor based, then it might be an interesting option for those times when you want a really top notch AF.

The suggestion "get a DSLR" misses the point, because there are plenty of times when a DSLR is not appropriate.  While 'get a DSLR and an M' might please Canon's accountants, I was thinking more of the opportunity to capture people upgrading from a P+S, by allowing them a lower cost upgrade path (without buying a new body).

And the referenced adapter clearly IS a mirror box, as it contains a mirror specifically to enable Sony to bring a separate autofocus and exposure sensor into the game on a mirrorless body.

EOS-M / Maybe they need an accessory mirror box?
« on: July 14, 2013, 11:05:13 AM »
Sony has apparently come to the conclusion that sometime a mirror box is a better solution, so they've come out with it as an accessory:


Imagine a similar accessory for the EOS-M, permitting full speed auto focus with EF lenses, when you aren't as concerned with size.


EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: July 09, 2013, 07:19:14 PM »
My "M" arrived today, and as I sit here waiting for the battery to charge, I can't help but think that this is the camera that could fit in a shoulder holster...

It's smaller than a PPK (albeit a little thicker)...Bond, James Bond.

EOS Bodies / Re: So I made the jump to FF - now what?
« on: July 08, 2013, 01:53:52 AM »
If you're used to the long reach of a crop, and you're certainly you'll make use of it, the 70-300L is a superb lens.

(truth be told, however, I would wait a bit and see if you don't find that cropping images from your 24-105 isn't just as suitable - when I upgraded to the 5D3 I bought the 70-300L since I was so used to the 320mm equivalent on my 50D, yet I use it very little - I can usually just crop the long end of my 24-105)

I would also recommend the shorty 40.  Very inexpensive, the IQ is amazing, and it's very convenient for those times you want to be subtle.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is This the EOS 3D?
« on: July 06, 2013, 12:22:39 AM »
while people are pointing out that "why would he openly wear the strap of an unannounced camera", note that he is wearing the strap "upside down", with the lettering turned in. it is only because it is half twisted in this side on view that we can see it.

i.e the strap is being very deliberately worn in a non-traditional manner.

Perhaps a better question would be "why does anyone use the supplied strap anyway?"

They're awful (uncomfortable and too slippery), they advertise "steal me" to nere-do-wells, and they're difficult to install.

I recommend a nice neoprene strap (I like Optech but there are plenty of other options) and a C-Loop from Custom SLR.

Mine should be here on Monday.

I'm looking forward to 'hacking' this camera.  It seems to offer lots of possibilities given the availability of many different lens adapters (far more than the regular EF mount permits, since the M has a much shorter focal plane distance than most anything else).

But I wonder whether this means Canon plans a new model, or are they giving up on the M format?  This being Canon RUMORS, has anyone heard anything?

Do I need to panic and rush to get the EF adapter now (perhaps with them disappearing like the very rare FD-EF they made briefly for the pros), or can I wait a few weeks?  That sort of question.

Maybe this is the camera to perform the Bayer Filter removal and conversion to high resolution B+W only?

I'm thinking sell the 22mm lens, use the proceeds to (mostly) pay for an IR conversion.

I've got plenty of other lenses.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera RAW
« on: June 25, 2013, 11:00:18 PM »
Allow me to second MrFotoFool's position.

From what you've written, I would recommend you stay away from RAW until you've really nailed composition, exposure, and white balance.

The purpose of RAW is to provide the best (raw) material for post processing (Photoshop, Lightroom, etc).  Which means you need an additional set of skills to achieve anything worthwhile.  On the other hand, if you have great composition, exposure, and white balance, there is little to no need for post processing.

Once you've really mastered the basics, you'll be able to get something out of post processing if you want to explore that route.  Until then, all it will do is frustrate you and distract you from the real goal, great images.

Maybe it is because I've been doing this for over 40 years, and still have a film based philosophy, but I find no enjoyment in post processing.  So I strive to get the best possible results out of the camera so I don't have to sit in front of the computer for hours.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is This the EOS 3D?
« on: June 22, 2013, 09:57:33 PM »
Perhaps that is an EOS-3eye strap, dating back to the film camera.

I just hope that when Canon finally comes out with the 3D, it really is 3-D (they can then sell you two L lenses at a time instead of one).

Software & Accessories / Re: Right Angle Finder
« on: June 22, 2013, 09:49:03 PM »
I have an Angle Finder B (which fits the 5D3 perfectly), and I have been very pleased with it for low (and high) angle shots.

The B can be had on eBay very cheaply (got mine NIB for $20), because most people apparently don't know that it fits the new cameras.

EOS Bodies / Re: Moire in the 1DX and 5D3
« on: June 19, 2013, 09:39:35 PM »
Its a side effect that appears as you get higher frequencies in the image.   Unfortunately, once its captured, it can be reduced but not eliminated.
The part the lens plays is in delivering high resolution that lets the fine detail be projected on the sensor.  Stopping way down filters out the moirĂ© by reducing resolution.

Thank you very much for pointing me to that explanation.  I get the picture now (sorry, couldn't resist).

EOS Bodies / Re: Moire in the 1DX and 5D3
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:57:52 PM »

The lens is oversampling the sensor.

I'm afraid I don't understand this statement.  A lens is an analog device; I don't see how it can "sample" anything.

Ideally, it provides a perfect image focused upon the sensor - that's the goal, is it not?  At worst, the image has lost some resolution, and perhaps has some aberrations introduced.  But moire isn't either of these two effects.  As the respondent below pointed out, you never see this sort of thing with film (an analog media).

So I would assume it is a byproduct of the way the system samples the sensor array and merges the four color pixels into one.  But the lens has nothing to do with that, unless you are suggesting that there is something inherent to the performance of the lens that causes this effect when the sensor samples.

Would you please explain this (or point me to a reference that does)?

Thank you.

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