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EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: July 11, 2013, 09:39:49 AM »
The LowePro UtilityBag 100 AW works great! I had an unused one sitting around and gave it a try.

  • Front pocket for filters, batteries and cards
  • Built in microfiber cloth for cleaning the LCD
  • Two inside pockets; one for 1-2 extra lenses
  • The other for the GPS receiver or flash at the bottom
  • The camera sits on top with lens pointing down into the 2nd pocket (works for either pancake or zoom)
  • AW cover
  • Add a strap to the back grommets
  • I'll keep the lens adaptor in with my other gear

Seems to work pretty well, I want something that'll hold 2 lenses plus one on the body (all I'm missing is the new wide angle), the GPS or maybe I'll get a flash too, and filters, batteries and cards.

Otherwise I might consider the Lowepro LP36336 Compact Courier 80

EOS-M / Re: Just got my EOS-M! First impressions...
« on: July 11, 2013, 08:31:41 AM »
Got mine with the kit 22mm and the zoom I bought off eBay the same day.

I agree with the impressions posted here, including that it gets warm and it is heavier and more solid than I expected. On the blackout and focus it seems on par with my S100, which is fine by me. I actually use the S100 most of the time for family documentary shots (the 5DmII is too big, noisy and intimidating for much of that) and this is the perfect replacement.

I also can't help thinking that this is what the G1X should have been. I had that camera for about an hour and returned it. Too expensive for what you get IMO, I didn't find it substantially better than it's predecessor. This guy pulls it off however, and is a complete steal at the price.

The handling and touchscreen is really nice, and I love the clarity and resolution of the screen! Having this much control in this small a package is a dream.

I hate to say it but I'll probably be getting 90% of my pictures on this camera from now on. Looking forward to getting the zoom! Finally I also got the GPS shoe accessory and love it with this camera (I really like having GPS tags).

EOS-M / Re: ebay EOS M adapters?
« on: July 08, 2013, 06:11:00 PM »
I ordered this one

Shipped the next day, I haven't gotten it yet but they have good reviews and have sold a lot of them. I'm guessing overstock since the EOS M hasn't been a big seller. Anyhow for genuine Canon $85ish is hard to beat.

That's the deal. I recently paid $119 for the same thing. I would want the adapter to be OEM, however worrying about gray market is silly for this item.

Has anyone received the adapter from this eBay seller? Is it a genuine Canon OEM? Thanks!

Mine's passed through HK airmail shipping. I'm on the West Coast so I guess I'll get it this week and will let you know. The picture is with a Canon box so I'm guessing it's OEM.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next EOS M Camera(s) [CR1]
« on: July 07, 2013, 09:35:42 PM »
I just posted a few hours ago in the $299 EOS thread that it seemed like a silly purchase; since Canon would likely be replacing it with a dual-pixel AF markII version.

I guess I was spot on with that prediction.

Sounds spot off, to me. Maybe I'm biased because I bought one for $299. But, if this rumor is true (it's CR1, just the new 100-400 has been for what, 4 years?), the next M will be an 18 MP minor update (T5i/SL1 sensor), and the 20 MP dual pixel CMOS will follow that...but when?  And 'aimed at the FF Canon shooter' sounds like a $900-1000 camera, to me.  So, $299 really doesn't sound 'silly' especially when the camera + 22mm pancake only costs $85 more than the 22mm pancake alone.  That way, the next M can be bought with the kit zoom (since the best way to buy a kit lens is in a kit), and even selling the body for $150 you'd come out ahead...  Or you'd have a cheap body for IR conversion - one almost ideally suited for it as any lens can be used.

Just my $0.02 (or $299, as the case may be).

I agree. The EOS M now for $299 is a steal, with the new firmware it's a highly capable camera in a small package, and it works with my existing system (flash, lenses, GPS). I've got a couple S100's which are going to probably be retired due to this camera. Sure new Mirrorless will come, who cares? I can upgrade later.

I got the 22mm but would also like the 18-55, anybody on this deal who got one but don't want to keep?

EOS-M / Re: ebay EOS M adapters?
« on: July 05, 2013, 05:16:33 PM »
I ordered this one

Shipped the next day, I haven't gotten it yet but they have good reviews and have sold a lot of them. I'm guessing overstock since the EOS M hasn't been a big seller. Anyhow for genuine Canon $85ish is hard to beat.

I got a $50 gift certificate for my birthday and am thinking of using it on a EOS M accessory.

  • Extra battery or filter (boring)
  • 18-55 zoom (useful)
  • GPS unit (exciting!)
  • Lens adapter (already ordered off eBay for $80)

I'd be able to use the GPS with my next body (have a 5DmII presently) so that would get some milage. The zoom might be handy, but then again it seems to defeat the purpose of a small camera. Plus with the adaptor I can use other zooms if I really want to.

Looks like Amazon and affiliates are sold out at the $299 price.

It's my birthday tomorrow, why not?

I wasn't planning on getting one but this is a good price, worth seeing if the format and camera work for me. I certainly like smaller cameras, and the fact that it can work with my flashes and lenses it seems like a good idea.

Somebody here said that soft edge ND filters are for general landscape shots and the hard edge are for times when you actually have an edge, like at the ocean. This makes sense, however I noticed the following bit from a Lee soft edge filter blurb

Lee graduated neutral density filters are available with soft or hard transitions from dark to clear. The soft edge is recommended for wide angle lenses and the hard edge is recommended for normal and longer lenses.


Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: May 14, 2013, 04:34:02 PM »
I think it's perfect. I'm not fond of those overly misted out Big Stopper shots (even though I have a Big Stopper)

LR keeps choking on video files. They've always had bad support of video but this goes beyond. I'm frequently getting errors importing video now. My method is to import via LR - change the file name to an extended date, convert to DNG and backup original file to secondary location. Then I run a script which backs up the imported files to a server.

Guess what? It choked a video file, and messed up the backup copy. The backup copy should just be a copy, right? No, somehow Adobe managed to actually screw up the backup version. The file is clipped and messed up.

Fair warning, I've about had it with Adobe and all their products. LR is slow and now I'm sure I can't trust it. I'm even wondering if I made a mistake converting all my pictures to DNG - how many applications other than LR support it?

Anyhow I've rewritten my script to run the command line Adobe DNG converter for importing - keep LR out of the picture entirely. I rarely do a much editing on the computer, I'd rather be shooting.

Any other pure import options?

PowerShot / Re: Two New PowerShot Cameras Leaked
« on: May 13, 2013, 05:39:35 AM »
Puzzling, this S200 looks the same as the S100, yet it jumped by a full 100 model numbers from 100 to 200. Previously we went 90, 100, 110 ... something doesn't add up. What is this camera?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji x100(s) to Supplement an SLR
« on: May 12, 2013, 07:14:36 AM »
I have the X100. The S is supposed to be faster but otherwise they are the same.

There are many goofy things about the camera, hardware and software. As others have said the mechanical dials, of which there are way too many (I only use two or three) get changed accidentally all the time. The battery compartments on the flash accessory are wrong, you have insert one of the batteries against opposite the way you would as indicated by the spring (which normally goes against the tail, not the head). This one is amazing, only on really cheap Chinese toys have I ever seen a lazy mistake like that.

Oftentimes the firmware gets into a state I have a hard time pulling it out. Like the flash mode, some times it's "commander mode" (what the hell is that) where it seems to have a mind of it's own, and not, but often I can't turn off commander mode. The camera actually locks up not too infrequently.

On and on, of course with my generation the AF sucks. However it may work out great for you. Ultimately it taught me to stick with Canon. Maybe a little more boring, but eminently sensible and it works. If they come out with a large format compact for $700 I'll be really happy.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Do you trust your camera?
« on: May 11, 2013, 03:46:23 PM »

I trust it to get a detailed image with good colors, because I force the colors on it by doing on location WB and post process camera color calibration. I partially trust its metering because it does a pretty OK job here usually, but I'll often shoot manual. I don't trust AF as half the time it will get it either wrong, or will just hunt for focus.

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