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Lenses / Re: Any New Pancakes Coming?
« on: November 06, 2013, 05:52:28 PM »
This may seem like an odd suggestion but, consider the M+22mm f/2.  It can be had for $319 (on Amazon right now) and probably less if you look around (lowest price was $299).  The great appeal of pancakes is the small form factor, well, it doesn't get any smaller than the M+22.  Plus, at that price, it's cheaper than a lot of other primes in that focal range and it's FASTER than what you were hoping for by a full stop - not to mention the improvements in the sensor from your T1i.

Just tossing it out there as an option in case you hadn't considered it! :)

And if you REALLY like the idea, consider a full setup with the 18-55mm IS lens plus 90EX flash - this 4 piece combo can sometimes be had for as little as $400.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: November 02, 2013, 11:16:56 PM »
Well after much consideration I ordered a factory refurbished t4i with 18-135 STM lens .. Im excited to began my photography journey .. I will keep everyone posted . Thank you for all your help. Truly !!

Congrats! Enjoy it!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 30, 2013, 10:58:25 AM »
EF 28mm f/1.8 USM - $450

The other lenses you mentioned are good, but this one I would not recommend.  Though it is fast, it has severe image quality sacrifices even when stepped down compared to any of the other lenses mentioned.  It might be good for a special effect here and there due to the speed, but I would not recommend for a general lens.

I've never used it but I've read that most of the image quality sacrifices are on the periphery of the image circle and and thus, when used on a crop sensor those disadvantages are largely negated. Is this true?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 30, 2013, 10:32:10 AM »
I think I would benefit fri, the articulating screen , and with the refurbished deal with 18-135 STM lens at $588 I just don't think I can bet that deal .

I agree, I would buy ASAP because these deals sell out fast.  The 18-135mm STM is the perfect starter lens due to its wide focal length range as well as its superior performance in video due to the STM.  It will be your workhorse.

hat being said if I were to add another smaller lens for indoors would a cheap 50mm be ideal ? Or the 18-55mm or 40mm ? @jebrady .... You have been a TON of help thank you for taking the time to help me !!

Actually, the best small indoor lens would IMO be the Canon EF 28mm F/2.8 IS USM:

This lens is ideal because it matches the diagonal of the sensor and gives the perfect "normal" field of view for this camera. Meaning it will be like taking pictures as similar to what you see with your own eyes.  It is also one of the smallest lenses available and has image stabilization plus constant f/2.8 aperature which helps greatly for indoors low light.   The 18-55mm is slower & lower quality than this lens plus is redundant with your 18-135, while the 40mm is too long for indoors and lacks IS.

I think the 28mm 2.8 IS is likely a great lens, but I hesitated to recommend it without knowing more about the amount of light in the OP's house. In my house, 2.8 isn't sufficient to get speeds fast enough to freeze even minor motion at a decent ISO. 2.0 seems to get the job done though. In my house the Canon 28mm 1.8 or Sigma 30mm 1.4 ART would be better solutions. IS is GREAT but if you can't freeze motion you're simply trading one type of blur for another (camera shake vs subject blur). At 28-30mm, the shutter speed to freeze motion (1/60 usually, or higher) will compensate for any normal camera shake.
All of that is moot if she prefers a different focal length though, which is why I think an external flash isn't a bad idea. Getting one refurbished at a discount may be very cost effective as well.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 30, 2013, 09:53:28 AM »
For indoors, many people find 50mm too "long". Usually, a wider angle is preferred indoors. One option to consider would be an external flash that can be bounced. I have the 430exII. Something you could do is pick up one of those (or similar) and use it for a while, then check and see what focal lengths you're using most often, that would tell you what small prime might work best for you for indoor shots.
You're welcome for the help, I'm happy to be of assistance and hope that you find we've all given you a thorough examination of your options!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 30, 2013, 03:08:27 AM »
Up with the baby thought I'd respond :)

SL1 vs T5i format:
4 FPS vs 5 FPS (25% more FPS)
9 AF points with the center being a cross-type point vs 9 AF points with ALL being cross type (VERY significant, IMO)
80% AF coverage in live view vs not sure - but substantially less than 80%
fixed touch screen vs articulating touch screen
smaller/lighter vs larger/heavier
fewer shots per battery charge vs more shots per battery charge
flash is less robust (coverage) vs flash is more robust and can be used to control speedlights

I think that's it, but there could be other things.  Hope that helps!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 29, 2013, 11:19:49 PM »
I'd love to help you with that but I'm wiped out and heading to bed.  If you Google "T4i vs SL1" or "T5i vs SL1" you'll find quite a few articles and videos.  The T4i is basically the same as the T5i (three minor changes that don't affect much of anything to be honest) so a T5i to SL1 comparison is valid for the T4i.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 29, 2013, 10:41:13 PM »
Also keep in mind, my original recommendation in your price range was a refurbished T4i + 18-135 IS STM from Canon.  For $588 (including the 20% discount with promo code ZOMBIE2143) plus tax, it's probably the best value available to you with very few compromises.

As Mt. Spokane said above, I have not ordered from 1saleaday.  But, I do personally know a few people who have ordered from them (this camera) and other than shipping times, they were happy.  My guess is the shipping time is the majority of the complaints against them (haven't looked to be sure).

If I were in your shoes, I'd get the T4i + 18-135.  But if you REALLY want a small/portable camera, the M is very nice - especially at that price.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 29, 2013, 10:25:11 PM »
I think I will order the whole kit for $400 .. Even if I find I'm wanting a bigger dslr later .. I will always have the eos m for when a smaller camera would be better suited . I have looked at sample images and they look way nice !! I could pick up a small video devise for those times when I want to record. . I like the compact size and price . I'm not really wanting to shoot him running anyway ... I think the continuous shooting will catch him in action , right ?

With regards to catching "action" (ie, a kid running) be it in video or pictures, it's TOUGH with mirrorless cameras.  For video, I honestly don't know if they can keep up, I don't shoot enough video to be able to say.  For pictures... a kid running.  You're looking at a DSLR.  Mirrorless cameras simply aren't fast enough as a group to be able to do that.  Yet.  And many of them will not continue to track the subject after the first picture when taking pictures in "continuous shooting".

Are there better cameras than the M?  Sure.  At that price point?  I don't believe so (could be wrong).  You still have $300 to your budget max so you could definitely get improved performance if you bought something else and maxed out your budget.  It's just a matter of whether you want to spend the money and/or if you need the improvement.  Truthfully, only you can decide that.  Again, you absolutely WILL get better performance if you spend more money - and it might even be performance you want.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 29, 2013, 08:40:19 PM »
The rumors surrounding the M2 are many and conflicting.  Some people think that the M line has been discontinued because Canon hasn't released the EF-M 11-22 in the US.  Others think that they're saving that lens for the market that shunned the M the most in order to create more hype when the M2 comes out.  Additionally, Canon accidentally showed their hand and put "M2" into the help files for their photo processing software.  13 times.  To me, THAT is a stronger indicator of future intent than not YET releasing a lens that honestly, isn't a lens EVERYONE needs/wants.  It's an ultra wide angle lens, not many people (compared to those who own regular kit lenses) own an ultra wide angle lens.

As for a release date, probably not until next year and yes, probably $800-1000.

The current M is, during most uses, equal to the entry level NEX cameras.  The NEX cameras may (according to most people) autofocus a little bit faster than the M, but the M lenses are MUCH better and substantially cheaper than the lenses for the NEX system.

For every day use for subjects that aren't far away, these two lenses will satisfy your needs.

FYI, the 18-55mm lens is about $150.  The 22mm is about $100.  The EX90 flash is about $100.  So, should you buy all of those items separately, they're about $350.  That means you have $50 invested in the camera (less than I thought earlier).  So, you could take pictures with it now and keep it for the future as a backup should you decide to buy the M2.  Or, on the off chance Canon does abandon the EOS M line (I don't think they will, they need to have a camera in the mirrorless market even though mirrorless cameras don't sell well in the US right now for some reason), you've only invested $400 into the EOS M system and it should last you for probably a decade with average use, if not substantially longer.  Another way to look at it is that technology will pass it by several times before it finally stops working.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 29, 2013, 06:22:51 PM »
How is recommending the EOS M any different than recommending a (more expensive) fixed lens, large sensor compact (RX100II)?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:39:28 PM »
I think the EOS would be a good budget choice, as long as you understand the limitations outlined by Mt Spokane.  I think the AF speed is improved based on what I've seen with the newer firmware 2.0.2 (although it is well short of DSLR speed for still, probably comparable to T4i/T5i for video).  EOS M has all the same PTvAvM modes as a DSLR, so yes, you will be able to set shutter speed, ISO and aperture.  I would suggest going to Best Buy or a camera store and play around with them, that might help you decide whether or not the design and 'feel' (focus speed especially) of the EOS M are acceptable.

I agree, the AF speed is the Achilles heel of the EOS M but it's not as bad for casual shooting as everyone makes it seem.  Additionally, the OP is coming from a cell phone for pictures so the EOS M should be an improvement.

To the OP, make sure you read the manual (goes for any camera you buy) multiple times.  The EOS M is a VERY capable camera and is honestly a better camera than most people NEED (not want, need).  Knowing that manual inside and out (or at least where you can find the info you need quickly) will be a HUGE advantage over just turning it on and trying to use it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:25:53 PM »
Here is their return policy
What is your return policy? 

If your product is defective within 21 days of receipt, please contact Customer Service for a return authorization (RMA). RMAs are required for all returns. When contacting Customer Service, please be sure to include the following:

Order number
The product you wish to return
Reason for return (Please specify)
All original packaging if the product has been opened
Would you prefer a refund or an exchange (we cannot guarantee availability)
Products that are listed as Manufacturer Warranty Only under "Specs" require contacting the manufacturer. If the item is defective and still under warranty it cannot be returned.

So, because they're a liquidation site, you won't have the option to return it unless it's defective.  So, be aware of that.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:20:24 PM »
Here's a link to that deal: http://1sale.com/electronics/cameras-video/eos-m18-55-22mm/

Shipping with them is slow, but you can't beat the price.  I haven't checked out their return policy so do your homework!

Yes, you can change the ISO, aperture, shutter speed, etc., as well as shoot in full auto.  The EOS M is literally a T4i without a viewfinder and in a smaller package because it doesn't have a mirror box like a DSLR does.

I find the EOS M VERY easy to use.

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