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EOS-M / Re: Just got my EOS-M! First impressions...
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:38:28 AM »
Played around with MF and AF+MF with the EF-M 22 f/2 and was likewise disappointed with its implementation.  This camera will be used strictly AF only with EF-M lenses.  Loved the IQ of the EF-M 22 -- fantastic little lens.  Still haven't quite figured out a good way of holding it with the right hand and still have good access to the controls, but it's a good trade for the compact size.

Did you try switching to back button AF? That enables full time manual focus with the 22mm (when you have AF+MF selected) in the menu.

I was trying to set to BB AF (custom function 5), but it didn't seem to be working the way i thought it should.  There might have been something else that I had set that might have over-rode it or locked it out.  I'll have to dig into the manual to see...  Thanks for the heads up!

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EOS-M / Re: Just got my EOS-M! First impressions...
« on: July 11, 2013, 09:58:09 AM »
After having the wife use the S90 (before I accidently drowned it)/HSxxx, this blows it out of the water IQ-wise.  Best $300 camera I've ever bought.

Played around with MF and AF+MF with the EF-M 22 f/2 and was likewise disappointed with its implementation.  This camera will be used strictly AF only with EF-M lenses.  Loved the IQ of the EF-M 22 -- fantastic little lens.  Still haven't quite figured out a good way of holding it with the right hand and still have good access to the controls, but it's a good trade for the compact size.

I do wish that the camera would prefer something faster than 1/30s before trading shutter speed and ISO (auto ISO) though.  It'd be nice to set the min shutter to something like 1/60 or 1/120 because kids move even when they try to be still.  Servo AF isn't very good, but it was not expected to be good.

When the wife looked at it, she immediately asked where was the flash.  Might have to pick up the ex-90 at some point because there is no way she'd use it with a 430.  Ordered the ef-m ef adapter.  Don't intend to use it much at all, but the M will be a capable backup to the DSLR if the situation arose.

Not quite sure if I'd get another lens for it since all the needed focal lengths are available with the DSLR and the main advantage of the M + 22 f/2 is its size.  Tried out a relative's NEX 5 and was not impressed.  It probably had to do more with the kit zoom than the sensor, but I know I'd rather have the M + 22 f/2.

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Lenses / Re: Indoor Lens recommendations?
« on: July 11, 2013, 07:57:44 AM »
There are a couple ways to address your problem.  Faster lenses and flash.  I often don't find f/2.8 fast enough because I still find myself at ISO 3200 and above.  In that case, using the larger aperture of faster lenses will allow you to trade DOF for ISO/shutter speed.  f/1.4 lenses are really helpful in these situations, but I tend to focus on a single subject because the DOF is thin.

In your case, I think a flash would be more helpful.  You can then use your current lenses and drag the shutter.  The flash will help freeze the subject while the longer exposure time will allow the background to be exposed properly.

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Lenses / Re: Does IS make bokeh busier/less smooth?
« on: July 09, 2013, 11:51:03 AM »
I've seen some nasty "bokeh" out of the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II and 100L, but that is usually when the shutter speed is slow, so I do think that IS can make it worse under certain conditions.  The IS can only compensate at the targeted focal length, so objects at other distances may be moving more with IS than without it.  Good technique/keeping the camera/lens as still as possible seems to help because IS is not as active.  Longer exposures with wind-blown trees lead to a similar effect.  I don't recall encountering bad bokeh in good light (i.e. less than 1/1000s)

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EOS Bodies / Re: So I made the jump to FF - now what?
« on: July 08, 2013, 08:44:14 AM »
How do people feel about the 135L with an extender?

It takes the extender ok, but it will lose to the 70-200L f/2.8 IS II in IQ/IS.  If you don't have 70-200L zoom, then 135 + extender is a good way to extend the focal length range.

Do you think it is better than the 70-300?

The 70-300L will have better IQ than the 135L + 2x.  The 70-300L matches well against the 70-200L f/2.8 IS II.  The 70-200L f/2.8 IS II focuses better on lower contrast targets, tracks better, and has a 1-2 stop advantage but is heavier than the 70-300L.  The 70-300L is compact and lighter, costs less than the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II, and delivers IQ that nearly matches the 70-200L over much of the overlapping range and is better at 300 than the 70-200 is at 280.

For those that shoot sports and portraits, the 70-200 f/2.8 II is the ultimate zoom lens but is heavy.  It also takes extenders well.  The 70-200 + 1.4x will nearly match the 70-300L at the long end and will be a stop faster, and the 70-200 + 2.0x will come close to 100-400L.  The 70-300L is arguably the best travel lens.  For controlled portraits or when trying to maximize discretion (although a dSLR with a L lens will likely be much larger than what many people use, i.e. cellphones) or going for the shallowest DOF/maximum background blur, the 135L is a good choice, but for most other use cases, the zooms are better.

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EOS Bodies / Re: So I made the jump to FF - now what?
« on: July 08, 2013, 07:24:56 AM »
How do people feel about the 135L with an extender?

It takes the extender ok, but it will lose to the 70-200L f/2.8 IS II in IQ/IS.  If you don't have 70-200L zoom, then 135 + extender is a good way to extend the focal length range.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Help about prices...
« on: July 05, 2013, 07:09:35 AM »
I used Get It Digital for my 5DIII, and it arrived fine.  For 2500, I was willing to put up with some hassle, but didn't have any issues.  GID is not an authorized dealer but it's an ongoing debate whether or Canon offers warranty coverage under these cases.

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Lenses / Re: Help me choose 40 v 50(1.4)
« on: July 04, 2013, 09:36:13 PM »
If those are the only two choices, then my vote is for the 50 f/1.4.  The only really good reason to get the 40 is for compactness.  If you're willing to use the 24-105 as a walk-around lens, then the 40 has very little value to you.  It is only 1 stop faster than your 24-105 and it doesn't have IS.  The 50 offers 3 stops compared to your zoom, which makes it much more appealing to use in low ambient light and for going for a really thin DOF look.  It makes sense to have clear uses for each of your lenses, and I think the 50 will fit that bill better.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 04, 2013, 08:24:55 PM »
Pano stitched like the previous picture, only this time shooting into the sun with a 10 stop filter.  Corner vignetting is from combination of lens and filter.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 04, 2013, 08:01:23 PM »
Early morning by a lake in Maine.

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Ordered 1 also.  Was tempted at 399.  For 299, it's a go!  This will be the travel cam for the wife.

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Mirrorless will eventually replace DSLRs but the lenses are obstacle.  It'll take a long time to replace all the EF lenses with mirrorless variants.  I can see a half-way there product:  a mirrorless camera with the same external dimensions (and flange distance) as a DSLR.  Gone will be the mirror and phase detect array to be replaced by high FPS sensor, and the pentaprism replaced by an EVF.  That will give sports shooters an edge over existing offerings. 

For a FF mirrorless design, fast primes and quality zooms will always be larger than the camera could be, which means a FF mirrorless will never be pocketable for significant segments of the DSLR user base.  Larger sensors will always have advantages over smaller sensors.  If the sensors improve such that smaller sensors are good enough for indoors/sports/dim settings, then FF may go the way of large and medium formats -- niche products.  Until then, I'll choose the FF DSLR and lenses for its better IQ.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Dual Pixel Liveview Autofocus
« on: July 02, 2013, 11:12:51 AM »
I'm also hoping that the pixels aren't all split in a left/right horizontal pattern, as the video shows, but that half of them are split vertically, because no one would want the AF system to be sensitive to horizontal contrast only.

Based on what I've read, including a statement from Chuck Westfall who was asked for clarification on the matter, they are all split in the same direction.  That means the Dual Pixel CMOS phase AF system is a giant vertical line sensor, responsive only to horizontally-oriented details.

Any guess as to whether the next generation will have a quad split (2x2) to do both vertical and horizontal or would it be better to use the next neighboring pixel of of the same color instead?

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Lenses / Re: Kit for California trip
« on: July 02, 2013, 08:29:51 AM »
I am looking into purchasing a 1.4x and/or 2x extender before I leave on this trip.

I'm thinking I could maybe leave the 70-200 and 70-300 home and use my 135L with the extenders for added reach.  I typically don't take a high percentage of shots at longer focal lengths anyway, and this would save quite a bit of space and weight at the expense of some IQ and convince.  Maybe i could just get by with the 24-70 II and 135L + extenders?  Maybe the 50 1.4 as well.

A 135L + 1.4x and 2x will weigh more than the 70-300L.  You will gain 1+ stop in aperture/shutter speed, but the zoom will win in IQ, focal length range, and convenience.

Perhaps renting a UWA lens in CA for a few days will be a good compromise.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder the Canon EOS 70D
« on: July 02, 2013, 07:14:21 AM »
Not to be negative, but I don't think Canon is in the x-mas present business - if they price the 70d just as Nikon's d7100 this means that even Canon thinks that their camera is somewhat lacking, and this can only mean the the sensor performance as you'd expect from a tweaked 18mp sensor. You'd also expect a lot of video moire from a 20mp sensor just like on the 6d, we'll see.

Canon might not be in the x-mas present business, but retailers are expected to compete on price during then and they often do.

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