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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 10, 2014, 01:13:27 PM »
wondering when Canon is going to move beyond selfie technology based cameras.

I guess this was just a dumb joke, but seriously, Canon's consumer cameras should never be used as a gauge for it's pro lineup.  Nikon is winning the MP race, and slightly better DR and noise control.  But Canon is doing just fine.  Aside from a 7Dii, what's there to want?  The D800, IMHO, just makes bigger files.  And it's no PhaseOne.

Lenses / Re: 50 F1.4 durabilty question
« on: July 11, 2013, 02:48:39 PM »
Back when I was dirt poor, I was a huge fan of the 50/1.8.  I went through several of them. But only after completely wearing them out.  Sure, I dropped them a few times, but they're so lightweight that they can handle their own mass and bounce around without much consequence.  Unless, of course a body is attached, or if you run over the camera bag with the car.  Then it's really nice when that $75 lens takes the impact. 

The 1.4 is just too heavy for itself.  Better not to drop it. ;D

Lenses / Re: 50mm Primes that don't suck wide open?
« on: July 11, 2013, 02:41:53 PM »
Just keep what you have until you get the FF. Shoot with the 50 1.8 and see if you like it on the FF. DOF changes when on FF and there is no 1.6 multiplier like crop. So it might change your mind on what you need.

Well, dof of the lens doesn't actually change, just the dof at the equivalent angle of view (as with a 35mm lens on a 1.6 crop sensor).  So he can just put his 50/1.8 on his existing 1.6 crop and get a sense of the dof, which he's probably already familiar with. The 1.4 will have only slightly shallower dof.

Lenses / Re: 50mm Primes that don't suck wide open?
« on: July 11, 2013, 02:32:17 PM »
I've owned the Canon EF 50mm 1.4 and the Sigma of the same specs.  Hated the Canon, loved the Sigma, especially the color characteristics.  Nicknamed the Sigmalux for good reason.  But I'd gladly trade the Sigma 50 for the 35/1.4 as I often feel crowded with the 50 lately.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D Images Surface Early
« on: July 04, 2013, 02:54:22 PM »
picky aside- when is Canon going to learn how to make a battery grip that doesn't look like a turd hanging off the camera's butt?

EOS-M / Re: How many people actually like the EOS-M?
« on: June 22, 2013, 04:20:57 AM »
The EOS M is a great camera that was a bit rushed out the door and slightly flawed in its current state, but a lot of camera for the money, amazing IQ - and that's what matters, right?  That's it in a nutshell.  BUT, the story surrounding it is much more dramatic. It reminded me at first of an Apple product release.  It was much anticipated for several years, and the imaginary hype of a Canon mirrorless offering grew so big and tense that the actual product couldn't have possibly lived up to it.  So when it arrived on the market, a few critics panned it, a few praised it, but most criticized it based on specs and inflated bad reviews made by bloggers who gave it all of twenty minutes in their hands.  Most people who bought one and learned to use it absolutely LOVE it.  It takes some time to learn the necessarily compact interface and handling.

I have only two real complaints, the sometimes slow AF, and the tedious trip to the menus when I want to switch to manual focus.  Oh, and maybe battery life, but what do you expect with all it has going on.  Just carry a spare or two.  No big deal.

Btw, Magic Lantern is almost stable on the M, and wow, is it amazing.  Focus peaking alone is a godsend.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS M Firmware Update Coming Soon
« on: June 09, 2013, 06:46:30 PM »
Finally. This is very good news. Hopefully they've listened to feedback. I need faster AF and/or faster switching to manual focus without a trip to the menus.

EOS-M / 2.8x LCD Loupe
« on: June 03, 2013, 03:00:50 PM »
Just fyi, I ordered a cheap LCD Loupe for my M from ebay, for $13.99, and it's actually pretty good.  It's magnetically attached to a bracket that screws into the tripod thread, and makes a nice tight seal to view the LCD screen for critical focusing in daylight.  It adds considerable size to the camera but for extended shooting it really speeds everything up in manual focus, which is what I've been doing to eschew the slow AF.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Announcement in the Summer? [CR2]
« on: May 16, 2013, 11:16:14 AM »
How about that much anticipated firmware update to the current EOS-M?

Yeah, what about it?  I believe part of the AF issue is hardware related, but not all of it.  Plus there are the other things that need improvement, like lack of real servo AF, the funky way AF+MF wrestle in Servo mode, MF requiring a trip to though menuville, etc.

EOS-M / Re: Metabones speed booster for the M
« on: May 16, 2013, 11:10:57 AM »
From an email dated April 14:
Hi, Rob,

Sorry! We have not planning to make a canon EOS-M (speed booster)…..
But we will consider it…..

Thank you!


So if this rumor is true, you're welcome!

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Announcement in the Summer? [CR2]
« on: May 16, 2013, 11:05:44 AM »
It was mentioned that Canon doesn’t have plans currently to launch more EOS M prime lenses, as they see the segment as “entry level”. I’m not sure I agree with that if true.

Nor I and if Canon have said that then it shows a rather remarkable disconnect with where digital photography is going.

I think Canon's fear of cannibalizing their own DSLR line is extremely foolish.  As Steve Jobs said, if they don't do it, somebody else will.

EOS-M / Re: Long Blackout
« on: May 09, 2013, 05:09:55 AM »
Check in your custom functions if "Long Exposure Noise Reduction" is on, or on Auto.

It's off, but I had high iso noise reduction set to low, and turning that off seems to have helped a bit.  Also switching from single shot to continuous burst helps a lot too.  But then I have to be careful not to actually burst.

Ivan, I usually focus first and then shoot, but holding down the shutter all the way for focus/shoot doesn't seem to change the blackout time.

Just curious, what kind of shutter blackout are you guys seeing?  Half a second?  A full second?  How much time passes until you can shoot again?  Including blackout and other delay I'm getting at least two seconds, sometimes three or four.  If I go manual focus I can fire off another in a second at best.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory Grip
« on: May 07, 2013, 05:59:00 PM »
This is the CSC con.  They are only truely compact with a pancake lens on them.

All that said I still want an M.  Just I'll probably use a monopod or tripod if I'm adapting to EF.

This guy used to make (and may still make) great wee grips for the Powershot S cameras, maybe he's worth talking to?

Richard Franiec

Thanks for the tip.  I emailed him and he said there were no plans for the M grip.

EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M? [CR1]
« on: May 07, 2013, 05:57:22 PM »
Well haters, I did it. I bought one!

22mm kit with EF-M adaptor. in black.

Tried one in store, with af set to single point (the way I've always used any AF camera other than my EOS 3) and in both one shot and servo modes it is well up to my needs and expectations from this kind of camera.

Thumbs up.

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