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EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 06, 2015, 04:18:10 PM »
I bought my M at a time that I was very unimpressed with upgrade options on my Rebel xsi.  I initially passed on the M too because of the AF slowness until they had the fire sale so I picked it up while waiting for a better camera.  I took my EOS-M on a vacation and half the pictures were blurry because I was in low light or taking pics of my kids.

I bought the M and then added two lenses so now I feel I am invested in it and I was hoping the M3 would have dual pixel AF and a view finder because lack of viewfinder was another problem I had on my trip. 

 The M takes great pics during daylight of buildings and monuments and landscape or flowers, etc or even people but forget the videos or moving kids or even indoor shots.  I am also in the USA.  What will I do now?  I am tired of stop gap purchases - I want to buy a camera that will do what I need at a reasonable price.  I don't want to get the rebel because I like my compact M but I know I am losing good shots so that is frustrating - the head says get the new Rebel or 70d (most of the 7 Mark II at a discount) but the heart says wait a few months and ebay an M3 import.  I don't want to leave Canon because I already have $1K invested in EF and EF-M glass.

For right now I am not going to make any decisions - I will watch the review videos (with a focus on how the EVF adapter works and AF improvements) and go from there. 

With this background and usage - I was wondering what others would recommend I do.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 70D w/18-135 IS STM $999
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:11:26 PM »
I have been thinking of getting this camera.  I read somewhere that it has same sensor as 7d mark II and while it can't take as many rapid fire shots in a row it has the same autofocus technology (dual pixel) as the more expensive camera. Basically it is a cheap man's version of the 7d mark 2.  I know there's other differences like plastic body etc. but functionally wouldn't it operate pretty much the same  and get the same image quality as the more expensive version except for the weaker frames per second category?

Lenses / Re: 18-55 EF-M STM lens
« on: September 14, 2014, 01:39:12 AM »

Here is my attempt to change the setting to make this a sharper picture.  I don't think this is the best I could do to get it more sharp with the available lighting but I wanted to try it again - this is f5.6, 3200 ISO and 1/30th

I chose 3200 and f5.6 because it started getting too dark if I changed these and I chose 1/30 because I wanted a faster shutter even if it made it a little too dark to try to keep it sharp. 

Thanks for the suggestions from all. 

Lenses / Re: 18-55 EF-M STM lens
« on: September 13, 2014, 07:38:14 PM »
I can tell from the replies that you are suggesting manual settings - I will need to play with that - in my sample shot I selected landscape so I could not set ISO, shutter speed or aperature.  Those variables were input by the camera.  I will need to learn more about all of those I suppose and I suppose it is my fault for trying to use this as a point and shoot and then complaining about the results.  Thanks for the information - I did try to move some of those settings around before I followed the  landscape shot advice and I could tell it would be too dark for any lower ISO or increased shutter speed - I did not try to move the aperature setting. 

Is there a general rule of thumb as to what settings I should use - I can try another shot tonight using the same conditions but probably cannot duplicate the distance because I did not measure it.  Thanks -Tom

Lenses / Re: 18-55 EF-M STM lens
« on: September 13, 2014, 05:13:38 PM »

Forgot this one too.

Lenses / Re: 18-55 EF-M STM lens
« on: September 13, 2014, 05:11:51 PM »

Here is my example image.  I have gotten better images outdoors and I think the issue may be the light - I think the only thing I did with this picture is try the landscape mode and I did make sure IS is on.  I also don't know how to use the advanced settings - I don't know how to post EXIF data so not sure if you can pull it from the image so I took a screenshot of some of the date that contained useful information.  Let me know if I need to do something more or differently.  This was taken in a room at night with just a ceiling fan light.  I don't understand the comment about shooting more than 1/60 - if I go faster trhe image is too dark and I tried not to mess with the shutter speed. 

Lenses / 18-55 EF-M STM lens
« on: September 12, 2014, 10:24:56 PM »
I just bought this lens hoping to get somre mover versatality out of my EOS-M camera.  On the scene intelligent Auto picture taking mode (which I use 99% of the time) I am noticing that the images are really soft.  I saw some reviews say the same thing and this is more pronounced indoors with lower light. 

Aside from applying a sharpen filter or mask - is there a setting I should use on the camera to adjust for this?  Thanks - Tom

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 04, 2013, 12:19:18 AM »
I have the eos-m and I did not realize when I got it that it would overwhelm my older computer and that I would miss the EVF of my canon rebel. 

The videos you shoot are almost worthless because they do not play back without serious stutter on my 2007 iMac and they take forever to upload to youtube.  Never understood how I was supposed to process the videos so I could watch them.  Even with the updated AF fix the AF is still really slow.

As a camera designed to get us to reach for the camera instead of the iPhone, the product is doomed because it does not provide enough support or instructions on what to do with the video and I need too see more native lenses before I would consider upgrading to another dos-m.  I will save my money and buy a real camera with a real viewfinder. 

EOS-M / SD card recommendations for EOS-M
« on: July 30, 2013, 03:43:37 PM »
Does anyone have recommendations for what type of SD card to get for the EOS-M - the manual mentions 3 different kinds - I just wanted a recommendation on what specific card to get - I am thinking I would just need a 32GB card at this time.  Thanks in advance. 

EOS-M / EOS-M video questions
« on: July 30, 2013, 03:32:31 PM »
I just shot a minute and half of video and it is 490MB.  I had a few questions.  How do you load 1080P video to youtube?  I download my video and photos to iphoto and from there I use imovie to export 1080P video to youtube. Where it would take my iphone 5 minutes to create 720P video this is taking up to an hour for my 1.5 minute clip.  Is there a way to shrink this before I upload to youube?  Should I be using the canon software that came with the camera?  Is that a better workflow option?

Also, on a related note, what is the best AF setting to take advantage of video AF - I cannot remember the name of the setting but I am pretty sure it is the multi flex zone setting for AF.  I am using one shot, not the servo mode. 

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M Stock & Shipping Update
« on: July 18, 2013, 11:29:39 AM »
I appreciate that my forum post yesterday about concerns with status of my backorder was turned into a posting and followed up on by this website.  I feel more confident that my order will be filled at some point.  Someone said that maybe the M was a mistake in how it was priced.  I wonder about M2.  I got thhe M because of the positive reports post firmware update and it meets my immediate needs but if I am only saving $200 over the next model I may want to cancel my order.  Wish I had a crystal ball.   

EOS-M / Where is my backordered EOS-M w/22 STM lens?
« on: July 17, 2013, 10:53:07 AM »
I ordered at B&H Photo just as these went on backorder.  The expected availability date was 7/18.  Checked today and now 7/25.  I ordered on 7/7.  I think BH should have provided some explanation why the date was pushed out and whether I should have any degree of confidence that I can get one.  Is the goal to get me to cancel my order so they can sell it for $50 more?  I am starting to think I will never get the camera and lens at this price. 

Lenses / Re: EF-M 11-22 f/4-5.6 IS STM Not Coming to the USA
« on: July 13, 2013, 10:44:24 AM »
I just heard that canon is releasing the .43inch-.86inch IS stm lens instead for the USA.

Lenses / Re: EF-M 11-22 f/4-5.6 IS STM Not Coming to North America?
« on: July 12, 2013, 10:38:41 AM »
Maybe someone could put together a survey monkey that asks how many willing to buy this lens and at what price and send the results to Canon to let them make a marketing decision.  Since the overwhelming response to the M has been very negative (only positive because price is slashed so Canon is just cutting losses, not profiting) is understandable why Canon is nervous about investing any more money in a failed product line.

My assumption is they will change their mind should the new M get better reception. 

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M firmware update 2.0.2 available
« on: June 27, 2013, 11:03:50 AM »
Can someone tell me if there is improvement with the adapter and the use of EFS lenses after the firmware update?

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