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EOS Bodies / EOS-M or 100D
« on: June 25, 2013, 01:16:42 AM »
Hi - I am intrigued by the anticipated firmware update to the EOS-M that may make the AF usable.  I see some people are suggesting that the current AF of the 100D is slightly better than the EOS-M.  Will the firmware improve the EOS-M over the 100D?  I am a little bit not very well informed about the technology but will the faster AF from the firmware update also improve video AF as well for the EOS-M?

As a side note, I was intrigued by the possibility of getting a EOS-M by price matching through Best Buy for the Frys EOS-M w/22MM STM lens for $349.90 but they interpreted the Fry's offering as a clearance sale so best they could do is knock 10% off their own price of $479.  I may go to Frys only if I have an opportunity to get there by 6/27 when the sale ends.   However, I am slightly nervous buying one until the firmware is firmly offered.  What if the final result is less than par - I hope they don't jack up the price again.  I suppose I should wait.  The main thing for me is if the firmware increases the video AF then I will get the EOS-M.   SHould I wait or take a look at the 100D?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS M Firmware Update Coming Soon
« on: June 06, 2013, 08:51:46 PM »
If you read the Amazon reviews a couple people complain that it takes a second or so between shots to get the camera to refocus and that it is a no go for shooting quickly moving objects like birds, etc.  I'v listened to a videoreview that says the AF is even slower when using the adapter ring with EFS or EF lenses. 

My point is that 2.3X may not even be fast enough to bring it in line with what users expected when they bought the camera.  So I would recommend people wait first for others to test the AF speed with the new firmware in real world conditions. 

I am going to reconsider the camera because of price one I see the results of the firmware and whether another EOS-M model is announced later this summer. 

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon EOS 50D Shoots RAW Video
« on: May 27, 2013, 05:18:28 PM »
Before you get too excited, I read into this and there is a lot of work to do before this really works but the biggest letdown for me was the realization that it does not record audio so not so simple as a solution for capturing cheap video unless you have other equipment and willing to sync audio to your video.

EOS Bodies / Re: New AF Technology Coming in July? [CR1]
« on: May 25, 2013, 12:02:16 PM »
What makes the most sense is developing new video AF technology.  The current implementation is not much better than a drunkard trying to focus at 3a.m. as seen on the SL1 and T4i and later.  Canon has introduced a bunch of STM lenses that are not good for anything if the video AF does not work as well.  There is no benefit to STM technology if it cannot be implemented well with a decent video AF solution.  There is currently not a demanding need for picture AF as there is for video.  It makes no sense to introduce a mirrorless camera with the same crappy video AF technology.

My prediction is that in July this technology will be seen in the new mirrorless camera that is due around that time as well so they can move more of their STM lenses.  further reason not to buy a SL1 or Ti5 right now. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Introducing the MōVI Stabilizer
« on: April 05, 2013, 11:03:32 AM »
So is this an implicit criticism of the 5D Mark 3 - he has moved on to the EOS 1D.    :P

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Introducing the MōVI Stabilizer
« on: April 05, 2013, 11:00:29 AM »
Those were not any regular rollerblades.  Those were special ones with extra smooth wheels, a $950 accessory. 

It is $7500 because of the tax to pay for our welfare economy with over-regulation.  I expect the chinese version to come out soon for $750 - just don't lick the paint. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the EOS T5i
« on: March 21, 2013, 12:19:06 PM »
I may need to revise my prior remarks that the T5 does not have improved video auto focus. I read the product announcement closely for the other smaller Canon and I would assume that this new technology would also be in the T5 so perhaps we will see improved video autofocus. If so, this is a reason for me to finally buy a camera from Canon. Here is the quote:

The new AF system also includes a new Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor, which provides a wider focus area when shooting photos or video in Live View mode, and a continuous AF speed that’s increased from previous EOS models.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the EOS T5i
« on: March 21, 2013, 10:00:50 AM »
I skipped the  t4i because of bad video autofocus ability.   It focuses slightly faster than a drunk man looking for the house key on his key ring according to,the reviews.

Canon is silent about this issue and pretends it does not exist. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T5i Leaks
« on: March 19, 2013, 04:36:13 PM »
The reason the T4i is not that good is beacuase of the video AF fail.  Can anyone tell from the leaked specs whether the video AF will be fixed?  If just this one very important feature is fixed, that is enough to justify a new model.  Otherwise, I sat on the fence with the t4I, will stay on the fence with the t5I, too. 

Still using a Rebel xsi.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Rebel? [CR1]
« on: March 13, 2013, 12:03:29 PM »
For me, the next level needs to respond to the criticism of the prior model and that was mainly the problem with the video autofocus. If they fix that and keep the other parts the same spec then it is still a winner and will definitely make me pull the trigger on a purchase.  I found this website and joined this forum around the time I started looking for a new camera to replace my rebel t4i. I decided not to get the rebel T4i because of the autofocus problem. I may get this camera or the next mirror less Version if they improve the video autofocus. Once they do that They will find plenty of new buyers of their cameras because many people want to do both video and photos With the same device just like we do with our iPhone but at a better quality level.  I Like my old camera because the photos are better than the iPhone and I want my videos to be better than the iPhone as well. When I can get both of those features  in the same camera I will buy.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Autofocus Performance Won't Improve via Firmware [CR2]
« on: February 18, 2013, 09:27:27 PM »
I really doubt Canon won't take the advantage of a firmware update to try to market it as an AF improvement and then leave it as an unquantifiable statement about improved AF.

It is funny how many people knew this would be a stinker before it saw the inside of a showroom.  1st gen is not an excuse  - I would have fired the people who let a subpar product see light of day.  We are too kind to these people and show way too much loyalty.

I have been on the sidelines with my Rebel Xsi because I am a casual photographer and don't need this equipment to earn my living.  I will continue to wait one more cycle to see if Canon can fix AF issues with the Rebel, M series or the 6D and not keep making silly mistakes (one point AF on 6D)  - if the next product does not deliver then I guess Sony or Nikon will be getting my money.   

EOS Bodies / Will the 6D have video AF
« on: November 27, 2012, 01:34:59 PM »
I was wondering if the new EOS 6D that is coming out next month will have video AF much like the Rebel T4i?

The poor handing of video AF is what is stopping me from getting the T4i so I wonder if the 6D will have it - if so I will want to see how that feature works as compared to the Rebel's implentation of it.   Thanks, Tom.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS-M in Stock at Norman Camera
« on: October 30, 2012, 12:59:53 AM »
Does anyone have advice for me.  I have a rebel t4i budget but I found this site while determining whether to wait for the t4i and then was swayed by the critics of the autofocus not to pull the trigger.  I am trying to upgrade from a rebel xsi so this will be my first camera for video too.  I want a camera that does both well.  I don't know if I can wait for the t5 as I suspect I'd have to wait a year.  If I don't use the af feature is it hard to do manual focusing?  I am tempted to get the eos-m just to bide my time until something better shows up.  What should I do?

because people do not want to piss off Canon and still give an honest assessment.

This camera has been out for a month and if you search the youtube postings of various video you will see plenty of footage has been shot with many sorry attempts at tracking moving objects and babies with the autofocus.  The Autofocus feature focuses only slightly better than a drunk with blood alcholol of 1.0 and it leads one to wonder if the only news is bad news then the silence has to be interpreted as not wanting to give bad news for fear of Canon blacklisting.  What else could it be? 

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 7D Factory Refurbs at B&H $1199
« on: July 26, 2012, 12:09:47 AM »
I might be tempted if it came with a man purse so I could have somewhere to store it while going out to dinner with my french girlfriend after a hard day of taking photos of food. 

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