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Lenses / Re: Get a 300mm or 600mm? Oh the agony...
« on: January 02, 2014, 03:32:53 PM »
You didn't provide enough information for anyone to really give you a good recommendation.

We do not know what you shoot. We do not know if what and where you shoot if the size and weight of a 600mm set up could be used. We do not know what will make you happy.

I'll second that! You say that you don't have enough reach. OK, how much do you have to crop to get the images that you want and what focal lengths would give you those images?

For example, the first time I went to Watkins Glen, it was with an EOS-3 film camera and a 100-400. Looking at how much I had to crop, I decided that I needed 800mm or its equivalent. Now I use a 7D with either a 100-400 or a 300 f/2.8 with 1.4X and 2X TCs. By next spring, I'll probably own a 200-400 zoom.

FWIW, Sports Illustrated photographers typically prefer the 400 f/2.8 with 1.4X and 2X TCs over a 600 f/4 with a 1.4X TC.

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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: January 02, 2014, 03:10:15 PM »
First, Watkins Glen, obviously not NASCAR weekend, nearly a decade ago
Second, Saturday night at a dirt track near Batavia, NY
Third, Frozen Ocean motocross track, upstate New York

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Lenses / Re: Patent: 16-120mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: December 29, 2013, 08:41:58 AM »
I like the idea of a 16-120 zoom for the EOS M!

So do I, although a 15-85 would be just a good.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS M with EVF Second Half of 2014?
« on: December 14, 2013, 10:30:30 AM »
The only reason to buy this EOS-M2 (and the future EOS-M3) is the seamless integration of current EF/EF-S lenses. 

+10. Some of the M4/3 models are looking mighty tempting. However, my 5D3 with a small prime lens and without the battery pack is "small enough" for most of my uses. I don't put cameras in my pockets.

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As a system (or a camera) in own right, the EOS-M/M2 is nearly four years behind micro-4/3. By the time Canon gets to where mirrorless systems are today (e.g. Panasonic GX7 and Olympus E-M1), even Sony will have (in all probability) a fairly decent set of (native, FF mirrorless) lenses.

I think you're being overly pessimistic. Canon could make up the entire 4-year lag in the next one or two models, for example introducing a couple models comparable to the GX7, except that one is FF. The question is whether they want to.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS M with EVF Second Half of 2014?
« on: December 09, 2013, 11:43:29 AM »
Second half of 2014 with an emphasis on video? The Panasonic GH4 is coming out in the first half of 2014...with 4K/30p video.

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Ok, the EOS M Pro - when it gets released, if ever.


I'll be all over it, and the M->EF adaptor.

+1

I currently own a G10, with a 270EX flash mounted on it constantly, that I'd like to replace with Canon's answer to the Fuji X-E2, Panasonic GF7 and Sony NEX-6. The G10 still takes great pictures though, if there's enough light.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 03, 2013, 09:43:39 PM »
For one thing, in the USA there is no way that an end to launched at $800 could compete with the current M priced $500 cheaper.  There seem to be quite a few of those in retail channels right now.

And it certainly doesn't help that an SL1 body can currently be purchased from B&H for $500. The marketing of the M system has been one botch job after another.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Gets Official
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:10:29 AM »
I'll bet Canon USA is annoyed, unless they can get them on store shelves within a week or so.

My assumption is that Canon (as many other large corporations) believes in statistics when it takes market decisions.

And judging by CIPA statistics primary mirrorless market is Japan (and Asia) where mirrorless hold about ~ 35% of "interchangeable lens cameras" market (the rest are DSLRs ~ 65%).

In Americas mirrorless is only 8-10% while DSLRs hold whole 90-92%.

So, what you see as "EOS M" and "EOS M2" are tiny cameras with minimalistic design that are targeted for Japan (in first place).

It's just like with the cars: if you are from USA you are supposed to drive Nissan Patrol, not Nissan Micra (and shoot with EOS 1D X + at least some EF 400 from its window...  :) )

Did you read my entire post, because your "response" makes no sense?

Incidentally, I drive a Honda Fit.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Gets Official
« on: December 03, 2013, 07:16:00 AM »
I'll bet Canon USA is annoyed, unless they can get them on store shelves within a week or so. This announcement could interfere with Christmas sales of Rebels and 70D's. Furthermore, if Canon intends to introduce an upmarket M-system camera, why didn't they introduce that body first, like in September, while the original bodies were being sold at (presumably) a loss, then introduce this body later. That would give them two bodies to sell, with different capabilities and at different price points.

Any word on the price?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Specs Revealed?
« on: December 02, 2013, 06:35:33 PM »
I don't understand why everybody is clamouring for new M lenses. The three they make are very good and cover 99.9% of the type of shots that most M's are used for, personally, I don't want a second lens collection for my compact camera, that makes it not compact! I was sold on the fact that I can take an M with me traveling, I have a small camera for casual shots and I have the EF convertor so I could use it as backup with the EF lenses I am already carrying.

I'd settle for a tiny native 15-85 lens and a superb alternative to the Metabones Speed Booster for EF lenses. I'm resigned to the fact that what I want in the speed booster will probably cost as much as or more than the camera body itself.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Specs Revealed?
« on: December 02, 2013, 04:29:51 PM »
As I've written before, this model may represent nothing more than Canon's attempt to reduce the cost of manufacturing an M body. I doubt that Canon makes any profit on the original M body at the current kit prices and they weren't able to attract buyers at the original prices, so they may be trying to make something they can sell profitably with a 22mm lens for $500. A smaller M2 at that price would compete very well against something like the Panasonic GM1, especially with the larger Canon sensor.

That would explain the firmware upgrade for the current model. Essentially its development cost was absorbed in creating usable firmware for the new model.

All I know is that neither the current M nor the M2 makes me want to pull out my credit card. I'll wait for Canon's answer to the Panasonic GX7 (and/or maybe the GH3) but only if Canon also introduces their answer to the Metabones Speed Booster

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EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 11, 2013, 06:47:48 PM »
Canon could do a lot worse than introducing something like the Panasonic GM1, except better, assuming they also (simultaneously?) introduced something like/better than the Panasonic GX7 or GH3.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Teaser Appears in Korea
« on: November 08, 2013, 04:18:52 PM »
Let's see if I understand this: (1) Canon DPP includes support for an "M2", but not for a new Rebel; (2) supposedly credible rumors said that there are going to be no new DSLRs introduced for the rest of 2013; (3) it is about 3 weeks until the end of November and 7 weeks until Christmas; (4) this newly-rumored camera looks a lot like a Rebel or SL1.

OK, I admit it, I'm confused. Wishful thinking tells me this is the new M2 which looks a lot like an SL1. And, oh yes, Canon is introducing their answer to the Metabones Speed Booster, except that it is 1-1/3 stops, not 1 stop.

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Some comments on other sites have complained about a firmware upgrade costing $500. However, just because they're not changing the sensor doesn't mean they aren't changing hardware, maybe a lot of it.

Also, the focusing may be smooth but I have to wonder how noisy constantly-focusing USM lenses are going to be. Shouldn't the 70D have the same problem?

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EOS Bodies / Re: An Announcement Coming in November? [CR1]
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:51:04 AM »
That's kind of late for the Christmas buying season, unless Canon can have lots of stock on the shelves within a week or so.

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