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EOS-M / Re: EOS M replaced my 5D kit
« on: August 05, 2013, 11:08:46 PM »
The IQ is good, for a compact camera, but not even close to my 5D3.

The IQ difference is much more noticeable to "downgrade."  Upgrading from Canon aps-c 18 mp sensor to 5D III gave me the sense of "pretty good" IQ upgrade.  But after getting used to 5D III RAW files for a long time, the same 18 mp sensor RAW files from EOS-M feels like a much bigger downgrade than initially thought, especially if one is shooting in low-light man-to-man ISO-wise. 

With EOS-M, one can still get great results by shooting in good light, or arrange to have more speedlites, strobes, reflectors, etc in low light IME, with a good noise reduction software like Noiseware becoming helpful to narrow the gap. 

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: August 03, 2013, 01:51:48 AM »

EOSD4288a by drjlo1, on Flickr

I don't know.  I tried the 40 mm with adapter, and f/2.8 just isn't fast enough for my tastes for portraits.  22 mm f/2 is a great little lens that's sharp and punchy, but at 22 mm, f/2 isn't exactly a bokeh monster, either. 

My 50L and 85L produces great bokeh on EOS-M, but they are simply too large, defeating the purpose my EOS-M for me, which I use for informal outings.  Rather than the EF-M 18-55 for EF-M 11-22, I really wish there was a good f/1.8 EF-M lens somewhere between 35mm to 50mm range..

EOS-M / Re: 85mm EF is not recoginzed by my EOS M
« on: July 30, 2013, 04:09:45 PM »
I just tried my 85 f1.8 and it worked with no issues. I have a 3rd party adapter made by VilTrox.

Well, it must not be an adapter problem because my Canon 85 f/1.8 will not autofocus with Viltrox adapter on EOS-M.  Every other Canon lens works fine.  I suspect it probably has to do with 85 f/1.8's age/version..

This is a shame, too, since I was counting on 85 f/1.8 to act as shallow DOF portrait lens on EOS-M since I sold off my Canon 50 f/1.4 after getting 50L, which is really too large to use often on EOS-M.

EOS-M / Re: use ir focus assist with ex270?
« on: July 30, 2013, 04:05:11 PM »
I haven't tried it on my 580 yet, but I assume the result will be the same. The 270 works very well on the M, though it would be nice if the flash could swivel.

I can't get 580EX II's focus assist beam to work on EOS-M, either.  This is a problem, actually, since EOS-M's focus beam gets blocked by large L lenses  :'(

EOS-M / Re: BH Photo EOS M Kit
« on: July 30, 2013, 03:58:04 PM »

I also got the free 90EX, it is a great optical trigger too.

The 90EX just confirms for me that Canon IS able to make a great Master speedlite at a low price if they wanted, a trend not reflected in their other triggers, speedlites, flash accessories, etc. 

I have a full complement of YN 622C triggers, but I find it so much less stuff to carry if I just pop the 90EX in the bag and use that on my 5D III as master to trigger off two speedlites, in A:B with variable ratios.  I also carry one speedlite with my EOS-M/90EX combo, a simple off-camera setup that yields much better results than on-camera flash.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My dead 5D Mark III Story
« on: July 30, 2013, 01:51:35 AM »
I haven't tried with my 5D III, but with my old Canon S95 and Rebels, I used to see a lot of condensation on screens and lenses as I came out of AC'd hotels to warm tropical outdoors.  I now keep them in air-tight plastic bags, with as much air squeezed out as possible with some silica dry packs inside, doing my best NOT to take them out until camera temperatures at least partially catch up to outside temperatures. 

I was using the 5D mkiii, a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS mkii, and a 580exii speedlite... I was half bouncing light off of the rink's ceiling and half bouncing it off the built in card of the 580. 

I shoot with exactly the same equipment, EXCEPT I never use the built in card of 580, which is tiny.  I highly recommend large bounce cards which are cheap and really help push "half" the light forward, which the tiny card is not even close to doing.  All the other stuff about shutter speed, ISO are good advice also. 

If all fails, a good noise reduction program like Imagenomic NoiseWare Pro or Neat Image NR can save the day. 

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 29, 2013, 08:12:23 PM »
Let's all hope the Sigma is reasonably sharp at f/2 and doesn't have big AF issues.  Otherwise, I'm in  :o

EOS-M / Re: ebay EOS M adapters?
« on: July 28, 2013, 08:53:08 PM »
Enjoying the 640 mm reach with 2x III TC and Viltrox adapter.  AF speed is snappier than I expected with this combo.

EOSD4280 by drjlo1, on Flickr

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Annoyances
« on: July 28, 2013, 08:46:48 PM »
Is there a way to hit a button to "magnify' to view after image has been taken?  It seems like only way is to use the touchscreen and spread with fingers.  On my DSLR, I have the "set" button assigned to magnify the image to check focus, etc. 

EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: July 27, 2013, 04:51:20 PM »
Hmm.  I'm really liking the EOS-M with 90EX acting as master and 580EX II off-camera as slave.  What would be a good bag, not too big, that will fit EOS-M, EF-M 22mm, 90EX, and 580EX II?

The 580 pretty much screws the "not too big" bag selection. How about carrying your flash in a pouch on your belt? Think Tank and Lowepro make some nice ones.

Digging through my closet, I found an old "M Gear" bag that used to be too small for DSLR but perfect for EOS-M + 580EX II.  In the spirit of bargain-priced EOS-M, I shall refrain from buying yet another bag  ;D

EOSD4279 by drjlo2, on Flickr

Reviews / Re: Review: Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 VC USD
« on: July 27, 2013, 04:09:29 PM »
A very helpful review for those who don't want to pay for that white f/2.8 II. 

"One thing I noticed over the trial is that while Tamron lenses typically tend towards warmer color rendering, this is not the case with this particular lens.  It is more neutral, even slightly tending towards cooler rendering.  Colors are very vivid and rich, though, while skin tones are very naturally produced.  I have rarely seen better color rendering."

Interesting that not too many people talk about color differences among lens brands.  Even when I had a third-party lens that was "better" than Canon in certain respects (certain Sigma sharper, Certain Zeiss bolder colors, etc), I preferred to keep my lens stable with that Canon color character so that I can keep my post-processing workflow constant, without having to do extra steps to adjust colors to where I wanted. 

For the photo's in your review, how much and what kind of post-processing was involved, especially for the colors?

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
« on: July 26, 2013, 04:07:44 PM »
EF-M 22 mm f/2 lens is a beauty.  I especially love how close you can get (15 cm) with awesome 1:2 near-macro ability.  Sharpness, bokeh, and build are way beyond what the price suggests also.  Below at f/2.

IMG_0030a by drjlo1, on Flickr

EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: July 25, 2013, 11:59:16 PM »
Hmm.  I'm really liking the EOS-M with 90EX acting as master and 580EX II off-camera as slave.  What would be a good bag, not too big, that will fit EOS-M, EF-M 22mm, 90EX, and 580EX II?

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