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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M firmware update 2.0.2 available
« on: June 27, 2013, 08:26:17 PM »
Had a bit more of a play.

Not much of a step up if any in single zone af mode with stm 22

Paul, are you only referring to focusing on static subjects?

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The battery life I've seen in practice is significantly better than the published info (2x to 3x at least), and that's without any battery saving changes to the settings like disabling image review.

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Canon General / Re: Question about Refurbished Lens from Canon Direct
« on: June 27, 2013, 01:16:10 AM »
Every lens I've purchased from them has been perfect, so I would ask them to replace it. The 70-200 is unique (among the ones I've ordered) in that it comes in a large brown box (vs the usual white one), sandwiched between a couple of large pieces of foam. The lens, hood, and tripod ring were together inside the lens case.

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EOS-M / Re: EOSM Firmware on Canon U.K. Site
« on: June 26, 2013, 09:08:10 PM »
Same here - updating the camera now.

Unfortunately there are no improvements promised for servo AF.

Here's the link: http://www.canon.co.uk/Support/Consumer_Products/products/cameras/Digital_SLR/EOS_M.aspx?type=download&page=1

My main issue with the single shot AF previously was that under certain conditions, specifically when there was any motion while the camera was trying to focus, the camera would often refuse to lock focus. It would just give up and change the focus box to red. That appears to be resolved completely with this new firmware update - so that's great news.

I'm looking forward to testing it further.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-M or 100D
« on: June 26, 2013, 03:00:31 AM »
I'm currently trying out both the SL1 and M (to use in addition to the 5D3). In most situations, the AF on the M is not nearly as bad as it has been made out to be, but if there is motion involved (even slight) sometimes it just will not lock focus (or even get close). I'm really hoping the new firmware will resolve this.

The SL1 is great all around, except that to my knowledge there's no compact ~35mm equivalent lens for it. I wish Canon would release a 22mm (or similar) EF prime. The 40mm is the lens I leave on it, but for I would prefer a wider lens for general use. I haven't used the contrast based live view AF on the SL1 in order to compare it with the M.

My wife took the SL1+40mm to a concert and loved it, and got great results. Based on what I've seen from the M's AF, I think that it would've just been frustrating to use in the same situation. One other note about the SL1 - the battery life seems to be very good - at the concert she took over 1K shots (RAW, Manual, AI Servo, No flash, no Live View, 2 second review) and the meter didn't drop at all.

I'm keeping a list of the pros/cons of each as I use them, and I plan to share it once I've used them both a bit more (and once the updated firmware is out). Assuming the improved AF doesn't disappoint, I'm almost certain the M will be replacing our S100, and the SL1 will probably find a place in the bag as well.

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EOS-M / Re: The New EOS M Firmware in Action
« on: June 23, 2013, 08:33:46 PM »
To follow up on my previous post, I've now tested the M with my 2x III TC + 70-200 2.8 II and haven't encountered any issues.

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EOS-M / Re: The New EOS M Firmware in Action
« on: June 21, 2013, 11:05:02 AM »

I've been using the EOS-M with the 70-200 F4 with the 1.4 II TC and it focuses fine.




Good to hear - thanks!

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EOS-M / Re: The New EOS M Firmware in Action
« on: June 20, 2013, 11:04:07 PM »
The other question is will this update trickle down (up?) to the Rebels and/or other bodies? If the EOS M AF was similar to the T4i Live View AF previously, then it seems that they could also make live view much more usable on the other recent bodies by implementing whatever improvements are included here.

I've read of issues using the 2x III TC with the EOS M/EF Adapter, but I'm having trouble finding details - can someone point me to a link with details? Does it not AF at all, only with certain lenses, or have other issues?

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EOS-M / Re: The New EOS M Firmware in Action
« on: June 20, 2013, 01:10:54 PM »
In case any of you live close to one, they are $349 @ Fry's right now including the 22mm lens. I just had Best Buy price match Fry's over the phone - going to compare the M with our recently purchased SL1 to see which one we want to hang on to. I hope the new firmware is released soon.

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EOS-M / Re: The New EOS M Firmware in Action
« on: June 20, 2013, 12:34:55 PM »
Has anyone come across videos showing the AF speed (with the new firmware) when using the EF adapter?

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EOS Bodies / Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« on: June 17, 2013, 10:26:45 AM »
I had considered a high end compact but it somehow seemed too much of a compromise, particularly in operation (shutter lag, viewfinder, etc).

My wife took my RX1 and I doubt she would give it back :'(

It's small and produces wonderfull photos.

We're going to try out the SL1 as a 2nd/backup body as well.

For me, the RX1 is an amazing camera and a great option until you factor in the price. The X100S is great as well, but it's hard to justify spending nearly 2x the amount for something with a fixed lens when we can take the SL1+40 and a 2nd lens stashed away and have a more capable package.

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Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 04, 2013, 08:36:56 PM »
...I live in NJ and they charge NJ sales tax on all orders, so I also have a financial reason not to buy from them online these days.


You are not going to buy from them because they support your local economy???  Funny how nobody wants to pay tax and yet everyone wants to have their streets paved or to have the police come when they call 911.


Governor Christie would just buy some more cheese burgers with my stipend!  :-)
(BTW...I pay PLENTY of taxes...i live in NJ ..we are taxed to death here..toll roads, bridges, tunnels, pay beaches, etc..etc..etc...I do not need to be chastised for making a perfectly legal choice to keep more of my hard-earned cash in my pocket..just like Apple or Mitt Romney..It's the USA..I look for loopholes...I take my power back wherever possible!)


In this case it's not a loophole - you are legally required to pay taxes on those purchases, whether the business collects it at the time of sale or not. Very few people do, though, so the Marketplace Fairness Act has been created so that out of state businesses will have to collect it up front.

Here's the specific (current) law in NJ: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/su_5.shtml

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Act Fast! 600 RT Refurb in Stock
« on: June 04, 2013, 01:16:51 PM »
Just got my 2nd one.

Damn...about $16 more than a week or so ago...but still, happy to get it.

cayenne

The best deal, in my opinion, for someone wanting a 600 during this sale is to add a 50mm 1.8 for $100 more. That puts you over the $500 threshold and you end up getting the 50mm for ~$25 (vs buying the 600 alone). If you don't want it, sell it or give it as a gift  :)

Ok, that's s weird thing. I thought along the same lines..and was adding a battery pack....but when I did, it still only reflected the $50 off, it didn't switch to the $125 off no matter what I added.
Ididn't know how long I'd have to finish the buy before they were out, so I emptied all out but the 600 flash...and purchased.

I wonder if the discount is for any single item that is > $x amount....?

cayenne

I just tried adding 2x 270s and one 430 for a total of $511 and got the $125 discount. Maybe the battery pack isn't eligible.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Act Fast! 600 RT Refurb in Stock
« on: June 04, 2013, 12:45:56 PM »
Just got my 2nd one.

Damn...about $16 more than a week or so ago...but still, happy to get it.

cayenne

The best deal, in my opinion, for someone wanting a 600 during this sale is to add a 50mm 1.8 for $100 more. That puts you over the $500 threshold and you end up getting the 50mm for ~$25 (vs buying the 600 alone). If you don't want it, sell it or give it as a gift  :)

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