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Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 29, 2013, 10:37:49 PM »
I'd rather have a small, light 24-35 f/1.8 (or even f/2), or a really sharp contrasty 18-28  f/2.8.
A 24-70 f/2 would be big and heavy. My bag is already too heavy

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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Annoyances
« on: July 29, 2013, 02:11:30 PM »
My big gripe is the standoff used on the EF to M adapter - it's too short and you can't swap the adapter on and off the body with a tripod plate attached.

Toss in the issue with there being no normal strap attachment point available, I've got a wrist strap attached to the tripod mount.

The Continuous AF kills batteries - disabling that doubled the shots I got out of a charge.

I used one of the strap lugs to attach a wrist strap. This leaves the tripod mount free

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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Annoyances
« on: July 29, 2013, 02:07:05 PM »
My biggest peeve of the EOS-M is the damn touch-shutter button. This option should really be enabled in menu only, not on the main screen. I constantly have to turn it off because it always ends up on, taking random pictures. The only work-around is hitting the info button until no information is displayed on the rear screen. I just use that now to avoid that issue.

That is my only problem, though. All else is great with the camera.

I like having it on the screen. I find it convenient to quickly turn it off or on

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Canon General / Re: Canon Camera Sales Down in Q2, Imaging Revenue Up
« on: July 27, 2013, 02:09:30 PM »
Eventhough I have a 5DIII and a EOS-M, I'm pretty excited to see the new 70D, and hopefully a mirrorless with the same sensor. If this new sensor lives up to the marketing claims, it could push up sales quite a bit.

Canon .... Please put a swivel screen in the next mirrorless

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM & 90EX $399
« on: July 26, 2013, 10:09:21 AM »
I had one of the backordered B&H orders in and it arrived today ($299 deal).  I was pleasantly shocked when I pulled the little flash out of the box - they sent me the kit with the flash!  That was a very nice little upgrade on what was already a fabulous deal

I finally received mine today from the original $299 deal ... and yes, they sent me the kit with the speedlite 90EX .... Bonus !

Nice feeling, isn't it?  Although I do agree with some of the above posters - I don't see the flash getting used very much.
Very Nice!
I'm playing with the flash, and it's not that bad so far, plus you get ettl control of speedlites. I have RT-full-ettl control, but this little guy is a good back up. And you won't even notice it in your pocket

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EOS-M / Re: EF-M mount lenses
« on: July 25, 2013, 04:37:05 PM »
Yeah I kinda realised that.  You have to kinda realise that the physics of what you want kinda don't stack up.  You had kinda mentioned the canon equivalent, which you would have to kinda adapt anyway.

You kinda might think of kinda cutin' kinda down on your use of the word "kinda", don't ya kinda think?    ;)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: ...and now Smugmug.
« on: July 25, 2013, 03:25:02 PM »
I think SmugMug works well if you live and sell your work in the US.

I started a SmugMug Pro a few years ago, and had trouble with the tax bit. Prints took a long time to deliver to Canada as well. The gallery pricing system is confusing to me. I'm sure it's powerful, but you need to spend a lot of time with it to understand how it works because there's a bijillion options.

The ordering interface was confusing to some of my clients. One fellow didn't know about the cropping features, and ended up with prints that were improperly cropped, cutting off parts of the images.

I downgraded to non-pro account, and do my printing and selling outside of SmugMug. Maybe it's much better now, but long shipping times to Canada is odd. B&H ships Purolator and it's rarely more than 3 business days to deliver.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Canon 44.7MP DSLR at the End of August? [CR1]
« on: July 25, 2013, 12:44:32 PM »
Lots of patience required for all these goodies to trickle down to my price range   :'(

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EOS Bodies / Re: Fixed Lens APS-C camera - What would you buy?
« on: July 25, 2013, 11:53:17 AM »
The 90EX does work as a wireless E-TTL master for optically triggered EX guns.  Quite handy for some.  I would rather use my T3i or 7D for wireless flash, but it might be handy function for somebody.

True...and it's a great way to go if you want an optical master for a FF dSLR or an older APS-C that can't trigger with the popup flash.

But for somebody other than me, as I prefer the -RT setup.  :)

I have RT now for my 580, and other generics.

Here's a little anecdote:  I had the infrared ST-E2 when I was using the 5DII. Was photographing a corporate Santa Claus event. All set up, ready to go, with 20 or more people lined up waiting for portraits, and the ST-E2 wouldn't work. This would have been a disaster if I didn't have a back-up plan. I put the 270EX on the camera, and light trigger on the 580 (the generics have built in optical triggers, why not include that canon?), and I was in business. This little flash could save the day sometime too, at little cost for backup.

So now I have three ways for wireless flash: RT (full ettl or manual), optical ettl (or manual), and optical trigger. That is reassuring.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Fixed Lens APS-C camera - What would you buy?
« on: July 25, 2013, 09:27:16 AM »
Modular is the way.

A GR Digital becomes obselete, you replace the whole camera.

An M becomes outdated, you replace the body...

Makes a whole lot more sense to me.

Agree, and if Canon comes out with a nice little 15mm f/2.8 prime I'll just have to learn to live without a swivel screen.

I have used swivel screens on a number of other cameras, and I love it! It saves your neck and your back sometimes, and you can get shots that you have to guess at with other cameras. We mounted a 60D upside down on an inside car windshield with a tokina 11-16 for video. That would have been next to impossible with a fixed screen. I shot a film on my 5DII a couple years ago. We had to use an external monitor on several shots because the camera was against a wall, or a ceiling, and I had to pull focus during the video.

The swivel screen has many many upsides, and the only potential downside is weather resistant (not applicable on EOS-M), and a possible point of failure. I've had several swivel's and haven't broken one even with fairly heavy use.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Fixed Lens APS-C camera - What would you buy?
« on: July 25, 2013, 09:18:32 AM »
I just received mine today from the original $299 deal. B&H sent me the kit with the speedlite 90EX ... Bonus !

That was a sweet deal, and I'm glad that B&H honored their backorders, even if it meant providing a more expensive item to their customers, vs. cancelling their backorders as Adorama did.

Almost makes me wish I'd waited to order the M + 22 kit from B&H.  But while I wouldn't have said no to a free 90EX, I'd likely not use it much or at all - I really prefer to bounce flash where possible, and even for outdoor fill the 90EX is pretty weak; I think the 270EX II is likely a better choice, although a little larger.

I have always found B&H to have great service, and great prices, but this really surprised me  ;D.

I took a few test shots with the little flash. It's not bad. Refresh was about 1 second (not from full power). The e-ttl works quite well, and it works as a controller of other canon flashes. It is tiny too, you can put it in your pocket and not even know it's there. My initial thought was that I'd sell it (I have the original 270, a 580, and a couple of other generics ) , but I'm going to give it a good try.

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EOS-M / Re: EF-M mount lenses
« on: July 24, 2013, 08:58:09 PM »
I am reluctant on the 11-22 because of it's slow aperture

I wish they had made it an 11-16 f/2.8

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EOS-M / Re: EF-M mount lenses
« on: July 24, 2013, 08:53:11 PM »
I am hoping that Canon will announce some M-mount primes. I would love a 15mm f/2.8. A small 50mm f/2 IS would be great too
In fact I'd be happy going on vacation with the EOS-M, the 22mm, and a 15mm 2.8.  The 50mm would just be gravy

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EOS Bodies / Re: Fixed Lens APS-C camera - What would you buy?
« on: July 24, 2013, 03:35:37 PM »
35mm FF-eq.  Thus, I now have the EOS-M + 22mm f/2.  :)

I just received mine today from the original $299 deal. B&H sent me the kit with the speedlite 90EX ... Bonus !

If Canon comes out with a nice little 15mm f/2.8, I'll have everything but the swivel screen  :). I sure would like a swivel screen, maybe the EOS-M II, if it comes, will have a swivel screen.

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EOS Bodies / Fixed Lens APS-C camera - What would you buy?
« on: July 24, 2013, 03:29:24 PM »
I would like a pocket camera with an APS-C sensor and a sharp and contrasty fixed FF equivalent 24mm f/2.8 lens, and a swivel screen.

Would you buy one of these?

What fixed focal length would you want? FF 16mm, 21mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm , or greater?

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