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EOS-M / Re: Portraiture with Eos M & Ef 50mm f1.8...a Short Review
« on: August 06, 2013, 08:10:33 PM »
I've been looking at a good "fast prime" for the M...I currently have the 40 2.8, it's a good fit but sometimes I think it's not all THAT much different from the 22 so I end up using the smaller package. I REALLY hope Canon comes out with an EF-M version of the 50mm lens...preferably with IS...

Even a Macro lens at 55mm or so, with 2.8 and IS would work.

I tried the 50 1.8 via adapter at a local store and thought the focus was terrible...not only was it slow, but the accuracy seemed to be a bit off somehow. I think that was before the firmware update...

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Software & Accessories / Re: Portrait touch up software
« on: August 02, 2013, 01:29:30 PM »
I prefer the "before" (in the OP) as well...maybe I'm the only one on this forum who thinks this way but I don't like the airbrushed, plastic "magazine" look...I prefer natural-looking shots. But that's just me.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M or T3i which one?
« on: August 02, 2013, 12:24:08 PM »
In the end, it depends on what you're chasing (looking for).

If the priority is:

Image quality: either one will suffice, both will be about the same
Speed and Performance: T3i is better
Size and convenience: M is better

Like most posters on this thread, I use the M as a secondary camera to my DSLR, which serves as my primary camera for important events. I wasn't so crazy about the M as an only camera, but with the recent price cuts I have to say that it's actually a great value now. For the price, it's really the best Canon camera you can get. Even the entry-level DSLR costs significantly more and while it offers far superior ergonomics and speed, the image quality is in the same class...

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Nice!

It's a surprisingly capable camera for its small size, which was why I was drawn to it despite its starting price. The more I used it, the more I liked it for the purposes of replacing my P&S, and now that I have FF DSLRs it becomes the perfect complement. The hit in IQ is minimal compared to the size reduction which is dramatic.

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EOS-M / Re: SD card recommendations for EOS-M
« on: July 30, 2013, 09:46:37 PM »
I just use a Sandisk Extreme 32GB card. Works quite well for me, can keep up with the camera even in "video" mode...

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Lenses / Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« on: July 20, 2013, 05:51:35 PM »

Only reason I gave up the 85 was to help fund an upgrade from the 70-200 f4 to the 70-200 2.8 (don't regret at all...would do again)...still though, that was a tough lens to part with. There has been many a time where I either wished I had it or contemplated re-purchasing it...probably would go for the 100 f2 if I did it all over again.

Hi Act444,
Just curious - what would make you go for the 100 f2 over the 85 1.8? I haven't used either, but am contemplating getting one of them (or possibly sigma 85 1.4) for use on a 6D, and I'm intrigued that even though you liked the 85 you'd choose the 100 now.
Cheers

The main reason is that both the 85 1.8 and the 100 f2 are the same size. The 100 gives sightly more reach and f2 is still plenty of light to stop action in all but the darkest of venues. It would, IMO, be a solid choice for a relatively compact lens that would offer good reach on a 1.6x camera (e.g. venues disallowing "professional" equipment, inconspicuous "street" shooting, still manageable with the EOS M + adapter). The 85 would work very well for these uses, too, but 100 would give me just that little bit extra cropping power...


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Lenses / Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« on: July 19, 2013, 07:21:46 PM »
When I had it, I would say the 85 1.8. I feel it often gets overlooked by CR folks (and folks on other serious photo forums) for the far more expensive, heavier, slower 1.2 version. While the 1.2 version produces some amazing results (and I may end up with one eventually) the 1.8 offers one of the best price/performance ratios in the Canon system IMO. Compact, inconspicuous and has decent reach and speed for close-range sports on 1.6x (bonus points here - the 1.2 is too slow for sports on a non-pro body). Really doesn't get much better than that...that and the "sister lens" 100 f2.

Only reason I gave up the 85 was to help fund an upgrade from the 70-200 f4 to the 70-200 2.8 (don't regret at all...would do again)...still though, that was a tough lens to part with. There has been many a time where I either wished I had it or contemplated re-purchasing it...probably would go for the 100 f2 if I did it all over again.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-M sharper than 6D?
« on: July 16, 2013, 02:58:06 PM »
Wow, that is not my experience at ALL...

I have not done side-by-side comparisons between the M and the 6D, but I did compare the M (22 @ 22mm) with the 5D3 (24-105 @ 24mm) indoors in my place and while the M wasn't shabby by any means, there was no question that the 5D3 was far superior.

I find the 6D IQ amazing as well...used it this past weekend at a book signing and it is FAR better than the 60D I used to use at those types of events, even using the same 70-200mm 2.8 lens (!)...

The M has great IQ for its size. But my no means do I find it better than FF 6D or 5D3. At best there is little or no difference (outdoors, sunny day, landscape shots). For everything else FF pulls ahead, sometimes way ahead...

I'd check the focus on your 6D to see if something's up.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Dual Pixel AF Performance
« on: July 04, 2013, 05:30:30 PM »
So many goodies in this new camera. Makes you wonder why would anyone get a 6d now!

High ISO performance?
Image quality?

I had the 60D (I don't know how the 70D will compare, but...) and the 6D is in a whole 'nother league IQ wise once you get into medium and low-light.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder the Canon EOS 70D
« on: July 02, 2013, 03:58:43 PM »
from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Canon-20-2-Digital-Camera-Pixel/dp/B00DMS0GTC)

"This item will be released on August 15, 2013."


It's now Sept 15...in line with what the other sites have been saying, apparently

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:03:01 PM »
A big deal being made about this new live view focus thing...what I'm interested in is how good the servo mode is. Will this make a good sports camera? Sometimes the reach of 1.6x really comes in handy in those cases. The 60D was competent but hardly impressive. I'm hoping the 70D is a significant improvement in this regard, offering customizability, etc.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder the Canon EOS 70D
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:23:26 AM »
Any word on date of availability?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List [CR3]
« on: July 01, 2013, 06:55:52 PM »
Any word on AFMA? It's a non-starter for me without it.


I'm guessing we'll know in a few hours?

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EOS-M / Re: Portrait lens for the EOS-M
« on: June 30, 2013, 03:01:31 PM »
The adapter + 40 2.8 seems like it would be the best compromise between getting more reach and keeping the camera relatively small. Once you get bigger than the 50 1.8 the camera quickly reaches a point where it begins to get just as bulky as a DSLR...

If you don't actually mind a bigger size, you could take a look at the 50 1.4 or the 85 1.8, those would work well for the intended use...

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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M firmware update 2.0.2 available
« on: June 28, 2013, 09:04:08 AM »
Updated last night, and while I had very little time to play around, at least with the 22mm lens the improvement is there, but subtle. Single-point mode seems about the same to me, but in multi-point mode there is a noticeable improvement. It is (still) not fast but it doesn't keep "hunting" back and forth like it used to. In other words, it feels more "decisive". Curious to see how it performs with the 18-55 and with the EF adapter...

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