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But Asia is really missing, probably that's why our well-known Japanese contributor didn't participate?

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EOS-M / Re: M/22 arrived today.....
« on: September 09, 2014, 02:08:28 AM »
Heh.. the 70-200 is certainly a giant eye magnet and it always gets stares when I'm shooting it in public situations. I've been watching the 135 on ebay and I'm tempted to pick one up but I'm also waiting to see what SIgma does as that is one of their rumored new developments.  I love my 35 and 50 ART.  To go full cycle back to the relevance of this post I fully intent to strap my 70-200 IS 2 to the EF mount adapter and lock it on the M just to be completely silly and go out shooting in public.

To be extra silly I may stick the Canon 2x II on it as well ;-)

 :o

I wish I could have more faith on Sigma's AF. And it is unfortunate that Sigma probably isn't even to blame. Canon doesn't share their AF algorithms, and can't blame them for protecting their interests either.
So I have to rely on Canon to bring out an 85/1.4...

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Myself reside in a city called CHENNAI (MADRAS)  located on the east cost of southern INDIA,

There is a Madras in Oregon, USA. There is a Salem, too.

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EOS-M / Re: M/22 arrived today.....
« on: September 09, 2014, 01:32:26 AM »
OH!!  Ok I found it on a google search, but all the articles I see are early 2013. Seems like this has fallen in limbo?

Well, they haven't brought out an EF to EF-M adapter yet. Canon's treatment of the M in the US might have played a big role in them being nervous about the market. Hopefully things will change for the better.

That's what I thought as well. No EosM2 unless you buy on ebay from Japan and God knows if it even has an English menu ;-)).  I bit off topic, but I notice you have a 40mm pancake and a 135L... two lenses I've been taking hard looks at. WHat do you think of the 40 and what do you use the 135 for mostly? I've been thinking on it for studio portraiture (headshots mainly).

The 40mm:
I have taken this lens in the streets of NYC as low-risk gear, in restaurants and events when I wanted something less conspicuous, and as a wider alternative that I can toss in my pocket when I was primarily looking to shoot tele.
Pros: compact, cheap, sharp wide open.
Cons: slow to focus so might not be best for street, the lens extends which bothers me (and my left hand usually touches the hood and sometimes restricts the movement), dislike the focus by wire.
Alas, this will probably look for a new home if I like my M+22 a lot, because all the above roles can be covered by that pair, which is also more compact than carrying a dSLR and just a tad wider.

The 135mm:
I primarily bought it as a travel tele, as the only lens longer than 70mm I have is the huge 70-200 II. So I take it everywhere, and recently have started pairing it with the 35mm. I have used it extensively in my last trip in Niagara and Boston, and I have used it for kid's outdoor sports, concerts, street photography, and head shots. As a portrait lens, it is excellent but a bit long to be very versatile. It is perfect for head shots on FF in my opinion, the perspective is just perfect at that distance. Bokeh, color and sharpness wide open all excellent. My favorite lens.

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EOS-M / Re: M/22 arrived today.....
« on: September 09, 2014, 01:02:50 AM »
OH!!  Ok I found it on a google search, but all the articles I see are early 2013. Seems like this has fallen in limbo?

Well, they haven't brought out an EF to EF-M adapter yet. Canon's treatment of the M in the US might have played a big role in them being nervous about the market. Hopefully things will change for the better.

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EOS-M / Re: M/22 arrived today.....
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:54:44 AM »
The Metabones Speed booster is what interests me most.

From the Metabones site:

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When will EOS M be supported?

We are looking into the Canon EF-M (EOS M) mount right now but we are not ready to disclose the details of our product plan yet.

What is it?  EF mount adapter? Something different than the canon EF adapter? bought that too for $60

A speed booster will neutralize the crop factor as well as increase the light transmission by 1 stop, by focusing the whole image circle on to the APS-C sensor. So, a 50/1.8 becomes REALLY a 50/1.8, even when using it with APS-C (that is, negates the loss of light due to smaller sensor, acts as a reverse teleconverter, etc.

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EOS-M / Re: M/22 arrived today.....
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:30:32 AM »
The Metabones Speed booster is what interests me most.

From the Metabones site:

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When will EOS M be supported?

We are looking into the Canon EF-M (EOS M) mount right now but we are not ready to disclose the details of our product plan yet.

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EOS-M / Re: M/22 arrived today.....
« on: September 08, 2014, 11:28:22 PM »
Has anyone tried this with an adapter for the old FD manual lenses?  I'm waiting on my M kit now. Got the EF adapter but also one for FD. Think I'm more excited about that haha

Cool! Mine arrives Wednesday after they pushed it from last Friday :(
What FD lenses are you planning to use?

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Plus, how can you say "no" to this?

Epic! Is that Mt. Hood?

It is!  I went up and took some photos of Mt Hood from Portland.  A few hours later I went and climbed Mt Hood and took some photos looking back at Portland!

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I'm sure the cooler weather is a huge plus too. As a Houstonian, you're already used to the rain :)


It is. I actually lived almost 7 years in Eugene, OR. So I am very used to the Northwest weather.
Houston, on the other hand, is exactly similar to the city I was born and raised and lived in for 25 years. I still haven't gotten used to the heat and the humidity. The very thought of going outside pains me... :'(

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Portland, Oregon, USA.  I'll put our Pacific Northwest scenery up against any challengers

That's funny. I am going to decide whether to stay in Houston or to move to Portland, OR in the next couple of months and the scenery is actually one of the biggest factors in favor of the city of roses.

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It's funny that you forgot Canada considering the site is owned by a Canadian  :P

I am from Houston, TX and I see what you are saying WSmith. It is very difficult to find scenic landscapes. However, the cityscapes are quite nice, I haven't exploited it yet tho'.

It seems a few are from various places in Texas. We can definitely have a Texas meetup of sorts.

Houston's like my second home. I'm there all the time for work. These locales should look familiar for any Houstonian. Yah, the area is quite possibly the most boring place on earth for landscapes, but you can find some cool urban spots from time to time:


Wow, nice!
I was just admiring your car photos a few minutes ago, and you managed to combine that with Houston cityscapes! Awesome!
I agree with the cloud formations- I look at them longingly as I go back from work everyday. Not anymore I hope, I am going to carry my M+22 everywhere once I get it this week.
Mosquito bites? I got bitten by about 20 waiting for the bus this morning and about 20 more taking out the trash last night, so 50 to shoot nice locales is totally acceptable ;)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 1.4/85: The New World-Class Lens
« on: September 08, 2014, 02:58:02 PM »
I will love to read about this newest Otus though,  and see what beauty it is capable of!!!

An example that sometimes people just admire lenses, or the images they create. Without actually meaning to buy it :)

In response to:

"I'm sure many, including myself, will love to see such a lens." (So.... Are you just going to look at it?)

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It's funny that you forgot Canada considering the site is owned by a Canadian  :P

I am from Houston, TX and I see what you are saying WSmith. It is very difficult to find scenic landscapes. However, the cityscapes are quite nice, I haven't exploited it yet tho'.

It seems a few are from various places in Texas. We can definitely have a Texas meetup of sorts.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 08, 2014, 02:41:16 PM »
Sorry, but I'm committed to the cause :) I'm in for $10 and that's my final answer ;D

Besides, if we collectively pulled this off and documented the entire process on the internet, it would be f'n hysterical. We could even have neuro autograph the box before shipping it off to dilbert.

I gots two rules in life

1.  Don't sweat the petty stuff
2.  Don't pet the sweaty stuff

A forum post on the Internets Tubes qualifies under one of these.  LoL

Let's not put the words 'pet' 'sweaty' 'internet' and 'photography' together. It sounds creepy  :o

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