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EOS Bodies / Re: Interview hints to future new Canon mount type
« on: September 21, 2014, 12:41:55 PM »

Maybe a new future mirrorless system that tries to find a good balance between size and iq. Quite interesting rumor. If Canon would release a new mount system, they would probably not maintain all those they have now (likely EF-M).

I don't see how the observation leads to that conclusion. He was speaking of a mount for <APS-C sensors. EF-M is APS-C. They might maintain both lines, as Sony has done.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 21, 2014, 02:41:23 AM »
I didn't really like the 50/1.4 though (bought and sold it 3 times), so I am thinking on the FD 50mm lines.

Just out of curiosity, what didn't you like about the 50/1.4?  Is it anything that the on-sensor AF of the M would solve?

What I didn't like about the 50/1.4 now (my 2nd and 3rd copies, after going full frame) is that it isn't tack sharp wide open or even below 2.8 (after which it is totally fine). However, my 24-70 II is as sharp if not sharper wide open. So I don't see the advantage of carrying the prime around (the 24-70 II is a bit of a prime killer :) ). My second copy was also front focusing a bit which wouldn't work with my 5Dc (no AFMA).
The other thing was the zoom has better color and contrast than the 50.
For portability I have the 35/1.4 and had the 40/2.8 (now replaced by the M+22 as my new compact kit).

Earlier, I used to own the 50/1.8 when I bought the 50/1.4 and the latter didn't seem a huge improvement over its thrice as cheap brother.

M+cheap FD lenses+focus peaking using ML sounds like a fun proposition!

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 21, 2014, 02:35:33 AM »
I use the Flipbac 4 rubber 'peel and stick' grip along with the Canon ER-E1 wrist strap and this combo makes it very hand-holdable with one hand.
The Flipbac grip is wide and not that thick. How does it compare to the DSLR grip in terms of handling. Rubber grip will give you a better traction for sure.

Thanks for the suggestion for the Flipbac and the Franiec. I ended up going the grip+Arca swiss adapter route with the ebay thingy BL has posted.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 21, 2014, 02:34:30 AM »
I use the Canon EOS M jacket & strap that came with my kit. My version is black, while this picture is the red one

I prefer it to just a rubber grip. It makes the whole M much comfort in my hands.
The con is that you'll have to take it off when changing battery or card.

Wow! Nice one. I might look out for it. This is grip, strap and case all in one!

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 21, 2014, 02:31:49 AM »
+1 for the Think Tank Mirrorless Mover. I have the 100 so it's small enough to fit inside a larger backpack for flying and traveling etc. It just fits camera, 22/2 and 11-22 with hood.

The mirrorless mover looks really nice and is nicely priced, but I have a Lowepro Rezo 170 that can serve that purpose if and when I get more M-specific lenses. Good suggestion, though.
I wasn't going to use the strap, so wanted a bag that I can have on the side that essentially doubles as a strap for the camera and is almost the same size.

The Dashpoint 20 is a good fit for the M+22.  I use a hard case for storage and travel with my M system now.  I use the Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 20 to carry the M, 2 lenses, batteries, etc when I'm out and about.  I also have a 3" aluminum rod tube to carry my M, 2 lenses, and accessories when I'm hiking/backpacking.

The Dashpoint 20 has arrived, and I love it!
What is a rod tube?!?

1. Canon EF-EF-M adapter:
got it. Use it ever so often ... primarily for tele with EF-S 55-250 IS STM and with EF 40/2.8 STM. STM lenses are the only ones I find working reasonably well as far as AF is concerned. Also use EF-S 60 Macro for close-ups.
3. Batteries: got 2x original LP-E12 + 2x Patona. I need all 4 for a day of shooting. Patona are OK-ish, but originals are clearly better, hold more charge. Don't do video at all.

I see, thanks! I suppose I will wait on the adapter then...
I heard the Wasabis are better than OEM. Now I wonder...

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 21, 2014, 02:23:06 AM »
Found something really cool to maybe create a grip, called Sugru.
Anybody used this before? How strong is it?

You made me spend almost two hours dreaming possibilities to use this wonderful material to do some DIY projects. Thanks for letting us know about the existence of this thing.

Just wonder if one could make use of it to design some sort of weather seal on lenses, camera and battery grip etc etc.

Glad to be of help. It has affected me very similarly.
However, let me say this: using a gasket at the mount with non-sealed lenses does not seal the numerous other places moisture or dirt may get in. It only creates a false sense of security. Same with cameras. So unless you are familiar with the entire build and know all the gaps to fill or planning to coat the whole thing with sugru  :o I don't recommend it.

You're kidding me!!!  :o
Why not in the US?  :'(

Dunno... we're closer to Santa Claus?..

I'm thinking I get to test drive a 7d2 and 24-70/4 L lens then sell it off for a profit on eBay. :}

The 24-70 will be cheaper than their new standard zoom  :o
AND I get to keep the jacket!  ;)

Don't tell me you're not planning on putting those amazing skins on all your iPhones and iPads.
But seriously, great deal...
HAHA!  No iPhone, no iPad, never will. Hate those things and how iOS works.
Doubt it would fit my 10" Asus tab .

And, pre-order was placed earlier this week so will now wait and see what the 7d2 can do for me.

It'll look beautiful on your Asus tab, but remember: the correct way to put skins on Android phones and tabs is to put it on the LCD side so it can be covered up :P
I preordered it from Henry's, too.
Fingers crossed :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Favourites of Photokina: Peak Design
« on: September 20, 2014, 03:51:42 PM »
Just did the test, 3 of my 4 springs failed on the slide...not too happy, but glad I found out before I put them on my cameras, unlike the unlucky people that actually had their cameras drop.  I hope PD is paying for any repairs necessary.

There were about 50 affected customers at the time when they sent out the advisory, so no additional people should be affected unless they didn't access to their emails.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5diii to 7dii?
« on: September 20, 2014, 12:58:12 AM »
Going for an overkill has never made me frustrated, at least not for long. But settling for less always has.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 18, 2014, 10:42:38 PM »
I think I will hold off the EF-EF-M adapter.
Amazon had it for $60 a few weeks back and I ordered but later canceled it.  I can't ever see myself using the adapter - the whole idea (for me) of the M is that it's tiny.  Adding the adapter and my L glass would make it ridiculous.  I carry a 5DIII (or 1D X depending on the shoot) as a back up body, but for those who carry the M for that purpose, I could see the purpose of the adapter.
Smart! The Idea of EOS-M is to have a SMALL kit. Some posters here seems to be doing the opposite. They are building up a big system around the tiny  EOS-M. If that is the case, they might as well bring their FF DSLR kit.

It's an individual decision. While I personally favored the idea of a compact camera staying compact, I am more than willing to listen to the rationale of very smart and experienced people going the other way.
The Franiec grip, by the way, looks very nice but almost double the price of the ebay one. Worth it I am sure, but I am cheap ;D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Favourites of Photokina: Peak Design
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:37:44 PM »
As an affected customer, here's my feedback:
1. They were very upfront about the issue. They contacted us as soon as possible (even before they had found out all about the issue) to warn us against using the new products.
2. They were very clear in explaining the problem and provided a very timely test and survey to identify faulty products.
3. They described a troubleshooting road map with possible solutions, assuring we will get a working product at the end no matter what.
I have a clutch, and the spring popped out and has stayed that way when I performed the test. Even before, the explanation of the problem was clear enough that I knew my copy was defective. These tolerance issues and QC happen. Blackrapid straps failed. We should give these guys the benefit of doubt and support their effort to make things right. I sincerely hope that this doesn't become a big financial liability for them and an easy solution is achieved.
Regarding the product itself- I was thinking of doing a video review, but can't due to the popped spring. It isn't as easy to put on and off as featured in the video, but loads easier than any other wrist strap. The Strap was a little stiff when it arrived, but has eased up. The anchor links are extremely low profile and I am thinking of replacing my Optech/USA clips with these. The workmanship is very nice.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:19:55 PM »
Anyone from the US ordered from Canada?

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:18:53 PM »
No I've only tried on paper and wood based surfaces.

I think you'll find once you start using the grip, the bulge alone is sufficient

I wanted to combat the coldness issue as well.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:35:52 PM »
ah yes, true.  I have the same rubber paint.

Not sure how well it adheres to metal though...

Oh, you have it? Have you tried it? They say it should stick to metal.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Grip with integrated Arca Swiss plate review
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:45:23 PM »
Interesting - thanks for posting.  I've never had a big issue with the M's grip, but adding a A/S plate makes this one pretty cool.

You're a 1D X user- you can probably fit the whole M within your fist ;)

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