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EOS Bodies / Re: New Sensor Technology Coming From Canon? [CR1]
« on: April 29, 2014, 08:22:08 AM »
Not sure this can even be answered yet but if Canon came out with a full frame EOS-M version, would they need to change to a new lens mount as well? Could the EF-M still be used?

EF- M mount can't be used for FF unfortunately. Too small. Likely they'd create a mirrorless camera with the regular EF mount instead.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Lens survey - your favorites, and your most wanted?
« on: April 26, 2014, 06:54:44 AM »
OK so I finally received my Fotga 10mm and 16mm extension tubes today! They look and feel OK, a bit light and plasticky but the finish is close to the EOS M's. Mounts nicely with no play.

I did a quick test mainly with the 10mm tube since it was easier to find things to fit the frame. I'm new to macro so getting the focus right took time. However, it was a lot of fun for such a minuscule price!

Here's a couple of shots with the 10mm tube and 22mm f/2. One is the zipper from my water flask and the other is a scrabble tile. Both lit by a small flashlight.

Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 25, 2014, 09:44:15 PM »
16-35L f/2.8
Two more Einsteins w/Paul Buff Pocket Wizard trigger modules (For a total of 5 in my kit)

Or bank the $10k and wait for the remaining funds for the 200-400L

Either way, my needs are pretty narrow at this point...along the lines of gold plating the hammer.

What does this have to do with the OP?? Yes, you have spent $10k but how does one shoot an event or even a simple portrait session with only one UWA zoom lens? Two "more" Einsteins? We are starting from scratch!  ::)

Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 25, 2014, 11:35:41 AM »
I think some folk here are forgetting the original brief laid out by the OP - to come up with a "Jack of all trades" kit with $10,000, not their wish list!

I think the problem here is that $10,000 is just too much. Let's try with just $1000  :o

Used 60D + 18-135mm kit lens
Nifty fifty or shorty Mcforty brand new because they cost peanuts
Extension tubes of an ebay shop in HK
A Yongnuo flash or two (no trigger needed due to optical slave mode)
Used Manfrotto 190XPROB from someone who has realized they shoulda bought a carbon fibre one.
Some home made reflectors, snoots and grids.
A decent memory card and a spare battery.

And the rest on bus fare to get around.

Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 24, 2014, 07:33:37 PM »
The kit I have now is fairly versatile but if I were to start from scratch I might go with -

5DIII (just under $3000)
24-70LII ($2000)
70-200II ($2000 ish)
100L (under $1000)
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ($300)
1.4x extender ($400)

Tripod and other accessories with the rest.

Hmmm now I think about it this is what I should probably aim towards!

I'll just wait until my copy arrives, and test myself. But I'll try it in store and if my results matches those Bryan had, I'm not buying it... Plain and simple. There are endless discussions over the Sigma AF, and when people refuses to realize there is an issue it's no point. If there are great or horrible results, I'll be sure to post my findings and dilbert won't believe them.

Just tell me in advance, how do you propose to do determine the correct AFMA setting for the lens whilst you're in the store?

I think he'll be looking for inconsistency in AF altogether rather than consistently missing by the same margin every time.

AFMA can't solve your AF issues if the thing is all over the place.

EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: April 17, 2014, 08:52:49 PM »
I'm still trying to figure out the best option for me for securing it. I bought a wrist strap (Canon camcorder strap) but it's too long and I had to cut it down for the attachment lug so I'm either using the kit neck strap or a recycled p&s wrist strap for now.
There's always the ER-E1 strap...
thanks Neuro,

I did see your post and the strap looks nice but for $50 I'd rather spend the money and get the tiny Leica Time strap. Now if we could only convince Luigi to make a half case for the M like he has for the G10 ...

My ER-E1 was under $30. (¥2900) bought on amazon.jp - is it really $50 in the US? Seems a bit steep. Usually stuff over there is cheaper.

Please, PLEASE tell me this is NOT one of the 3 DSLR bodies to be released this year.  :-\

This is news?  The 100D in white was released in Japan late last year (with a matching white 40/2.8, IIRC).

Ah! But this time it comes with a white 18-55mm kit lens! And this one is a UK only edition. Lucky brits!

EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:37:50 AM »
I'm still trying to figure out the best option for me for securing it. I bought a wrist strap (Canon camcorder strap) but it's too long and I had to cut it down for the attachment lug so I'm either using the kit neck strap or a recycled p&s wrist strap for now.

There's always the ER-E1 strap...

It's what I've been using too, saw it first on this thread by you. Thanks for that! The strap is a nice size yet unobtrusive. I don't really use it so much as a wrist strap per se but more like a handle to grab while I walk about. It creates more hand grip area overall (if that makes sense) while maintaining the EOS M's small size.

It also makes it easy to pull the camera out of your coat pocket. (Though that could be a negative if you are in a dodgy area!).

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:59:41 AM »
Your arguments are almost childlike.

Almost? Just almost? I was aiming for completely.  :'(

But seriously, would you take a 1DX to Antarctica for that once-in-a-lifetime, all-important assignment, knowing the camera is not rated for that environment?


Edit - I'd take a 7D too if I had to. I find Canon bodies to be very reliable and robust. My mate trekked the Himalayas with a rebel T2i with no issues (the kit lens might have taken a few knocks though!).

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:21:02 AM »
When shooting in eagles sub-freezing temps with my 1D X, the LCD stopped working...but the OVF didn't, and I kept on shooting.

The Olympus E-M1 is rated for -10°C (minus ten degrees Celsius); the FUJIFILM X-T1 as well. But the Lord of DSLR's (i.e. the Canon EOS 1D X) is only rated to 0°C .... bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha  ;)

Umm do you have a 1DX and did it let you down when you were using it in below freezing conditions and now do you use an E-M1??? No.

Then why do you care? Your arguments are almost childlike.

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:07:10 AM »
6) add a jack for a remote cable release. not putting one on the M was stupid (or increase the timer to allow settings far beyond 30 seconds in liu of a bulb mode).

FWIW, the little Canon IR remotes (RC-1/5/6) work with the EOS-M, and can be used to trigger bulb mode exposures (first press starts exposure, second press ends it).

haha awesome, you're a legend :) I have an RC5 but didnt know it had that function so that helps me out alot !

Another handy way to trigger it if you are in a pinch is to use the touch shutter with 2s timer. Works even in manual focus mode. The softer touch of a finger on the LCD is better than pressing the shutter button. I haven't tried this in bulb mode though.

Also ML lets you do all kinds of bulb mode action. Totally worth installing it on the M.

No ones posted on this for a while so I thought I'd share a couple of recent shots using this lens. I'm noticing some increased softness on the bottom left of my frame compared with the other corners but it's still acceptable considering what I paid for this thing! I love the detail and look of this lens, can't quite describe it but files are very nice to work with in post.

Both shots were done with a tripod and remote release to see what this puppy could really do. (these are very low res btw, if you want to see it larger go to flickr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/zanjum/  )

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 14, 2014, 09:40:18 AM »
After shooting with my EOS M for the past 9 months or so I'm starting to see the appeal of mirrorless and yeah I would like to see more M releases. I guess a FF M is too much to hope for!

My M comes with me almost everywhere, and due to that simple reason it gets more use than my 5D2 these days. But it doesn't replace the need for a DSLR completely - heck not even close. Something like an A7 / A7R might though and I would be very interested in a mirrorless EF mount camera from Canon. Even if it was APS-C but good APS-C, know what I mean? Would be just the ticket for traveling.

However, I can see Canon would want to keep the EOS M at a level below or close to the rebels. The direction they're aiming for is apparent in the M2 - even smaller and more compact but an incremental change. Hard to believe they'll release something groundbreaking, suddenly.

I so hope I'm wrong!

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