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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!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Available for Preorder
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:07:55 PM »
I think you're being too cynical. Time will tell, but most consumers (not CR forum members) chose what works best for them.
I am hoping I get the Amazon lightning deal for this one (or be blessed with whatever luck JD is blessed...). Although I have to say, CanonPriceWatch is the best thing to have happened (or the worst, depending on your PoV).

I personally prefer how people just gravitate towards the Canon name brand.  It keeps my gear at a higher resale value... But the conclusion I've come to... is that Canon may cost more, but more often than not, it is well worth it.  There are some Canon lenses I don't like, but they tend to be all entry level and old... like the 28-135, or the 17-85... and that's not really fair. 

As for Amazon lightening... I don't think I can hold out that long.  I have that buy it now itch... and it feels like chiken pox... Must... wait... must be patient.

LOL... ;D

I know the feeling....I'm itching for Canon 600mm f4 IS II. I already have this lens in my BH account, including accessories etc...All I have to do is push the purchase  button.

Half a bottle of Tequila and that button will be pushed in no time at all!  ;D

Lenses / Re: a 50mm dilemma.
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:18:16 AM »
Hmmm depends on your shooting style. I'd say get the 50L if shooting portraits as the bokeh and color rendering will be ideal for that. Sharpness is actually an annoyance in a way when doing portraits of women and you'll likely be doing a lot of skin softening in post. Plus the ability to do f/1.2 is a bonus for lower light levels. If I could get the 50L for under a grand I would jump on it.

How good a deal are you getting on this 50L btw? Sound like a really good deal if it's about the same as what we expect for the Sigma.

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art seems a bit bulky to me for a fifty. I'm sure it'll rock optically but I just want a small and compact 50 that I can take with me all the time.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Lens survey - your favorites, and your most wanted?
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:46:31 PM »
Dear Friends.
Yes, I fell in love again and again, with EOS-M With 2 EF-M Lenses and  EF -Lens Adaptor-----Only Thing that I Need are the Tube for Macro photo, for EF-M Lens.
"Vello Econo Auto Focus Extension Tube Set for Canon EF-M Mount "---But Back-Order = $ 49.99 US Dollars   


nice find! mr surapon should be pretty good with the 22mm i would think. I'm gonna see if i can find some myself now i know they exist.

I've been searching for an EF to EF-M tilt shift adapter but have had no luck yet maybe you could hunt one down ;) :P

Thanks Surapon, there are a few macro extension tubes for the EOS M on ebay too. I couldn't find the vello ones so I just went with a set of Fotga ones. Can't wait to try them out with the 22mm f/2!

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:50:05 PM »
Question - if I give in to CC and pay the monthly subscription and later down the line I say "nah, I wanna go back to LR4" could I do that? Not sure how it works.

Here is the problem with going on to CC and then quitting (and reverting back to LR5, LR4, Photoshop CS6, etc.):

Any file that you worked on and saved from CC will contain adjustments, filters, layers (for PS) that do not exist in the older version of the application. When you try to open the file in the older software, one of two things could happen:

1) File will load but the unknown adjustments will be thrown away.
2) File will not load because it is from an "unknown or incompatible version".

Someone who is on CC and also has a copy of LR4 or 5 could test this out by applying an adjustment that is exclusive to CC, and then see what happens when opened in the older one.

One serious problem with CC is that, when you quit the subscription, you do not get to keep the latest version. With the old upgrade scheme, whenever you decided to quit upgrading, you always kept the last one you paid for, and your files remained usable. This is why I have opted not to subscribe, and continue to use LR6 and PS CS6 (which do everything I need).

I see. So once you start paying the subscription you're basically tied to it for life. The only issue I have with that model is if they jack up the price somewhere down the line. Think I'll stick with what I have.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:41:39 PM »
I've had a play with it very briefly.  I just happened to subscribe to CC last week when the 9.99 was available for people who don't own previous PS versions.  You can add from the iPads camera roll which means you can also use a camera connection kit and add to the camera roll and then into the LR Mobile app.  You have to go to the collections screen and then there is a settings button on the lower right of each collection thumbnail and you get the option there to add from the camera roll.

Adjustments are fast and you can do all the adjustments in the main basic area of LR but not the Detail or any of the others.  You can crop and you can do very quick flag and rejects by just swiping up or down respectively.  It immediately syncs back your changes to LR on your home computer if you are connected to internet.  You can tell it to use 3G or not if you have 3G iPad.
In LR on your computer you can only sync from your collections pane and only base level collections can be selected (you can't select an entire collection set in one click) also you can't select individual pictures to sync (at least so far I can't find a way) so it may make more sense to make a dedicated collection for syncing and then reorder back at home??  Sync is fairly slow, I did 180 photos and it took at least 15-20 mins to get them all up to the iPad.

First impressions:  somewhat useful for me...maybe....I will need to see if I can move files directly from memory card onto iPad and into LR but I can't see that working very well if you haven't already loaded the raws on your main computer/drives.  It would end up being just a jpeg that would get synced and wouldn't have any relation to the raw file that you may import later at home??

Thanks this is useful info. For travel this could work as a "shoot - edit - share" solution on the go. I suppose tethering is out of the question? That would seem like an Apple limitation. I hate the lack of connectivity on the iPad. It's like the perfect screen for tethered shooting but I can't use it!

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:52:42 AM »
I see. It's like that is it? Good news for Creative Cloud subscribers but all the other poor fools are screwed.

Question - if I give in to CC and pay the monthly subscription and later down the line I say "nah, I wanna go back to LR4" could I do that? Not sure how it works.

Lenses / Re: Which lense now?
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:05:49 AM »
Isn't lense the British spelling for lens? It could be the old spelling of it and now it's standardized to lens but I swear I've seen it with an e at the end a few times.

I'm from the UK but I've been in Japan so long where they use American English I have forgotten! Sorry. 

Edit - on a side note my number of posts reminds me of a much loved EF-S wide angle LENS! Back on topic boom!

Lenses / Re: Which lense now?
« on: April 07, 2014, 07:58:13 AM »
17-55mm is certainly the best standard EF-s lens. Ive had mine for 4 years, I've moved to FF but kept hold of it as it was so good and hoping canon brings out a new APC camera to attach it to to replace the 40D I still have.

Wouldn't that have been the 70D then??  ???

Lenses / Re: Which lense now?
« on: April 06, 2014, 09:48:17 PM »
The 17-55 is my recommendation for all purpose zoom lens for the 70D, the constant f/2.8 max aperture and image stabilization make it very versatile. If you're looking to add another prime the 35mm f/2 IS might be ideal for your video needs as it's small and lightweight, perfect if you're walking about through the woods.

I haven't used the Sigma 18-35mm. Sounds like a cool lens for stills, not sure if videographers would make much use of it. Since you need something that is good for both the 17-55 might be the only lens you need. Couple it to the Canon 10-22mm if you need wide angle and you're set.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Lens survey - your favorites, and your most wanted?
« on: April 05, 2014, 11:56:53 AM »
I have the EF-M 22, EF-M 18-55 and the EF 100 Macro L.

I don't want a new lens for the M really. I just want a speed booster. =)

Very tempted to get the new Tamron 150-600, the new Sigma 18-200 and maybe the new Samayang 12mm, but whoever comes out with a mirrorless camera that has full frame and articulated screen with GOOD tethering will win me over for life, so trying to keep the lens purchases to a minimum for now.

If the damn crippled Eos M or even M2 had wired tethering (or the M2 had good wireless tethering) then I would be happy to hold off for even longer. Sigh, dare to dream. Shame on you Canon. =P

Wired tethering to my iPad is all I want. Seems something that can be implemented quite easily via USB cable and app. Someone should find a way to run EOS Utility or something similar on it. I would pay for that.

EOS Bodies / Re: Much Ado About Nothing at NAB 2014 From Canon
« on: March 26, 2014, 10:55:20 AM »
I wasn't bothered about NAB or any video announcements but this is getting beyond a joke. Almost April now and nothing but rumors of nothing this year. And when it does finally come we all know deep down it will probably be a powershot or rebel!

Lenses / Re: Should I buy the 35L now or wait for the price drop?
« on: March 26, 2014, 02:38:29 AM »
What price drop?

You'll be waiting an eternity.

Buy it now. Use it a lot. Sell it whenever you like and you'll prob get back about 90% of your money if you treat it kindly. Don't know if the Sigma will retain it's value like the 35L.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Lens survey - your favorites, and your most wanted?
« on: March 25, 2014, 11:56:30 AM »
The only native M lens I have is the 22/2 which I absolutely adore due to it's size! I thought about picking up a used 18-55 for cheap but remembered how much I hate varying aperture lenses and 55 f/5.6 is not my cup of tea.

My fave to use though is the FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C via FD/M adapter. It's amazing for portraits once you get used to manual focus. At f/2 to f/2.8 things look creamy and delicious. Incredibly this lens was less than $100 on ebay! (Easily the most fun you can have on an EOS M for that price!).

I really want the 11-22 (yeah I know it's a variable aperture but for landscapes and buildings I don't care so much!) as an alternative travel wide angle lens combo. The fact that it's ¥38,000 is delaying that purchase right now! Thinking about the Samyang 12mm f/2 as an alternative if it performs better.

I was thinking today that a dedicated macro lens for the M would be pretty damn awesome. With IS so it could double as a nice little portrait shooter.

Lenses / Re: IS Versions of the 50mm, 85mm & 135mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: March 15, 2014, 11:44:05 AM »
Canon have always put two main reasons for putting IS in the lens.

First, the IS is custom made for the specific focal length and lens characteristics.

Second, for optical viewfinders lens based IS steadies the view through the viewfinder, this is not the case with IBIS systems with optical viewfinders, it is true for EVF's though.

Thanks for clarifying. I had forgotton about the second point.

So the IS in the lens is designed to compensate for movement in ways that a sensor just couldn't do? I imagine a sensor can only move in certain ways - for example up down left right and maybe tilt? And maybe not all at the same time right? That would be some clever sensor acrobatics if it could!

The in lens is basically a series of small optical elements that move in response to the way light enters the barrel, right? Meaning there is more than just one thing moving. So is in lens IS more acurate too? And what about Hybrid IS? Could a sensor mimic that too or not?

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