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Seems like a stupid limitation

Depends on your point of view, from Canon's perspective it's a very smart limitation :-> as it isn't immediately recognizable but becomes more important the more you use flashes ... so they sell two flashes instead of one, one basic and one upgrade (the latter also as a master flash)

I have to admit the 430 exii is looking a bit dated in comparison to my YN 560III flashes with their built in radio trigger. Damn those are some nifty flashes!

Well, after my very mixed experience with the Yn rt trigger (I don't know about their other gear) I have found new enthusiasm about original Canon flash equipment ... whatever you say about money-grabbing Canon, they certainly have a very high reliability and "just works" factor.

Pity the 430ex isn't sealed though, that stopped me shooting even in light rain a couple of times as high charge electricity and water don't square :-o

Sorry to hear about the YN RT failure, perhaps Yongnuo are better at making the simpler dumb triggers as mine have been very reliable so far. I've got the new RF 603 II triggers with the on off switch on the side and a locking wheel for the foot. The price is so cheap that I almost consider them to be disposable. Quite excited about their upcoming YN 560 TX that will allow remote power control.

I'm a manual flash guy so 600 EX RT doesn't appeal to me much. I agree about the quality and just works comment but I'm just not earning enough from photography to justify the extra cost.

Saw this article from Digital Camera World


Think I have no reason to moan about the subscription model now! Gonna sign up tomorrow morning. What do you guys think?

I like the size of the 430 exii personally, it packs a fair amount of power too.

I've got it, too - but it has very slow recycling time and holds much less charge for multiple flashes. It's all around very nice for indoors though and not as heavy as the 580ex2-type. The only problem is the (deliberately crippled) limited flash head movement vs. the "big brother" models, next to the missing master capability of course.

Yeah, I agree a lot of the time I want to bounce from behind my right shoulder. Seems like a stupid limitation when I have Yongnuo flashes that rotate 360 degrees!

Haven't noticed the slow recycle time all that much as I don't use it for the heavy stuff.

I have to admit the 430 exii is looking a bit dated in comparison to my YN 560III flashes with their built in radio trigger. Damn those are some nifty flashes!

Hmmm in my experience you're better off with a decent flash that will function with the camera you have. I like the size of the 430 exii personally, it packs a fair amount of power too. As an on camera fill and bounce option its pretty decent. I had the 320ex but found the lack of features very limiting, very quickly. I've sold a bunch of flashes since then but the 430 exii is always ready to go. Price is also fairly reasonable.

Get some cheap radio triggers to complete the flash set up.

Lens for travel - I like my 24-105L as a one lens solution for day trips. Or you could do 24-70 f/4L IS & 70-300L for more range. If I could redo my gear I'd go with 6D and that latter lens combo (plus a 14mm Samyang for good measure!).

There's very little you can't cover with those three lenses no matter where you go.

I was not allowed inside the gates in Tampa during a Monster truck show with my 200-400 and 1dx because of the size. It was to big. :(
I could not argue with the guards, nor the man in charge of the press. They told me it was sad, that I came all the way from Sweden and not where able to get inside with that setup.

What was their reason? You're gear was better than theirs? Seems unfair!

EOS-M / Re: Canon EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Gets Official
« on: June 17, 2014, 10:20:24 AM »
I never bothered with the EF-M 18-55
It's actually better than you might think - nice metal build quality, the IS works well, and it's sharper than the DxO charts would indicate.  My preferred carry method for this camera is actually to have the body capped, um, body in one pocket and the 18-55 in the other.  When I'm ready to shoot, I just assemble them...

I'm considering the 11-22, but this little telephoto seems like it would be nice for travel as well.  If only it had a viewfinder, it would be the perfect travel camera.  Maybe the M3...

I did consider buying the EF-M 18-55 but I have the 24-105L that covers the general purpose and walkaround needs while on vacation and I didn't want to buy another kit lens ever again. Saying that I'm still eyeing second hand deals for a cheap one!  :P

The thing I like about the 22/2 is that the combo is actually pocketable in a slightly "are you happy to see me or ... ?" kind of way! I use the M in conjunction with my 5D2 & 135L (a great combo btw you should try it!) and either have it hanging from my wrist or in the pocket for quick access for up close or wide shots during events and things.

What's got me interested about this telephoto is the opportunity to have the M as my main camera for events with the 22/2 in a pocket for quick swap-out if needed. By events I mean festivals and things nothing serious!

EOS-M / Re: Canon EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Gets Official
« on: June 17, 2014, 03:54:34 AM »
Overall a good sign, meaning Canon has not given up on EOS-M system yet.
Will be interesting to see, what Canon's will do regarding their mirrorless APS-C offering ... 

1. Will the EF-M 55-200 be offered in US?
The lens is featured on the Canon Europe homepage and on Japan, China and other Asian homepages. But not (yet?) on US homepage.
We will know the answer quite soon.

2. Will EOS M2 be offered in Europe too? In US?
Currently open to anybody's guess. Personally, I don't think so.

3. Will there be an M3?
same thing as now, just with DPAF 70D sensor + AF?
Or higher end, with EVF ... as a fully capable Fuji XT-1 competitor?
and when?
And if so ... will it be offered in Japan/China only? Or Asia? Europe? US?

My best case scenario would be a surprise "killer EOS-M3" announced in August/for photokina ... fully competitive mirrorless APS-C body [+system] in terms of sensor, AF performance, EVF, battery charge. Don't think it will happen, though. More likely, Canon will continue to snooze and lose ... and continue to watch how Sony and Fuji are nibbling away at their APS-C market share. :-)

Some good questions there. I think this is an interesting situation we find ourselves in. If it is indeed released in the US it would be strange and raise Qs like "why not the 11-22mm or why not the M2??" but if they stick to their guns and say "no thanks" that's essentially the end of the M in the US.

I have a feeling it will be Euro / Asia only. Otherwise there will HAVE to be a US release of the other stuff. Then they'd look stupid because it wasn't good enough for them the first time round.

I still think they should have shipped the 11-22 over there. Seems like a damn good lens and in demand.

The M2 is not really worthy of the name since all it has is faster AF and wifi / gps. Things that shoulda been in the first one really. I have a feeling the real M2 (M3) will be a global release and that's what US and Europe are waiting on? Who knows when that's coming. They'll prob wait until the 70D has aged a bit and 7D2 is out too before adding DPAF in the M.

Lenses / Re: EF-M 55-200 4.5-6.3 IS STM Coming Shortly
« on: June 17, 2014, 03:39:06 AM »
f/5.6 --> f/6.3 is 1/3 of a stop.  REALLY people?  You're going to ***** and moan about 1/3 of a stop?  Seriously?  OBVIOUSLY, the point of the M is to shrink things down as much as possible.  1/3 of a stop throughout the focal range is a "duh" kind of compromise.  As in... DUH... DO IT!  (when talking about mirrorless)

Yes, I do take issue with f/6.3 - beecause in practice it likely means T/7.9
Instead of filter thread 52mm, Canon shouild have made it f/5.6 and 55mm or f/4.0 and 58mm filter thread, even if that wozuld have meant 50 grams more or 100 grams more weight and 50 dollars or 100 dollars higher price.

Huh, lets say Canon did make it constant f/4, for about $50 more. Now there is less demand for the EFS 55-250 STM since its slower, bigger and costs about the same. From a marketing point of view that would seem counter productive, I think (I'm no expert!). Sure, it would attract more M users but more people already have a rebel or xxD model camera so you might not wanna irk them by giving the M users the good stuff, would you?

I think by keeping it small and light they've surely compromised but in a good way. I feel like this is what the M was made for. Small, light, compact. You'll not be shooting sports or tracking BIF with it but for a wee trip to the zoo with the kids it'll do just fine!

EOS-M / Re: Canon EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Gets Official
« on: June 17, 2014, 03:24:41 AM »
I never bothered with the EF-M 18-55 but I felt the need for something in the telephoto range to compliment the 35mm focal length equiv of the 22/2. This lens is perfect as a lightweight alternative for parties and small events where I can't be bothered lugging the big dog around.

Am I getting excited about an EF-M lens release?? What the heck is happening to me? :o

That makes three pretty solid zooms for the M mount. Now all we need is a couple more primes please! :D

Lenses / Re: EF-M 55-200 4.5-6.3 IS STM Coming Shortly
« on: June 16, 2014, 07:54:03 PM »
Hmmm could be a nice little cheap tele option for when I'm using my wide angles out in the field. F/6.3 might be alright as long as we get f/5.6 up to around 150mm, the IS helps too I guess. I've been using an FD 100 f/2.8 with adapter but the IQ isn't that great. Was thinking about the 55-250 STM but this one might be just the ticket.

The 18-55 is dirt cheap these days, hope this one is priced somewhere in between that and the 11-22.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: $ 100,000+ US Dollars
« on: June 14, 2014, 11:10:20 AM »
After buying the gear I need I'd use the rest of the money to travel and see the world, only I'd pay someone to carry all my gear.

Canon General / Re: CF CARDS
« on: June 12, 2014, 04:10:24 AM »
CF cards have been hard to come by of late. The prices in local retailers is astronomical and online is just a gamble (had a fake last year). I'm holding on to my 32Gigs and might sell the smaller ones and update to newest 160mb/s ones, though they seem tough as nails and just as reliable. With the exception of the fake and one cheap crappy Transcend CF that my card reader wont recognize I've never experienced any failures. But then SD has treated me just as kindly. Still prefer CF for their solidness.

What are the current CFast speeds?

Update - I looked up Sandisk 120Gb Cfast, it's 450 mb/s (read). Lexar boasts 500.

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 10, 2014, 08:05:33 PM »
After being disappointed with the Tamron 70-300 VC, I decided to stick to Canon lenses and with a friends wedding coming up fast I went with the 70-200 f/4L IS. It arrived about one day before I had to fly out to Scotland for the wedding. First time I used it was there. Later on it clicked that I had just bought my first L! Still impressed with the quality of this lens.

Followed it up with the 17-40L after selling my much loved 10-22. Then I bought a used 135L, and finally sold my 17-55 for a used 24-105L (which usually people get first!). And the move from crop sensor / ef-s was completed yesterday when I sold my 7D!

My fave L has to be the 135L but the 70-200 f/4L IS comes a close second.

Dear Canon make it 1 TB Free for ALL :)

Dear Canon,

Please don't.

The running costs would have to be met by loading prices on camera equipment. I'm sort of fine with that happening for iPhones etc., because those things have a limited life anyway and it's an ongoing thing to budget for. But I keep my camera equipment for decades.

BTW, it's Sunday evening on a holiday weekend here in Australia, and the Australia and NZ site is "currently undergoing testing and maintenance" by gurus. (For those who don't know, a "guru" is an expert on Unix and open source software. Generally they come with beards.)

Can you friends tell me how it is different from flickr except that it has a crazy pricing and flickr gives 1TB free. If this one allows RAW then its a different thing, but then, there are cheaper cloud storage available out there and if you are storing RAW, then all the drums and whistles are kinda useless :P

Anil George

Flickr is for displaying your work, viewing other peoples work, sharing ideas and commenting on photos (some video too) whereas a cloud storage service is mainly used in the same way an external hard drive is (though usually with more benefits like being able to share files easily).

I guess you can use Flickr for storing images if you only have JPEGs but you'd need to change the privacy settings so only you can view them. It's just faster and easier to use cloud storage as it's similar to the filing system found on most PCs - you can just drag and drop files where you want.

Think of it like this - Flickr is an art gallery and irista is an office filing cabinet. You wouldn't put up all your family pics / pics of you cat etc. on the gallery wall for storage would you?

Lenses / Re: Next Lens Canon Should Release?
« on: June 08, 2014, 11:57:42 AM »
I'd be glad to see a new 50 but I'd be excited for a 12-24 f/whatever.

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