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EOS-M / Re: First Image of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 10:16:53 AM »
Judging by the lens, they kept it similar in size to the original.  That's a good thing, an EVF would increase the size.  I expect it'll be compatible with Canon's hotshoe add-on EVF.  An extra dial means more control, also good.  The integrated grip is nice, glad they ditched their proprietary strap lug.


If Canon wants to compete it needs an EVF model. If this does not come with an EVF built in, then there isn't much hope for Canon to compete in a ruthless market segment.

I'm sure you're right.  After all, the EOS M was merely the second-best selling MILC in the largest geographical market for the segment, beating out models from Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic despite lacking an EVF.  Not competitive at all, right?   ::)

Look at the price it had to come down to in order to sell... They still need to make profit in order to be called competing. You could get one for $250 with a lens, when the original price was closer to an A6000, which spanks the noodles out of it.

You're talking about North America, where MILC sales are weak.  I was referring to Japan...there was no 'fire sale' on the EOS M there.

There weren't any fires but it did come down in price on amazon.jp around the same time as the US price reduction. I watched it closely and when it hit 31,000 Yen I bought it. It bottomed out at around 29,000 yen before being replaced by the M2 which has almost halved in price itself since release. I saw a used new M2 going for 33,000 recently. *just checked amazon.jp, seems the rumors are helping!

I consider 30,000 a close approximation to $300 btw. the dollor yen rate is all over the darn place now but relatively speaking it's about that.

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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How many mp do you want anyway?
« on: February 01, 2015, 07:22:58 PM »
The EOS M had two problems:

1.  It couldn't be used practically out of the box in green square mode.

2.  It was those kind of users who would want one.

This meant poor reviews for what is acutally a decent little camera.  AF is pedestrian but there are work arounds..
Use one shot, switch off continuous af, use the centre cell or central group of grids and recompose (bin button before focusing)

The 22mm is as good a lens as canon make.  In this format it's a great pocket camera.

But they are now so cheap.. It's basically a 650D but without an OVF.  Great for video, especially if travelling and if you aren't scared to take control of a camera it repays with crisp clean saturated shots.

Thank you to every reviewer who slagged it off and thank you to Canon for getting your marketing so badly wrong, and thanks also for fw2.

I have two of these which make a great matched pair for video interviews.  The noise is lower than my digic4 cameras and it breaks the 12min recording cap, which is also excellent.

I'm thinking of buying a third to run ML on for timelapse,  it's just that trade off between there being stock left and the prices dropping even further.

Fair point there! If it wasn't deemed a flop by all the reviewers I probably wouldn't have one in my kit today.
Best value for money ever IMO!

They should market the M line to DSLR owners who need a second body instead of handbag space savers and first timers.

I wonder if the M reputation is beyond salvage at this stage regardless of what they do with the next one.

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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How many mp do you want anyway?
« on: January 31, 2015, 09:20:05 PM »
Me, I'm waiting for an 18 megapixel APS-C Mirrorless from Canon :) Meanwhile I'll continue to use my APS-C Sony mirrorless :)

You just described the EOS M.

The EOS M is a Kitty-Kamera. My Sony is a fully controllable camera that can deliver pro results. When and if Canon comes out with a Pro/Prosumer mirrorless camera, I'll be the first inline.

I don't know what you mean by Kitty Kamera. Have you even used the EOS M? With the exception of a viewfinder it has the same features and IQ as any Canon Rebel DSLR. It gives you full manual control and a hotshoe which is all I need in a camera to do pretty much anything from a fashion shoot to landscapes. Add ML and you have a tidy little package with full functionality.

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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How many mp do you want anyway?
« on: January 31, 2015, 12:36:16 AM »
My current 18 / 20Mpx set up seems to be doing just fine though I wouldn't mind a tad more on my FF for when I crop images in post so that I have enough resolution left over for a nice high quality large print. So maybe 22 to 24Mpx would be perfect. I guess I should just work on my technique and frame better!  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How many mp do you want anyway?
« on: January 31, 2015, 12:32:25 AM »
Me, I'm waiting for an 18 megapixel APS-C Mirrorless from Canon :) Meanwhile I'll continue to use my APS-C Sony mirrorless :)

You just described the EOS M.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More About the EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R
« on: January 30, 2015, 09:35:05 AM »
Ugh so I'm gonna have to buy two cameras this year? One for portraiture and one for events?

NOOOOOOOOOO

You already have one for events. Did your 5D3 suddenly become useless?

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Lenses / Re: EF 11-24 f/4L USM Specifications
« on: January 30, 2015, 09:19:24 AM »
Is it just me or is this a different image of the lens than what we previously saw? The old rumored one looked a bit fake where the hood met the barrel. This new image looks like the real deal to me.

Why is there only two posts about this rumor btw?

See previous image below. Notice that gap between the lens hood and front end.

Edit - just had a thought - maybe it extends!

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M3 24 MP Sensor?
« on: January 29, 2015, 11:45:05 PM »
I'm inclined to believe there's a non-DPAF 24mp sensor that the 'III' suffix really belongs to, as in "Hybrid AF III" and not "we've skipped I and II but here's a 24mp DPAF III!"

Wasn't there a spec list for the new Rebel somewhere that mentioned a Hybrid AF III? Looks like someone's stringing along various acronyms and numerals they've seen knocking about and imagined themselves a dodgy new product!

Could be a mix up there between the Dual Pixel and Hybrid but note that the first version of Dual Pixel AF was the 70D and then we saw a similar but slightly modified sensor in the 7DII making it DPAF II and if these rumors are true this 24MP sensor would be the third iteration of Dual Pixel.

My guess is it will have a hand-me-down sensor from the 70D and about 5fps. Maybe NFC. Optional VF. I can't see them doing a completely new 24MP sensor with 7fps in an EOS M.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M3 24 MP Sensor?
« on: January 29, 2015, 11:40:06 PM »
Did anyone ever actually see a live M2?

Yes. Why?

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Photography Technique / Re: Which eye do you use?
« on: January 29, 2015, 05:30:19 AM »
I use both hands for different tasks. I shoot the camera with my right hand but deal cards with my left.

Wow that's some real impressive poker skills right there!

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Photography Technique / Re: Which eye do you use?
« on: January 28, 2015, 08:56:28 AM »
Wow I just realized I'm comfortable using left or right and that my stance is actually more stable with the left eye as my left arm tucks in tighter into my chest. This is awesome, means I can give righty a break from time to time!

 :D

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Photography Technique / Re: Which eye do you use?
« on: January 27, 2015, 06:33:43 PM »
I use my right eye as it was how I learned to hold the camera - grip it in your right hand with left hand under the lens and look through the viewfinder with your right eye.

I tried teaching my girlfriend the same technique but she said it felt weird and she preferred her left eye! At first I was like "no no no no! You have to use your right eye!" To which she replied "why?"  I  mumbled something  about proper technique and being able to see your subject fully with the left eye while looking through the viewfinder.

Hmmm good to see that there are other left eye users out there. This will make her happy!


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I just checked Amazon.com and Amazon.jp and both have it in stock.


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I have a Lastolite TriGrip Diffuser but never tried it for flowers. It's possible to hold the diffuser in one hand (it has a handle or "grip" and is triangular in shape) and the camera in your right hand. It would be less than ideal though as you'd have limited range and movability. But what it would let you do is get a quick idea of how the flower would look with some test shots before setting up a tripod.

It also folds up fairly small. A bit expensive though and tbh I haven't really used it much. Seemed like a good idea at the time .... Hmmmm maybe I should try this flower thing.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Says it all
« on: January 23, 2015, 10:49:22 AM »
why the hell 90 percent of all advertisements, be it prof. dealers, ebay, classifieds show cameras with without cap?
says all about their competency.
i don't like to open my cameras for more than 2 seconds when chang ing the lens.

Exactly! I don't want to buy it now, you've let all the dust in. Cheers!  ::)

What is the reason behind this anyway? To show us the mirror? The condition of the mount itself? I'd rather have a scratched up mount than a dirty sensor so put that damn cap back on!

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