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EOS-M / Re: The promised pics of the 18-200 Tammy
« on: July 17, 2014, 09:54:44 PM »
that lens is in my eyes (currently) the  reason for the M to exist.
I'm not a street photographer but Souks in Marakesh, Old Town Jerusalem, Markets in Bangkok... anywhere where it is crowded this lens just shines. And mounted on the M the lens still takes up less real estate in my bag than the Tokina 11-16 2:8 did in the past.

Pitty that it is so hard to get in the land of the free

Got mine from Canada.  It is a sweet lens.

+1, really loving the 11-22. I made a lens gallery for it, post your pics.

Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2014, 08:15:47 PM »
The only way this is gonna work is if they add a built im radio slave function and make the buttons bigger but keep the price the same. Then it might make sense otherwise it's just a waste of money and you might as well just buy the 600s as you get way more for your money.

My 430 exii cost about $250 (bought in Japan). That was about as much as I'd want to pay for something like that. I could get almost 4 YN 560s with just that amount (and I did). So it won't appeal to the cheapos and it's not powerful enough for the heavy stuff that pros need so what is the point??

Is it going to be aimed at those buying their first flash? A gateway to the 600? Then when they upgrade they can still use both together right? What would be their next move? Ummm sell the 4xx and get another 600, duh!

Your observations match mine but before you rely on the M as a travel companion, use it under bad conditions before, that is hanging around your neck and doing 150+ pictures  on two consecutive days.

One will demonstrate what havoc the touchscreen can create, the other what a fun power management with the M is.

I'm satisfied with the M now, but my first SE Asia trip with the M was quiet a learning curve
Thanks for the advice. No original strap is used to avoid the touch screen being set unintentionally with my body. I also try to shut off the camera more often to minimize battery drain. Will travel with two spare batteries.

I do that too (switch it off often when not in use) to save battery life but I wonder if constant on / off is messing with it in any way? Last time I was out and about I actually just pressed menu in between shots. My thinking was that the black menu would use a lot less battery than constant Live View. Certainly made the camera more ready to shoot but I was worried my menu settings might be bumped!

Must be a better way to black out the screen. I need to check the power saving settings again.

Random thought - you know what this camera needs? A screensaver!

BTW - Get the EF-M 11-22mm and you'll love the M even more!

Glad that the M is getting some love, it had taken a lot of bashing in the past but people seem to be warming up to it nowadays. I've seen several positive reviews about it recently. For the price it really is unbelievable! Plus with the right adaptor you can pretty much use any lens you like, and that's when the real fun stuff begins! Get some cheap vintage manual lenses and go out and shoot!

Battery life is a bit of a bummer to be really honest, as a heavy shooter I am a bit disappointed with that. However all you need is a couple of spares in the pocket and you could technically shoot all day. Though it's not that ergonomic for long term shooting.

I am shocked at how much use I'm getting from this thing simply because it's so darn useable and can come with me almost anywhere.

Lenses / Re: UV filter on the new 16-35 f/4?
« on: July 13, 2014, 12:44:59 PM »
A lens like this is meant for outdoor, landscape / seascapes use in which case you'd want some kind of protection. If you were using it indoors in a studio then you can prob skip the filter. It's pretty simple - Use a a filter when required.

I keep a filter on my EF-M 22 f/2 all the time instead of a lens cap. It means it's always ready to shoot and easy to store (don't need to worry). Lens caps are all good and well but they can come off in your bag. Filter makes sense when you're out and about. For all other lenses it depends what I'm doing.

If I'm taking my time (tripod work) I'll remove the filter but that's usually because I want to use an ND or a polarizer.

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM
« on: July 13, 2014, 02:44:44 AM »
 few more shots. This is the Nagoya City Science Museum. Really liking this lens now, just makes walking about in the city fun. I was easliy getting sharp shots at 0.5s. Nice to leave the tripod at home!

EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR ? - thinking out loud ....
« on: July 12, 2014, 01:25:10 AM »
People need different sized and spec'd cameras for different things. For some smaller and lighter means more freedom but for others it's just an inconvenience. Just going by my own feelings I have whittled my gear down to two systems - one full frame and one small mirrorless APS-C. I find that this combo offers the best of both worlds. I can't justify an APS-C DSLR anymore unless I was doing things like birds in flight or field sports and needed the reach and ergonomics.

I'm intrigued by the Sony offerings but then I think that there wouldn't be a whole lot of weight saving and it's not worth the hassle of buying into a whole new system of lenses and accessories. If I was starting out then maybe it would make sense. Ergonomically I find it nowhere near the comfort and ease of a 5DIII or a 7D. The A7 series is kind of in the middle in terms of size, not quite compact but not huge. You'll still need a bag for it, can't pocket it. (EOS M & 22mm is just about pocketable IMO).

Perhaps mirrorless rebels will be the next big thing but who knows. Seems people are quite happy to shoot with a rebel and a kit lens. In some ways the small EOS M perhaps doesn't give potential consumers the impression that it delivers IQ like a DSLR. People that don't understand about sensors will just think it's a compact camera with interchangeable lenses and bypass it for a rebel or Nikon xxxx (which is a professional looking camera for dirt cheap).

When I first bought my rebel t2i it took me a little while to realize that it was smaller in size than the higher up models like 60D / 7D as I bought it online. I got serious "claw" hand syndrome when shooting 1000+ shots in a day. Then I got a 7D and it finally made sense! So this is a real camera then? Hello friend!

EOS-M / Re: Next official EF-M Lens
« on: July 11, 2014, 07:56:47 PM »

What I want, would be a compact 55mm f/2. IS would seal the deal.

Between that and the 22mm f/2 you basically have the EOS M equivalent of 35/85 which is a small light versatile kit with fast glass. And still pocketable!

Anything wider, or more tele, and the length of the lens has to increase significantly, which makes it much less pocketable.

+1 for a small 55 f/2 with or without IS. I find the M great at the wide end but for real telephoto work I much prefer the OVF of a proper DSLR. 55mm on M is about as long as I would like to go.

Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 11, 2014, 09:01:28 AM »
1B 1L = 5D2 + 24-105L (would really really miss the wide angle stuff but this makes the most sense as I shoot a lot of vacation shots with this combo).

1B 2L = same as above but with the 17-40L! Aaah what would I do without a wide angle!!!? Need for sure!

1B 3L = All of the a above plus 135L. Just love the look of this lens. I use it a fair bit at events.

I could get by very well up to this point to be honest but if I could add an accessory it would be one of my speedlites, prob the 430 exii for the versatility.

My fourth lens has to be the 70-200 f/4L IS. Not been using this as much as I would like but has it's vital uses.

So my superfluous gear is really only two cheap lenses and an EOS M kit. Not too bad, I feel good about my GAS these days. Been selling off a lot of excess. That old Sigma 50 is next for the chop!

An anecdote, completely open to interpretation:
I was shooting the Statue of Liberty when a couple of girls came and asked me to take their photo in front of the statue. They handed me a D800E attached to a 24-70mm lens.
I found that the camera was in A mode, and the focus point selected was offset and to a corner. I am completely unfamiliar with the camera, so I asked them how would I change the focus point and which button do I focus with (meaning shutter press or back button). They weren't native English speakers and misunderstood my question- saying it was on 'Autofocus'. I decided not to pursue the issue further, half pressed, fine tuned with the manual focus override and took the shot.
However, it was way too overexposed. So I asked them if they can turn the exp. comp. down, and one of the girls (presumably the one owning the camera) said it was ok, she will fix it afterwards.
Now, this is not a photo I would have walked away with confidently if I was using my 5DII, and definitely not with my 5Dc. So either the girl knows she can pull down the highlights by that much on the D800E, or she doesn't have a clue. I am leaning towards the former...

What do you mean overexposed? That's impossible, don't you know it has 14 stops or DR!  :P

You don't need flash if you have a scrim and a way to bounce light back via a reflector. I like PBD's idea of the white sheet as it's large and folds up nicely. This way you can shoot with a shallow dof and not worry about sync speed.

Otherwise you'll need an ND filter and a much more powerful flash (or gang two or three together but that's a hassle compared to a simple white sheet). A large white circular reflector would work too. 

Canon General / Re: Seeing Rebels....
« on: July 08, 2014, 07:20:14 AM »
In China I see the same on a different Level:
EOS 5D, 5DII or 5DIII but always with the 24-105 L and the Standard Canon Strap

No surprise there. The 24-105 L is the best walk-around lens you can carry with a full frame camera. Never been wild about the Canon straps though – not particularly comfortable. Although I do like the CPS strap that Opti-Tech makes for Canon.

Am I the only one who doesn't care what mode random people use? It's one thing to observe what camera someone has (and since manufacturers often put the model name on the strap, it's easy for those of us to don't follow the mass market offerings closely) from afar, but getting up close enough to observe mode-selection dials? That's weird. IJS.
Canon Rumors is full of weird people. :P


I hate those Canon straps too, not only are they uncomfortable but they advertise your gear like you're some kind of touring sales rep. Not to mention they make you look even more like a tourist than you already are and just get in your way while doing portrait shots. Much prefer the BR style of strap if needed otherwise it's strapless.

Oh and there are rebels by the ton here in Japan during festivals. Though I do like it when I spot some not commonly seen stuff now and again. Couldn't care less what mode they use their gear in, that's their unfortunate business.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 07, 2014, 11:56:30 AM »
I'll be excited just to see this mythical beast announced! I have no interest (or money) to buy the thing but very very curious to see what direction Canon is headed in with their APS-C line and this is the big pappa of them all, supposedly!

Maybe once they stick DPAF in the 7D2 and later on a rebel or two we might, just might, perhaps see that tech in an EOS M3. So hurry up 7D2! 

EOS-M / Re: Cheap 400mm advice
« on: July 06, 2014, 10:17:42 AM »
Thanks for all the info at least now I have a better understanding of what's required. Think I'll leave this endeavor for now, don't have any money to spare for gear for at least another 6 month. Damn residence tax came in this month, gonna be poor for a while.


How do you intend to share your images, or view them?  Online? If so... there is nothing wrong with cropping.  Don't worry about it and enjoy a nice clear night when you get one.

I wouldn't share them if they're heavily cropped. If I did get a half decent one it would prob end up on flickr or 500px. 

EOS-M / Re: Cheap 400mm advice
« on: July 06, 2014, 10:14:15 AM »

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