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EOS-M / Re: Image stabilization and touch shutter Q
« on: August 21, 2014, 03:08:05 AM »
Thanks guys, I wonder if the IS is always on even when you're composing the shot or just right before the shot is taken.

I'm at work just now but I'll have a play about with it later and try and find out!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang Teases New Lenses
« on: August 21, 2014, 01:43:51 AM »
i have the rokinon 8mm f2.8 for EF-M it is awesome

i also have the samyang 8mm f3.5 EF-S which i used before via the adapter on the M it was also good but the EF-M mount makes it so much smaller. Looking forward to see if they do any more interesting stuff in native EF-M mount

Glad to hear that it's next on my wish list!  :D

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EOS-M / Image stabilization and touch shutter Q
« on: August 20, 2014, 02:23:40 AM »
Hey guys I wonder if anyone can answer a quick question for me?

With touch shutter enabled, does it activate the image stabilization when I touch the screen to take a shot (assuming I'm using the 18-55mm or 11-22mm lenses) or is the IS only activated through half press of the shutter?

Can't seem to find anything in the manual.

Thanks in advance and apologies if this has already been covered before.

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM
« on: August 19, 2014, 10:35:13 PM »
Dear friend, Mr. Zv
Thanks for Great Pictures that show  that Lens can be a great lens if in The Great Photographer's hands  like you.
 I already have Rokinon  for EOS-M 12 mm.  F = 2.0, And  Tamron 11-17 MM ( For EF Lens +  EF to EF-M convertor) + FE-M 22 mm and EF-M 18-55 mm.----
What do you think, I should buy EF-M 11-22 mm = $ 499 US Dollars ?
Thanks
Surapon

Hey Surapon, thanks for the compliments! I wouldn't class myself as "great" lol! Still learning a lot about photography!

I haven't used the Rokinon 12mm so I can't directly compare or comment but the 11-22mm is a real cracking lens for the money. This is what I found -

At 11mm it shows the usual amount of vignetting (not an issue as you know easily fixed). I would say it's a tiny bit softer at this focal length than others but overall the image is consistent and corners look good. More than acceptable and comparable to the 17-40L. Distortion seems quite low too and even without a lens profile corrrection it seems fine.

The colors look nice and vibrant with only a little addition in post to make them look good. The IS though is the real winner for me. You can handhold this at 11mm for 1s and get a reasonably sharp shot. That means for 99% of what I do I no longer need a tripod. Evening, sunset and blue hour shots are much easier now!

The build quality is superb, bit like the 18-55 EF-M. Doesn't come with a hood but I recommend getting it as the front element is almost flush with the filter thread and exposed. I almost bumped it and scraped it so after that I always keep the hood on!

The lens has a switch to make it more compact. It's nice but slows down shooting as you can't take pics until you unlock it. It's better to keep it unlocked tbh. But for storage it's a nice feature to have.

The lens feels well balanced on the body and together they make an awesome combo. Shooting all day is a pleasure! AF is perhaps quicker than the 22mm lens but I need to test that to be sure. I'm using BBF using the star key at the back these days. Works well.

The sweet spot seems to be somewhere around 12-17mm @ f5.6 - f8 which is my usual shooting settings. The lens doubles up as a walkaround when used at 22mm, which means less lens swicthing. However at f/5.6 you start to crave the wide apertures of the pancake for bokehliciousness!

I got mine in Japan for under $400 (¥38,000) btw so for me (UWA nutter that I am) it was a no brainer! Best bang for buck lens I have I reckon! Just for scouting possible wide angle shots it's useful. I can easily shoot multiple locations in fading light and then get an idea of what would work best and then go back and shoot with FF if I wanted at a later date. However the quality is good enough that I was happy with the test shots alone!

I'm seriously thinking of selling my 17-40L now but might hang on to it for a while as I have no money to upgrade to the 16-35 f/4L IS.

If Canon made a small EF M 50mm prime my EOS M set would be complete. I'm "making do" with a pretty darn good FD 50mm 1.4 ssc and adpater which does a great job but I miss the AF at this focal length. Considering buying the 18-55 just for 50mm and AF but the f/5.6 puts me off after seeing what f1.4 looks like! Bokeh!!!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 18, 2014, 08:14:50 PM »
I've had my M for over a year. I originally bought it as a novelty / occasional use camera and partly to see what the mirrorless fuss was all about. I recently took it to Seoul as well as my 5D2. To my surprise I ended up using the M a lot more than the DSLR simply because hauling a backpack all day long got quite painful. Maybe I'm out of shape but it's a vacation damn it and I don't need or want a workout. The M was a blessing and together with the 11-22mm lens it pretty much covered what I wanted to shoot.

Point is I love DSLRs but I'm starting to think a small compact mirrorless makes a heck of a lot more sense for holidays and general use. Which is what a lot of people will want a camera for. I love the M as it is, even with its flaws I can work around and its still an enjoyable experience. All Canon need to do IMO really is improve upon it slightly and support the system to make it even better. Seriously, that 11-22mm lens is amazing! I highly recommend any wide angle fans to give a go! To have an image stabilized ultra wide zoom on a APS-C sensor / camera the size of your fist is incredible! Why is this not more popular??

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Need a bit of advice on flash triggers
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:14:51 AM »
If you can't afford the ST-E3 right now then go for the YN-622. Having a trigger is better than none, right? If it works - great, if not - refund.

I have almost all Yongnuo flash and triggers. No issues so far. I had pixel kings but there were a few misfires. Even then I'd say more than acceptable. Unless you're career depends on getting the shot a few failures aren't a big deal. The key is to have a back up plan. For me that back up is optical slave mode on the YN-560iii.

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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 09, 2014, 10:54:46 AM »
Hi Mackguyver.
First since when has a Porsche been nothing fancy?   :o
Second don't buy a jeep, rentals go anywhere!

Cheers Graham.

The worst so far was when I brought home my current car which was a somewhat extravagant purchase.  I ended up saying it was her birthday present knowing full well that she'd never drive it.  She was all excited but as I thought - a few days of dealing with two seats, limited trunk space, and really harsh suspension took care of her desire to drive the car.  It's been my 'daily driver' ever since ;D

Don't keep us in suspense ... what did you buy?
A Porsche, but nothing fancy compared to other members of this forum.  I told my wife I was going to buy something sensible this time around like a Honda Accord or something...but I love cars 8)

I'd have to put my gut in the passenger seat effectively making the car a 1 seater..
LOL and not the most suitable car for outdoor photography with it's 4 inch ground clearance :o.  I keep saying I'm going to buy an old beat up Jeep or something as a third car so I can get to the places I'd really like to shoot that don't have paved roads.
Graham, there's nothing humble about a Porsche of course, but my model is not in the same league as some our other members who own Ferraris and 911 Turbos

Ya'll can't compare with my one seater mama chari bicycle now. Comes complete with a broken basket, squeaky brakes that barely work and a removable seat (read; broken seat). With a range of 5 km (or as long as my arse can handle) puts your Porsche to shame.

Disclaimer - perhaps some beers were consumed before writing this post!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: August 09, 2014, 10:38:33 AM »

Is this more than a disagreement about what "very little" means (or, put differently, about whether the differences you see matter)?  dtaylor doesn't say they look the same, after all....

He implied the difference is not noticeable to which we responded (based on actually having owned a 7D and 5D) that we disagree. That is all we are stating. Neither person is wrong as we are simply stating opinions. What others choose to do with that info is their business.

Note this is based on the 7D. Modern day APS-C cameras with Sonikon sensors is a different debate. Perhaps in those cases the difference is less. I'm sure someone with both could comment.

Well, I have both (Canon 5DIII, 6D & SL1, and Sony a7r & a6000) and can certainly see differences between FF and APSC (and between the 5DIII and 6D, for that matter), both within and between camps.  I've not done anything resembling scientific testing, but I get the impression that the differences are similar (though at least for low ISO noise the Sony camp wins because their APS-C and FF sensors both have less noise at low ISOs and better DR). 

I've never used a 7D, though that doesn't really affect the point I was trying to make with my comment above, which is merely that whether something is noticeable, whether a difference is negligible, depends on who's looking, how and why, so that some of this evident disagreement may be in some sense spurious.  You could sit two people, A and B, side-by-side in front of the same photograph and A could say to B "they look the same to me", B could respond "but what about (say) this patch of noise here?" and A could in turn respond "Oh, OK, I see that now that you point it out, but it's not the sort of thing I notice because for me it's an unimportant element in how a photo looks".  (I've actually done something like this myself.)  But if A were instead to respond to B "no, I don't see it at all," that could mean that A or B needs new glasses....

Yes OK that makes sense. I see what you're getting at. Two people can see the same thing differently.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: August 07, 2014, 11:05:13 AM »
+1. My 7D was worse on ISO 640 and above than my 5Dc is at ISO 1600. I haven't done any comparisons, but I think my 50D might be cleaner in high ISOs than my 7D.

Yeah it's perplexing. The 50D may be as noisy as the 7D, but it lacks the waxy AA filter that just smears details on the 7D. It's the combination of inconsistent focus (burst mode in AI Servo and/or AF single point even on static subjects), drab colors, low ISO blue channel noise, and thick AA filter that made the 7D the worst IQ of any Canon DSLR I've owned.

I've never had a complaint or trouble with any of them until that body. Too bad, because it feels great in the hand and sports an amazing build.

Even the 70D I own is a considerable upgrade in IQ, especially in color and sharpness with the same set of lenses.

Yup, sounds about right.

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Canon General / Re: Which Lens to Take
« on: August 07, 2014, 10:46:27 AM »
Don't know what you shoot. Landscapes? Panos? Do you prefer wider focal lengths or longer?

If you want a one lens solution the 24-105 is a great choice. You can do pretty much most general stuff with that lens. I'd leave the nifty at home. What will you be shooting that needs a shallow dof in the Himalayas? Again, I don't know what you take pics of so I could be wrong there but I think the 24-105 covers most of it.

I'd say a small tripod and a set of filters would be of more use than a 2nd lens. You might want to try some star trails or long exposures or something. I know I would.

Rusty made some good points btw, he knows what he's talkin about. Weight is going to be an issue. If I was hiking or trekking I'd opt for my EOS M and be done with it. Light, capable and unobtrusive plus if it breaks or gets lost it's only a few hundred vs over three grand for the 5D3 plus L lenses.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: August 06, 2014, 02:57:58 AM »
You mention "well known shortcomings" but I could point to numerous professional reviews where the reviewers said the same thing I've always said: at ISO 100-800 there is very little difference vs. FF.


Having owned FF and a 7D, I'd have to disagree.

 

Yup I would also agree with Michael here on this one. There is definitely noise visible at ISO 800 on the 7D, not much though. Even at ISO 100 I found myself using the NR slider sometimes. With the 5D2 I leave that slider alone 99% of the time.

Is this more than a disagreement about what "very little" means (or, put differently, about whether the differences you see matter)?  dtaylor doesn't say they look the same, after all....

He implied the difference is not noticeable to which we responded (based on actually having owned a 7D and 5D) that we disagree. That is all we are stating. Neither person is wrong as we are simply stating opinions. What others choose to do with that info is their business.

Note this is based on the 7D. Modern day APS-C cameras with Sonikon sensors is a different debate. Perhaps in those cases the difference is less. I'm sure someone with both could comment.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 - Jumped yet?
« on: August 05, 2014, 11:29:24 PM »
No but have been thinking about it. Currently getting by quite nicely on Lr 4 & CS5 but if upgrade my body in future I'll prob go onto the 9.99 p/m package for the latest camera profiles etc. already having issues with the EOS M but I have a workaround. Would be nice to have the latest software though and I spend a heck of a lot more than $10 a month on various crap that I don't need so could easily afford it. But then again, do I need to??

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: August 04, 2014, 07:51:42 PM »
You mention "well known shortcomings" but I could point to numerous professional reviews where the reviewers said the same thing I've always said: at ISO 100-800 there is very little difference vs. FF.


Having owned FF and a 7D, I'd have to disagree.

 

Yup I would also agree with Michael here on this one. There is definitely noise visible at ISO 800 on the 7D, not much though. Even at ISO 100 I found myself using the NR slider sometimes. With the 5D2 I leave that slider alone 99% of the time. 

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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 01, 2014, 11:32:35 AM »
Those cables that come with your camera for connecting to your computer.
What about the ones that connect your camera to your TV?  I don't think I've every unwrapped those...

This!! By far the most useless thing is the AV cable. I got curious once and tried it as a means to get a bigger preview. First of all I discovered the cable that comes with the 7D doesn't fit the 5D2, so I dug out that old relic and hooked it up to my LCD TV and what a major disappointment it was. It's not full screen and the image looked crappy with huge borders and the image file no overlay (that doesn't go away). Yuk! Never again. Maybe it was made for viewing movies not stills.

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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 01, 2014, 08:26:05 AM »
I have a Rogue Flashbender which I think I only used twice in 2 years. I wanted an on camera flash bounce panel since the 430 exii lacks that feature. But then I got into off camera flash and that was basically the end of the Flashbender. Just recently put it up for sale but I might as well just give it away.

Oh! And a 67mm ND8 for my 70-200. For some reason I was convinced I'd need it to bring my shutter speed down to the sync speed for flash but I just don't do outdoor portraits at all. (But I want to!)

I remember I bought an ND16 for my 85 1.8 and then sold both. The ND was brand new, never used. Why do I keep buying ND filters?? That was basically money spent on just having that filter in my living room for a short period of time!

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