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Few more, straight out of the Sony a7 camera, with the 28-70 kit lens ... (these images are nothing worth talking about, but it might give you some idea of what to expect from this camera to any of you who are interested ... the weather here sucks right now with a small dust storm, so only few lame indoor pics from stuff in my office ... I'm hoping to put the Sony a7 to good use during my vacation next week).
I would not recommend this camera (especially with the kit lens), unless you have a specific limited need like I do.

I suspect things will get better for you as become more familiar with the camera.  Your comments so far have reminded me a bit of when the D600 was coming out and it looked so much better on paper than the 6D, but the actual camera was a bit of a letdown.

I hope for your sake and the others posters here that are investing in this camera that it isn't a "paper tiger".

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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: December 09, 2013, 09:27:47 AM »
Dear Sir, Mr. Dustin
I already order my EOS-M with 22 mm Lens and EOS-M-EF  Lens adaptor, Should get with in 3-4 days. The Question is, Should I order The Grip too ? ( Cheap and may be Good for my Big Hand , and When I use  with Big EF Lenses)

http://fotodioxpro.com/index.php/camera-photo-accessories/hand-grip-for-canon-eos-m-efm-camera-with-metal-black-battery-access.html

Thank you, Sir.
Surapon

Surapon, I'm not personally familiar with that grip.  You might want to wait until you the camera in hand and then decide for yourself.  It does look like a nice accessory. 

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 09, 2013, 09:12:11 AM »
These might have helped. ;D

 ;D ;D ;D
That just might have helped.

Here's another - this is from the Roman ruins at Beit She'an in Israel:


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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: December 08, 2013, 08:48:53 PM »
I'm not sure if I would prefer EF-M dedicated Samyang 10/2.8 over the normal one (with EF mount) + adapter.
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Since I already have the adapter I think I'd go for the EF mount after checking the specs on the 16f2, http://www.syopt.co.kr/common/pdf/f=16mm.pdf.  The EF mount is 585g and a length of 89.4mm while the EF-M mount is 615g and a length of 115.4mm.   You don't get a smaller form factor for the M, you just get a built in adapter.  The EF-M mount is about 75g lighter than the combo if that makes a difference.  I assume the 10F2.8 would be a similar story.

The 300mm is a more compact design at only 320g and 73.7mm on the M, http://www.syopt.co.kr/common/pdf/f=300mm.pdf.  It doesn't have an EF equivalent.  Maybe there will be other lenses like this in the future targeted for the smaller form factor bodies.

And that is going to be the basic problem with 3rd party options.  The lenses designed for M specifically benefit from being designed for the flange and are nicely compact.  Lenses that are designed for APS-C with an M mount are not really specifically designed for the body and won't have the great small form factor.  Still, better to have some options than no options...and Canon hasn't exactly been pumping out the lenses.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 08, 2013, 08:44:57 PM »


Here's another from Israel.  This is the ancient city of Tiberius by night.  The body of water is the Sea of Galilee, or Lake Kenneret.

Beautiful
Here's another from Israel.  This is the ancient city of Tiberius by night.  The body of water is the Sea of Galilee, or Lake Kenneret.

Another great shot Dustin. Nicely done.

Thanks, guys.  Here's another - a dawn shot over the Sea of Galilee:


Did you try walking on the water? :)

Yes, but I'm afraid I was more Peter than Jesus  ;D

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Does anyone know how to change the focus point in a7? ... I read the 95 page manual provided with the camera but cannot find how to change the focus points. Also, the manual is probably written by a 2nd grade student, it is really that basic and bad ... it hardly feels like a manual fit for a camera of this price range. As I went through each page, my reaction was WTF!
OK, I figured out how to do it ... a bit long winded, but it works. In doing so I found that the sides of the images are horribly soft ... I guess it might be the weakness of the kit lens ... but the center is stunningly sharp.
For those who are like me searching how to change focus points:
Hit "Fn" button, choose "Focus Area" and select "Flexible Spot M" ... then you can use the Control Wheel on the back of the camera to select the focus point.
If anyone knows a faster way, please do share. Thanks

I hope your experience gets better from here.  We do a lot of complaining about Canon products around here, but this has been a little reminder that there a lot of things that Canon DOES do right.  Looking forward to seeing some of your images from the new kit.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 08, 2013, 08:34:53 AM »
Bald Eagle portraits...hope you enjoy :)

Awesome series.  Well done!

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Just got the a7+kit lens (24-70) delivered to me ... camera feels good, so does the lens ... but I did not get to use it as the battery needs to be charged for 310 minutes (that's over 5 hours without being able to use the camera)>:(
Sony should have supplied a battery charger with this thing.

There's no charger?  Do you have to charge the battery in the camera?

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: December 08, 2013, 08:19:10 AM »
Love the IS on this lens I get sharp pictures even in the cold when I'm shaking. One question I noticed after about 20 minutes in 20F temps that the auto focus would stop until you turned the focus ring a few times then it would work again has anyone had this problem ? I guess maybe it doesn't like freezing.

Beautiful photos.  I've never had that issue before, and I (living in Canada) do operate in cold temperatures quite often.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« on: December 08, 2013, 08:11:03 AM »
I just did a tour to Israel and Rome, and ended up using the Tamron for about 75% of the shots.  I brought home great results despite dealing with often less than ideal lighting conditions:  Here's a few samples:





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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 08, 2013, 08:06:39 AM »
Helping with the lights.

Very cute shot!

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 08, 2013, 08:05:43 AM »


Here's another from Israel.  This is the ancient city of Tiberius by night.  The body of water is the Sea of Galilee, or Lake Kenneret.

Beautiful
Here's another from Israel.  This is the ancient city of Tiberius by night.  The body of water is the Sea of Galilee, or Lake Kenneret.

Another great shot Dustin. Nicely done.

Thanks, guys.  Here's another - a dawn shot over the Sea of Galilee:


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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: December 07, 2013, 08:57:02 PM »
I was really excited to see this lens coming for one huge reason:  towards the end of the video I saw this and took a screenshot of it:

This is the first third party lens I have seen that supports the EOS-M mount.  That's exciting, because it speaks to at least some confidence that the mount isn't going to be abandoned.  I've already put in a request to review the lens when it launched in an M mount, so here's hoping that will happen.

I thought that Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS and 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS Reflex Mirror Lens was the first third party lenses for Canon M mount.

I checked the Samyang site, and you are right, although I've not yet seen a retailer selling them in that mount.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: December 07, 2013, 02:11:26 PM »
@Dustin
Thanks for the advice.  I did some test shots on the roof of our apartment.  I've tested at aperture f2.8 and f5.6 while varying the focusing distance between beyond infinity up to 1 meter.  The photos are uploaded to Flickr.  There are no extra sharpening or adjustment; only what ever was done during exporting from LR4 to Flickr.  All photos are handheld.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31505768@N08/sets/72157638425870414/

Couple things I've noticed when looking at the apartment windows at the center of the picture:
- at f2.8, none of the pictures are sharp. 
- at f5.6, the sharpest is at 3m focusing distance
- at f4.0, the sharpest seems to be right at infinity mark but still not where as sharp as f5.6
- If I want to take stars at night, f2.8 could be a problem.  Should I continue to Now updated test at f4.0?
- How to I get sharper images at f2.8?  Is this possible?
- Am I doing something wrong?

I found a website that describes a solution to the focusing issue.

(emadeloc.blogspot.com.es/2013/01/brico-como-calibrar-el-enfoque-de-un.html)

I would assume most of the 14mm users in this forum have seen or even used this fix.  Has anyone try to fix the lens themselves?  I would like to hear your feedback.

What are your thoughts if I try this fix myself.  Does it look like I need it?  It seems easy enough even for an amateur like myself.

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I haven't tried to fix anything on mine.  I have just familiarized myself with where focus is for different applications, and my keeper rate is basically 100%.  My copy is sharp from wide open - you just need to be more careful with focus.  Live view is the best bet with wider aperture.


Thanks again for the advice from everyone.  Do you think I have a bad copy or it's just I haven't found the 'sweet spot' yet?  It seems like there is very little room for error when shooting wide open, maybe just a mm turn on the focus ring is enough.  I guess I need to play with it more and try smaller increments to get the right sharpness near and far.

BTW, I always enjoy looking at your photos.

To be honest, at the size that the photos are on Flickr, I thought they looked fine.  If you feel like you don't have a good copy, I would exchange it.  The time to do that is when the lens is new!

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