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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: October 22, 2013, 10:14:44 AM »
dustin you should get your distributor to give you an 8mm to review on the EOS-M it'd be interesting to see your comparison and also give mor info to the crop shooters out there.

It really is amazing how good this samyang glass is for what it costs


I had the Samyang 8mm and really liked it but when I got my EF-M 11-22mm I decided the Samyang was so poor in comparison, I sold it.
Of course I lost the novelty factor of 8mm, (which my wife always hated for some reason), but it couldn't hold a candle to the sharpness of the EF-M @ 11mm in comparison and I decided I was not going to be using it much as a consequence, not when I could pack a 11-22mm zoom that was better optically, and less than half the weight and size, and has AF and IS to boot. So off to ebay it went.

Unless you really need 8mm and the fisheye effect, the EF-M 11-22 is a much better buy IMO

Compare these two crops. Now admittedly they were taken on different occasions with different cameras - an EOS M and a EOS 600D, but both very similar 18mps Canon APS-C - Both RAW optimized through LR.  But they were both cropped from about the same place - towards the corner - from photos taken in the same place with the same perspective. (and repeated in other images I compared)

See http://www.flickr.com/photos/lozwilkes/sets/72157603270433799/ for the non-cropped images. IMG_0418 is the Samyang.


There's definitely a very noticeable difference there.  Score one more for the new 11-22mm.

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Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:39:14 AM »
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That's another amazing image, Dustin. If I were still in the Sierra foothills, I'd be attempting shots like that. Here in the Philadelphia area I think it's going to be more city lights and buildings for me.

Mine came Friday. Doing a lot of event shooting I haven't had a chance to use it much, but the few shots I've taken indicate it's devastatingly sharp. Sort of nostalgic to go back to the full manual days, setting aperture on the dial and manual focusing!

Thanks for putting me onto this!


It is certainly very sharp.  The ability to magnify images and not see detail break down is wonderful.  And yes, if you have some manual background there is a certain magic to thinking about aperture and focus as a part of the shot.  I personally believe that some time invested in those things makes one a better photographer.

Here's another image that shows what the Rokinon is great for:  I've chosen a foreground element that is sharply in focus, but the focus remains strong throughout this deep image.


The Road through the Woods by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Takumars, Anyone?
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:36:53 AM »
Please be aware that Helios lenses with the same name are built differently. I have mirror clearance problem with both my 44-2 58mm 2.0 and 44M on my 5DIII when focus to infinity.

I started working on the 44-2 and trimmed about 1 to 2mm off the rear lens metal barrel with a Dremel Rotary tool and the mirror problem is gone.

That is true.  My Helios 44-2 (preset design) does hang the mirror near infinity.  My 44-4 works without hanging, but I find that micro-contrast isn't as good.

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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:35:40 AM »
dustin you should get your distributor to give you an 8mm to review on the EOS-M it'd be interesting to see your comparison and also give mor info to the crop shooters out there.

It really is amazing how good this samyang glass is for what it costs

Is the 8mm the fisheye?  I've never really had any strong desire to shoot fisheye distortion.

Agreed on the Samyang glass.  I have actually requested to do the Rokinon 24mm tilt shift next.  I've read a few conflicting reports on its sharpness, and so I am looking to trying it for myself.
yeah it is

trust me i think you will have some fun with it on the M :D

That very well may be.  Tell you what:  if they offer it, I won't say no ;D

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:34:25 AM »
Finally, I was able to shoot some with my 6D.  I really love this camera.  I just miss that little joystick.

Road-testing 101...  I'll try to do some landscapes next weekend as it's almost always raining these past few days here in Kuala Lumpur.



These have nice sharpness, Jason.  What lens are you using for these?


I've used 50mm F1.8II on the first two and the 100mm F2.8 macro USM non-L on the last 3.  I really fell in love with these two lenses more when I tried it with 6D.  Even at 1600, files are clean.  I love your flickr images.  What the PP tool are you using?  Thanks.


It is typically some combination of Lightroom, Photoshop, and Alien Skin Exposure.  Occasionally I add Snap Art and/or one of the programs in the OnOne Perfect Photo Suite.

Here's another one from the 6D/Roki 14mm combo:


The Road through the Woods by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:00:10 PM »
dustin you should get your distributor to give you an 8mm to review on the EOS-M it'd be interesting to see your comparison and also give mor info to the crop shooters out there.

It really is amazing how good this samyang glass is for what it costs

Is the 8mm the fisheye?  I've never really had any strong desire to shoot fisheye distortion.

Agreed on the Samyang glass.  I have actually requested to do the Rokinon 24mm tilt shift next.  I've read a few conflicting reports on its sharpness, and so I am looking to trying it for myself.

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 21, 2013, 06:55:06 PM »
On my way back from my regular visit to the Scottish Highlands, I stopped off in the Glencoe area, this time in Kinlochleven. I finally saw the first spectacular sunset of the autumn. I've always found that sunsets seem to be much more impressive in the autumn (fall) for some reason.

I started off wide, with the 24mm f/1.4 MkII on the 5D MkIII.


Fiery Sunset over Loch Leven by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

After waiting for the right light for half an hour and stopping to photograph something in the opposite direction, with the colours getting more intense by the minute, I finally decided "job done" and packed everythying away. I started walking back to the hotel, but looked around, only to find the colours had got even stronger. I was torn, as the filters take a long time to sort out, plus I had the 70-200 attached. In the end I couldn't resist, so just put the 70-200 on the tripod without any filters and this was the result.


Fiery Skies over Loch Leven by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

As I was finally walking back to the hotel, I passed a family literally running in the opposite direction, only to hear the little girl say "Mummy, it looks like the end of the road is on fire".


Those are both fabulous shots.  The first one has a great lead in with the little stream, and the compression of the color layers on the second one is equally fabulous!

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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: October 21, 2013, 02:35:30 PM »
Kind of an FYI / update.  Took my M to see the grandchild this weekend.  The IQ was what I expected and I used, at various times, the 22, the 40+adapter and the zoom.  Did pretty well with existing light.  The "lag" between shots did make photos of an active young child challenging but, in balance, the lightened load of not bringing my big kit was still worth the tradeoff.  Maybe next trip I'll bring the big guns......

That bit of "lag" is the primary reason why the M is really only appropriate for situations where you are, essentially, doing one shot type work.  It does work fine with bracketing exposures, but when you are shooting and looking for any kind of feedback between shots it is limited.

I've tried the Image Review "Hold" workaround suggested by another poster, but I didn't particularly like it myself and didn't feel that it solved the problem suggested here.  I've tried turning image review off, but that doesn't eliminate the black screen lag between shots when the shutter fires.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Takumars, Anyone?
« on: October 21, 2013, 02:26:46 PM »
I just use a simple screw-in-adapter without any AF confirmation. I don't see the need for them because I probably won't take out such an adapted lens on a hike where I don't have much time to shoot, I only take it with me when I know I can play around a bit and then I can also set the focus via LiveView to be sure.

By the way there is my first good swirly shot with my Helios 44-2, I can't really believe how sharp it is.


Down the rabbit hole von Florian Bieler auf Flickr


Yep, that's what I'm talking about right there.  The Helios is very sharp in the center of the frame, and then that wonderful artistic bokeh rendering.  This is a fantastic use of it!

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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: October 21, 2013, 12:56:42 PM »

One final thing:  I have heard from others that the whole lens retraction/lock is a minor annoyance.  How have you found that aspect of the design?

For me this is no annoyance at all. After using the lens two or three times you get really fast used to that mechanism. I see more the advantage of the design as the lens is quite short when retracted.

Frank

That's good to hear.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II slight clicking sound when zooming
« on: October 21, 2013, 11:42:12 AM »
Good question!

Either way, if the next one does it too... I'm going to take that as a sign, and get the Tamron instead!  :-\

I wouldn't, once you get a good copy it just doesn't get better IMO.

There is a certain "lottery" with the Tamron, too (I love my copy, but it is my second).  I think the reality is that when you are a demanding consumer (as probably most people on this forum are), you have to be prepared for a process when acquiring a new lens.  The work to get a great copy is worth it, and there is sample variation from all manufacturers. 

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EOS-M / Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« on: October 21, 2013, 10:19:16 AM »
I really like both lenses on the EOS-M...


Both nice images.  I agree about the quality of the two lenses, and the bargain price helps, too.  I would love to see a nice compact telephoto for the system, but at the same time I have very little incentive to buy a lot of lenses for it.  It will never be my primary system, but having options isn't bad, either.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 21, 2013, 09:07:25 AM »
Finally, I was able to shoot some with my 6D.  I really love this camera.  I just miss that little joystick.

Road-testing 101...  I'll try to do some landscapes next weekend as it's almost always raining these past few days here in Kuala Lumpur.


These have nice sharpness, Jason.  What lens are you using for these?

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Reviews / Re: Review: EOS M System
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:58:41 AM »
Hi Dustin,

I´ll try to answer your question as good as poosible. I didn´t take too much pictures until now with the 11-22mm lens.
My above shared pictures are taken in RAW + JPG and the RAW files are postprocessed in LR5 (clarity, contrast, saturation, some are cropped). For the JPG I use the picturestyle Landscape and the results are very similar to my PP RAW Files.
I like very much how well the flares are controlled when the sun is in the frame or in any difficult angle to the lens. Even without a lens hood (I´m still waiting for my order).
Due to the fact that 11mm is UWA, you have to carefully compose your pictures. You shouldn´t place builduings or persons near the edge of the frame as they will be distorted in a unpleasing manner. But I guess this is part of an UWA lens. Also corner sharpness isn´t as good as center sharpness. But I can´t say if this is worse or better than any comparable UWA lens.
Unfortunately ther is no lensprofile in LR5. At least no lensprofile which came from Adobe delivered with LR or any update until know. I haven´t searched for a 3rd party lensprofile on the web yet.
The lens is very similar in weight and dimension compared to the 18-55 and so it is as well balanced with the M. The minimal focussing distance is also good. The picture of the grapes was taken from a very short distance.

Frank


Frank, thanks for the info.  No real surprises there.  I wouldn't be too concerned about the lens profile as Adobe seems to have been really proactive with the other EF-M lenses in getting official profiles up quickly for them.  Everything you said pretty much applies to every Canon wide angle zoom.  It would be interesting to see a direct corner comparison to the 10-22, as they are the most natural competitors.

One final thing:  I have heard from others that the whole lens retraction/lock is a minor annoyance.  How have you found that aspect of the design?

Also, here is another post from the 18-55mm.  I have found it's sharpness a rather pleasant surprise.  Flare resistance is not fantastic, though.


Transition by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

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EOS-M / Re: 18-55mm EF-m IS STM experiences
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:51:11 AM »

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