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Ivan Muller

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So I got myself a new Eos M3...
« on: July 01, 2015, 04:50:30 AM »
I have had it for a few weeks now and I am busy writing up my review...but here are a few thoughts so far in no particular order of importance:

1. The performance is quite inconsistent with the standard zoom lens...I find focus and sharpness is quite hit and miss. Sometimes its sharp, other times its not. I don't know if its the camera or lens, or just my copy but I don't seem to find the same inconsistency with my 22mm f2.

2. Sensor is quite noisy and I think one will have to fine tune ones ETTR exposure techniques. Especially when pushed or shadows opened it becomes quite noisy. No banding in shadows when pushed, but boy are they noisy! Of course my other camera is a 6D, so that's what I am used to, but still....

3. A few nice features like two axis spirit level, aperture/shutter speed control ring around shutter release button, plus a few customizable options.

4. AF a bit  better but sometimes still slow...

5. Surprisingly I  have found a few good uses for the articulated LCD!

6. Body doesn't feel as solid as the old M, not that its bad but it  feels a bit more 'plasticky'

7. My copy of the standard zoom is very inconsistent as mentioned above, sometimes I get  pin sharp images and other times they are not...I cant quite figure out why and when yet.  Futhermore the corners are a bit softer at the wide end than I would like, even when stopped down to f8 or so...I have had generally poor results at the 55mm end but then other times it sharp....go figure!

8. I find I have to sharpen my files more than I am used to and that of course introduces more noise.

9. Focuses fast with some EF lenses like my 70-300L and 17-40 zoom, but on the other hand hunts a lot with my cheap and nasty 50f1.8.

10 AF rectangle is quite large with the result that it doesn't always focus where one wants. For instance unless one is very close you cant just place it on the eye, so more of the face is included, which results in softer eyes than I would like...

11. Strange auto exposure bracketing. IT shoots three frames in sequence at its own time automtically and sometimes the last bracket takes quite a while to happen...

12. I can t get rid of this nagging feeling that its not a 'complete' camera, almost as if not enough time was spend in thinking the design through...I would have thought that with all the negative publicity of version ONE, Canon would have pulled out all the stops, but that's probably just me being too hopeful and unrealistic! for instance why bother with this 24mp sensor when a perfectly usable one from the 7d2 was available, with known fast live view focus lower high iso noise...I just can figure out the thinking behind this camera....

13. The shutter is quite a bit louder than the original M

NB. I bought it and I am keeping it, so I am just going to have to learn how to overcome the many negatives as I perceive them. I have found that when the files are converted to B&W and with a TRI-X filter via something like Nik Silver Efex, the images look quite nice and have a nice grainy Tri X look, which I quite like! Maybe this will become my B&W camera a la Leica MM! :)

I will put up my full review  soon with lots of sample images.

Enclosed image of my back lit winter garden was made at 500iso, 1/40 sec IS image at f11 and focal length 51mm. One of several of the same scene and surprisingly quite sharp at the tele end for a change...

B&W image shot at 1600iso, tri-x filter and crop to show detail. Of course more noise and contrast  introduced by tri-x filter than native noise/contrast from file. not sharpened because with the extra 'noise' i find images look sharp enough....

My favorite images from my 'old' Eos M can be seen here: http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2014/12/some-of-my-favourite-eos-m-pictures.html#more

http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/
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So I got myself a new Eos M3...
« on: July 01, 2015, 04:50:30 AM »

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Re: So I got myself a new Eos M3...
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2015, 02:26:15 PM »
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Re: So I got myself a new Eos M3...
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2015, 03:21:38 PM »
I would not expect too much,l the M series was not intended to be a enthusiast camera, and so far, Canon has not tried to put out a advanced model.

As far as having a inconsistent lens, don't hesitate to return it, lenses can be problematic just like other electronics.

I would limit ISO's to 400 myself.

I don't know what the M3's cost, but Canon sold off the original M's for a low price, so they cost far less than a good point and shoot which made them a good buy.

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Re: So I got myself a new Eos M3...
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2015, 09:59:10 AM »
I would not expect too much,l the M series was not intended to be a enthusiast camera, and so far, Canon has not tried to put out a advanced model.

As far as having a inconsistent lens, don't hesitate to return it, lenses can be problematic just like other electronics.

I would limit ISO's to 400 myself.

I don't know what the M3's cost, but Canon sold off the original M's for a low price, so they cost far less than a good point and shoot which made them a good buy.

If that the case, I would much prefer RX100 series(pocketable body)
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Re: So I got myself a new Eos M3...
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2015, 07:04:30 PM »
I would not expect too much,l the M series was not intended to be a enthusiast camera, and so far, Canon has not tried to put out a advanced model.

However a good photographer can make a good image with a coke bottle lens.

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Re: So I got myself a new Eos M3...
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2015, 07:04:30 PM »