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Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« Reply #30 on: August 13, 2014, 11:37:13 AM »
I have been using the SL1 as my standard travel body ever since it came out. Very impressed. It's also easy on the shoulders.

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« Reply #31 on: August 13, 2014, 11:53:49 AM »
I really like the SL1 until I held one.  It felt terrible in hand, just too small for my med sized hand. Controlls very small and difficult.   I suppose I expected it to feel like a DSLR.

Anyway, I'm not saying you won't love it, but I'd lay hands on one at Best Buy or something before I bought it.

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Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« Reply #32 on: August 13, 2014, 12:25:59 PM »
I like the idea of APS-C as a travel body, but I think I will likely buy a 70D when the prices come down.  While it is larger than the SL1, it also is better in some scenarios than my 6Ds.  Hence it will be a travel body, but also complement my main cameras.

I did just advise a friend to buy a refurb SL1 from Canon, though, and she did so.  Can't beat that value for $359!

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Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« Reply #33 on: August 13, 2014, 01:19:46 PM »
Got to play with my cousin's SL1 on vacation (we were both traveling) a few weeks ago, with the kit zoom and her 55-250.  She travels a lot and really likes the camera, but what she missed was wide angle so I let her know about the 10-18.  Made her day - it's small, light and will fit in her existing camera bag. 

For me it's an interesting contrast to the M when mounting my selection of lenses from the 40mm pancake to the Tamron 150-600.  It's a bit like a gripped M with an OVF and makes it a bit easier to handhold my larger lenses.  I was a bit disappointed with the OVF, not nearly as nice as the 6D.  I wasn't impressed with the few tests shots I took, but  I didn't have time to fully explore the camera and settings.  I don't think it would take too much time to dial it in, but no AFMA might be an issue.  If so, I would end up using LiveView and might as well stick with the M.
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Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« Reply #34 on: August 13, 2014, 01:45:02 PM »
I always thought the SL-1 looked interesting for use on a telescope with its low weight. How is the iso performance ? I use the 5DmIII for wide field but still use the 40D when I need to get closer ( and lighter), and it stinks above iso 800.

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Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« Reply #35 on: August 13, 2014, 02:06:37 PM »
I always thought the SL-1 looked interesting for use on a telescope with its low weight. How is the iso performance ? I use the 5DmIII for wide field but still use the 40D when I need to get closer ( and lighter), and it stinks above iso 800.

High ISO performance is much the same as other recent Canon APS-C bodies (you can see for yourself at dpreview).  I've never used a 40D, so I can't say how it compares to that, though.  Of course, it's nowhere near as good as 5DIII or 6D.  As a sort of experiment, I took a SL1 + Sigma 18-250 to Longwood Gardens last weekend, left my A7r + lenses in the car, and ended up taking quite a few photos at ISO 3200 (the max I set) as the light dropped.  I'm in the middle of processing the results; if you don't peer in too closely, I think they're not bad - though I'll be returning soon with FF & faster lenses....

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Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2014, 02:15:01 PM »

ISO samples are here in one convenient place:
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Comparisons/Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL1.aspx

The 40D is not there, but more modern cameras are there for comparison:

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« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2014, 02:15:01 PM »

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Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« Reply #37 on: August 13, 2014, 03:33:23 PM »
How is the viewfinder on the SL-1? I looked through a 450D the other day and was shocked by the tininess of the OVF. I like to see what I'm doing and for that reason I actually like the EVF on my NEX - it's much bigger than the OVF of a traditional xxx(x)D body.
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Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« Reply #38 on: August 13, 2014, 08:14:28 PM »
How is the viewfinder on the SL-1? I looked through a 450D the other day and was shocked by the tininess of the OVF. I like to see what I'm doing and for that reason I actually like the EVF on my NEX - it's much bigger than the OVF of a traditional xxx(x)D body.

It's very small compared to a Sony a7r, a6000 or OM-D EM1 (or, as I understand it, the latest top-level Fuji X).  I much prefer a decent EVF.

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Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« Reply #39 on: August 14, 2014, 01:35:13 AM »
"travel body" seems to be misleading. Unless you are travelling with only one lens on the body, then the size and weight of the body is important. But if you are travelling with 3 L lenses (a lot of the member in this forum has done more than that), than the size and weight of the body does not matter any more. It will be a big " system".  That is the exact reason I bought the EOS M with 22mm and the 18-55 zoom. To make  it to be a small travel system.

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Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« Reply #40 on: August 14, 2014, 03:58:25 AM »
I still think the missing piece for the SL1 is the wide angle pancake.  The pocketability of that camera lives or dies with a tiny lens (as it does the EOS-M), so pancakes are vital.  But the EF 40mm pancake scales to 64mm FF equivalent on a crop, which is functional for portraits but too long for general walkaround, IMHO.
Yes. I've been using the Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5 complementing the 40 as a light-weight travel kit, but as a manual-only lens it is not as convenient as more modern lenses.

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Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« Reply #41 on: August 14, 2014, 09:56:34 AM »
"travel body" seems to be misleading. Unless you are travelling with only one lens on the body, then the size and weight of the body is important. But if you are travelling with 3 L lenses (a lot of the member in this forum has done more than that), than the size and weight of the body does not matter any more. It will be a big " system".  That is the exact reason I bought the EOS M with 22mm and the 18-55 zoom. To make  it to be a small travel system.

Yes, but you must also remember that, for instance, a EF-S 55-250 STM on crop is much smaller than an EF 70-300L on FF. 

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Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« Reply #42 on: August 14, 2014, 10:16:25 AM »
My SL1 arrived yesterday and I must say that I'm very impressed. It's so tiny compared to my 5DIII, but I was able to pick it up and start shooting with almost zero learning curve. Love the touch screen too.

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Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
« Reply #43 on: August 16, 2014, 01:20:37 AM »
Apologies if it's covered on page 2, it's sleepy time and I skipped it - but wanted to add...

My SL1/100D is set up for back-button focusing!

Have a rummage through the custom features, I don't recall the steps but it's in there :)

Also, 35/2, 50/1.8 (mk 1) and 100/2 are ace wee EF, fast primes on this little guy! (They look super-cool on it, too..) I've never been interested in the pancake, seems no better than shooting a fast compact from what I've seen, IMO.

Also, also - if people try supporting this camera primarily with their LEFT hand under its body/lens barrel, like someone who knows how to hold a camera, and just use your finger/thumb tips of your right hand to hit the dials and buttons there's no real problem with its handling :)

Also, also, also... I think I prefer framing with tiny viewfinders - and I primarily shoot a 5D3!
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Re: SL1 as a "travel" body
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