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#141 of 158 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted November 07 2014 - 08:50 AM

The 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens is mighty tempting at $150.


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Posted November 07 2014 - 08:51 AM

Oh, mine showed up yesterday too, but I'd already owned it (I had 2 EOS M cameras a year ago, ended up selling the one with the EFM 18-55 kit lens to an artist friend who needed a small camera to shoot reference photos for his work), so I know about the build quality of the lens, good price for a walkabout lens.


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Posted November 07 2014 - 09:12 AM

Wow, you can get that camera and lens for $335.  Must be a new model coming out.


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#144 of 158 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted November 07 2014 - 10:30 AM

The 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens is mighty tempting at $150.

 

If you are shooting with primarily a crop body, I think it's quite a bargain. I love the 40mm f/2.8 pancake on my full frame 5D3, and the EF-M 22mm f/2 pancake works well on my EOS M. Since the new 24mm is an EF-S lens, though, it doesn't hold much interest for me, as I only use my crop 7D for wildlife now.

 

Wow, you can get that camera and lens for $335.  Must be a new model coming out.

 

Actually, a newer model (the M2) came out awhile ago, but wasn't offered for sale in North America. That new model didn't offer much over the original, though. The EOS M never sold well here, and Canon slashed the price to get rid of inventory. The price for the M + 22mm pancake actually went as low as $250 before settling back in to a little over $300.

 

An M3 with an electronic viewfinder would certainly be interesting.



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Posted November 08 2014 - 06:32 PM

Yeah, Canon just doesn't seem to want to undercut their US dSLR sales with mirrorless offerings here.  :(


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#146 of 158 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted November 13 2014 - 02:48 PM

I bought this Case Logic DCB-304 camera case for the EOS M. I have a smaller Case Logic case that fits just the EOS M and 22mm  pancake lens (plus a spare battery). So I needed something bigger for the M and 18-55mm kit lens. This bag fits both those items, plus the 22mm pancake fits in one side pocket, my Speedlite 270EX external flash in the other side pocket, the battery charger in a separate spot in the main compartment, and an extra battery in a pocket inside the top flap. So, a very versatile, high image quality kit fits in a bag that is 7.1 x 4.3 x 7.9 inches! Not bad for $11.



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Posted November 18 2014 - 09:02 AM

Canon finally announced an upgrade to their EF 100-400L telephoto. The rumors of this upgrade were quite old when I bought the lens several years ago. Since I use this lens a lot for wildlife and zoo visits, I'd like to upgrade to the new Mark II version. Hopefully I can find a buyer for my existing lens in the next few months -- I do not really need the lens again until spring at the earliest. We are planning another Yellowstone trip for next summer, though, and it would be great to have the newer version by then.



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Posted November 18 2014 - 10:13 PM

I really like the idea of the EOS M. It's a shame they don't serm to be getting behind it in the US. I was looking forward an updated version.

I don't have the money for lens upgrades or body upgrades for my DSLRs and there's that saying about the best camera is the one you have with you? I don't shoot much with my full gear anymore. It's a pain to carry around and I don't have many photo specific excursions these days. I'd love a more capable camera I can easily carry with me. The iPhone is fine for capturing family snapshots and videos, but it leaves a lot to be desired otherwise.

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Posted November 19 2014 - 05:35 AM

David,

 

The EOS M really is very nice portable solution. While the lack of support from Canon is a little disturbing, I figured for the price this camera is going for it is not a huge deal. The body and two lenses -- 22mm pancake and 18-55mm -- was about $400, and I covered about half that with Amazon gift cards and credits, so I do not have a lot of out of pocket money invested. There are rumors of a M3 version coming out, but who knows if those rumors will come to fruition.

 

While I still prefer to shoot with my DSLRs, I have been taking the M along to a lot of places I would never bring those larger cameras. Especially now that it's winter and I am wearing a coat everywhere, the camera just slips into the coat pocket completely unnoticed. With the pancake lens, it's not much bigger than my wife's Canon S100 point & shoot. As you said, the camera you bring with you will always take better photos than the one you leave at home.



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Posted November 19 2014 - 08:50 AM

IF only Nikon would even do what Canon has done so far...  :P

 

I'm still fine w/ lugging my normal DSLR kit to most places I go -- if I want to carry less, I just bring the DSLR w/ widezoom and not worry about the long end (or maybe just get a superzoom, if it comes to that).  The iPhone has come in handy for the few occasions when I don't want to lug at all... and even occasionally when I don't want to pull out the big gun (despite having it w/ me).  Sometimes, the big DSLR is just too "intimidating"... even though the big sensor (and glass) is needed for decent quality... like last night when I attended a solo recital w/ my kids -- sometimes, you just have to accept what's feasible... quality or not... or just not shoot...

 

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Posted November 19 2014 - 08:59 AM

My use of a DSLR is pretty much reserved for work related gigs or when I know I want a high quality image for printing later (e.g. portraits of the family). Looking ahead to replacing my Olympus XZ-1, it's pretty much focused on something like the Olympus Stylus 1 or Sony RX10, all-in-one superzooms with constant f/2.8 apertures. While probably the best of the bridge cameras, the Sony is the same size as a T3i with lens, which doesn't really address my interest in something small and nondescript enough (i.e. not "pro" looking) to use at a concert. I'm sort of hoping the Stylus 1 successor will see an increase in sensor size (somehow), although I have to remember the 1/1.7" is still bigger than most compacts of similar size.


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Posted November 19 2014 - 09:00 AM

I'd add this about smartphone cameras.  Having a reasonable amount of optical zoom would help a lot in many instances... even though camera shake can be a big problem -- you can work on/around the latter in many instances, but there's often nothing you can do about the the former...  :P

 

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Posted November 25 2014 - 09:20 AM

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Posted November 25 2014 - 09:48 AM

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Posted November 25 2014 - 11:21 AM

Sweet! :thumbs-up-smiley:



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Posted November 25 2014 - 12:26 PM

Doesn't everybody have one of those?

 

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Posted December 01 2014 - 11:32 AM

FWIW, the new, high end Sigmas can be calibrated by the user.  That would be the not-yet-released 50-150.  Of course, I have three Sigma lenses now, the current 30mm 1.4 and 18-35 1.8, and the less current 50-150, and no focus problems on any of them.

 

With Lens Rentals' Black Friday discount, I'm going to give the 50-150 a try in mid-March. I have the option to keep it if I like it with their new rent to keep program, which is a nice bonus considering the Canon mount isn't readily available in new or used forms via KEH, B&H or Adorama.


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Posted December 14 2014 - 10:40 PM

I enjoyed using the Olympus Stylus 1 rental from Lens Rentals, but it didn't compel me to replace my XZ-1, mainly because the XZ-1 is over a stop faster at the widest angle. My need for 300mm f/2.8 in a compact is pretty infrequent, but it was nice having it at a local dance company show and it performed quite well for what it is. 
 
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