Roger Cicala’s First Impressions Of The Canon EOS M

Lenrentals owner Roger Cicala got a batch of Canon EOS M cameras and immediately tried out what this cute little mirrorless camera has to offer. Very few spoilers here since I think Roger's hands-on is worth to be read. Just some excerpts…

For those who don’t want to read this but do want to tell everyone what I said later, here’s the summary: it is the best of mirrorless, it is the worst of mirrorless, it is the camera of wise choices, it is the camera of foolishness, it is the epoch of accurate autofocus, and it is the epoch of slow autofocus. In other words, I’ve got mixed emotions.

Unfortunately, the auto-focus sluggishness is confirmed, but also its high accuracy. The Canon EOS M features an auto-focus system that isn't best suited for fast paced street photography, but works perfectly fine for portraits and landscape. The AF works best with the EF-M 18-55mm lens. Indeed, it looks as if the AF is acceptably fast when used with the EF-M 18-55mm lens (at least au pair with other mirrorless cams).

The EF adpater gets an appraisal:

No one has done adapters better. No one. We shot a variety of Canon EF lenses on it and they all were flawless. Autofocus like a dream, at least as fast as the native EOS-M lenses […], automatic vignetting control works perfectly, it was wonderful. Even some third-party lenses adapt rather nicely.

That's good to know, I ordered the EOS M with the adapter and I am happy to learn that Canon did it right. Another thing that positively impressed is the very small size of the EOS M, it may be the smallest mirrorless camera around.

DigitalRev has the Canon EOS M in stock and ready to ship. Various kits are offered, click here to see all their EOS M related bundles and items. Prices look good, also if shipped to Europe. I contacted DigitalRev and they confirmed me that the price you see in check-out is actually the price you have to pay, taxes and customs included. That sounds good.

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Canon EOS M Shipping News And Video Review

[via PetaPixel/Roger Cicala]

 

Canon EOS-1D X DXOMarks Published

To whom it concerns, DXOMark published the scores of the Canon EOS-1D X. Although these figures will start the usual discussions, be aware that this is a purely engineering measure. It tells something about a sensor, seldom the whole story and never the real world performance of a camera. But these are just my two cents.

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Canon’s Peter Yabsley Talks About The Idea The EOS C100 Was Born From

cinema5d posted the interview with Canon’s Peter Yabsley. The interview is about the idea the Canon C100 was born off. The Canon C100 is expected to be available for November 30, the price is $6,499 (click here to see more). The key specs of the C100:

  • Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor
  • EF Lens Mount with EF Contacts
  • HDMI Outputs a Non-Compression Signal
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots
  • ISO 320 and up to ISO 20000
  • Wide DR and Canon Log Gamma
  • Reduced Rolling Shutter Skews
  • Built-in ND Filters with Manual Controls
  • Two XLR Audio Connectors
  • Peripheral Illumination Correction

More about the C100 after the break.

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Chuck Westfall Shows The Canon EOS 6D Wireless Connectivity

Canon’s Chuck Westfall shows the Canon EOS 6D’s wireless connectivity and remote shooting features (source: The Digital Picture). While waiting for previews and hands-ons, this is better than nothing. :-) Canon EOS 6D DSLR specs:

  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • 3.0″ Clear View High Resolution LCD
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS Connectivity
  • Full HD 1080p with Manual Controls
  • 11-Point AF with Center Cross-Type Point
  • 63-Zone Dual Layer Metering Sensor
  • Extended ISO Range of 50-102400
  • Up to 4.5 Full Resolution FPS
  • Built-In HDR and Multiple Exposure Modes

The Canon EOS 6D DSLR can be preordered at the following shops:

 

Canon EOS M Shipping News And Video Review

The good news is that the Canon EOS M should start shipping by tomorrow, October 31st. I am still eagerly awaiting mine to arrive.

The other news is that DigitalRev notified me that they have the Canon EOS M in stock and ready to ship. Various kits are offered, click here to see all their EOS M related bundles and items. As usual with DigitalRev the price depends by your check-out location, but: they told me the EOS M kits are now slightly lower in price. Check it out to see if it works for you. Customers based in Asia should be fine with DigitalRevs location-based check-out system. One thing is sure: for the time being DigitalRev has the richest set of EOS M kits and bundles, and they are all ready to ship today.

I am checking the other sellers, but for the time being neither Amazon nor Adorama and B&H have the EOS M listed as in stock. More tomorrow, or as soon as there are news.

In the meantime have a look at the video above (DigitalRev’s Kai reviewing the EOS M) and on Techcrunch’s hands-on. Techcrunch writes:

[…] the EOS M [is] a camera that feels great in the hand and that lives up to the expectations of the MILC category. Canon’s big advantage over others in this space may just be the adapter ring, which makes it possible to use the EOS M with Canon’s extensive catalog of EF lenses, a huge selling point for existing Canon DSLR shooters who want something more portable to shore up their collection.

There are slowly starting to be “EOS M”-tagged pics on Flickr, click here to see the pics. Finally, in the case you missed it, here is an interview with Canon’s David Parry about the EOS M:

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Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 USM IS Reviews And Video (Update)

Update: added another EF 28mm IS USM review.

The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM succeds the EF 28mm f/2.8, a lens that was in production for 25 years and has now been discontinued. The old Canon 28mm can still be found on Amazon ($349) and on eBay (for $399, which is excessive in my opinion). 28mm on a crop sensor give you a focal length of 45mm, near the normal focal length (50mm). I like the focal lenght on the crop body and I own the old Canon 28mm. It is one of the lens I use more often on my crop body, especially for street photography.

The new Canon EF 28mm isn’t an earthshaking technical progress. Focal length and maximum aperture didn’t change, although Canon widely changed the optical design. An ultrasonic motor that drives the auto-focus and image stabilization are the new features. A fast and very silent auto-focus isn’t a bad feature, though the micro-motor on my EF 28mm has never been to slow, it was louder. Canon claims the IS gives you 4 stops, although you should probably consider a more realistic figure of 2-3 stops. Uh, and the price, which is around three times the price of its predecessor.

A relatively fast prime (f/2.8) that’s not an “L” lens and goes over the counter for $800/€700. There is nothing revolutionary or innovative in this Canon prime. It’s a well built lens (though not being an “L” lens the build quality is very high), and it doesn’t extend and hence is little exposed to dust and water. It has a rock solid, reliable performance, sharpness is absolutely impressive, it’s lightweight, and wouldn’t it be for the price I am sure this could be a bestseller. Some macro capabilities are also given, the lens has a 0.2x magnification and a close-focusing distance of 23 cm (9 inches). Here are some Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 USM IS reviews for you to check.

Photozone.de writes

The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 USM IS is, undoubtedly, a high performance lens with only a few weaknesses. The center performance is breathtaking and the border quality is also very good if you close the aperture by a stop or so. The lens is also capable of keeping its performance in close-focus scenarios. The low amount of lateral CAs contributes to the high sharpness perception as well. The lens produces a slight amount of mustache-style barrel distortion which is lower than most zoom lenses. The vignetting characteristic is a a weak spot – at max. aperture there’s quite a bit of light falloff so you should stop down to at least f/4 to reduce the issue to a more sane level (unless you’re after the effect, of course).

From Slrgear’s lab test:

Sharpness
On a sub-frame camera such as our studio Canon 7D, the lens provides excellent sharpness across its aperture settings; on a full-frame camera, the corners of the lens show a little softness.

Mounted on the Canon 7D, the lens provides consistent sharpness from its widest setting of ƒ/2.8 through to ƒ/11; while it’s not tack-sharp, it is very sharp indeed. Diffraction limiting sets in appreciably by ƒ/16, and there is a generalized softness when fully stopped-down at ƒ/22.

Mounted on the full-frame Canon 1Ds mkIII, we noted a bit more of the lens’ corners: specifically, it’s a bit soft in the extreme corners when used wide open at ƒ/2.8 and ƒ/4, and while the central region of the frame offers excellent results for sharpness, the corner areas trail very slightly behind.

 

[Update] Another detailed review with samples (and comparison with other Canon primes) can be found at The Digital Picture. Some excerpts:

I am modestly surprised that Canon decided to not include the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens in the L Series, but, like the 24 f/2.8 IS, the 28 f/2.8 IS has image quality that challenges these impressive lenses. The 28 f/2.8 IS has a price that makes adding the extra red paint around the end of the lens seem logical. […]

With good technique and a stable, standing shooting position, I am getting a very good percentage of sharp shots at 1/5 – 1/4 second. Beyond 1/4 sec, the keeper rate drops off gradually with sharp images still obtainable at close to 1 sec exposures. The IS assistance I experience is about 3 stops. […]

In a quiet environment, you will be able to hear the shuffling of elements inside the lens while autofocusing, but … this is one of the quieter-focusing lenses available.

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 USM IS Reviews

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