Shooting EOS M from the Chair

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PSonoda
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Shooting EOS M from the Chair
Sep 19, 2013

I have taken my EOS M two times now.  I previously shot with and still have a Canon 7D as well as other cameras. Here are some pictures and comments.

My Cat. I was impressed with the clarity of the 22mm f2

Taken with the Canon 50mm f1.8 using the canon Ef adapter.

Taken with the Canon adapter and the Canon 50mm f1.8

Here is an attempt at an HDR photo shooing handheld from my car.

Here is another HDR photo using a little table top tripod and the 22mm f2 pancake lens

Here is the same shot but converted to black and white except for the flag (obviously).

I have the 18-55 EOS M lens but interestingly enough I ending up liking the pictures taken with my prime lenses.  Go figure.  I am definitely limited since being injured.  My field of view is "from a chair"  Here are my thoughts.

The image quality is very good.  Even excellent.  The auto focus is not a bad as people make it out to be.  Obviously it is not as good or fast as my Canon 7D.  I used to be able to shoot HDR photos hand held with the Canon 7D without issue. My through away picture count is also notably higher on the EOS M.  But since we are shooting digital, that is not a real penalty.  The size is amazing.  The feel, fit and finish are excellent.  Same goes for the M mount lenses and adapter.

Aside from the kit lenses, I have best auto focus luck with my 50mm f1.8 and my wife's 55-250is kit lens from her T4i kit.  With better lenses, the Tokina 11-16 f2.8 does auto focus quite well.  But the 17-50mm f2.8 Tamron seems to hunt a bit.  And in low-light situations, the focus light is blocked by the larger lenses.  I have a Sigma 70-300 zoom and the performance is terrible.  The Canon 55-250 smokes it.  This is not true on my 7D.  I bet the 55-250 is STM lens will do quite well.  I hope they make an M mount version.  That plus the 11-22 would complete the kit.  (I think I may break down and buy one from Canada)

The Camera is quite small (the benefit) but that makes shooting video a little difficult.  There is not a rig or cage yet for the EOS M.  But I think that would be a great idea.  So you could put a light and outboard audio setup.  It still would be extremely small and lightweight.  Especially compared to my 7D in that format.  Here is a couple of pictures to illustrate my point.

EOS M with 18-55 lens and litepanel vs 7D with 17-50mm lens and litepanel

EOS M with ZOOM H1 vs. 7D with ZOOM H4n

EOS M with ZOOM H1 and Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 – All that is needed is a baby steadycam!

Even with the relatively large 11-16 Tokina, this setup is remarkably small.  And it seems to work well.  Still, I am not sure the best way to hold it and not drop it.

Next step.  Shoot some video.  Let me know what you think.  Please do not be too harsh on my photo composition.   

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In reply to PSonoda, Sep 19, 2013

It was nice to read of your experiences with the M. Thanks for posting.

I have the ef to m -lens converter I got with the camera and 22mm lens, but still haven't decided which ef compatible lens to buy first.

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In reply to PSonoda, Sep 19, 2013

PSonoda wrote:

I have taken my EOS M two times now. I previously shot with and still have a Canon 7D as well as other cameras. Here are some pictures and comments.

My Cat. I was impressed with the clarity of the 22mm f2

Breathtaking picture of your cat!  Great shot and quite impressive.
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Re: Shooting EOS M from the Chair
In reply to PSonoda, Sep 24, 2013

Many compositions look more dynamic from a lower angle, so its certainly no disadvantage to shoot from a chair in a lot of cases as I'm sure you know.  Getting level with table top objects looks far better than shooting down on them.  And as exemplified with the shot of the hall with the flag, going slightly lower puts the chairs into the for-ground whilst still pointing slightly upwards to get the hight which adds depth to the composition.

The 50mm 1.8 looks a good match for the M with its low weight.  And when stopped down to F5 or so like you have, the sharpness of the primes really pulls away from the zooms.

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In reply to PSonoda, Sep 25, 2013

And where is that sold?

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Canon EOS-M with 18-55mm Zoom, 22mm prime, 11-22mm WA lens, Canon 50mm EF F1.4 and Canon 50mm EFF1.8 with Canon adaptor.
Fujifilm E550
Fujifilm HS50exr
Olympus PEN E-PL1 with Kit zoom lens, Olympus M.Zuiko
17mm F2.8, Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm, Olympus 45mm F1.8, Canon FD 50mm F1.4, Olympus Zuiko 50mm F1.8, Pentax 135mm F2.5, Panasonic 20mm F1.7, Panasonic 14mm F2.5.
Panasonic DMC-GH2 with the kit lens, Panasonic 45-200, Panasonic 14-140mm, Panasonic X 14-42mm, and all of the lenses that I have for my Olympus PEN E-PL1
Panasonic HC-V700 camcorder
Sony DSC-RX100
Sony DSC-TX7

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Re: What Is That Adapter For Mounting The ZOOM Recorder?
In reply to Edmund Dorf, Sep 25, 2013

Edmund Dorf wrote:

And where is that sold?

This is not the exact one I have but it Looks the same. Here is the link.

http://www.amazon.com/Monitor-Adapter-Additional-Panasonnic-Fujifilm/dp/B0062TVHBE/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1380074246&sr=8-4&keywords=Hot+shoe+mount

This one is less than $10 bucks and is Amazon PrIme.

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In reply to Mattoid, Sep 25, 2013

Thanks for your insight. I too was happy with the performance of the 50mm. I am curious how the 40mm pancake would perform, but since I already have the 50mm, I am not sure if it make sense to have both. Video recording could be a reason though. I have not really done any video recording. I am still getting familiar with the camera.

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Re: What Is That Adapter For Mounting The ZOOM Recorder?
In reply to PSonoda, Sep 25, 2013

Thanks, I can see how it works. Great setup.

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Currently shooting:
Canon EOS-M with 18-55mm Zoom, 22mm prime, 11-22mm WA lens, Canon 50mm EF F1.4 and Canon 50mm EF F1.8 with Canon adaptor.
Fujifilm E550
Fujifilm HS50exr
Olympus PEN E-PL1 with Kit zoom lens, Olympus M.Zuiko
17mm F2.8, Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm, Olympus 45mm F1.8, Canon FD 50mm F1.4, Olympus Zuiko 50mm F1.8, Pentax 135mm F2.5, Panasonic 20mm F1.7, Panasonic 14mm F2.5.
Panasonic DMC-GH2 with the kit lens, Panasonic 45-200, Panasonic 14-140mm, Panasonic X 14-42mm, and all of the lenses that I have for my Olympus PEN E-PL1
Panasonic HC-V700 camcorder
Sony DSC-RX100
Sony DSC-TX7

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