Lives in Antarctica Antarctica
Joined on May 14, 2007

Maxmolly7's current gear

Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M3
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Due to the small size and shifted interests, I have switched completely to EOS M system from DSLR body. The small size and low weight LIBERATED my way of performing photography. IQ is as good as it was with my 18MP DSLR. Negative issues: - AF speed could be better - blackout time between shots is too long - AF field is too large and undecisive when taking close ups or macros. Spot AF would be great. Since I have the M3, the M body is backup, only.
IQ is not that much better than with 18MP M1, minor improvement here. AF speed is better - blackout time between shots is gone - AF field is still too large and undecisive when taking close ups or macros. Spot AF would be great. Flip-screen and optional EVF are of great value. The grip is far better but at the cost of more bulk.
This is THE LENS that made me move from Minolta to Canon in 2003. After I sold all Minolta gear I started with a EOS 300D and a few years later I added this tele zoom. Until today it is for me still the best price vs. performance ratio when going for maximum tele range on ANY EOS body. I also use it for nature photography in combination with EOS M whenever I anticipate wildlife ops. With the small M body size, you mount your camera to a tele lens rather than a lens to a camera. THe IQ is very good for a slow aperture tele zoom, especially on APS-C. At of end of 2014, the new MK II version was announced with very good improvements but at a much higher price.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
I decided to trade in my 40mm for a 50mm. I will have to see see if, and how it works for me on the EOS M3...
This is the smallest and by far best wide angle lens I ever had and, it is has IS! The IQ is very good, even in the extreme corners. I sold my EF-S 10-22mm to get this lens and never regreted it.
This is the best kit lens I had ever since I moved to the EOS line up. Not perfect towards the edges, but good enough for most applications. I was never very fond of the (for me) too limited tele zoom range of 55mm. I prefer a 18-150/200 mm IS range instead.
Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC
On the M this is the long awaited APS-C version of the good ol' 35mm fix focal lens! Very good IQ.
I bought this right away when it became available for my EOS M as light tele extension. This version is far better than the MK I & II versions which I previously owned. Very sharp, but I use the Tamron EF-M 18-200mm exclusively now for every-day-photo-work. However, I still keep it for more critical projects. Important on M3 body: Make sure you have firmware updates in camera AND lens accomplished, otherwise the AF speed is very slow! In combination with close-up achromat it makes a nice macro replacement.
The IQ of this zoom is about equal to better to the EF-S 18-200mm IS, the latter has an edge in center IQ at tele end; the Tamron has an edge with corner performance at wide settings. The Tamron weighs about the same as the 2 EF-M kit zooms together, but no need to swap lenses. It is much smaller than a EF-S 55-250mm STM, metal mount and metal barrel. The inner tubes are plastic though. The built quality feels very good. AF performance is much better than I expected and in normal light on par with kit zoom. It is now my 1 lens (superzoom) solution for all my on-the-go-photography. For creative excursions without family I may choose from my other lenses. Important. The early versions of this lens may require a firmware service at Tamron in order to work properly on the M3, M5 & M6; pls. check their website for more info.
Other gear:
  • Canon Flashes: 90EX, 270EX II & 580EX II
  • EF to EF-M Adapter
  • EVF DC-1
  • Full Size Tripod
  • Monopod
  • Small Travel Tripod

Maxmolly7's wish list

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Canon EOS M6
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Added Jun 19, 2017
Added Feb 4, 2014
A hot replacement candidate for my EF 100-400mm IS! It would give me lot more reach without the use of a TC. It has significantly better image stabilisation and much better IQ than the Canon at 400mm setting. Very low priority at this time as I would need it for wildlife mainly.
Other gear:
  • EF-M 100-300mm IS
  • EF-M 18-200mm IS
  • EF-M 70mm IS macro

Maxmolly7's previous gear

Canon EOS 300D (EOS Digital Rebel / EOS Kiss Digital)
Canon EOS 400D (EOS Digital Rebel XTi / EOS Kiss Digital X)
Canon EOS 7D
This camera made me switch from analogue Minolta system to DSLR with Canon. Not yet overly well-equipped and expensive but worth the change! I replaced it with the 400D which offered more essential features over the 300D and improved IQ.
A very nice and good upgrade from the 300D and finally a body in black... Noticable more fine image details with 10MP than with 6MP.
I loved it while I had it because I was nearly "wishless", but then came the EOS M-system and I made a reality check for my photography application after which I sold the 7D. This camera requires an experienced user to get the best possible IQ out of it.
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
I bought this used as a replacement for the Tokina 12-24mm to reduce the overall weight and bulk of my DSLR gear. IQ is almost as good wide open as Tokina 12-24mm MK I. Stopped down no difference or even better. It was sold because I switched to the EOS M system and for the M the lens is to "fat".
First zoom lens in my line up below 18mm. It became for a while my main zoom lens together with EF-S 55-250mm IS as light travel setup. IQ is good when stopped down, not so good in the corners at 17mm. I shot it side by side with EF-S 18-200mm IS and decided for the latter, because corners at 18mm were slightly better and convenience of the lens as all purose had priority. At this time I had a EF 24-105mm IS parallel to do more serious work.
Came with 300D kit. Small, light & cheap but not so good IQ (soft). I replaced it very soon with EF 28-135mm IS.
Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
I used it as main travel zoom on my 300D & 400D. Very nice tele range for detail shots but it was not wide enough for me for visiting cities and IQ was not sharp enough. I replaced it with EFS 17-85mm IS which I bought used at a very reasonable price.
I bought it the 1st time to complement my EF-S 17-85mm IS as 2 lens light travel package. I replaced later both lenses with a used EF-S 18-200mm IS lens which was better in center sharpness; only in the corners it was marginally softer than the 2 lens option. I decided in favour of convenience. I bought it again used as tele zoom option for the EOS M, but I replaced it when the much better STM version became available.
Extremely sharp lens on APS-C sensor! Very fast AF on both, EOS M and M3, but I never used it much in the last 5 years so I decided to sell it.
Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f/4 (IF) DX
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM
Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD
I got one used at a good price and I used it for 10 years until I replaced it with a used EF-S 10-22mm. The latter is wider, much lighter and focusses much faster with less noise. IQ is very good especially in the corners wide open it is slightly better than the Canon. For far away subject the contrast of the Canon seemed marginally higher to me.
The worst lens I ever tried so far, luckily I could return it for full refund. AF was completely off when target was far away. Near by shots e.g. close-ups were good. IQ was generally rather soft. May be it was defective?
This one I bought used at a very low price. I wanted it as a light tele zoom option for my DSLR travel gear. AF on a APS-C DSLR and IQ is very good, especially for the low price. I did not like the slaggish AF-performance in low light and the bulk of the lens on the EOS M body, so I sold it.
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
Very nice image quality but it is a too bulky lens to be used on any EOS M body. I rarely used it since I had the first M but I kept it in case if I ever should move to a FF DSLR. When I switched to M3 it became clear that I will not go for FF anytime soon and I sold it.
Extremely sharp lens on APS-C sensor! Very small, very light! Got it for my DSLR system with cash back rebate at a very reasonble price. Exchanged it for a EF 50mm STM because I did not use it anymore on my EOS M bodies.
Other gear:
  • AF Lenses for Minolta from 17 to 300mm plus TC's
  • Minolta 600SI Classic
  • Minolta 7D
  • Minolta 7xi