Lawrencew

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On article Video: Photokina 2016 wrap-up (146 comments in total)
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bmwzimmer: EOS M5 does have a certain charm to it. If I was to recommend an all around camera for someone like a soccer mom who doesn't know photography very well and also likes to shoot some video, I'd highly recommend the M5. This is the same customer who will never use anything other than the kit lens and perhaps add a slow telephoto and shoot in Auto all the time. It will likely outsell the next closest competitor 5:1 if not more as this camera will be available at every Costco/Walmart/Target

That was cruel. Subtle, but cruel...

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 13:57 UTC
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Lawrencew: Garmin website says "Image stabilisation applies only up to 1080p/60 fps"

I know. That isn't why I posted it.
I posted it because of the error in DPR's review

"The VIRB offers what Garmin calls 3-axis image stabilization, but it's available up to 1440/60p,"

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 14:12 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (254 comments in total)
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cdleon: I was looking for some info about this camera been compatible with FD lenses, any idea if it will accept legacy glass, especially FD trough an adapter?

yes - there are plenty of FD to EF-M adaptors. Cheap and easy to use.
Visit the EOS M forum, there's plenty of users of FD lenses there

(Barney, you ought to know that :-))

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 13:52 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (254 comments in total)
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MasterWayne: My first impressions on focus with a Sigma 50-100mm 1.8 Art lens: Impressive!
I rented the lens for the day and tried it on my 100D, the 80D and the M5.
While OVF focusing with the 100D & 80D showed some inconsistencies, the liveview of the 80D and focus on the M5 in general were very precise. Speed was the same as with OVF focusing. Subjectively, focus on the M5 felt the most responsive, of all tests.
On a sidenote, the light conditions at the Canon service point are quite bad. So most of my tests on the 80D and M5 would qualify as low-light-shots.

Good to hear.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 13:16 UTC
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Nikonandmore: Too little, too late. It's game over. The market is saturated with better offers, better cameras, more features and lower prices.. not to mention better designs because these boxie cams were heinous to start with and are dated and uglier now. And, electronic video stabilization? Are you kidding me? Stuff like the new Sony X3000R is years ahead of this in all possible ways, eats it for breakfast, burps it for lunch and s..its it for dinner. And a paid subscription service at $4.99 per month after a "free trial"? Good luck with that if they are counting it as major cash-in source of revenue. And as for their intro into the drones department, the Chinese got it covered, burried and reborn already.. no chance.

I have nothing against GoPro, maybe I am wrong and hopefully this will be the turn-around hit they so desperately need. But I really don't see this going anywhere. GoPro sat on its laurels for too long, while everyone else caught up & innovated further with lower cost offerings.

Though here in the UK, the X3000R is £500 and the Hero5 is £349

If "the market is saturated with better offers, better cameras, more features and lower prices", then where does that leave the X3000R?

Try as hard as I look, I haven't found anything that produces better quality footage than the Hero4.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 18:58 UTC
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Lawrencew: As a Canon DSLR user and a former M owner I will agree with Barney and I think I can see where he is coming from.

Its not that the M5 isn't a decent camera. I am probably going to get one and will of course take some great photos with it. But it is distinctly not cutting edge and lacks any wow! features that make me burst with anticipation. Canon don't seem to do that of late, especially when it comes to MILCs...

It even lacks many small features compared to many competitors now. Put aside the elephant in the room, or he who shall not be named (OK, its 4K) , and theres still lots of other things you think Canon would be doing by now that would just make the user's life a little easier. Heck, ML can add all manner of little but useful things to Canon cameras - but Canon themselves seem totally reluctant to do so.

However, like all Canon's of late its just a (hopefully) solid, reliable, decent performer that wont let you down. And for many, that's all they really ask.

Why is it a problem being a solid reliable decent performer?
if you have any investment in Canon lenses or flash, it's the safe, easy choice.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 16:36 UTC

As a Canon DSLR user and a former M owner I will agree with Barney and I think I can see where he is coming from.

Its not that the M5 isn't a decent camera. I am probably going to get one and will of course take some great photos with it. But it is distinctly not cutting edge and lacks any wow! features that make me burst with anticipation. Canon don't seem to do that of late, especially when it comes to MILCs...

It even lacks many small features compared to many competitors now. Put aside the elephant in the room, or he who shall not be named (OK, its 4K) , and theres still lots of other things you think Canon would be doing by now that would just make the user's life a little easier. Heck, ML can add all manner of little but useful things to Canon cameras - but Canon themselves seem totally reluctant to do so.

However, like all Canon's of late its just a (hopefully) solid, reliable, decent performer that wont let you down. And for many, that's all they really ask.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 14:27 UTC as 288th comment | 8 replies
On article Canon EOS M5: What you need to know (548 comments in total)

key for me will be AF performance with non-EFM and non-STM lenses - i.e. EF and 3rd party lenses.
The M3 wasn't particularly good in that respect.
But if this works well then it will replace my 70D

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 13:20 UTC as 114th comment
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Lawrencew: Quite a hefty premium for UK price.
$989/1.3 +20%VAT = £912
But UK price is £1049
Canon clearly would prefer me to grey import. They get the sale either way....

Most dealers are offering a free EF adaptor though if you pre-order (not that this means much to most existing M users)

However, the new 70-300mm II lens is pretty much the same price
$549/1.3 +20%VAT = £506
UK price is £499

Showing that the premium in this case is purely on the camera body.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 07:20 UTC

Finally, I can afford to brag to people my camera is a Leica :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 18:03 UTC as 64th comment | 1 reply
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barrym1966: maybe when they make one that can do 1000 shots without a grip I will try one out

But there isn't even a grip to get 1000 shots... :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 16:19 UTC
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Suave: No 4k, no peaking, this is like a guide to self-inflicted wounds.

It does have focus peaking. I am not sure why the comment that it does not has been repeated several times around here and other forums.

Shame about the 4K though

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 15:53 UTC

Quite a hefty premium for UK price.
$989/1.3 +20%VAT = £912
But UK price is £1049
Canon clearly would prefer me to grey import. They get the sale either way....

Most dealers are offering a free EF adaptor though if you pre-order (not that this means much to most existing M users)

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 10:15 UTC as 155th comment | 7 replies

Utterly amazing.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 10:58 UTC as 17th comment

Looks good. But in Europe the price looks like it might be a step too far.
£500 for an action cam? (the only choice on Sony UK is the kit with remote)

Be interesting to see what price the GoPro 5 Black comes in at.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 at 14:47 UTC as 4th comment
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disasterpiece: How is #6 something more than an average photograph?

Because those aren't wind turbines but Martian Fighting Machines. The photographer risked his life to get this shot! Ulla, Ulla!

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2016 at 12:45 UTC

Garmin website says "Image stabilisation applies only up to 1080p/60 fps"

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:35 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1920 comments in total)

All it needs is a hybrid viewfinder so you can view optical or live view, and you would have the best of all worlds.
As good as the DPAF sounds, I don't want to be holding a 5DIV + 70-200 at arms length.

Disappointed no auto MAF adjustment.

Otherwise specs look good.

Unfortunately the UK price draws a sharp intake of breath. But that's not Canon's fault.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 07:16 UTC as 417th comment | 7 replies
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Robert Schroeder: The first digital camera I thought worth giving a try (which I did, quite thoroughly, although I didn't buy one myself yet at the time) was the Olympus C-2000Z, introduced by Phil Askey just one month later, and contrary to the Mavica it was really usable for everyday photography. It was the first digital camera that I took with me on a summer holiday vacation...

The C-2000Z was my first digital camera. Worked fine and covered a few of our family vacations too

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 14:07 UTC

awesome isn't an awesome enough word for this...

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 16:26 UTC as 20th comment
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