Visit to Arne

After a few days of enforced Christmas Cabin Fever, I managed to persuade Manda to come outside, and we took an afternoon trip to the RSPB Arne Nature Reserve near Wareham.

I decided to go armed just with the EOS-M, three lenses and the EF to EF-M lens adaptor.

I took the EF-M 22mm, the EF-M 18-55 and the EF 28-105 lens with the EF to EF-M adaptor.

I have to day that apart from the less than adequate battery life, I’m really growing to love this little camera. Here are the best of the photos from today.

Now that I’ve processed the images, I am very impressed with the quality that this little camera kicks out.

Christmas Getaway Traffic Hype

I’m not quite sure where the BBC was getting its information from but they were predicting dire traffic conditions all day yesterday. Well that certainly wasn’t the case down here on the south coast.

I left work at about 17:45 as usual,  but I think I had the quietest Friday drive home ever. No queue on the west bound M27, nothing at the start of the A31 at Cadnam, clear at Picket Post and nothing at Ashley Heath.
I’m not complaining, but it was most unexpected given the predictions.

Canon EOS-M & EF-M 22mm STM Pancake Lens – First Shots

I’ve had the EOS-M for about a week now, and haven’t really had chance to play with it much.

I have to confess that with the 18-55mm kit lens attached the setup is still a bit bulky for my liking so I managed to get a EF-M 22mm f/2 pancake lens, which really brings this setup into its element.

Today, I spent my lunchtime at Titchfield Abbey, and fired off a few shots to test the setup.

I’m really pleased with the 22mm pancake lens, it’s lovely to use, really compact and light and judging from the shots below, really nice and sharp, see what you think.

Canon EOS-M – First Impressions

A few days ago, I made a bit of an impulse purchase of a Canon EOS-M kit from Argos.  I’ve been thinking about getting a CSC camera for a while, as although I’ve been carrying a Lumix TZ30 as a backup camera, I have to confess that I’m still reluctant to leave to SLR at home as I’m a bit of a control freak and don’t like not having the backup of shooting RAW files.

The EOS-M was released in 2012, and the camera with the original firmware was widely slated for having incredibly slow AF, though the image quality was impressive, and an adaptor was available to allow the use of EF or EFS mount lenses, although this makes the camera considerably more bulky.

When I last looked at the EF-M kit with 18-55mm lens and Speedlite 90EX flash, I’m sure that it was retailing for around £450 meaning that I just couldn’t justify investing in it.

However, lately I’ve been getting fed up with the bulk of the SLR kit when I go away on holiday or travelling, and seeing the same kit for £199 made me think about it again.

I did a fair bit of research beforehand and discovered that Canon issued v2.02 of the firmware which provided a considerable improvement to the AF speed, but also found that the Magic Lantern Firmware was available for the EOS-M (see separate post on Magic Lantern Firmware) so I decided to get myself one.

As stated above, the kit comes with the following:

  • Canon EOS-M Body;
  • Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens; and
  • Canon Speedlite 90EX.

I’d have preferred the kit version with also included the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens, but this wasn’t available at the time.

Although since purchasing this kit, the weather has been really dull and dreary, I’ve had a bit of a play around with the camera, and first impressions are good.  The camera body and lens feels solid, I was particularly surprised by the kit lens, which actually feels really nice, especially when compared to the rubbish kit lens that was supplied with the EOS 400D.

The flash is absolutely tiny, it has a guide number of 9, which is smaller than the pop-up flashes built into the EOS40D and EOS70D, but the hotshoe is compatible with standard Canon, and I’ve tested it with the Speedlite 430EX and 550EX, and both work well, though the look slightly ridiculous on such a small body.  What was a real surprise though was that the Speedlite 90EX acts as a master flash and will control other Wireless ETTL flashes, I also tested this briefly and found it to work well.

Overall, my first impressions have been good, and I am looking forward to testing the camera properly when we get some better light.  However, it is looking like I might leave the SLR behind when I next go on holiday.

Fixed 50mm Lens Results

A couple of weeks ago, I first dropped my Canon 50mm f/1.8 II and broke it into two pieces, then followed an online guide to fix it.

Well, I have to confess, I wasn’t sure that it would be as sharp as it was, but I’ve done a few test shots, and it appears to still be nice and sharp, so I’m very happy indeed.

The test shots, taken at Titchfield Abbey are shown below so you can decide for yourself.

Canon EOS-M £199.99 at Argos

Yesterday, I was surfing the web and found that Argos are currently offering the Canon EOS-M kit at the knock down price of £199.99, reduced from £299.99.

Argos – Canon EOS-M Kit

The kit on offer contains the Canon EOS-M, 18-55mm STM Lens and Speedlite 90EX Flashgun.  Given that the Speedlite 90EX is currently being sold at WEX Photographic for £119.99 on its own, I think that the Argos deal is a bit of a steal.

Although the link above is for the black camera, the white, silver and red versions also seem to be on sale for the same price.  Unfortunately the 22mm lens and EF to EF-M adaptor aren’t at similarly reduced prices, but I guess you can’t have everything.