EOS M with 22mm f/2 for $300

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Everything I've read says the af is almost unusable right now but if they implement the new AF technology from the EOS 70D in the next version it would be a real interesting camera. It will be interesting to get your take on the performance as you have the much faster M43 cams...
 
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They just release a new firmware that is reported to improve focusing speed by a factor of 2 -3 times. Other than that, from the details I see in the reviews, I don't think the UI will be to hard to deal with - I seldom ever use the 'features' of a camera except to put it into 'A' mode and shoot - being able to of course change the aperture and adjust the EV is important. If the focusing speed is improved enough to be tolerable it might make a nice good quality point-n-shoot... I thought it was worth a gamble for the price.
 
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They just release a new firmware that is reported to improve focusing speed by a factor of 2 -3 times. Other than that, from the details I see in the reviews, I don't think the UI will be to hard to deal with - I seldom ever use the 'features' of a camera except to put it into 'A' mode and shoot - being able to of course change the aperture and adjust the EV is important. If the focusing speed is improved enough to be tolerable it might make a nice good quality point-n-shoot... I thought it was worth a gamble for the price.

I agree with you. I'm pretty tempted at this price. I already have way too many cameras :biggrin: and have the Sony Nex 5N as my compact system, but this would be smaller and basically the same cost as a point and shoot, but with much better quality. Decisions, decisions...
 
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Yea, it's not like I need another camera and, I have the E-PL5, and that with the 20mm makes a really nice package and based on one review I read might very well be comparable in quality. But, even though there's not much difference in FOV I like 35mm better than 40mm, and if Canon has improved enough it will have a place of honor in my laptop bag when I travel.
 
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Curses. Just pulled the trigger and ordered one. I hope the Canon DPP program for RAW conversion is good as I don't have anything that is updated enough to open up Eos M RAW files. CS5 and LR 3 won't.
 
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Curses. Just pulled the trigger and ordered one. I hope the Canon DPP program for RAW conversion is good as I don't have anything that is updated enough to open up Eos M RAW files. CS5 and LR 3 won't.

you really should upgrade to LR5
 
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I just read that thread - it looks promising and maybe I actually got a good deal on a good camera.
 
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Nikon 3200 isn't much bigger has VF and all of glass you already have...

that would be true except for all of the glass I sold - I'm pretty much out of the Nikon club, and I don't want a conventional DSLR, and a lot of the Nikon glass I did have wouldn't meter or auto focus on an entry level DSLR.
 
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Thanks for posting this link! I was in the market for a Nikon coolpix A or a Ricoh GR , but at $300 this Canon is a steal, it's just a tiny bit larger and lacks flash but I can live with that.
 
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Thanks for posting this link! I was in the market for a Nikon coolpix A or a Ricoh GR , but at $300 this Canon is a steal, it's just a tiny bit larger and lacks flash but I can live with that.

you're welcome - with the hot shoe the lack of flash isn't a problem for me, neither of my u43 cameras have it.
 
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I am keeping my eye on the M and 22mm lens, seems like if the AF has been improved as said, I can get this package for a great price....APS-C with a quality 35mm f/2 equivalent is ideal......
 
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For those interested, on ebay via ChiefValue, you can get the individual lenses (22mm, or the 18-55) for a substantial discount. ($105 for the 22mm, $129 for the 18-55). Was hoping to not spend any more money, but picked up the 18-55 to complete the kit.:biggrin:
 
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My mind was taken over by zombies and I ordered one. (from Unique, before I saw Jonathan's post).

There was just something about an APS sized sensor camera that's about the same size as a GX-1. That sensor doesn't get very high marks on DXO, but a EOS-M search on flickr returns some very impressive pictures.

If nothing else, I'm treating it as fixed focal length, "push-up" camera. A camera that forces me to think about how I can make interesting images with only a 35mm FOV. I've become too reliant on having a vast range of focal lengths with me most of the time, and then shooting a subject with every focal length from a fish-eye to 300mm to get different looks. I need more discipline so I don't break out in a cold sweat if I don't walk out of the house with an overweight camera bag.

Should be a fun toy.
 

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