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Old Jul 26, 2013, 6:53 PM   #1
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Default What is the EOS-M good for?

After a couple week of shooting with 4 EF and EF-S lenses indoors and outdoors. I have concluded that this camera is great for indoor shooting like parties, birthdays, banquets and social events. For outdoors, it is good for group shots, landscapes, closeups, portraits and anything which doesn't move. You may need a LCD Viewfinder V6 (available from EBay) for shooting under bright daylight.

There is a reason why this camera is now selling at deep discount because of a couple deficiencies: slow AF and lack of an EVF. However, the picture quality is excellent if you have quality optics. I would not recommend this camera to anyone who is not a current Canon DSLR owner and does not have any quality EF or EF-S lenses in his/her collection.
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Old May 5, 2014, 4:36 PM   #2
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While I still carry mine around when I want to lug a smaller bag, I tend to use my M for portraits and still life shots. I don't even try moving subjects anymore.
In fact, I plan on doing portraits at my daughter's school's BBQ competition, and I think I'll rig up the M with a bracket and the 550ex flash on a tripod, and use my 60D for roaming and getting the candid shots.
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Old May 9, 2014, 11:22 AM   #3
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The EOS-M is a a better value than most people think. In fact, I ended using the entire trip with the EOS-M with just the 22mm f/2 pancake in China and the results were excellent. I was sick during the the first half of the trip in Shandong when I had both the 5D MKII and the EOS-M. After that I went to Hong Kong for a 2 day break before I went to Yunnan. I was still sick when I was in Hong Kong. So I left the camera with my cousin and took only the EOS-M instead. The EOS-M turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 5:43 PM   #4
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Old Jul 15, 2014, 10:35 AM   #5
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Not really! Optically the M lenses are very good quality. The camera is priced right, you can get the camera with the 18-55mm kit lens for $300. It may not be the right camera for one who doesn't own any Canon lenses. I find this camera to be a good companion as a backup camera for traveling.
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Old Aug 23, 2014, 10:15 PM   #6
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Very much so!
Now, while I'm very pleased with the performance of the two M-mount lenses for this camera, I was surprised at how enjoyable it is to shoot with an adapted FD manual lens. Since my big peeve was autofocus, just sucking it up and focusing myself gave it a whole new aspect.
Yeah, I guess you can manually focus the M glass, but they weren't really designed with that in mind.
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Old Aug 27, 2014, 7:36 PM   #7
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People complained about the slow focus of the EOS-M. Please don't forget to upgrade to the latest firmware. It will speed up the AF focus. I bought mine for $250 withe 22 mm f/2 Pancake. I just ordered an EF-M18-55 mm from Ebay for $92 shipped from Hong Kong. I am getting ready to travel to New Mexico and Arizona in 6 weeks. This camera will be my backup.
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Sony A200, SLT-A58 System with HVL-F42AM Flash.
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