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Old Jul 17, 2013, 7:47 PM   #1
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I just came back from a reunion with the retirees from the default Naval Aviation Depot, Alameda. I took 10 pictures with my EOS-M + my EF 17-40mm f/4 L on it.
Settings: f/5.6, ISO 400, 1/200 sec, A (Aperture Priority), 430EX II set to E-TTL, bounced 90 degree with Sto-fen diffuser.

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Old Jul 18, 2013, 1:35 AM   #2
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For casual party photos there fine. Exposure seems to be good on most of them. Sure there are some where not everybody is in sharp focus, a tilted horizon, some bad reflections some hot spots on some skin but for this type of gathering these are fine.
I'd say you did well.
Were you part of this group or just photographing them?
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Old Jul 18, 2013, 3:17 AM   #3
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Mike, thank you for the comments! I can learn from them. In the past with my Canon DSLR, I always shoot with manual using flash set to M. This was actually my first try for a long time using bounced flash through E-TTL When I look at the results, I am happy with it using I listed in the setting. This is better than what I can get from the 5D MKII and the T3i. I think Canon has improved upon the flash applications on the EOS-M, I can tell the difference that the pictures are better. As far as the levelness on the pictures, I still have to get used to point and shoot through the LCD screen. The softness of the pictures may be due to the use of f/5.6, but this aperture seems to be optimum for ISO 400. One thing I can do is to move the focusing square to the middle if I have 2 rows of people in it, so the sharpness will be even.

I like this camera even it is mainly a P&S camera without an EVF, AMOLED screen and built-in flash. It is good enough for me because I can use my EF and EF-S lenses on it. I won't recommend buying this camera for someone who is not a Canon DSLR user because the EOS-M is non-expandable. Canon only made 2 lenses for this camera.

I want to use this camera for event pictures like the reunion, banquets and community events as long as it is indoors rather lugging my larger camera around. I am in one of the picture and it comes out fairly good. If I had my DSLR with me, my old friend probably would have problem using it. I am the youngest guy in the reunion. Can you find me?
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Canon EOS T3i, 7D and 70D EF 17-40mm f/4L, EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6, Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, 430 EXII Flash.
Sony A200, SLT-A58 System with HVL-F42AM Flash.
Mirrorless APS-C camera: Samsung NX100, Canon EOS-M.
M4/3 systems: Olympus OM-D-E-M5 and Panasonic DMC-G3.

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