Thursday, March 6, 2014

Love It!

Finally, I believe, I got the hang of the EOS M. Once you understood it, this camera is amazing! Potentially the most difficult camera to learn, that I owned so far.
The kit, the one I bought, contained both, the 18-55mm zoom lens and the 22mm prime lens. Yep, by now there is a wide angle zoom available... tempting! The lenses I got work perfectly for the purpose (think before you mount!).

Here are 2 pictures taken with the 18-55mm zoom.

Canon EOS M, 18-55 kit lens

Canon EOS M, 18-55 kit lens

Yes, the focus is a little sluggish, but there are workarounds for that (more later).

The real might of the EOS M is deployed when used with old glass! Yes, you are reading well, old glass! No auto-focus means no auto-focus lag either.
I personally equipped my camera with an epic COSINON 55/1.4mm M42 lens. Really nice shallow depth of field! The lens collects light in buckets!
Of course, focus is manual (and not easy!) and also aperture is manual.

Here is a handheld low light shot (of course blogger will ruin my Ev-1 exposure settings, hence, those I will post via dropbox):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/i1l1tv4yd0syd0n/lights_f8_25_1600.jpg
(Canon EOS M COSINON 1.4/55 @ f/8, s/25, ISO1600)
You may notice the nice rays coming of bright lights. This effect is even nice (more prominent) when stopping the lens down to f/16, as you might imagine.

And for good measures, this is a really low light shot (handheld!). Did some gimping on it...
https://www.dropbox.com/s/dleukzpm1ip2sf8/big_dipper.png
(Canon EOS M COSINON 1.4/55 @ f/1.4 - something in manual I can't recall)
Next step, mount the camera w/ this lens on a driven mount and take long exposures @ low ISO.

And of course, Bokeh!
This is not the greatest shot in the world... it showing my keyboard (and how filthy it is).

shot at f/1.4 - note the shallow depth of field
See the upper right corner? Whenever you google for this Cosina lens, this is the shape you will see in the pictures taken by this lens.


Interested in how this duo actually looks like?

Canon EOS M w/ Cosina COSINON 1.4/55
Pretty much like a real camera missing a viewfinder ;-)

One thing is for sure, a manual lens on a mirror-less camera is not for the impatient. Also, you need to know your lighting and the effect of the aperture. To get the most out of this combination you want to shoot in manual mode, although aperture priority still is an option.

I have yet to try Magic Lantern with the focus loupe.


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